Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Weezing -- Fates Collide Pokemon Card Review

Weezing Fates Collide Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Weezing from the Fates Collide Pokemon Card Set.  Weezing is a stage 1, psychic type Pokemon card, with an hp of 110. It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Weezing does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Balloon Bomb, for two colorless energy cards this move allows you to discard the top 2 cards from your opponent's deck for each heads you get when you flip 2 coins.  Weezing second move is called Thick Liquid and for three energy cards, two colorless and one psychic, this move does 80 damage, however the move does confuse and poison both active Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Weezing is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Koffing into play (I reviewed Koffing from this set yesterday) and then evolve Koffing into Weezing.  If you read yesterday's review of Koffing, you'll know that I thought it was a very poor Basic Pokemon card, mainly because it couldn't do any damage when attacking and the only move it did have just allowed you to put more Koffing cards into play.  So knowing this about Koffing and looking at this Weezing card, unless you're specifically trying to beat your opponent by making them use all of the cards in their deck, I would avoid this line entirely.  Weezing is slow on the attack and has a high retreat cost so it doesn't make sense to use more than 1 in a deck, therefore making Koffing that much worse.  Thick Liquid does do above average damage, but you will need to include Trainer cards in your deck or have Pokemon with Abilities to heal Weezing all of the time if you want to use that move at all.  So again, I would recommend staying away from this line entirely.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a below average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Fates Collide set.  Even though this card has plenty of positives, like a high HP, and two moves, this card just isn't that good overall with a very high retreat cost, two slower moves, and just lots of additional cards needed for this card to be useful.  Together with Koffing from this set, I can only give this line a 1 out of 5 rating, it is very poor and not recommended to use.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Koffing -- Fates Collide Pokemon Card Review

Koffing Fates Collide Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Koffing from the Fates Collide Pokemon Card Set.  Koffing is a basic, psychic type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost. Koffing does not have an Ability and it only has one move called Division, for one psychic energy card this move allows you to search your deck for up to 2 Koffing cards and put them onto your bench.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Koffing is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Weezing, 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, I cannot recommend using this card, the main reason being that this card can't attack and the only thing it can do is get more Koffing into play, so you would either have to use Koffing from a different set (newest set other than Fates Collide is Plasma Storm) or use Koffing with multiple Weezing so that you could evolve multiple Koffing at once.  Since any other Koffing card is too old in standard format, your only choice is to not use this card at all or make sure to use multiple Weezing in your deck too.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Weezing, this card is extremely poor and has no use in the TCG.  Since this card can't attack and only can bring more Koffing into play, this card should not be used.  There is really no other reason to even consider this card, just don't play it.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

M Alakazam EX -- -Fates Collide Pokemon Card Review

Mega Alakazam EX Fates Collide
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of M Alakazam EX from the Fates Collide Pokemon Card Set.  M Alakazam EX is a Mega Evolution, EX, psychic type Pokemon card with an hp of 210. It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  M Alakazam does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Zen Force and for two energy cards, one each of psychic and colorless, does 10 damage plus 30 more damage for each damage counter on your opponent's active Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
Before I start with the strategy, remember that this card is a Mega Evolution card and an EX card so if you use this card in your deck and it gets knocked out, your opponent gets to take two prize cards instead of one and when you evolve an EX card into its Mega Evolution, your turn ends, you cannot do anything else.  So knowing these things, you'll always want to use Mega Evolution cards with caution, with that being said, you'll always want to use the appropriate Spirit Link trainer card do evolve the EX card into its Mega EX form so you don't have to end your turn.  So knowing how Mega EX cards worth and knowing that Alakazam EX from this set is pretty good overall, having an excellent Ability that does damage to both your opponent's active Pokemon and benched Pokemon when evolving, plus spreading damage when using its move, this Mega EX card works very well with Alakazam, since both cards are spread attack type cards and this card can do major damage to your opponent's active Pokemon if it has a fair amount of damage on it already.  So I would recommend using a 1-1-1 line of this Pokemon family in a spread attack type deck, 1 each of Alakazam EX, Mega Alakazam EX, and the Alakazam Spirit Link card.  Try to get Alakazam into the active Pokemon spot early and start spreading damage around, then after using Alakazam a few turns, evolve it into the Mega version and attack your opponent's active Pokemon, assuming they already have damage on them from Alakazam, you should be able to knock out several Pokemon in a row.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average Mega EX Pokemon card on its own, but combined with Alakazam EX, which is always going to be used with this card, the card is above average overall since your opponent's Pokemon should have damage on them already and thus this card can do major damage every turn.  I like that this card has a low retreat cost and can attack quickly and the line is definitely worth using in a deck, getting a 4 out of 5 rating combined, the same rating each card received individually.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Alakazam EX -- Fates Collide Pokemon Card Review

Alakazam EX Fates Collide Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Alakazam EX and Alakazam EX Full Art from the Fates Collide Pokemon Card Set.  Alakazam EX is a basic, EX, psychic type Pokemon card with an hp of 160. It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Alakazam EX's Ability is called Kinesis and says that when you play Mega Alakazam from your hand to evolve Alakazam EX, before you evolve Alakazam you may put 2 damage counters on your opponent's active Pokemon and 3 damage counters on one of their benched Pokemon.  Besides the Ability, Alakazam has one move called Suppression that requires two energy cards to use, one each of psychic and colorless, and allows you to put 3 damage counters on each of your opponent's Pokemon that have energy on it.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, because Alakazam EX is a basic Pokemon card you won't need to use any other cards with this card.  But remember, because this card is an EX card, if this card is knocked out, two prize cards are taken instead of one.  However, Alakazam does have a mega evolution you could use from this set and I will be reviewing that card tomorrow, so this strategy below will act like Alakazam EX does not have an evolution.  So knowing this, on its own, you can take away Alakazam's Ability and just look at its move.  I think if you want to use this card on its own, you leave it set up on the bench for quite awhile until a majority of your opponent's Pokemon have energy cards on them, you can then do a ton of damage in one turn with Suppression.  Another advantage Suppression may have for you is that your opponent may not put energy cards on their benched Pokemon because they know if they do they will be damaged with Alakazam EX.  Overall, this card would be much better suited for use with Mega Alakazam, it could also use the spirit link card and its Ability so that it could do a ton of damage when evolving and also attack that same turn.  Ideally, you could evolve and de-evolve Alakazam EX from the bench every turn and use its Ability as an additional attack.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an above average EX Pokemon card from the Fates Collide set.  A card that is dependent on two things, having Mega Alakazam EX and having your opponent use plenty of energy on their Pokemon, but if either of those things are true, this card can be pretty dominant and is a card I would recommend using at least 1 of in a psychic type, spread attack type deck.

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