Thursday, May 5, 2016

Greninja -- BREAKpoint Pokemon Card Review

Greninja BREAKpoint Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Greninja from the BREAKpoint Pokemon Card Set.  Greninja is a stage 2, water type Pokemon card, with an hp of 130.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a free retreat cost.  Greninja does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is Shadow Stitching, for one colorless energy card, this move does 40 damage, plus it makes all of your opponent's Pokemon in play, until the end of their next turn, have no Abilities.  Greninja's second move is called Moonlight Slash and for one water energy card, this move does 60 damage plus 20 more damage if you decide to move a water energy card attached to Greninja back into your hand.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Greninja is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Froakie into play and then evolve it into Frogadier before you can evolve Frogadier into Greninja, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them the last two days.  If you've read my reviews of those cards you'll know that I thought both Pokemon were very poor, neither being able to do any damage, and both having fairly low retreat costs, so on their own I did not recommend using those cards without Greninja.  However, as we get farther into the line of this Pokemon family, and the want to use Greninja and Greninja BREAK is more, it makes more sense to like Frogadier because it allows you to get several Frogadier into play at one time thus giving you a better chance at getting Greninja and Greninja BREAK into play.  If you're building a water type deck, I definitely think Greninja is a card to consider because it can attack quickly, only requiring one energy card for both moves, does do major damage, and can really ruin your opponent's strategy by preventing Abilities from being used.  But I would wait until tomorrow's review to know what to do for sure with this line.  But for now, this line overall is better than the 1 rating I gave the first two cards in this line.  So with this Greninja card, I would recommend setting it up on the bench, then if your opponent is using an Ability, move this card into the active Pokemon spot and use Shadow Stitching every turn, thus disabling your opponent's Ability.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an above average Stage 2 Pokemon card from the BREAKpoint set.  Other than being slower to use since it is a Stage 2 Pokemon, this card is very good overall, having a free retreat cost, and two great moves, one doing major damage, the other preventing Abilities from being used.  Together with the first two Pokemon in this line, I would give this family a 3 out of 5 rating, and it is worth considering in a water type deck.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Frogadier -- BREAKpoint Pokemon Card Review

Frogadier BREAKpoint Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Frogadier from the BREAKpoint Pokemon Card set.  Frogadier is a stage 1, water type Pokemon card, with an hp of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Frogadier does not have an Ability and it only has one move called Water Duplicates that requires one water energy card to use and allows you to search your deck for up to 3 Frogadier cards and put them onto your bench.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Frogadier is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Froakie into play (I reviewed Froakie from this set yesterday) and then evolve Froakie into Frogadier.  Frogadier does have a Stage 2 evolution in Greninja, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, that you'll probably want to use with this Pokemon line but since I haven't reviewed that card yet, the strategy below will act like Frogadier is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my review of Froakie, you'll know that I thought that card was very poor overall and one that shouldn't be used on its own, the card did have a good HP and low retreat cost, but it was limited in the fact it only had one move and the one move it had was based off of a coin flip, and even if you did flip a heads, all you could do was paralyze the defending Pokemon.  So knowing this about Froakie and looking at this Frogadier card, this card is very poor as well, similar to Froakie in that the one move this card has is very poor, and if you aren't using this line with Greninja, there is no way you would have more than one Frogadier card in your deck and it would make Water Duplicates a move that does absolutely nothing, plus consider that Frogadier's HP is so low, and there is absolutely no reason to ever have this card in the active Pokemon spot.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an extremely poor Stage 1 Pokemon card from the BREAKpoint set, probably one of the worst Stage 1 cards I've reviewed in quite some time, not only does this card have a really low HP, but it only has one move, and a move that doesn't do any damage and does nothing if you're only using one Frogadier in your deck.  So paired with Froakie from this set, I can only give this line a 1 out of 5 rating, definitely stay away.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Froakie -- BREAKpoint Pokemon Card Review

Froakie BREAKpoint Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Froakie from the BREAKpoint set.  Froakie is a basic, water type Pokemon card with an HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Froakie does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Bubble, for one water energy card this move paralyzes the defending Pokemon when you get a heads when flipping a coin.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Froakie is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Frogadier, and a Stage 2 evolution in Greninja, which I'll be reviewing the next couple of days, you'll more than likely want to use some of those Pokemon with this card, however, since I have not reviewed any of those cards yet, I will just act like Froakie does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  On its own, the strategy is very simple, do not use this card.  I say this because Froakie doesn't have a move that does any damage, and the one move that it does have, only works approximately 50% of the time, and when it does work it only paralyzes the defending Pokemon.  So even if you use this card with its evolution forms, I would recommend keeping this card on the bench.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a very poor Basic Pokemon card from the BREAKpoint set.  Besides having a solid HP, and low retreat cost, this card is just too limited in what it can do, only having one move, and the one move it has not only unable to do damage, but is based off of a coin flip as well.  So definitely look elsewhere when building a water type deck.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
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Monday, May 2, 2016

Swanna -- BREAKpoint Pokemon Card Review

Swanna BREAKpoint Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Swanna from the BREAKpoint Pokemon Card Set.  Swanna is a stage 1, water type Pokemon card, with an hp of 80. It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a free retreat cost.  Swanna does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Wing Attack and for one colorless energy card this move does 20 damage.  Swanna's second move is called Brave Bird and for three colorless energy cards this move does 80 damage, however this move does do 20 damage to itself.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Swanna is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Ducklett into play (I reviewed Ducklett from this set yesterday) and then evolve Ducklett into Swanna.  If you read yesterday's review of Ducklett, you'll know that I thought that card was a below average Basic Pokemon card.  It was pretty average overall with its solid HP and low retreat cost, and the fact it could do 20 damage a turn for only one energy card, but it was disappointing in that the one move it did have was completely based off of a coin flip.  So knowing this about Ducklett and looking at this Swanna card, this card continues the trend with this line of requiring only colorless energy cards to attack, meaning you could attack faster by using Double Colorless energy cards.  With that being said, it would make the most sense to set this card up on the bench, then when you need to knock out a Pokemon of your opponent's by doing 80 damage or less to it, you could move Swanna into the active Pokemon spot and use Brave Bird, then retreat it for free the next turn.  The reason you'll not want to keep Swanna in the active Pokemon spot for long is that not only does it have a low HP to begin with, but it does damage to itself when using Brave Bird.  So if you're looking for some Pokemon that can attack with any type energy, I would consider using a 1-1 line of this Pokemon family in a deck, but there are definitely better ones out there.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a slightly below average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the BREAKpoint set.  There are both some positives and negatives on this card, for positives this card uses only colorless energy cards to attack, has two moves, plus has a free retreat cost, unfortunately the negatives on this card outweigh the positives, with a low initial HP, and damage done to Swanna when attacking.  Overall, I would give the line of Ducklett and Swanna from this set a 2 out of 5 rating, the same rating I gave each Pokemon individually.

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