Monday, October 23, 2017

Butterfree -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Butterfree Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Butterfree from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Burning Shadows is a Stage 2, Grass type Pokemon card, with a HP of 120.  It has a x2 weakness to Fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Bye-Bye Heal, for one Grass Energy card, this move is able to heal all damage from all of your Pokemon, however, after using this move, you must shovel Butterfree and all cards attached to it back into your deck.  Butterfree's second move is called Stun Spore, for three Energy cards, one Grass and two Colorless, this move does 60 damage, plus, if you get a heads when flipping a coin, the defending Pokemon is Paralyzed, meaning it can't attack your Active Pokemon during its next turn.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Butterfree is a Stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Caterpie into play and then evolve it into Metapod before you can evolve Metapod into Butterfree, 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 cards were pretty poor overall, I actually gave Caterpie a 0 out of 5 rating, mainly due to the fact it had a low HP, and a slow attack, and when it could attack, it only had a 50% chance of attacking, I saw no scenario with that card where you'd want it in the Active Pokemon spot.  Although Metapod was a tiny bit better than Caterpie, I still gave it a poor rating, it also had a low HP, and it was pretty weak on the attack, having only one move that did damage, and doing only 20 maximum damage when attacking.  The card could heal damage from itself, but late in games, a Pokemon with only 80 HP isn't going to cut it.  So knowing this about the first two Pokemon in this line, at least from the Burning Shadows set, and looking at this Butterfree card, there is certainly a reason to use this card in a deck, mainly because of its Bye-Bye Heal move, which only requires one Energy.  Ideally, you'd only use a 1-1-1 line of this entire line, since the first two Pokemon are so bad, and then set this line up on the Bench, you could include many Pokemon in your deck with free retreat costs, or use Trainer cards or a Pokemon's Ability to continuously retreat your Pokemon so essentially all of your Pokemon in play have damage on them, you could then move Butterfree into the Active Pokemon for one turn and use Bye-Bye Heal.  I really like the fact that you can shuffle Butterfree and all cards attached to it back into your deck, therefore allowing you to use less of this line to use it again, and giving you more Energy cards in your deck if you don't plan on using Butterfree's healing move again.  As always, Stage 2 cards are slow to set up, but I think its Bye-Bye Heal is so good, that you'll want to try and fit this Pokemon line into a deck, it can replace lots of Trainer cards that remove damage from your Pokemon, and as long as you don't let your own Pokemon get knocked out, it can almost start your battle all the way over, giving all of your Pokemon full health.  This is a card I could even see being banned in the future if used heavily, since it may prolong games too much.

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 Burning Shadows set.  If you're building a Grass type deck, looking to heal lots of damage at once from your Pokemon, or have a deck without Pokemon that can retreat for free, this is a Pokemon line that should be included in your deck.  I restrained myself from giving this card a 5 out of 5 rating mainly due to the fact it is a Stage 2 Pokemon card and it only does have 120 HP, it does have two great moves, but you'll probably only ever use Bye-Bye Heal.  Together with Caterpie and Metapod from this set, which I gave 0 and 1 ratings respectively, I would still give this entire line a 4 out of 5 rating, the line can be set up on the Bench, and you'll never have to use the first two Pokemon in the Active Pokemon spot.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Metapod -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Metapod Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Metapod from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card set.  Metapod is a Stage 1, Grass type Pokemon card, with a HP of 80.  It has a x2 weakness to Fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Metapod does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Ram, for one Grass Energy card, this move does 20 damage.  Shed Skin is the second move on this card, for two Colorless Energy cards, this move heals 40 damage from Metapod.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Metapod is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Caterpie into play (I reviewed Caterpie from this set yesterday) and then evolve Caterpie into Metapod.  Caterpie does have a Stage 2 evolution in Butterfree, 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 Metapod is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my review of Caterpie you'll know that it was an extremely poor Basic Pokemon card overall, not only did it have a low HP, which makes it pretty much impossible to play later in games, but the only move on the card required two Energy cards to attack, and only had a 50% chance of doing damage when attacking.  I recommended avoiding this Caterpie card at all costs, and never putting the card into the Active Pokemon spot.  Knowing this about Caterpie from the Burning Shadows set and looking at this Metapod card, this card is a tiny bit better than Caterpie, mainly because it has a higher HP, which a Stage 1 card should have, and it can do the same amount of damage as Caterpie, but can do that amount of damage every turn and for one Energy card less.  The only reason you'd want to use Shed Skin on this card is if you have this card in the Active Pokemon spot before you can evolve Metapod into Butterfree.  So does it make sense to use the first two Pokemon in this line without Butterfree, probably not.  For a Stage 1 Pokemon, this card has a low HP, making it very vulnerable later in games, and with only one move doing damage, unless you plan on using this card in the Active Pokemon spot to stall and give you time to set up your Benched Pokemon, Shed Skin has little use.

Pokemon Card Rating:  
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a below average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Burning Shadows set.  Although this card is better than Caterpie, it isn't that much better, combined with Caterpie from the Burning Shadows set, I would give these two cards a 1 out of 5 rating.  Neither Pokemon has a high HP, both are limited in what it can do when attacking, and both are weak any more than a turn into the game.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Caterpie -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Caterpie Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Caterpie from the Burning Shadows set.  This is the first card that I've reviewed from the Burning Shadows set.  Caterpie is a Basic, Grass type Pokemon card with a HP of 50.  It has a x2 weakness to Fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move on this card is called Surprise Attack, for one Grass Energy card, this move does 20 damage, however you must flip a coin when using this attack, if you get a tails, the move does nothing.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Caterpie is a Basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Metapod, and a Stage 2 evolution in Butterfree, 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 Caterpie does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  On its own, there is absolutely no reason to use this card in a deck.  Yes, 20 damage per turn for only one Energy card is decent, but considering there is only a 50% chance of doing damage when attacking, and considering the fact this card has a very low HP of only 50 and will have no use later in games, there is no use for this card in a deck, especially on its own and anywhere but on the Bench.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 0 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is about as poor of Basic Pokemon card out there.  Like I mentioned above, this card has a low HP, is very limited in having just one attack, and even its one attack is limited in being based off a coin flip.  Considering this is the first card that I've reviewed from Burning Shadows, this set has nowhere to go but up!

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Drampa GX -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Drampa Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Drampa GX from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Drampa GX is a Basic, Colorless type Pokemon card, with a HP of 180.  This card has a x2 weakness to Fighting type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Drampa GX does not have an Ability but it does have three total moves with one GX move.  The first move on this card is called Righteous Edge, for one Colorless Energy card, this move does 20 damage, plus this move allows you to discard a Special Energy card attached to your opponent's Active Pokemon.  For three Colorless Energy cards, Berserk does 80 damage, plus 70 more damage if your Benched Pokemon have any damage counters on them.  The GX move on this card is called Big Wheel GX, for one Colorless Energy card, this move allows you to shuffle your hand into your deck, then draw 10 cards.

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 Drampa card, so you do not need to first play Drampa and then evolve it into Drampa 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 card has two advantages, first it is a Basic Pokemon, so it can be set up very quickly, and second it is a Colorless type Pokemon card, so it fits into any type deck.  Big Wheel GX is certainly a GX move you'll want to use in your deck, you can use this move immediately to start the game to refresh your hand and potentially get lots of great cards into your hand that you need to get your strategy rolling, all for only one Energy card.  Special Energy cards like Burning Energy and Double Colorless Energy are very popular in today's game, so although Righteous Edge doesn't do much damage, it can certainly prevent your opponent from attacking.  My favorite move on this card is Berserk, which does 150 damage per turn for three Energy cards, only two Energy cards if you use a Double Colorless Energy.  This card can do major damage if you have a card that does damage to your own Pokemon, or if you retreat your damaged Pokemon from the Active Pokemon spot.  So overall, with this card, there are lots of things you can do with it, from preventing your opponent from attacking, doling out major damage, or getting lots of new cards into your hand.  So regardless of the type of deck you're building, this card is pretty good overall, and certainly worth using.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an excellent Pokemon GX card overall.  Like I mentioned above, this card has lots of things going for it, from the fact it is a Basic Pokemon, to the ability to utilize three distinct moves on the card.  The only downside in my opinion, is that once you've used the GX move and if your opponent isn't using any Special Energy cards, it is somewhat slow to attack, requiring three Energy cards to do major damage, 20 damage for one Energy card isn't very good for a GX card.

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