Monday, April 27, 2015

Nidoqueen 69/160 -- Primal Clash Pokemon Card Review

Nidoqueen Primal Clash Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Nidoqueen from the Primal Clash Pokemon Card Set.  This is the second consecutive Nidoqueen card that I've reviewed from this set. Nidoqueen is a stage 2, psychic type Pokemon card, with an hp of 140.  It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Nidoqueen has an Ancient Trait called Barrage that says that Nidoqueen may attack twice if its first attack knocks out the defending Pokemon.  Besides the Ancient Trait, Nidoqueen has two moves.  The first move it has is called Poison Jab, this move requires one psychic energy card and does 30 damage, plus the defending Pokemon is poisoned.  Nidoqueen's second move is called Dynamite Punch, this move requires three energy cards to use, two psychic and one colorless, and does 70 damage, however Nidoqueen does do 20 damage to itself.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Nidoqueen is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Nidoran into play and then evolve it into Nidorina before you can evolve Nidorina into Nidoqueen, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them the last few days.  If you've read my reviews of those cards you'll know that I thought Nidoran was a very solid Basic Pokemon card, one that could be used as a starter Pokemon in a deck since it has two moves and can attack quickly, and Nidorina was an average Stage 1 card, having two moves, neither overpowering but both decent.  So knowing this about the first two Pokemon in this line and looking at this Nidoqueen card, this card is similar to yesterday's Nidoqueen card in that it can do some major damage, but it just isn't that great of a card and not a card you're going to want to build a deck around.  Nidoran is still the best card in this line, at its stage, so I could see using a 2-1-1 line in a poison deck.  You could use one Nidoran as a starter and set up the other one on the bench.  You could then use Nidoqueen's Poison Jab the first time, if 70 damage won't knock the defending Pokemon out, just to avoid doing 20 damage to Nidoqueen, then when you can knock the defending Pokemon out with 70 damage use Dynamite Punch, this card really is even more powerful than just doing 70 damage a turn since you can attack twice if you knock out the defending Pokemon so you may be able to knock out two Pokemon in a row if you are facing two Basic Pokemon with lower HP.  You'll definitely want to use some Potion cards in your deck if you plan on heavily using this Nidoqueen card.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an average Stage 2 Pokemon card from the Primal Clash set.  Like I said above, this card is good but not great for a Stage 2 evolution.  I am a big fan of its Ancient Trait but not a fan of this card doing damage to itself when only doling out 70 damage on the defending Pokemon.  Both Nidoqueen cards are pretty similar from this set, if you are intrigued by this card's Ancient Trait, I would recommend using this card, if you want a bit of a safer card, use yesterday's Nidoqueen.  Altogether, no matter the Nidoqueen card you choose to use, I would give the entire family a 3 out of 5 rating.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Nidoqueen 68/160 -- Primal Clash Pokemon Card Review

Nidoqueen Primal Clash Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Nidoqueen from the Primal Clash Pokemon Card Set.  This is the first of two consecutive Nidoqueen cards I'll be reviewing from this set.  Nidoqueen is a stage 2, psychic type Pokemon card, with an hp of 140.  It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Nidoqueen does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Double Kick, for two energy cards, one colorless and one psychic, this move does 40 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip two coins.  Nidoqueen's second move is called Poison Fang, this move requires three energy cards to use, one psychic and two colorless, and does 60 damage, this move also poisons the defending Pokemon and makes them put on two damage counters instead of one between turns.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Nidoqueen is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Nidoran into play and then evolve it into Nidorina before you can evolve Nidorina into Nidoqueen, 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 Nidoran was a very solid Basic Pokemon card, one that could be used as a starter Pokemon in a deck since it has two moves and can attack quickly, and Nidorina was an average Stage 1 card, having two moves, neither overpowering but both decent.  So knowing this about the first two Pokemon in this line and looking at this Nidoqueen card, this card doesn't live up to expectations for me for being a Stage 2 Pokemon.  It has a decent HP, high retreat cost, and two moves, one pretty poor, the other average.  If I were to use this entire line in a deck, I would only use a 2-1-1 line, I would try and set up one of the Nidoran on the bench to evolve it into Nidoqueen and get three energy cards on it so when Nidoqueen is moved to the active Pokemon spot you could immediately use Poison Fang.  I am not a huge fan of Double Kick since it is a coin flip based move.  If you do include this Nidoqueen in your deck, make sure to include it with other Pokemon that inflict special conditions to annoy your opponent's that much more.  So when in the active Pokemon spot I would use Poison Fang every turn even though it does less potential damage, if you really want a better chance at doing 80 damage a turn with Double Kick, you can always attach a Trick Coin trainer card to Nidoqueen.

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 Stage 2 Pokemon card from the Primal Clash set.  Like I said above, this card definitely isn't a must use in a deck, it isn't a bad card overall, it just isn't anything spectacular.  I probably wouldn't use this line in a deck unless I was specifically building a poison heavy deck.  Overall, I would give this entire family a 3 out of 5 rating, I gave Nidoran a 4, and Nidorina and Nidoqueen 3 ratings each.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nidorina -- Primal Clash Pokemon Card Review

Nidorina Primal Clash Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Nidorina from the Primal Clash Pokemon Card set.  Nidorina is a stage 1, psychic type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Nidorina does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Scratch, this move does 20 damage for one colorless energy card.  Nidorina's second move is called Strength, this move does 60 damage for three energy cards, two psychic and one colorless.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Nidorina is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Nidoran into play (I reviewed Nidoran from this set yesterday) and then evolve Nidoran into Nidorina.  Nidorina does have a stage 2 evolution in Nidoqueen that you'll probably want to use with this Pokemon line but since I haven't reviewed those cards yet, there are two of them, the strategy below will act like Nidorina is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read yesterday's review of Nidoran, you'll know that I thought the card was a very solid Basic Pokemon, and a card that could be used as a starter type Pokemon in a deck, since it had an average HP, low retreat cost, and two moves, both quick to use, both doing the right amount of damage.  So knowing this about Nidoran and looking at this Nidorina card, this card is very solid as well, not spectacular by any means but would make a solid role playing line in a psychic type deck.  So I could see myself wanting to use Nidoran as a starter type Pokemon and then throwing in one Nidorina card just in case I get it into my hand early and then I would be able to evolve Nidoran already in the active Pokemon spot and then do up to 60 damage a turn.  I would have liked Nidorina's first move to require two energy cards and do 30 damage, but being able to do 20 damage for one energy card is still pretty good.

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 Primal Clash set.  This card like I said is a solid but not spectacular card to use from the Primal Clash set.  I would definitely use it if wanting to use Nidoqueen in a deck, but just using it with Nidoran may be a little too much, because Nidorina can only attack and can't do more than average damage for the amount of energy cards it requires.  So together with Nidoran, which I gave a 4 out of 5 rating, I would give the two cards a rating of 3 out of 5, they definitely can be used in a deck, I wouldn't make it a priority to use them though.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Nidoran -- Primal Clash Pokemon Card Review

Nidoran Primal Clash Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Nidoran female from the Primal Clash set.  Nidoran 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 one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Nidoran does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Scratch, this move requires one colorless energy card to use and does 10 damage.  Nidoran's second move is called Bite, this move requires two energy cards to use, one each of psychic and colorless, and does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Nidorina is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Nidorina and a stage 2 evolution in Nidoqueen, there are two of them in this set, which I'll be reviewing the next three 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, this card could definitely be used in a deck as a starter type Pokemon.  You could even use up to 4 of this card just to make sure you can start the game with this card in the active Pokemon spot.  This card is not only quick on the attack but it can do up to 20 damage per turn, has an average HP, and a low retreat cost.  So if you're looking for a solid starter Pokemon for your psychic type deck, look no further than this card.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a very solid Basic Pokemon card from the Primal Clash set and one that should be used as a starter type Pokemon in most psychic type decks.  There isn't one thing that I dislike about this card, it has an average HP, low retreat cost, and two average, but very solid moves, so you can't ask for much better from a card you'll only want to use at the beginning of the game to quickly do damage and give time to set up your benched Pokemon.  So again, if you're building a psychic type deck, give this card great consideration.

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