Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Slowbro -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Slowbro Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Slowbro from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Slowbro is a Stage 1, Psychic type Pokemon card, with a HP of 110. It has a x2 weakness to Psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Slowbro does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Amnesia, for one Colorless Energy card this move does 20 damage, plus it makes your opponent's Active Pokemon unable to use one of their moves during their next turn, the move is of your choosing.  Facade is the name of the second move on this card, for three Energy cards, one Psychic and two Colorless, this move does 50 damage plus 80 more damage if the defending Pokemon is either Burned or Poisoned.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Slowbro is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Slowpoke into play (I reviewed Slowpoke from this set yesterday) and then evolve Slowpoke into Slowbro.  If you read yesterday's review of Slowpoke, you'll know that I thought it was a below average Basic Pokemon card overall.  Although it could do damage when attacking for only one Energy card, its second move was underwhelming, and with a high retreat cost, it couldn't be used as a starter type Pokemon.  Knowing this about Slowpoke, and also knowing Slowking is available in the Burning Shadows set, this card is similar to Slowpoke in that it has two moves, but a very high retreat cost, so if you do use this line in a deck, you're going to want to figure out a way to retreat these Pokemon for free, with either a Trainer or Ability.  Potentially, you could keep Slowbro set up on the Bench, then switch it into the Active Pokemon spot to prevent a powerful Pokemon's attack, like a GX move, or a move on an EX card, other than that, you could switch it back and forth with a card that Burns or Poisons the defending Pokemon so you could do 130 damage a turn every turn with Facade.

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 overall.  Other than having a high HP, this card is average overall.  It does have an above average HP, and two decent moves, one that is more defensive, in Amnesia, and one that can do major damage in Facade.  Together with Slowpoke from this set, I would give the two cards a 3 out of 5 rating, as long as you can retreat these cards for free, they are worth considering when deck building.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Slowpoke -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Slowpoke Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Slowpoke from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Slowpoke is a Basic, Psychic type Pokemon card with a HP of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to Psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Slowpoke does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Headbutt, for one Colorless Energy card this move does 10 damage.  Whimsy Tackle is the name of Slowpoke's second move, for three Energy cards, one Psychic and two Colorless, this move does 60 damage, however, you must flip a coin when using this move, if you get a tails, the move does nothing.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Slowpoke is a Basic Pokemon card with two Stage 1 evolution forms in Slowbro and Slowking, you'll more than likely want to use Slowpoke with one or both of these Pokemon.  Slowking is in the Burning Shadows set but there is a Slowbro in Guardians Rising which I'll be reviewing tomorrow.  Taking a look at this Slowking card on its own, it could be used as a starter type Pokemon since it has an above average HP and can attack and do damage for only one Colorless Energy card.  However, with such a high retreat cost, and a second move that is pretty much worthless, there are much better Basic Pokemon to use out there in a Psychic type deck.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Slowbro or Slowking, this is a below average Basic Pokemon card.  This card does have a good HP and can attack quickly, but Whimsy Tackle requires too many Energy cards to use and is based off of a coin flip, and with a high retreat cost, it doesn't make for a very good starter type Pokemon.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Tapu Koko GX -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Tapu Koko GX Guardians Rising
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Tapu Koko GX from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Tapu Koko GX is a Basic, Lightning type Pokemon card, with a HP of 170.  This card does not have a weakness or a resistance type, and it has a two Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Tapu Koko GX's Ability is called Aero Trail, it says that when you move this card from your hand to your Bench, you may move any amount of Lightning type Energy cards from your other Pokemon to Tapu Koko GX, if you do this, you have to switch Tapu Koko GX with your Active Pokemon.  Besides the Ability, this card has one regular move and one GX move.  This card's regular move is called Sky-High Claws, for three Energy cards, two Lightning and one Colorless, this move does 130 damage.  Tapu Thunder GX is the name of this card's GX move, for three Energy cards, two Lightning and one Colorless, this move does 50 damage times the number of Energy cards attached to all of your opponent's Pokemon.

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 Tapu Koko card, so you do not need to first play Tapu Koko and then evolve it into Tapu Koko 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.  So knowing how a GX card works, this is a pretty great one to use in a Lightning type deck.  Ideally, you would keep this card in your hand until you want to use it in the Active Pokemon spot, you would then utilize its Ability, getting three Energy cards on it right away and putting it in the Active Pokemon spot, therefore allowing you to either do 130 damage with Sky-High Claws, or potentially limitless damage with Tapu Thunder GX.  I would definitely use this card for its GX move, you should easily be to able to knock out the defending Pokemon with its GX move, I think it is worth using just the once in a game.  So, if you're looking for some major power in your deck, plus a speedy card to set up, I would highly recommend this card.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an above average Pokemon GX from the Guardians Rising set.  Other than having a little lower HP than other GX cards this card is pretty good.  Although it can't be used as a starter type Pokemon, with its Ability, especially later in games, this card can become pretty dominant and I would definitely consider using this card in a deck.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Oricorio #46/145 -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Oricorio Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Oricorio from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Oricorio is a Basic, Lightning type Pokemon card with a HP of 90.  Oricorio has a x2 weakness to Fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Metal type Pokemon, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Oricorio does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  Feather Dance is the first move that this card has, for one Lightning Energy card this move makes Oricorio's Pom-Pom Punch move have a base damage of 100 instead of 20.  The aforementioned second move is called Pom-Pom Punch, for one Lightning Energy card this move does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Oricorio is a Basic Pokemon card with no evolution forms, you'll only have to use this card in a deck if you want to use Oricorio.  So knowing this, if you're building a Lightning type deck and are looking for a starter type Pokemon to use for your deck, I would highly recommend using this card.  Not only does it do above average damage with Pom-Pom Punch, doing 20 damage per turn for only one Energy card, but if you use Feather Dance first, you can do 60 damage per turn on average or 120 damage every other turn, which should knock out a majority of Basic Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 5 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion this is an excellent Basic Pokemon card from the Guardians Rising set.  Similar to the first Oricorio card that I reviewed from this set, this card is a great card overall, with no downsides, it has an above average HP, and two great moves.  There aren't many non Pokemon EX or Pokemon GX Pokemon that can do 120 damage for only one Energy card.  So, if you're building a Lightning type deck, I would certainly consider using up to 4 of these cards.

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