Friday, December 19, 2014

Heliolisk -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Heliolisk Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Heliolisk from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Heliolisk is a stage 1, lightning type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Heliolisk does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Pound, for one lightning energy card this move does 30 damage.  Heliolisk's second move is called Parabolic Spark, this move requires two energy cards, one each of lightning and colorless, and does 30 damage times the number of lightning energy cards you choose to discard from all of your Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Heliolisk is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Helioptile into play (I reviewed both Helioptile cards from this set the past few days) and then evolve one of those Helioptile cards into Heliolisk.  If you read both of my reviews on Helioptile, I thought they both were average cards, it just depends on the type of card you like to use.  The first Helioptile card in this set was a little slower on the attack but could do up to 50 damage a turn, the second Helioptile card could do only 20 damage a turn but could attack for only one energy card. I personally liked the first Helioptile card better, but if you choose to use Helioptile with Heliolisk it probably won't matter much as you'll try to evolve Helioptile right away.  I would mainly try and use this Pokemon line in the beginning of a game and probably use Pound most turns, or just stick with the first Helioptile card and try and do 50 damage a turn.  Heliolisk's Parabolic Spark move could do major damage, but you'll want to make sure you have a way to get the lightning type energy cards you discarded back into your hand or deck before using that move at all.  If I were to use this Pokemon family in a deck, I would include a 2-1 line of the first Helioptile card and Heliolisk.  I would try my luck with Helioptile at the start of the game by attaching a Trick Coin tool to it before evolving it into Heliolisk.

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.  This card has an average HP, low retreat cost, and two average moves.  I do like how quick Heliolisk is in attacking being able to do 30 damage for only one energy card, but Parabolic Spark will take some time to set up, and probably is too risky of a move for me, I wouldn't want to remove 3 or 4 energy cards from my own Pokemon just to attack with Heliolisk.  So overall, if you're building a lightning type deck, you can't really go wrong with using any of the Pokemon in this line from this set.  I gave every card a 3 out of 5 rating, and that is what I'm giving the line combined.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Helioptile #29/119 -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Helioptile Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Helioptile from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  This is the second consecutive Helioptile card I have reviewed.  Helioptile is a Basic, lightning type Pokemon card, with an hp of 50.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Helioptile does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Quick Attack, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage, plus if you get a heads when you flip a coin, it does 10 more damage.  Helioptile's second move is called Static Shock, this move does 30 damage for three energy cards, two colorless and one lightning.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Helioptile is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Heliolisk, 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, however I will compare the two Helioptile cards in this set later in the post.  So, on its own this card could be used as a starter type Pokemon, since it can do up to 20 damage for only one energy card.  So really, either Helioptile card could be used in a deck without Heliolisk.  I myself would go with the one from yesterday because it can do up to 50 damage per turn, it is just a little slower but it does have more energy.  If you choose to use this card in a deck, don't use more than 1 or 2, get it into the active Pokemon spot right away, and use Quick Attack every turn.  I would attach the Trick Coin tool card to this card thus giving you a better shot at getting a heads when using the move.  That way, you only have to put one energy card on Helioptile and then can set up the Pokemon on your bench.  I wouldn't use Static Shock on this card unless I was planning on evolving Helioptile into Heliolisk, it requires too many energy cards and does too little damage plus a Pokemon with only 50 HP shouldn't need 3 energy cards to attack.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an average to slightly below average Basic Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  Both cards Helioptile cards from this set are average cards, but the one from yesterday is definitely better.  If this card had a little better HP, they would be quite even, but because it only has 50, I would recommend yesterday's card more.  I do like that this card can attack for only one energy card, which is an advantage over the slower, more powerful Helioptile card from yesterday.  So if you are building a lightning type deck, either Helioptile card would work.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Helioptile #28/119 -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Helioptile Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Helioptile from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  This is the first of two consecutive Helioptile cards I'll be reviewing from this set.  Helioptile is a Basic, lightning type Pokemon card, with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Helioptile does not have an Ability and it only has one move called Tail Rap, this move requires two energy cards, one each of lightning and colorless, and does 10 damage, plus 20 more damage for each heads you get when you flip two coins, so this move can potentially do 50 damage a turn.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Helioptile is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Heliolisk, which I'll be reviewing in two days, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, and haven't reviewed the second Helioptile card from this set, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution and I know nothing about the second Helioptile card.  So, on its own I could definitely see using one of these cards in a deck, I would try and get this card into the active Pokemon spot to start the game, attach a Trick Coin tool to it, get two energy cards on Helioptile and use Tail Rap every turn.  With Trick Coin, you have two chances of getting heads twice and being able to do 50 damage a turn for only two energy cards, even if you hit heads 50 percent of the time, 30 damage on a Basic Pokemon card like this is a good amount of damage.

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 Phantom Forces set.  This card has an average HP, low retreat cost, and one move, albeit a little slower move, but one with some luck can do a good amount of damage.  So if you're building a lightning type deck and are looking for a starter type Pokemon, I would definitely encourage you to take a look at this card, it comes with some risk, but it should reward you greatly if you choose to use this card.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Galvantula -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Galvantula Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Galvantula from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Galvantula is a stage 1, lightning type Pokemon card, with an hp of 80.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Galvantula does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Cobweb Trip, for one lightning energy card this move allows you to move your opponent's active Pokemon to their bench and move one of their benched Pokemon into that spot, plus it confuses the newly active Pokemon.  Galvantula's second move is called Electroweb, this move requires three energy cards to use, two colorless and one lightning, and does 60 damage, plus your opponent can't retreat their active Pokemon during their next turn.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Galvantula is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Joltik into play (I reviewed Joltik from this set yesterday) and then evolve Joltik into Galvantula.  If you read yesterday's review of Joltik, you'll know that I thought that card was very poor, the main cause of this was because the card only had 30 HP, which made it pretty much unable to use in the active Pokemon spot because it would get knocked out right away.  So knowing this about Joltik and looking at this Galvantula card, if you want to use this Pokemon family in a deck, definitely don't use more than a 1-1 line because both Pokemon have extremely low HP.  I would recommend setting up this line on the bench and getting 3 energy cards onto Galvantula before putting it into the active Pokemon spot.  I would then use Cobweb Trip the first turn, moving one of your opponent's weaker Pokemon into the active Pokemon spot, then the next turn using Electroweb to hopefully knock that Pokemon out, I would continue with that strategy for as long as possible.  This Galvantula card may work well in a spread damage type deck as well because if the benched Pokemon have damage on them already, it will be that much easier to knock them out with Electroweb.

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.  Besides having a lower HP, I like everything else on this card.  It has a low retreat cost, and two moves that work very well together.  If you are patient when playing the TCG, and can use Cobweb Trip one turn and Electroweb the next, this Galvantula card can be very good to you.  Overall, I would give Joltik and Galvantula from the Phantom Forces set a 2 out of 5 rating, individually I gave Joltik a 1 and Galvantula a 3.

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