Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Shaymin EX -- Next Destinies Set Pokemon Card Review

Shaymin EX Next Destinies Pokemon CardPokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Shaymin EX from the Next Destinies set. This is the first in a number of EX cards I'll be reviewing from this set. I have a video on YouTube explaining the rules about EX cards but basically they function like any other Pokemon card, but if an EX card is knocked out, two prize cards are taken instead of one. This is a basic, grass type Pokemon card, with an hp of 110. It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Shaymin doesn't have an ability, but it does have two moves, the first move is called Synthesis and for one grass energy card it allows you to search your deck for a grass energy card and attach it to one of your Pokemon. Shaymin's second move is called Revenge Blast and for two energy cards, one each of grass and colorless, it does 30 damage plus 30 more damage for each Prize card your opponent has taken.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, this is a card I would recommend having one of in any grass type deck. The reason I would suggest only one is because this card isn't too great for an EX card and isn't worth having get knocked out early in the game. Where this card really excels is late in games when you are about to lose, you can then put Shaymin EX in and use Revenge Blast and hopefully knock out one or two Pokemon with Shaymin then retreat it and win the game. I do wish that Synthesis was Shaymin's Ability instead of one of its moves because I think the move is a wasted move on an "extra" powerful EX card.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating. I haven't reviewed any other EX cards from this set but I'm hoping those other cards are better than this card, like yesterday's Pinsir review, I'm giving this card an average rating because one of its moves is spectacular and makes up for the downfalls of this card.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Shaymin EX from the Next Destinies set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Simisage from the same set.

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