Monday, May 24, 2010
Pokemon Card of the Day: Gallade (Secret Wonders)
Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Gallade from Secret Wonders, I know I just reviewed Gallade 4 Lv. X yesterday, but Cheetahosu was the first person to respond to my request and he wanted me to do this card so I will. For a stage 2 Pokemon card 130 hp is just around average, it is nice it only has a +30 hp weakness to Psychic type Pokemon and no resistance type which I wished there was one. A 2 colorless energy retreat cost is quite normal too for a stage 2 Pokemon. This Gallade card doesn't have any Poke-Power or Poke-Body but it does have two moves, 1 Psychic and 1 Fighting. The first move is a Fighting type move and is called Sonic Blade which takes two energy cards, 1 colorless, 1 fighting and does damage to the defending Pokemon until it is 50 hp away from feinting, if you do this, your opponent switches their active Pokemon with one of their benched Pokemon. With this move I would definitely use it on high hp Pokemon, it wouldn't be any use on basic Pokemon with hp's of 50. But this is a good spread damage type of move, so if you have a mainly Psychic deck and your opponent has a lot of high hp type Pokemon you can dove a lot of damage to most of them and then send them back to the bench and then use another Psychic Pokemon that does damage to all your opponent's benched Pokemon, then you can end up knocking out many of your opponent's Pokemon at once. Gallade's second move is a Psychic type move and is called Psychic Cut and takes 3 energy cards, 1 Psychic, and 2 colorless. It does 60 hp damage plus 20 more for each prize card of yours you decide to face up, but once you turn over the prize card it remains face up the rest of the game. As far as strategy goes I would put this card in a mostly Psychic deck, and just add some special energy cards in there to be able to use Sonic Blade, since it only requires 1 fighting energy you definitely don't have to have a fighting type deck. Like I was saying earlier I would use Sonic Blade if the defending Pokemon has a high hp, for example if the defending Pokemon had an hp of 150 then Sonic Blade could do 100 damage for only 2 energy cards and then that Pokemon would have to go to the bench. Then if you had a spread damage Pokemon card you could use that and try and knock out that card you sent to the bench. As far as using Gallade's other move Psychic Cut, the best way to utilize it is to get Gallade out there as fast as possible so you can turn over all 6 prize cards and do 120 damage in 1 turn. I would only do this if your opponent had a really strong Pokemon out there, because if they didn't I would spread out the damage more by turning up less than all 6 prize cards at once, but you do want to turn over prize cards quite quickly because the more Pokemon you knock out, the less chances you'll have to utilize Psychic Cut's 20+ hp by turning a prize card over. So I hope you like my review and stay tuned for tomorrow's review of a Mesprit card, I'm not sure which one yet. Any suggestions?