Friday, November 21, 2014

Venomoth -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Venomoth Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Venomoth from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Venomoth is a stage 1, grass type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Venomoth does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Dizzying Wind, this move requires one grass type energy card and the move makes your opponent flip a coin during their next turn if they play a trainer card, if they get a tails, the trainer card they used has no effect.  Venomoth's other move is called Noxious Scales, this move requires three energy cards, two colorless and one grass, and does 50 damage, plus it confuses and poisons the defending Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Venomoth is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Venonat into play (I reviewed Venonat from this set yesterday) and then evolve Venonat into Venomoth.  If you read yesterday's review of Venonat, you'll know that I thought that card was an average Basic Pokemon card, it had a solid HP and low retreat cost, plus one good move, it just took a little longer to execute than I would have liked.  So knowing this about Venonat and looking at Venomoth from this set, I could see using a 2-1 line of Venonat and Venomoth in a deck.  I would use Venonat as the starter type Pokemon, get two energy cards on it, use its only move for a couple of turns, then evolve Venonat into Venomoth.  If you use Venomoth at the beginning of the game, 50 damage should knock out many Pokemon in two turns, later in the game is when you will benefit by being able to both poison and confuse the defending Pokemon.  Even though this card only has 90 HP, because it has a low retreat cost, this card can still work fine later in games.

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 Phantom Forces set.  There is nothing that really stands out to me with this card, everything is average, thus making me give it an average rating.  Venomoth's first move, Dizzying Wind, doesn't do much for me, but I would make sure to have three energy cards on Venomoth at all times.  So together with Venonat from this set, I would give the two cards a 3 out of 5 rating, both cards received 3 ratings individually and combined.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Venonat -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Venonat Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Venonat from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  This is the first card in the Phantom Forces set.  Venonat is a basic, grass type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Venonat does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move it has is called Stun Spore, this move requires two energy cards, one each of grass and colorless, and does 20 damage, plus it paralyzes the defending Pokemon if you get a heads when flipping a coin.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Venonat is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Venomoth, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own this card would be a decent starter type Pokemon for a grass type deck, it has a low retreat cost and average HP.  All you need to do is get two energy cards on this card, so you'll have to endure a turn of attacking or hope your opponent also has a slower Pokemon in the active Pokemon spot.  Once you get two energy cards on Venonat you can use Stun Spore every turn, and if you do get lucky and get a heads when using the move, your opponent won't be able to attack, thus giving you more time to set up your benched Pokemon while Venonat is still in the active Pokemon spot.  Because this card is a little slower, I wouldn't recommend using more than 1 or 2 of these in a deck, and would definitely look elsewhere too before putting this card into it.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Venonat, this card is average to slightly below average.  Even though I wish Venonat's only move was a bit quicker, once you get two energy cards on it, Stun Spore does do average damage plus can do more by inflicting a special condition.  So it has everything average, HP, retreat cost, and one move, so this card is definitely worth consideration when building a grass type deck.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Noibat -- Furious Fists Pokemon Card Review

Noibat Furious Fists Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Noibat from the Furious Fists Pokemon Card Set.  Noibat is a basic, colorless type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Noibat does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move is called Tackle, and for one colorless energy card it does 10 damage.  Noibat's second move is called Gust, and for two colorless energy cards, the move does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Noibat is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Noivern, which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago, you'll definitely want to use this card with that card since I gave Noivern, which is a darkness type Pokemon that requires darkness and psychic type energy cards, a 4 out of 5 rating.  Because Noivern is very good, especially in a spread damage type deck, I would make sure to include a 2-2 line of Noibat and Noivern in a deck.  You could easily start the game with this Noibat card in the active Pokemon spot since it can attack quickly and does a fair amount of damage for the amount of energy cards it requires.  So I would move this card to the active Pokemon spot to start the game, use Tackle the first turn, Gust the second, and try and evolve Noibat into Noivern the third time.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, this Noibat card is an average Basic Pokemon card from the Furious Fists set.  It can easily be used on its own, since it can use any type energy cards, and it also should be used with Noivern from this set.  Combined with Noivern, I would give these two Pokemon a 4 out of 5 rating, I would highly recommend this line for any spread damage, psychic, or darkness type deck.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tornadus -- Furious Fists Pokemon Card Review

Tornadus Furious Fists Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Tornadus from the Furious Fists Pokemon Card Set.  Tornadus is a basic, colorless type Pokemon card with an hp of 110, it has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Tornadus does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Push Down, this move requires two colorless energy cards to use and does 20 damage, plus you may have your opponent switch their active Pokemon with one of their benched Pokemon.  Tornadus's second move is called Twister Throw, this move requires three colorless energy cards and does 60 damage plus 60 more damage if you have the same number of cards in your hand as your opponent.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Tornadus is a basic Pokemon with no evolutions, you only have to use this Pokemon in your deck if you want to use this card.  With that being said, this card could work well in any type deck since it is a colorless type deck.  Even though the moves are a little slower on Tornadus, because it only has a one colorless energy card retreat cost, you can use Tornadus in the active Pokemon spot for a bit, retreat it, and easily start attacking again when you put it back into the active Pokemon spot.  If I were to use this card in a deck I would only use a maximum of one of this card, and I would try and work it out to have the same number of cards in my hand each time as my opponent so Twister Throw would do 120 damage every single turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average Basic Pokemon card from the Furious Fists set.  This card does have a good HP and low retreat cost, plus two moves, but neither move in my opinion is that far above average that it would make me change my rating of the card.  This card can definitely be a solid addition to any type deck, especially if you can make the card do 120 damage every single turn.

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