Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pokemon Card of the Day: Machamp Prime (Clash at the Summit)

Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Machamp Prime from the Japanese set Clash at the Summit. This is a stage 2, Prime card that is fighting type, Machamp has an hp of 150, a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type and a retreat cost of three colorless energy cards. Machamp's Poke-Power is called Fighting Touch and it says that as long as Machamp is on your bench you may move as many fighting energy cards from your active Pokemon to Machamp and then switch Machamp with your active Pokemon. Machamp has two moves the first move is called Crush Punch and this does 60 damage for 3 energy cards, one fighting and two colorless, and if your opponent's active Pokemon has a special energy card attached to it you can discard it. Machamp's other move is called Strength Buster and this move requires four energy cards, two each of fighting and colorless and does 100 damage plus 10 more damage for each of your Pokemon that have damage counters on it. So as far as strategy goes you'll want to wait for your active Pokemon to get a lot of energy cards attached to it and some damage that way when it is getting close to feinting you can switch it for free with Machamp and transfer its energy cards to it, then you can hopefully use Strength Buster and do at least 110 hp damage every turn without having to discard any energy cards. I would rate this card a 5 out of 5 because in my opinion you should have no problem setting up this card to get four energy cards on it and depending on the retreat costs of your other Pokemon you can do at least 110 damage every turn and knock out pretty much all Pokemon in one turn and all Pokemon in two turns and with 150 hp Machamp should be able to last quite awhile and if you do get in trouble three energy cards isn't too expensive of a retreat cost for a stage 2 Pokemon card. So thanks for reading today's review of Machamp Prime from the Clash at the Summit set stay tuned for tomorrow's review of Alakazam from Base set.

1 comment:

Harris said...

This card will be cool since it will be compatible with machamp Lv.X from stormfront, but I have a question. Do you think that this cards will be used as a main attacker over the regular machamp stormfront in this SP metagame we have currently? I see this card becoming very good and useful after the next rotation but for the current speed over power metagame we have currently I don't see this card being as dominant as it will be post SP.