Wednesday, September 2, 2015

M Rayquaza EX 76/108 -- Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Review

M Rayquaza EX Roaring Skies
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Mega Rayquaza EX from the Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Set.  This is the second of two Mega Rayquaza cards I've reviewed from this set, the other being a dragon type card.  Mega Rayquaza EX is a Mega Evolution, EX, dragon type Pokemon card with an hp of 220. It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Mega Rayquaza does not have an Ability but it does have an Ancient Trait called Evolution that says you may evolve Rayquaza into M Rayquaza the first turn of the game or as soon as you put Rayquaza into play.  Besides the Ancient Trait, this card just has one move called Emerald Break that requires three colorless energy cards to use and does 30 damage times the number of your benched 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, I would highly recommend using this card in any type deck out there, I would however make sure to use it with the Sky Field stadium card which allows both you and your opponent to have up to 8 Pokemon on your bench, that way, you can get 8 Pokemon on your bench, then use M Rayquaza's Emerald Break move and do 240 damage a turn every single turn.  So looking at the two M Rayquaza EX cards from this set, I would much rather use this card than the Dragon type one even though that card can do up to 300 damage a turn, the move is much slower and requires you to discard energy every time you use it.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 5 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an excellent Mega EX Pokemon card from the Roaring Skies set and one that a deck could be built around if you plan on using the Sky Field stadium card with it allowing you to do 240 damage every single turn for only three energy cards.  Combined with Rayquaza EX, the colorless type, I would still give this line a 5 out of 5 rating just because I think M Rayquaza EX is so good.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rayquaza EX 75/108 -- Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Review

Rayquaza EX Roaring Skies
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Rayquaza EX and Rayquaza EX Full Art from the Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Set.  There are two different Rayquaza EX cards in this set, this review will be about the colorless type one.  Rayquaza EX is a basic, EX, colorless type Pokemon card with an hp of 170. It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Rayquaza EX does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Intensifying Burn, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage, plus 50 more damage if the defending Pokemon is an EX card.  Rayquaza's second move is called Dragon Pulse and for three colorless energy cards does 100 damage, however you must discard the top 3 cards of your deck.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, because Rayquaza 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, Rayquaza 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 Rayquaza EX does not have an evolution.  So knowing this, on its own, if you're looking for a bit of power this card may be for you if you're looking for a colorless type Pokemon card to use in your deck.  I would definitely recommend using this card for Dragon Pulse, but be prepared to either lose a lot of cards from your deck quickly or devise a way to get those discarded cards back into your deck or hand.  If you know your opponent is going to have lots of EX cards in your deck, this card wouldn't be a bad card to use just because it can do 60 damage a turn for one energy card against those Pokemon.  Looking at the two Rayquaza EX cards from this set, both can do major damage, this one can do 100 damage for three energy cards, the dragon type one can do 130 damage for four energy cards so it really comes down to what kind of deck you're building since the dragon type card uses fire and lightning type energy cards.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average EX Pokemon card from the Roaring Skies set.  This card is decent overall having one poor move, unless you're facing an EX, and one good move doing 100 damage a turn.  So again, if you're building a deck and need a bit more power, definitely give this Rayquaza EX card a look.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Altaria 74/108 -- Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Review

Altaria Roaring Skies Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Altaria from the Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Set.  This is the second Altaria card I've reviewed from this set.  Altaria is a stage 1, colorless type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Altaria card has an Ancient Trait called Evolution that says you may evolve Swablu into Altaria the first turn of the game or as soon as you put Swablu into play.  Besides the Ancient Trait, Altaria has an Ability called Clear Humming that says each of your colorless type Pokemon have no weakness.  Besides those two things, this card just does have one move called Wing Attack that does 30 damage for two energy cards.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Altaria is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Swablu into play (I reviewed Swablu from this set yesterday) and then evolve Swablu into Altaria, there are actually two Altaria cards from this set and I'll be comparing the two at the end of this paragraph.  If you read my review of Swablu, you'll know that I thought it was a very poor Basic Pokemon card, it only had one move that didn't do any damage to the defending Pokemon but was able to heal 20 damage from one of your Pokemon, this move could be replaced by a trainer card, and the card had an extremely low HP of 40 so you're just asking to get knocked out.  So knowing this about Swablu and looking at this Altaria card, you could definitely use this card in a deck that includes mainly colorless type Pokemon cards because you could just leave this card on the bench and give all of your Pokemon no weakness.  What I really like about this card is that because Swablu is so weak, you can use this cards Ancient Trait to immediately evolve Swablu whenever you put it into play, assuming you have Altaria into your hand.  I could definitely see using a 1-1 of this family in a deck, mainly for Altaria's Ability but its move isn't bad either.  Compared to the dragon type Altaria I reviewed from this set, I like this card a little better, the other Altaria card required metal and water type energy cards to attack, could do the same amount of damage, and could basically refresh your deck, which would be good in the metagame, but it had a lower HP which I didn't like.

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 Roaring Skies set.  There is no complaints for me with this card, it just isn't as overpowering as I would have liked it to be.  It has an average HP, a good Ability and Retreat Cost and an average move.  Like I said above, if you're building a colorless type deck, this card is a must.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Swablu -- Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Review

Swablu Roaring Skies Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Swablu from the Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Set.  Swablu is a basic, colorless type Pokemon card with an hp of 40.  It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Spearow does not have an Ancient Trait or an Ability and it only has one move.  This move is called Bind Wound, and for one colorless energy card this move heals 20 damage from one of your Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Swablu is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Altaria, 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 would not recommend using this card without Altaria, mainly because this card can easily be replaced by a trainer card like Potion, that way you don't have to waste an energy card on Swablu and you don't have to worry about getting this Pokemon knocked out.  So as far as strategy, don't even strategize about this card, it just isn't that great, having too low of an HP and a very poor move.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Altaria, this is a well below average Basic Pokemon card and one that I would not recommend using in a deck or on its own.  It has too low of an HP and the one move it has can be replaced by a trainer card making this card easily replaceable in a deck.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
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