Monday, March 31, 2014

Trevenant -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Trevenant Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Trevenant from the Pokemon XY Card Set.  Trevenant is a stage 1, psychic type Pokemon card, with an hp of 110.  It has a x2 weakness to darkness type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a three colorless energy retreat cost.  Trevenant's Ability is called Forest's Curse, and it says that if Trevenant is your active Pokemon, your opponent can't play any Item cards.  Besides the Ability, Trevenant just has one move called Tree Slam, this move requires three energy cards, two colorless and one psychic, and does 60 damage plus it does 20 damage to 2 of your opponent's benched Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Trevenant is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Phantump into play (I reviewed Phantump from this set yesterday) and then evolve Phantump into Trevenant.  If you read yesterday's review, you'll know that I thought Phantump was an absolute miserable basic Pokemon card that should not be used in any deck.  Because this Phantump card is so bad, this Trevenant card really has to be good in order for me to want to use it in a deck.  And I think that this card really is that good and I would definitely recommend using this card in any spread damage type deck you're building.  Of course you'll want to evolve to Trevenant on the bench and put it into the active Pokemon spot as soon as you get three energy cards on it.  That way you can utilize its Ability and do 100 total damage every turn.  Because this card does have a high retreat cost and is slow, I would only include a 1-1 line of this Pokemon family in a deck.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an above average stage 1 Pokemon card from the X and Y set.  I like both Trevenant's Ability and only move, but there are definitely some limitations on this card which made me give it a 4 instead of a 5.  The first thing is the high retreat cost, so you'll have to give up all the energy cards on Trevenant if you want to retreat it and the second thing is Trevenant's Ability can only be used when it's in the active Pokemon spot.  So overall, this card is great, but the combination of Phantump and Trevenant only get a 3 out of 5 rating from me, together they just aren't that great, both have high retreat costs and take awhile to attack.  Individually, Phantump was a 1 and Trevenant was a 4.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Phantump -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Phantump Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Phantump from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Phantump is a basic, psychic type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to darkness type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost. Phantump does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Astonish, for one psychic energy card this move allows you to randomly choose a card from your opponent's hand and have them put it back into their deck.  Phantump's second move is called Hook, this move requires three energy cards, one psychic and two colorless, and does 30 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Phantump is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Trevenant, 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 strongly discourage anyone from using this card in their deck.  Not only is this card extremely slow, but when you finally do get three cards on Phantump to use Hook, it does underwhelming damage.  So if for some strange reason you want to use this card in your deck, make sure to set it up on your bench and then use Hook every turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is one of the worst basic Pokemon cards I've reviewed in awhile and definitely the worst card I have looked at so far from the X and Y set.  Not only is this card extremely slow and has a high retreat cost, the only move that does damage does hardly any for the amount of energy cards it requires.  So make sure to stay away from this card at all costs.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Scolipede -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Scolipede Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Scolipede from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Scolipede is a stage 2, psychic type Pokemon card, with an hp of 150.  It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Scolipede does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Random Peck, for one psychic energy card this move does 20 damage plus 20 more damage for each heads you get when you flip 2 coins.  Scolipede's second move is called Poison Ring, this move requires four energy cards, three colorless and one psychic, and does 70 damage.  This move also poisons the defending Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Scolipede is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Venipede into play and then evolve it into Whirlipede before you can evolve Whirlipede into Scolipede, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them the last couple of days.  Neither of these Pokemon are very good with Venipede being a better basic Pokemon than Whirlipede a stage 1, so if you use this Pokemon family in your deck, make sure to evolve them on your bench.  Even if you can't evolve your Pokemon into Scolipede on your bench, as soon as you get Scolipede in your hand evolve Whirlipede so you can use Scolipede's Random Peck attack and then when Scolipede has four energy cards on it, use Poison Ring every turn.  I personally would not use this Pokemon or any Pokemon in this family from the X and Y set in a deck, even though Scolipede is average, it doesn't make up for the shortcomings of the first two Pokemon in this line.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an average card overall in the X and Y Pokemon card set.  This card has a good hp and two solid moves, but the retreat cost on this card is high and it is high on both of the first Pokemon in this family.  So overall, I would give the entire line of Venipede, Whirlipede, and Scolipede from this set a 2 out of 5 rating, this family should not be used in decks.  Individually, Venipede was a 3, Whirlipede a 1, and Scolipede a 3.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Whirlipede -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Whirlipede Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Whirlipede from the X and Y Pokemon card set.  Whirlipede 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 three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Whirlipede does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Continuous Tumble, this move requires two energy cards, one each of colorless and psychic, and does 30 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip a coin until you get tails.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Whirlipede is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Venipede into play (I reviewed Venipede from this set yesterday) and then evolve Venipede into Whirlipede.  Whirlipede does have a stage 2 evolution in Scolipede that you'll probably want to use with this Pokemon line but since I haven't reviewed that card yet, the strategy below will act like Whirlipede is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read yesterday's review of Venipede, you'll know that I thought the card was pretty average and it could be used on its own since it has one really good move and a high hp but you just need to watch out for its huge retreat cost.  Because Venipede and Whirlipede both have high retreat costs and the only move Whirlipede has may end up never doing any damage, I would highly recommend not using Whirlipede if not using Scolipede.  So either just use 1 or less Venipede in your deck or have this whole Pokemon family.  The only thing you can really do with this Whirlipede card if you have it in your deck is to hope for some luck and use Continuous Tumble every turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is easily one of the worst stage 1 Pokemon cards from the X and Y set.  Even though this card  has 90 damage, it is still a terrible card because the retreat cost is higher than the amount of energy cards required to use its only move and the only move it does have may end up doing zero damage every single turn.  So I would stay away from this card at all costs and because of this I would give the Pokemon family so far of Venipede and Whirlipede a 1 out of 5 rating.  Both cards are not worth using together even though I gave Venipede a 3, this Whirlipede is that bad of a card.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Venipede -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Venipede Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Venipede from the X and Y Pokemon card set.  Venipede is a basic, psychic type Pokemon card with an hp of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Venipede does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Poison Sting.  This move requires two energy cards, one each of colorless and psychic, and does 20 damage plus poisons the defending Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Venipede is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Whirlipede and a stage 2 evolution in Scolipede, which I'll be reviewing the next two 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 should only be used in a deck if you need one more card to make 60 cards in your deck.  This card can definitely help you early on in the game because it has an average move plus it automatically confuses the defending Pokemon which will allow you to set up your bench when the defending Pokemon is confused but with a high retreat cost and only one move, this card isn't that great.  So if you have this card in your deck, you'll want to use Poison Sting every turn since that is the only option with this card.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average card from the X and Y set.  Even though this card has an outrageous retreat cost, I am still giving this card an average rating because it has a high hp and one very good move.  Again, this card is just average overall, so it could be used in a deck on its own but there are definitely better psychic type cards out there that you could use instead.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Grumpig -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Grumpig Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Grumpig from the Pokemon XY Card Set.  Grumpig is a stage 1, psychic type Pokemon card, with an hp of 100.  It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy retreat cost.  Grumpig does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Tricky Steps, this move requires two energy cards, one each of psychic and colorless, and does 30 damage.  Also when using this move you may move an energy card attached to your opponent's active Pokemon to one of their benched Pokemon.  Grumpig's second move is called Psybeam, this move requires three energy cards, two psychic and one colorless, and does 60 damage plus it confuses the defending Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Grumpig is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Spoink into play (I reviewed Spoink from this set yesterday) and then evolve Spoink into Grumpig.  If you read yesterday's review, you'll know that I thought Grumpig was a very average, limited basic Pokemon card that could be used on its own but I would recommend against it.  So if you choose to use Grumpig in your deck, I would only include a 1-1 line of Spoink and Grumpig and evolve Spoink on the bench, put three energy cards on Grumpig and when in the active Pokemon spot use Psybeam most turns.  I actually think both of Grumpig's moves are above average so it will definitely help you out in a psychic  type deck.  I would take a hard look at using Tricky Steps when your opponent may knock you out and by moving an energy card off of them it might prevent them from attacking.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an above average stage 1 Pokemon card from the X and Y set.  Besides having an above average hp, this card has two very good moves that are fairly fast to use.  The only thing I don't really like about this card is its retreat cost but it isn't that bad.  Overall, I would rate the line of Spoink and Grumpig from the X and Y set a 3 out of 5, they are average overall and work work well in all psychic type decks out there, but just not as the main Pokemon family.  Individually I thought Spoink was average and gave it a 3, and thought Grumpig was above average and gave it a 4.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spoink -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Spoink Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Spoink from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Spoink 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. Spoink does not have an Ability and it only has one move called Splash.  This move requires one psychic energy card and does 10 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Spoink is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Grumpig, 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 even though this card is average, I wouldn't use this card in a deck.  I say this because it is quite limited on what it can do, this Spoink card could be used in a pinch since it can attack very quickly and has an average hp, but I would rather include other basic Pokemon that have better moves or to make sure to include Grumpig with this card.  Of course, if you use this card in your deck, your only option when in the active Pokemon spot will be to use Splash when it's your turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average basic Pokemon card from the X and Y set. Again, I wouldn't use this card in a deck on its own, but it is an average card because it has an average hp, low retreat cost, and one solid move.  This card is just too limited for me to want to use in a deck without Grumpig.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Arbok -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Arbok Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Arbok from the Pokemon XY Card Set.  Arbok 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 one colorless energy retreat cost.  Arbok does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Gastro Acid, this move requires one colorless energy card and does 20 damage, plus if prevents your opponent's active Pokemon from using its Ability until the end of the next turn.  Arbok's second move is called Poison Jab, this move requires three energy cards, two colorless and one psychic, and does 50 damage, plus poisons the defending Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Arbok is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Ekans into play (I reviewed Ekans from this set yesterday) and then evolve Ekans into Arbok.  If you read yesterday's review, you'll know that I thought Ekans was a very average basic Pokemon card from this set and one that could be used in any deck because of the energy cards required to use it and its above average hp, but if you choose to use both Ekans and Arbok in a deck you'll want to have at least some of your deck require psychic energy cards.  If you use this line in your deck, I would recommend getting them out early so you can do 20 damage with Ekans or 50 damage with Arbok, I would definitely use these two cards in a psychic type deck especially since Arbok has a low retreat cost.  Of course when Arbok is in the active Pokemon spot you'll want to use Poison Jab if you can because it does more damage than Gastro Acid but if your opponent really has a good Ability you may want to use Gastro Acid instead.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an above average stage 1 Pokemon card from the X and Y set.  Even though this card doesn't have a move that does that much damage I like both of its moves anyways because they both do something in addition to attacking.  This card will work well in any psychic deck or deck that inflicts a lot of special conditions.  I would use a 2-2 line of this Pokemon family and would give the line collectively a 4 out of 5 rating, individually Ekans was a 3, Arbok a 4.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ekans -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Ekans Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Ekans from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Ekans is a basic, psychic type Pokemon card with an hp of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost. Ekans does not have an Ability and it only has one move called Bite.  This move requires two colorless energy cards and does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Ekans is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Arbok, 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 this card should only be used as a last resort basic Pokemon card in any type deck because this card is average at best, requires only colorless energy cards to attack and can do 20 damage.  So if you need just one more card in your deck and put Ekans into it, try to get Ekans into the active Pokemon spot early, use Bite when you can, then retreat Ekans when you have another Pokemon setup or Ekans is about to feint.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average basic Pokemon card from the X and Y set. This card is definitely average overall and probably shouldn't be used very often in decks.  I like that this card has an above average hp, and a move that only requires colorless energy cards which does 20 damage, however this card is quite limited only having one move and having a high retreat cost.  So the positives and negatives of this card cancel each other out and make this card average.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Emolga EX -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Emolga EX Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Emolga EX from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Emolga EX is a basic, EX, lightning type Pokemon card with an hp of 110. It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a free retreat cost.  Emolga does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Energy Glide.  This move requires one colorless energy card and allows you to search your deck for a lightning energy card, attach it to Emolga and then retreat Emolga to your bench.  Emolga's second move is called Electron Crush, this move requires three energy cards, two colorless and one lightning, and does 60 damage, if you choose to discard an energy card attached to Emolga, then this attack does 90 damage instead of 60.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, because Emolga 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.  So knowing this, I would not recommend using this card in a deck.  The main reason I say this is because Emolga only has 110 hp which is very low and can cause it to get knocked out that much easier, and two prize cards is a big thing to give up.  If you do choose to use this card in a deck, don't use more than one, make sure you have three energy cards on Emolga EX  before moving it to the active Pokemon spot.  When in the active Pokemon spot, use Electron Crush the first turn, discarding an energy card, and then retreat Emolga the next turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a very poor EX Pokemon card from the X and Y set and one that I would recommend staying away from.  Even though this card has a free retreat cost and two moves, I still don't like it.  Energy Glide is a useless move in my opinion, and even though Electron Crush can do a fair amount of damage, discarding an energy card to do above average damage seems like a lot to do for a stage 2 Pokemon yet this is an EX card.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Electrode -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Electrode Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Electrode from the Pokemon XY Card Set.  Electrode is a stage 1, lightning type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy retreat cost.  Electrode does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Eerie Impulse, for one lightning energy card this move allows you to discard an energy card attached to your opponent's active Pokemon if you get a heads when you flip a coin.  Electrode's second move is called Rollout, this move does 40 damage for two colorless energy cards.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Electrode is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Voltorb into play (I reviewed Voltorb from this set yesterday) and then evolve Voltorb into Electrode.  If you read yesterday's review, you'll know that I thought Voltorb was an average basic Pokemon card that had a cool Ability but probably shouldn't be used on its own too often.  So knowing this about Voltorb, if you were to use this line in a deck, I wouldn't use more than a 1-1 line and I would try and evolve Voltorb into Electrode on the bench early in the game then move Electrode into the active Pokemon spot and use Rollout every turn.  If you're okay with not using Eerie Impulse, this line can fit into any type deck since it requires only colorless energy cards to attack.

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 X and Y set.  This card is just plain average overall, hp, retreat cost, moves, etc.  Even though this card is average, it would make a solid addition to a deck so I could definitely see myself using Voltorb and Electrode together in a deck, together I would also give these two Pokemon cards a 3 out of 5 rating, which is what each card received individually.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Voltorb -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Voltorb Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Voltorb from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Voltorb is a basic, lightning type Pokemon card with an hp of 50.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Voltorb's Ability is called Destiny Burst and says that if Voltorb is your active Pokemon and is knocked out, if you get a heads when you flip a coin, you can put 5 damage counters on the Pokemon that knocked you out.  Besides the Ability, Voltorb just has one move called Rollout, this move requires one colorless energy card and does 10 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Voltorb is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Electrode, 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 could see using this card in any type deck if you need one more card in your deck.  Even though this card has a low hp, this card could work any time during the game because of its Ability, you don't even have to put any energy cards on Voltorb just put it on your bench and if you have to put a card into the active Pokemon spot you can put this one in there and then potentially do 50 damage when it is knocked out.  With that being said, I personally wouldn't use this card in a deck because of its low hp and the 50/50 chance you have at Voltorb's Ability actually working.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average basic Pokemon card from the X and Y set. I like that this card has an Ability in addition to a normal, average, basic Pokemon move.  I wish Destiny Burst would be a little better, but it definitely intrigues me and could definitely affect the way a game turns out.  So this card wouldn't be my first choice to put into a deck, but as a last resort, this card would be perfect.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Raichu -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Raichu Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Raichu from the Pokemon XY Card Set.  Raichu is a stage 1, lightning type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a free retreat cost.  Raichu does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Circle Circuit, for two colorless energy cards this move does 20 damage times the number of Pokemon on your bench.  Raichu's second move is called Thunderbolt and for three energy cards, one colorless and  two lightning, this move does 100 damage, however after using this move you must discard all energy cards attached to this card.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Raichu is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Pikachu into play (I reviewed Pikachu from this set yesterday) and then evolve Pikachu into Raichu.  If you read yesterday's review, you'll know that I thought Pikachu was an average basic Pokemon card from this set and one that could be used on its own but one that probably should always be used with Raichu.  So I would recommend if you're building a lightning type deck to use a 2-1 line of this Pokemon family and definitely evolve the one Pikachu card into Raichu on the bench.  That way, you can put three energy cards on it and then move it into the active Pokemon spot for one turn, use Circle Circuit or Thunderbolt, whichever move does more, then retreat Raichu back to the bench the next turn for free.  I would keep moving Raichu in and out of the active Pokemon spot the whole game and trying to always keep a full bench so Circle Circuit could easily do 80 or more damage a turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an above average stage 1 Pokemon card from the X and Y set.  I particularly like this card's free retreat cost and its Circle Circuit move which work very well together.  This card can do major damage one turn and be back on the bench the next turn without having to discard any energy cards which makes it a perfect addition to any lightning type deck you may be building.  Together, I think Pikachu and Raichu from this set are above average and would get a 4 out of 5 rating.  Individually, Pikachu was 3, Raichu was a 4.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pikachu -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Pikachu Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Pikachu from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Pikachu is a basic, lightning type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Pikachu does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Nuzzle, this move requires one colorless energy card and if you get a heads when you flip a coin paralyzes the defending Pokemon.  Pikachu's second move is called Quick Attack, this move requires two colorless energy cards and does 20 damage, plus 10 more damage if you get a heads when you flip a coin.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Pikachu is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Raichu, 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 this card would be an okay card to use, but I wouldn't put more than two of these in a deck.  You could start the game with this card in the active Pokemon spot, use Nuzzle the first turn and then Quick Attack after that.  Pikachu is pretty quick so it should give you plenty of time to set up your benched Pokemon and this card will fit great into any type deck because it only requires colorless energy cards to attack.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average basic Pokemon card from the X and Y set.  This card can definitely be used in a deck on its own because it has two moves and requires colorless energy cards to use, but this card isn't much more than average so there are definitely better basic Pokemon out there.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Greninja -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Greninja Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Greninja from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Greninja is a stage 2, water type Pokemon card, with an hp of 130.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Greninja's Ability is called Water Suriken and says that once during your turn you may choose to discard a water energy card from your hand, if you choose to do this you can put 3 damage counters on one of your opponent's Pokemon.  Besides the Ability, Greninja just has one move called Mist Slash, this move requires one water energy card and does 50 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Greninja is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Froakie into play and then evolve it into Frogadier before you can evolve Frogadier into Greninja, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them the last couple of days.  Both of those Pokemon cards are slightly below average, and since Greninja also has a low hp and a weak move, I would definitely just recommend keeping this entire line on the bench throughout the game.  That way, by having Greninja on the bench, you can utilize its Ability and spread damage on your opponent's Pokemon.  So if you're building a spread damage type deck, this entire line is a must, I would use a 2-2-1 or 1-1-1 line and just use the Ability of Greninja the whole time.  If you get in a jam, you can easily attach an energy card to Greninja use Mist Slash and retreat it once you get another Pokemon set up on the bench.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an average card overall in the X and Y Pokemon card set.  But if you're building a spread damage type deck this card would work wonders in that deck.  This card is definitely much better than any other card in this line, because of this, I can only give the entire line an average rating of 3 out of 5, but it should definitely be in all spread type decks out there.  Individually I gave the Pokemon in this line the following ratings:  Froakie a 2, Frogadier a 3, and Greninja a 3.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Frogadier -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Frogadier Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Frogadier from the X and Y Pokemon card set.  Frogadier is a stage 1, water type Pokemon card, with an hp of 80.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Frogadier does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Lick, this move requires two energy cards, one each of water and colorless, and does 30 damage, plus if you get a heads when you flip a coin it paralyzes the defending Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Frogadier is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Froakie into play (I reviewed Froakie from this set yesterday) and then evolve Froakie into Frogadier.  Frogadier does have a stage 2 evolution in Greninja that you'll probably want to use with this Pokemon line but since I haven't reviewed that card yet, the strategy below will act like Frogadier is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read yesterday's review of Froakie, you'll know that I thought that the card was below average and should definitely not be used in a deck without at least Frogadier.  So after summarizing this card in the overview section of this post, I still wouldn't recommend using either of the first two Pokemon in this line without using Greninja.  The first two Pokemon in this line are average at best and should not be used in a water type deck, but if you choose to use them, do not use more than a 1-1 line and try and evolve Froakie into Frogadier before you move it to the active Pokemon spot then use Frogadier's Lick move every turn.

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 1 Pokemon card from the X and Y set.  Despite having a low hp, everything else on this card is good, I especially like its low retreat cost and its one move which does above average damage plus can inflict a special condition.  Even though this card is averaged, combined with Froakie from this set, those two cards only get a 2 out of 5 rating from me.  Individually, Froakie was a 2, and Frogadier was a 3.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Froakie -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Froakie Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Froakie from the X and Y Pokemon card set.  Froakie is a basic, water type Pokemon card with an hp of 50.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Froakie does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Bounce which requires one water energy card and does 10 damage, however if you get a heads when you flip a coin you must move Froakie to the bench and put in a different Pokemon in the active Pokemon spot.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Fennekin is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Frogadier and a stage 2 evolution in Greninja, which I'll be reviewing the next two 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, I would not use this card in a deck.  I say this because Froakie has a low hp which makes it an easy target late in games plus the only move it has may end up forcing Froakie to the bench which makes this card a poor starter type Pokemon.  Of course if you use this card in a deck, your only option will be to use Bounce every turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a below average basic Pokemon card from the X and Y set that should not be used in a deck on its own.  Because of the reasons stated in the strategy section of this post I would not use this card without its evolutions.  Hopefully Frogadier is a little better than this card when I review it tomorrow.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Simipour -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Simipour Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Simipour from the Pokemon XY Card Set.  Simipour is a stage 1, water type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Simipour does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Recycle, for one colorless energy card this move allows you to put a card from your discard pile onto the top of your deck.  Simipour's second move is called Surf and for three energy cards, two water and one colorless, this move does 70 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Simipour is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Panpour into play (I reviewed Panpour from this set yesterday) and then evolve Panpour into Simipour.  If you read yesterday's review, you'll know that I thought Panpour was an average Pokemon that could be used on its own in a deck but I wouldn't recommend using it in that way.  I would instead use that card with this card in a water type deck, I would recommend using a 2-2 or 1-1 line and whenever you get three energy cards on Panpour evolve it into Simipour so you can use Surf every turn.  Recycle would really only be useful if you have a Pokemon that has a move that discards energy cards, that way you could retrieve those cards from the deck.

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 X and Y set.  I do like that Surf does above average damage, but everything else on this card is average, hp, retreat cost, weakness, and its first move Recycle.  Overall, the line of Panpour and Simipour from this set is average and would work pretty decently in any type deck out there.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Panpour -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Panpour Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Panpour from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Panpour is a basic, water type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Panpour does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Wave Splash, this move does 10 damage for one water energy card.  Panpour's second move is  called Water Splash, this move requires two energy cards, one each of water and colorless, and does 10 damage plus 20 more damage if you get a heads when you flip a coin.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Panpour is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Simipour, 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 this card is very very average and probably shouldn't be used in a deck unless you are desperate for one more card.  The reason I wouldn't recommend using this card in a deck is because neither move that Panpour has does over 10 damage consistently so without an evolution the card is limited.  Of course if you use this card in your deck, you'll want to use Water Splash when you can.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average basic Pokemon card from the X and Y set.  Even though I wouldn't use this card in a deck on its own, it really isn't that bad of card.  It has an average hp, low retreat cost, and two average to potentially above average moves. 

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Corsola -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Corsola Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Corsola from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Corsola is a basic, water type Pokemon card with an hp of 70, it has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Corsola does not have an Ability, but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Refresh, for one colorless energy card this move allows you to heal 30 damage and remove all special conditions tied to Corsola.  Corsola's second move is called Spiny Rush, this move requires two energy cards, one each of water and colorless, and does 20 damage, plus 20 more damage for each heads you get when you flip a coin until you get a tails.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Corsola is a basic Pokemon with no evolutions, you only have to use this Pokemon in your deck if you want to use this card.  With that being said, this card would make for a perfect starter type Pokemon card in your water type deck.  I would recommend using up to four of these cards and getting one into the active Pokemon spot to start the game.  You'll want to attach two energy cards to Corsola so you can use Spiny Rush every turn.  Once you get two energy cards on Corsola you should be able to get lucky and knock some Pokemon out by attacking, then when Corsola is close to being knocked out you can use Refresh once and be good for another turn or two.  Because Corsola only requires two energy cards to attack and can remove damage counters from it, you should have plenty of time to set up your benched Pokemon while this card is in the active Pokemon spot.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an above average basic Pokemon card from the X and Y set.  Even though this card isn't as flashy as yesterday's basic Pokemon in Lapras, this card is just as solid.  I like how this card has one attacking move and one move that heals Corsola.  These two moves combined make this card last quite awhile in the active Pokemon spot and that is exactly what you need from a starter Pokemon in your deck.  There really isn't anything I don't like about this card so it is definitely worthy of a spot in your water type deck.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lapras -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Lapras Pokemon X and Y Review
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Lapras from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Lapras is a basic, water type Pokemon card with an hp of 110, it has a x2 weakness to metal type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Lapras does not have an Ability, but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Seafaring, this move requires one water energy card and lets you flip 3 coins, for each heads you get you can move a water energy card from your discard pile onto one of your benched Pokemon.  Lapras's second move is called Hydro Pump, this move requires two colorless energy cards and does 10 damage plus 20 more damage for each water energy card attached to Lapras.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Lapras is a basic Pokemon with no evolutions, you only have to use this Pokemon in your deck if you want to use this card.  With that being said, this card is a must have in any water type deck that has a Pokemon that discards a ton of energy cards.  All you would have to do, is put this card into the active Pokemon spot, use Seafaring a couple of turns and get some of those energy cards back.  I could definitely see myself using up to 2 of these cards in a deck, of course you'll want to just attach water energy cards to Lapras so Hydro Pump can at least do 50 damage per turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an above average basic Pokemon card from the X and Y set.  The first thing that jumps out at me with this card is the high hp it has and the somewhat low retreat cost.  This card can do major damage pretty quickly as a starter type Pokemon in your deck doing at least 50 damage per turn if you're using just water energy cards and can help you later in the game by getting energy cards from your discard pile back onto your bench.  So if you're building a water type deck and in need of a basic Pokemon, this Lapras card is definitely worth a look.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Starmie -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Starmie Pokemon X and Y Review
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Starmie from the Pokemon XY Card Set.  Starmie is a stage 1, water type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Starmie does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Recover, this move requires one water energy card and allows you to discard an energy card attached to Starmie and heal all damage from it.  Starmie's second move is called Core Splash, this move requires three energy cards, two colorless and one water, and does 60 damage plus 30 more damage if Starmie has any psychic energy cards attached to it.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Starmie is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Staryu into play (I reviewed Staryu from this set yesterday) and then evolve Staryu into Starmie.  If you read yesterday's review, you'll know that I thought Staryu was a slightly below average basic Pokemon card because the card only had one move and that one move even though doing a good amount of damage damaged Staryu when attacking.  So knowing this, you're either going to want to use Recover right away after evolving Staryu if it has been in the active Pokemon spot or keep Starmie on the bench and put three energy cards on it so you can use Core Splash every turn.  Of course if you want to use this card in your deck it would be best to use it in a split type deck of water and psychic so you can do 90 damage a turn with Core Splash, otherwise I wouldn't use this card in a deck.

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 X and Y set that becomes above average if you decide to use it in a psychic and water type deck.  In a regular deck, this card is average because it has an average hp, two decent moves, and a low retreat cost but putting this in a dual type deck makes Core Splash way above average.  Overall, the line of Staryu and Starmie from this set gets a 3 out of 5 rating from me, individually Staryu was a 2, Starmie was a 3.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Staryu -- Pokemon X and Y Review

Staryu Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Staryu from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Staryu is a basic, water type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Staryu does not have an Ability and it only has one move called Reckless Charge, this move requires two energy cards, one each of water and colorless, and does 30 damage but it unfortunately does 10 damage to Staryu.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Staryu is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Starmie, 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 wouldn't recommend using this card in a deck because even though its only move does above average damage, it does damage to itself which makes this move more towards average to a below average move.  So unless you really need one more card in your deck, I would not recommend using this card.  If you do use it in your deck, your strategy will only be to use Reckless Charge every turn when you can.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a slightly below average basic Pokemon card from the X and Y set.  Other than doing damage to itself when using Reckless Charge this card is average overall, average hp, low retreat cost, and it does do 30 damage a turn.  But like I stated earlier, this card is not that great so I wouldn't use it in a deck without Starmie.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cloyster -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Cloyster Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Cloyster from the Pokemon XY Card Set.  Cloyster is a stage 1, water type Pokemon card, with an hp of 100.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Cloyster does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Clamp Crush, for two energy cards, one each of water and colorless, this move does 30 damage plus if you get a heads when you flip a coin your opponent's active Pokemon is paralyzed and an energy card must be discarded from that Pokemon.  Cloyster's second move is called Spike Cannon, this move requires three energy cards, two water and one colorless, and does 30 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip 5 coins.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Cloyster is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Shellder into play (I reviewed Shellder from this set yesterday) and then evolve Shellder into Cloyster.  If you read yesterday's review, you'll know that I thought Shellder was an average Pokemon card that just was a little limited on what it could do, but it should work perfectly with this card.  I would definitely recommend using this line in a deck, probably a 2-2 line of Shellder and Cloyster, whenever you get Cloyster into the active Pokemon spot I would use Spike Cannon most turns unless you can knock out the defending Pokemon in 30 damage or less, or Cloyster will be knocked out the next turn and you need to paralyze the defending Pokemon then I would use Clamp Crush instead.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an above average stage 1 Pokemon card from the X and Y set.  I like pretty much everything about this card except for its retreat cost which is a bit high but I do like both moves as well as the above average hp.  Usually I don't like coin flip moves like Spike Cannon but even if you have below average luck you should be able to do 60 damage every turn with it.  Combined, I would give Shellder and Cloyster a 4 out of 5 rating, it is an above average line that will complement other Pokemon in a water type deck very well.  Individually I gave these cards a 3 for Shellder and a 4 for Cloyster.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Shellder -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Shellder from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Shellder is a basic, water type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Shellder does not have an Ability and it only has one move called Rain Splash, this move requires two energy cards, one each of water and colorless, and does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Shellder is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Cloyster, 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 this card would be an average basic Pokemon card to use in a water type deck.  I would only use 1 of these cards in a deck on its own only if you need one last card to make your deck have 60 cards.  This card should be put in the active Pokemon spot early in the game and Rain Splash should be used every turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average basic Pokemon card from the X and Y set.  This card is quite average overall but could still be used in a deck on its own.  I like its 60 hp, low retreat cost, and one move, nothing here is bad, but the card is quite limited so this card would be a lot better if used with Cloyster too.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mega Blastoise EX -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Mega Blastoise EX Pokemon X and Y
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Mega Blastoise EX from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Mega Blastoise EX is a Mega Evolution, EX, water type Pokemon card with an hp of 220. It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Mega Blastoise does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Hydro Bombard, this move requires three water energy cards and does 120 damage plus 30 damage to 2 of your opponent's 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, but with that being said, if you are building a water type deck I would definitely recommend putting in 1 each of Blastoise EX and Mega Blastoise EX.  Blastoise EX isn't the greatest of EX cards so I would make sure and set up this line on the bench, evolve Blastoise into its mega evolution then get three water energy cards on it.  When in the active Pokemon spot you're only choice is to use Hydro Bombard every single turn.  This card would fit perfectly in a spread damage type deck, either a dual type deck or a single type deck.  Look for other water Pokemon cards that spread damage around, cards that have moves like Surf which not only attack the defending Pokemon but do 10 damage to all your opponent's Pokemon. 

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  This card is definitely one of the most powerful Pokemon cards that I've ever reviewed and it is only my 2nd mega evolution card at that.  The reason this card doesn't get a 5 from me is that the card only has one move, but the one move it does has is very powerful and can not only do above average damage to the opposing Pokemon in the active spot, but it can destroy most benched Pokemon in two turns.  So if you're building a water type deck, I would definitely recommend using this EX line, overall I would give the line a 4 out of 5 rating, your deck will be awesome with this line in it.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Blastoise EX Full Art -- Pokemon X and Y Review

Blastoise EX Full Art Pokemon X and Y
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Blastoise EX from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Blastoise EX Full Art is a basic, EX, water type Pokemon card with an hp of 180. It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Blastoise does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Rapid Spin, for two colorless energy cards this move does 30 damage and not only must you switch Blastoise EX with one of your benched Pokemon, but your opponent must do that same.  Blastoise's second move is called Splash Bomb, this move requires three water energy cards and does 120 damage, however if you get a tails when you flip a coin, Blastoise does 30 damage to itself.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
Before I start with the strategy, remember that this card is 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.  Also, the X and Y set is the first set to have Mega Evolution cards, so this Blastoise card does have a Mega evolution which I'll be reviewing tomorrow and should probably be used with this card.  But since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I will act as though I plan on using this card on its own in a deck.  The reason most people use EX cards is for their power and high hp, and this Blastoise card definitely doesn't disappoint, so if you're building a water type deck, I would definitely consider using one of these in that deck, I would get three water energy cards on Blastoise on the bench and then use Splash Bomb every turn you can in the active Pokemon spot.  I wouldn't use Rapid Spin until Blastoise is about to feint and then instead of retreating use this move instead.

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 X and Y set.  Even though this card has 180 hp and can do 120 damage per turn, this is just an average card in my opinion because the first move Blastoise has isn't that great and really can only be used once, and Splash Bomb does a good amount of damage but 30 damage can add up quickly on Blastoise.  So, if you want powerful cards in your water type deck, this card would definitely fit that bill, but it definitely isn't that great.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Talonflame -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Talonflame Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Talonflame from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Talonflame is a stage 2, fire type Pokemon card, with an hp of 130.  It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a free retreat cost.  Talonflame does not have an Ability but it does have two moves, the first move that this card has is called Devastating Wind and for one colorless energy card this move makes your opponent shuffle their hand into their deck and makes them draw 4 new cards.  Talonflame's second move is called Flare Blitz, this move requires 2 fire energy cards and does 100 damage, however you have to discard all fire energy cards attached to Talonflame after using this move.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Talonflame is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Fletchling into play and then evolve it into Fletchinder before you can evolve Fletchinder into Talonflame, both of those Pokemon are from this set however Fletchling is a colorless type Pokemon so I haven't reviewed that card yet, but I have reviewed Fletchinder and it was a below average card, because Talonflame has a free retreat cost, you'll always want to set it up on the bench first.  I personally wouldn't use this line at all in a deck, but because Talonflame does have a free retreat cost and can do 100 damage for two energy cards, you can use a 1-1-1 line of Fletchling, Fletchinder, and Talonflame, set up Talonflame on the bench, put two energy cards on it, then use Flare Blitz one turn and retreat it the next turn, and then put two more energy cards on it on the bench.  Other than that there isn't much strategy around this card and if you don't like having to attach energy card after energy card to Pokemon, definitely don't use this card in your deck.

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 X and Y set.  I like its free retreat cost and the fact it can do 100 damage for only two energy cards.  This card is only average though because neither move it has is that great considering not just damage, and at 130 hp, it has a pretty low hp for a stage 2 card.  Since I haven't reviewed Fletchling yet, I will give the 2nd two evolutions in this line a 2 out of 5 rating, I probably wouldn't use them in a deck.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Fletchinder -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Fletchinder Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Fletchinder from the X and Y Pokemon card set.  Fletchinder is a stage 1, fire type Pokemon card, with an hp of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Fletchinder does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Flame Charge, this move requires one colorless energy and allows you to search your deck for a fire energy card and attach it to Fletchinder.  Fletchinder's second move is called Fire Wing, this move requires two energy cards, one each of fire and colorless and does 30 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Fletchinder is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Fletchling into play which I haven't reviewed yet because it is a colorless type card, but of course in order to use this card you're going to have to use that card, so I'll just assume that Fletchling is average for now.  You are probably going to want to use this card with its stage 2 evolution, Talonflame, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, but this review is looking solely at Fletchinder.  So solely looking at this card, it would be extremely good if it were a basic Pokemon because it would have above average hp, and one good move, however since this card is a stage 1 card, it isn't that great and I wouldn't recommend using this card with Fletchling in a deck without using Talonflame.  If you were to use this line in a deck, I would try and get Fletchinder into the active Pokemon spot early since it has a low hp, then use Fire Wing every turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a below average stage 1 Pokemon card from the X and Y set.  Like I stated in the strategy section of this post, this card has too low of hp for my liking and for a stage 1 card, its two moves are just average.  So I would not recommend using this card in a deck.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Delphox -- Pokemon X and Y Card Review

Delphox Pokemon X and Y Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Delphox from the X and Y Pokemon Card Set.  Delphox is a stage 2, fire type Pokemon card, with an hp of 140.  It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Delphox's Ability is called Mystical Fire and allows you to draw cards once per turn until you have 6 cards in your hand.  Besides the Ability, Delphox just has one move that requires three colorless energy cards called Blaze Ball, this move does 50 damage plus 20 more damage for each fire energy card attached to Delphox.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Delphox is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Fennekin into play and then evolve it into Braixen before you can evolve Braixen into Delphox, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them the last couple of days.  Both of those Pokemon cards are below average and should not be used in a deck without Delphox, because these cards are not very good, this line should be evolved into Delphox on the bench before putting Delphox into the active Pokemon spot.  If you're building a fire type deck, you'll definitely want to consider putting this line into your deck just for Delphox, because Delphox is the only good Pokemon in this line, I wouldn't put more than a 1-1-1 line into your deck.  You can utilize Delphox's Ability from the bench throughout the entire game, or you can move Delphox into the active Pokemon spot, making sure to have 3 fire energy cards on it and do Blaze Ball for 110 damage per turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a pretty good stage 2 Pokemon card from the X and Y Pokemon card set.  There really isn't anything I dislike about this card, it has an average hp and retreat cost, a very good Ability, and an excellent move.  If you want a powerful stage 2 Pokemon in your deck, this is a Pokemon to add, however, overall the line of Fennekin, Braixen, and Delphox only get a 3 out of 5 rating combined from me, individually I gave Fennekin a 3, Braixen a 1, and Delphox a 4.

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