Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Metagross GX -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Metagross GX Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Metagross GX from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Metagross GX is a Stage 2, Metal type Pokemon card, with a HP of 250.  It has a x2 weakness to Fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Psychic type Pokemon, and a three Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Metagross GX has an Ability plus two moves.  Its Ability is called Geotech System and says that once per turn, you may attach a Metal or Psychic type Energy card from your discard pile to your Active Pokemon.  Besides the Ability, Metagross GX's first move is called Giga Hammer, for three Energy cards, two Metal and one Colorless, this move does 150 damage, however you can't use this move two turns in a row.  The GX move on this card is called Algorithm GX, for one Colorless Energy card, this move allows you to search your deck for up to 5 cards and put them into your hand.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, first off, the way a Pokemon GX works is that it is used instead of a regular Metagross card, so if you have Metang in play, you evolve that Pokemon directly into Metagross GX.  In play, only one GX move can be used during the entire game, and once a Pokemon GX is knocked out, two prize cards are taken instead of one.  Since Metagross GX is a Stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Beldum into play and then evolve it into Metang before you can evolve Metang into Metagross GX, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them in the past.  If you've read my reviews of those cards you'll know that I thought both cards were below average overall.  Both cards had solid HP and could do a fair amount of damage when attacking, but both cards had at least one move where you needed to discard an Energy after attacking, so unless you plan on having a Metagross GX on your Bench while you have Beldum or Metang in the Active Pokemon spot, neither of the first two Pokemon in this line are worth using in the Active Pokemon spot.  The only reason you'd really want to use Metagross GX in a deck is if you're building a Metal, Psychic, or dual type deck, therefore you could utilize Metagross' Ability and attach Energy cards to your Active Pokemon from the discard pile.  Although this is a decent Ability, it has its limitations, the first being you need Energy cards in your discard pile before you can retrieve them, the other disadvantage is that you can only attach the Energy cards to your Active Pokemon, not your Benched Pokemon.  Although Giga Hammer does major damage, since you can use the move 2 turns in a row, you're out of luck with this card if you have already used its GX move or don't want to use it, especially since this card has a high retreat cost.  Algorithm GX can certainly set up your deck quickly, but since Metagross GX is a Stage 2 card, it will take awhile before you can actually use the GX move.  So again, unless you really can utilize this card's Ability, I would pass on using this entire line in a deck.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a below average GX Pokemon card from the Guardians Rising set.  Although this card has a decent Ability, can do major damage with its normal move, and its GX move can certainly help a deck, I still think this card is below average overall, mainly because it is too limited in what it can do, and takes too long to set up.  On the whole, this entire line gets a 2 out of 5 rating from me, the same rating each card in this line received individually.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Metang -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Metang Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Metang from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card set.  Metang is a Stage 1, Metal type Pokemon card, with a HP of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to Fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Psychic type Pokemon, and a three Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Metang does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Ram, for one Colorless Energy card this move does 20 damage.  Core Beam is the second move on this card, for three Energy cards, two Metal and one Colorless, this move does 80 damage, however, after using this move, a Metal type Energy card must be discarded from Metang.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Metang is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Beldum into play (I reviewed Beldum from this set yesterday) and then evolve Beldum into Metang.  Beldum does have a Stage 2 evolution in Metagross GX, 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 Metang is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my review of Beldum, you'll know that I thought that card was a below average Basic Pokemon card overall.  It did have a solid HP, low retreat cost, and could do 20 damage a turn for only one Energy card, but the card was limited in that it just had the one move, and its only move made you discard an Energy card each time the move was used.  So knowing this about Beldum and looking at this Metang card, this card is similar to Beldum in that it has a solid HP, and two decent moves, but the more powerful move on this card makes you discard an Energy card each time you attack, plus, this card has a very high retreat cost, which makes me want to not use this card in a deck.  I would much rather just evolve this entire line on the Bench and set up Metagross GX on the Bench instead of using Beldum and/or Metang in the Active Pokemon spot first.

Pokemon Card Rating:  
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a below average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Guardians Rising set.  Despite having a solid HP and two moves, I would not recommend using this card in a deck mainly because of its high retreat cost, and the fact you have to discard an Energy card when attacking.  Together with Beldum from this set, which I gave a 2 out of 5 rating, both cards combined get that same 2 out of 5 rating, look elsewhere if you're building a Metal type deck.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Beldum -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Beldum Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Beldum from the Guardians Rising set.  Beldum is a Basic, Metal type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to Fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Psychic type Pokemon, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Beldum does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  Its only move is called Core Beam, for one Metal Energy card, this move does 20 damage, however you must discard a Metal type Energy attached to Beldum after using this move.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Beldum is a Basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Metang, and a Stage 2 evolution in Metagross, 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 Beldum does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  On its own, although this card can attack quickly and do above average damage, because it just has the one move, and you need to continuously attach Energy cards to Beldum in order to attack, I would either not use this card in a deck at all, or keep it on the Bench to help evolve this line into Metagross GX.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a below average Basic Pokemon card from the Guardians Rising set.  This card does have a solid HP, low retreat cost, and a quick move, but because you need to discard an Energy card each time you attack with this card, it isn't worth using in a deck on its own.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pangoro -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Pangoro Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Pangoro from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Pangoro is a Stage 1, Darkness type Pokemon card, with a HP of 130. It has a x2 weakness to Fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Psychic type Pokemon, and a three Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Pangoro does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Sky Uppercut, for three Energy cards, one Darkness and two Colorless, this move does 70 damage.  Pangoro's second move is called Magnum Punch, for four Energy cards, one Darkness and three Colorless, this move does 130 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Pangoro is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Pancham into play (I reviewed Pancham from this set about a week ago) and then evolve Pancham into Pangoro.  If you read my review of Pancham, you'll know that I thought it was a below average Basic Pokemon card overall.  The card was very limited in only having one move, that was slow on the attack, requiring two Fighting type Energy cards, and although it could do up to 60 damage, the more damage on Pancham, the less damage it could do.  So knowing that Pancham from this set is a Fighting type Pokemon, and noticing that Pangoro requires Darkness type Energy to attack, I would recommend either putting this line in a dual type deck, or just using a 1-1 line of this Pokemon family, and setting up Pangoro on the Bench.  The strategy is very straightforward with this card, since all this card can do is attack.  Once set up, being able to do 130 damage per turn is great, but just remember, this card also has a high retreat cost.  So if you're okay with a card that requires a lot of Energy to attack and one that is slow to attack, this card is worth consideration in a deck.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Guardians Rising set.  Although extremely slow to attack, and a card with a very high retreat cost, if you're looking for some power in your deck, this card fits the bill.  Combined with Pancham from this set, I can only give these two cards a 2 out of 5 rating.

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