Thursday, January 19, 2017

Poliwhirl -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Poliwhirl Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Poliwhirl from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card set.  Poliwhirl is a Stage 1, water type Pokemon card, with a HP of 80.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Poliwhirl does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Amnesia, for two water energy cards this move does 30 damage, plus you get to choose one of the moves on your opponent's active Pokemon, their Pokemon can't use that move during their next turn.  Poliwhirl's second move is called Double Slap, for three energy cards, two water and one colorless, this move does 50 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip 2 coins.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Poliwhirl is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Poliwag into play (I reviewed Poliwag from this set yesterday) and then evolve Poliwag into Poliwhirl.  Poliwag does have a Stage 2 evolution in Poliwrath, 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 Poliwhirl is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my review of Poliwag, you'll know that I thought it was an average to slightly below average Basic Pokemon card.  The card was pretty solid overall, had a good HP, low retreat cost, and a good move, but it couldn't be used as a starter type Pokemon since it required two energy cards instead of one for its only attack.  So knowing this about Poliwag and looking at its Stage 1 evolution in Poliwhirl, this card is also somewhat slow on the attack, but once set up, both of the moves this card has are useful.  For more of a defensive purpose you could use Amnesia, especially if the defending Pokemon only has one move it is using, and if you have a Trick Coin trainer attached to Poliwhirl you could use Double Slap and have a better chance at doing 100 damage.  Overall, the best strategy with the first two Pokemon in this line is to just not use them in a deck at all without using Poliwrath, especially since Poliwhirl does have a lower HP than the average Stage 1 evolution does.

Pokemon Card Rating:  
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an average to slightly below average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the XY Evolutions set.  This card is clock full of options having two moves, one that can do major damage and the other that does standard damage plus removes an opponent's move, if you can find a way to make this card have a higher HP, it is worth consideration, but overall, both cards in this line so far have received 2 out of 5 ratings, and that is what these Pokemon get combined a 2 out of 5 rating.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Poliwag -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Poliwag Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Poliwag from the XY Evolutions set.  Poliwag is a basic, water type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Poliwag does not have an Ability and it only has one move called Water Gun that does 30 damage for two water energy cards.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Poliwag is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Poliwhirl, and a Stage 2 evolution in Poliwrath, 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 Poliwag does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  On its own, similar to the other Basic Pokemon I've reviewed from Evolutions recently, this card is just too slow on the attack to use as a starter type Pokemon, unless you don't care about not being able to attack the first turn or if you can get a Double Colorless energy card attached to Poliwag its first turn and somehow have both of the energy on that card count as water type.  Otherwise, this is a card that deserves to be set up on the bench and either moved to the active Pokemon spot for a turn or two a few turns into the game or just evolved into Poliwhirl on the bench.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a slightly below average Basic Pokemon card from the XY Evolutions set.  Like I stated above, other than not having a move that can be used with one energy card, this card is solid overall, with a good HP, low retreat cost, and an above average move.  So if building a water type deck, this card is fairly powerful, but there should be better options out there for you, especially if you don't plan on using this entire line.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Magmar -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Magmar Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Magmar from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Magmar is a basic, fire type Pokemon card with a HP of 80.  It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Magmar does not have an Ability, but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Fire Punch, for two fire energy cards this move does 30 damage.  Magmar's second move is called Flamethrower, and for three energy cards, two fire and one colorless, this move does 60 damage, however after using this move a fire energy card must be discarded from Magmar.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Magmar is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Magmortar, you'll more than likely want to use this card with its evolution form, but because Evolutions is a Base Set reprint set, it does not include a Magmortar card, the most recent to include Magmortar is Furious Fists.  So, on its own, only looking at this Magmar card, this card is similar to the Ponyta I reviewed from yesterday, that it is slow on the attack, but since this is a Basic Pokemon that didn't evolve at the time, this card has a well above average HP, giving you a little more leeway to set up this card when in the active Pokemon spot.  This card is too slow for my liking and I wouldn't use one in a deck, but if you do decide to use Magmar in your deck, attach a Burning Energy card to it and you can use Flamethrower every single turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering any Magmortar cards, this is an average to slightly below average Basic Pokemon card.  Compared to Basic Pokemon that evolve, at least from the 1st generation, this card has a solid HP, and two solid moves, but compared to today's Pokemon, this card has too low of an HP to really consider using on its own, especially with its slower moves.  This card is suitable for use with a Burning Energy card, setting up on the bench, and eventually giving way to Magmortar.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Ponyta -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Ponyta Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Ponyta from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Ponyta is a basic, fire type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Ponyta does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Smash Kick, for two colorless energy cards this move does 20 damage.  Ponyta's second move is called Flame Tail and for two fire energy cards, this move does 30 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Ponyta is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Rapidash, with the newest Rapidash being in the Steam Siege set, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since Rapidash is not in this set, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own, this card is useful in that it has two moves to use, has a low retreat cost and a solid HP.  What you want to do if you're using this Pokemon as a starter type Pokemon in your deck is to either use a Double Colorless energy card on Ponyta so it can attack the first turn and do 20 damage with Smash Kick, or to use a Pokemon's Ability to turn all Pokemon energy cards into fire type energy, that way, you can then use a Double Colorless energy and do 30 damage for only one energy card.  Either way, after the first turn, this card is a useful one to play, but it won't cut it as a starter type Pokemon unless you can do one of the two strategies I just mentioned.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Rapidash, this is an average Basic Pokemon card overall.  Other than not being able to attack for one Basic energy card, this card is average overall.  It has a solid HP, low retreat cost, and two good moves, one doing average damage and the other slightly above average damage.  If you plan on using this card with Rapidash, either from Steam Siege, Generations or another set, this is a great lead in into that card.

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