Thursday, November 27, 2014

Karrablast -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Karrablast Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Karrablast from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Karrablast is a basic, grass type Pokemon card with an hp of 50.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Karrablast does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Peck, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage.  Karrablast's second move is called Headbutt, for two energy cards, one each of grass and colorless, this move does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Karrablast is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Escavalier, which I'll be reviewing in a couple of weeks since it is a metal type Pokemon, 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 if you're building a grass type deck and are looking for starter type Pokemon cards, I would definitely recommend giving this card a look.  Outside of having a little lower HP than I'd like, this card is pretty good.  You can put it into the active Pokemon spot to start the game, do 10 damage the first turn, attach another energy card to it the second turn and do 20 damage every turn after that while getting your other Pokemon set up.  I could see myself using 1 or 2 of these cards in a grass type deck.  Just a word of warning, if you plan to use this card with Escavalier, you'll definitely want to make sure that you have the right energy cards in your deck for both.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Escavalier, this card is an average Basic Pokemon card.  The only thing I am down on with this card is its HP, but everything else is good and makes it a worthy starter type Pokemon.  It has a low retreat cost, and two solid moves.  So you definitely can't go wrong by using this card as a starter type Pokemon card in your deck.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Karrablast from the Phantom Forces set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Fletchinder, which is from this same set.  Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Leavanny -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Leavanny Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Leavanny from the Furious Fists Pokemon Card Set.  Leavanny is a stage 2, grass type Pokemon card, with an hp of 130.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Leavanny does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Coordinate, for one grass energy card, this move allows you to attach a Pokemon tool card to two of your benched Pokemon that do not have Pokemon tool cards on them.  Leavanny's second move is called Leaf Storm, for three energy cards, two grass and one colorless, this move does 70 damage, plus it heals 20 damage from each of your grass Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Leavanny is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Sewaddle into play and then evolve it into Swadloon before you can evolve Swadloon into Leavanny, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them the last couple of days.  If you've read my reviews of those cards you'll know that I thought both cards were below average, and I wouldn't have recommended using either of them without this Leavanny card, I actually gave the first two Pokemon in this line a combined rating of 1 out of 5.  So knowing this and looking at Leavanny, if you decide to use this Pokemon family in a deck, I would make sure to only use Leavanny in the active Pokemon spot, the first two Pokemon are too weak.  I would make sure to have three energy cards on Leavanny then move it into the active Pokemon spot and use Leaf Storm every turn.  The more grass Pokemon in your deck the better, because then Leaf Storm can heal more Pokemon.  You'll also want to find Pokemon that have low retreat costs so that you can easily retreat your damaged Pokemon out of the active Pokemon spot and then heal them with Leaf Storm.  I personally wouldn't use this line in a deck, but if you decide to, I would use 1 of each Pokemon.

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 Phantom Forces set.  I like that this card has a very low retreat cost and two moves, one being very good.  Unfortunately this above average card is the highest evolution of a pretty poor line of Pokemon in the Phantom Forces set, so I can't recommend using the line in a deck, I would give the entire line a 2 out of 5 rating, individually Sewaddle was a 2, Swadloon a 1, and Leavanny a 4.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Swadloon -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Swadloon Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Swadloon from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card set.  Swadloon is a stage 1, grass type Pokemon card, with an hp of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Swadloon does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Protect, for one grass energy card this move prevents all effects of an attack by your opponent done to Swadloon during their next turn if you get a heads when flipping a coin.  Swadloon's second move is called Corkscrew Punch, this move requires three energy cards, two grass and one colorless, and does 40 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Swadloon is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Sewaddle into play (I reviewed Sewaddle from this set yesterday) and then evolve Sewaddle into Swadloon.  Swadloon does have a stage 2 evolution in Leavanny 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 Swadloon is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read yesterday's review of Sewaddle, you'll know that I thought the card was a below average Basic Pokemon card, at least on its own.  The card had a little lower HP than I'd like, and it took two energy cards to actually attack.  However, when using that card with this Swadloon card, Sewaddle isn't so bad.  So knowing this about Sewaddle and looking at this Swadloon card, if you aren't using Leavanny with the first two Pokemon in this line, please stay away from this Swadloon card.  All this card really does is give your team time to stall, while you wait to get Levanny into play.  Swadloon's only move that does damage does way below average damage for the amount of energy cards it requires and with only 70 HP, if you try and move this card into the active Pokemon spot later in the game it will be knocked out in no time.  So I would not recommend using this Swadloon card in a deck with just Sewaddle.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a very poor Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  I like that this card has a low retreat cost and two moves, but the card has too low of an HP for my liking and neither move on this card is very good.  If you're building a grass type deck, there are much better Pokemon out there to use than the ones in this line.  Together, I would give the line of Sewaddle and Swadloon a 1 out of 5 rating, both are very poor individually and together.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Sewaddle -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Sewaddle Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Sewaddle from the Phantom Forces set.  Sewaddle is a basic, grass type Pokemon card with an hp of 50.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Sewaddle does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Nap, this move requires one grass type energy card and heals 20 damage from Sewaddle.  Sewaddle's second move is called Bug Bite, this move requires two energy cards, one each of colorless and grass, and does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Sewaddle is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Sewaddle and a stage 2 evolution in Leavanny, which I'll be reviewing the next two days, you'll more than likely want to use those cards with this Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed those cards yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolutions.  So on its own, I probably wouldn't recommend using this card in a deck, just because of its low HP and the fact it can't attack without two energy cards on it.  I would have no problem using this card with the rest of this Pokemon family, but on its own, I wouldn't use this card, and even if I did, I would make sure to use not more than 1.  If you did use one of these in your deck, I would get it into the active Pokemon spot early, and use Nap first if Sewaddle has any damage on it, then Bug Bite after that, and then make sure to retreat it as soon as I get a better Pokemon set up on the bench.

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 Phantom Forces set.  This card does have some good things about it, like the fact it has two moves and a low retreat cost.  But this card gets a lower rating from me because it has a low HP, and neither move it has is that great, making this card inferior to most Basic Pokemon cards out there.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
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Besides Phantom Forces, what was the newest English set to include the full line of Sewaddle, Swadloon, and Leavanny?
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