Saturday, October 31, 2015

Kirlia -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Kirlia Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Kirlia from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card set.  Kirlia is a stage 1, fairy type Pokemon card, with an hp of 80.  It has a x2 weakness to metal type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to darkness type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Kirlia does not have an Ability or Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Calm Mind, for one colorless energy card this move heals 30 damage from Kirlia.  Kirlia's second move is called Magical Shot, for three energy, two colorless and one fairy, this move does 50 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Kirlia is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Ralts into play (I reviewed Ralts from this set yesterday) and then evolve Ralts into Kirlia.  Kirlia does have a Stage 2 evolution in Gardevoir, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, 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 Kirlia is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my review of Ralts, you'll know that I thought that card was a very solid Basic Pokemon card.  It had two good moves, a solid HP, and a low retreat cost, I had no problem using that card on its own as a starter type Pokemon in a fairy type deck.  So knowing this about Ralts and looking at this Kirlia card, I would recommend either sticking to just Ralts in a deck or seeing the entire line through the end by going with Gardevoir as well.  This card just doesn't do much for me, it has a below average HP, and only one move that can do any damage, this move does below average damage for the amount of energy it requires and this move is slow on the attack.  So I cannot recommend using this card in a deck without using Gardevoir.

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 Ancient Origins set.  I like that this card has two moves and a low retreat cost, however this card just isn't very powerful, has a low HP, and neither move is very powerful.  Together with Ralts from this set, I can only give the two cards a 2 out of 5 rating.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Ralts -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Ralts Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Ralts from the Ancient Origins set.  Ralts is a basic, fairy type Pokemon card with an HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to metal type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to darkness type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Ralts does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Mumble, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage.  Ralts' second move is called Magical Shot, this move requires two energy cards to use, one each of colorless and fairy, and does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Ralts is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Kirlia, and a Stage 2 evolution in Gardevoir, which I'll be reviewing the next few days, you'll more than likely want to use some of those Pokemon with this card, however, since I have not reviewed any of those cards yet, I will just act like Ralts does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  On its own, this card could definitely be used as a starter type Pokemon in a fairy type deck, it is not flashy by any means, but it should give you some time at the beginning of the game to get your benched Pokemon set up and do some damage to the defending Pokemon.  I would put at least one of these cards in a fairy type deck and try my hardest to get it into the active Pokemon spot to start the game, then depending on how fast you think you can get your benched Pokemon set up, either put one or two energy cards on Ralts.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a very solid, average Basic Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set.  There is nothing that I dislike about this card.  It has an average HP, low retreat cost, and two solid moves, you really can't go wrong with using this card as a starter type Pokemon card in a fairy type deck.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Registeel -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Registeel Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Registeel from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Registeel is a basic, metal type Pokemon card with an hp of 120, this card has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Registeel does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Iron Head, for two energy cards, one each of metal and colorless, this move does 30 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip a coin until you get a tails.  Registeel's second move is called Forbidden Iron Hammer, this move requires three energy cards to use, two colorless and one metal, and does 70 damage, plus your opponent is forced to discard an energy card attached to their active Pokemon if that Pokemon is an EX.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Registeel 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, there is absolutely no reason to use this card in a deck, other than doing slightly above average damage for three energy cards, there is nothing special about this card.  You don't want to use this card for Iron Head since it may end up doing zero damage every single turn, and even though Forbidden Iron Hammer does extra if it is facing an EX Pokemon, discarding an energy card doesn't do enough for me to want to use this card at all.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a very poor Basic Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set.  Sure, this card has a high HP and two moves that have the potential to do a lot of damage, but this card also has a high retreat cost, is slow on the attack, and unless you have three energy cards on Registeel, you may not be able to damage at all.  So if you're building a metal type deck, I would definitely look elsewhere for Basic Pokemon cards.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Metagross 50/98 -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Metagross Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Metagross from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  This is the second of the two Metagross reviews I'll be doing from this set.  Metagross is a stage 2, metal type Pokemon card, with an hp of 150.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a four colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Metagross card does not have an Ability but it does have an Ancient Trait called Double that allows you to attach up to 2 Pokemon tool cards to Metagross.  Besides the Ancient Trait, this card has two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Machine Gun Stomp, this move requires two colorless energy cards to use and does 20 damage plus 10 more damage for each card in your hand.  Metagross' second move is called Guard Press, for four energy cards, two each of metal and colorless, this move does 80 damage, plus it reduces damage done to Metagross during your opponent's next turn by 20.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Metagross is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Beldum into play and then evolve it into Metang before you can evolve Metang into Metagross, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them the last few days.  If you've read my reviews of those cards you'll know that I thought the two cards were slightly below average overall, I thought Beldum was a little limited because it could only do 10 damage a turn unless you wanted to put three energy cards on a Basic Pokemon and I thought Metang was average, neither move was great it had, just by itself, but with some luck, one move Metang had could do major damage.  So knowing this about the first two cards in this line, and knowing there is another Metagross card in this set that I reviewed yesterday, this card does not compare or even come close to as good as yesterday's Metagross card.  Yes, this card has two moves that both do damage, but unless you plan on stockpiling your hand with tons of cards, this card really can't do that much damage and its Ancient Trait is pretty useless.  So there is no way I am putting four energy cards on this card just to do 80 damage a turn, or keeping a ton of cards in my hand so I can do potentially 60 or 70 damage a turn with Machine Gun Stomp.  So I can not recommend using this card in a deck and if you want to use Metagross in a deck, use yesterday's card and use it for its Ability.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a below average Stage 2 Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set.  This card is good in that it has a high HP and two moves, however neither move that this card has is that great and having a four energy card retreat cost makes this card off limits for me.  Whereas I gave yesterday's Metagross card a 4 out of 5 rating, I cannot give this entire family with this Metagross card higher than a 2 out of 5 rating.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Metagross 49/98 -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Metagross Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Metagross from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  This is the first of two consecutive Metagross cards I'll be reviewing on my blog.  Metagross is a stage 2, metal type Pokemon card, with an hp of 150.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a four colorless energy card retreat cost.  Metagross's Ability is called Magnetic Warp, and it says once per turn you may switch your active Pokemon with one of your benched Pokemon, if you do this, your opponent must do the same.  Besides the Ability, Metagross just has one move called Iron Cannon, this move requires four energy cards to use, two each of metal and colorless, and does 80 damage plus 80 more damage if you choose to discard all metal energy attached to Metagross.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Metagross is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Beldum into play and then evolve it into Metang before you can evolve Metang into Metagross, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them the last two days.  If you've read my reviews of those cards you'll know that I thought the two cards were slightly below average overall, I thought Beldum was a little limited because it could only do 10 damage a turn unless you wanted to put three energy cards on a Basic Pokemon and I thought Metang was average, neither move was great it had, just by itself, but with some luck, one move Metang had could do major damage.  So knowing this about the first two cards in this line, and knowing there is another Metagross card in this set, the main reason you'd want to use this specific Metagross in your deck would be for its Ability.  You could just have a 1-1-1 line of this entire Pokemon family and keep Metagross on the bench the whole time, thus allowing you to retreat all of your Pokemon for free.  Also, if this card was put into a spread damage type deck, and you were able to get damage on all of the defending Pokemon, your opponent would be forced to switch their active Pokemon with one on their bench that also has damage on it, making it that much easier to knock it out.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an above average Stage 2 Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set, based solely on its Ability.  If you can't utilize its Ability in your deck, don't use this line.  I am not a huge fan of Metagross' only move, not only does it require a lot of energy cards to use, but to do major damage, you may have to discard four energy cards.  So looking at the entire line of Beldum, Metang, and Metagross from this set, I would give them a 3 out of 5 rating, not anything that needs to be in your deck.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Metang -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Metang Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Metang from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card set.  Metang is a stage 1, metal type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Metang does not have an Ability or Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Metal Claw, for two energy cards, one each of metal and colorless, this move does 30 damage.  Metang's second move is called Bullet Punch, for three energy cards, two metal and one colorless, this move does 50 damage plus 20 more damage for each heads you get when you flip two coins, for a potential ceiling of 90 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Metang is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Beldum into play (I reviewed Beldum from this set yesterday) and then evolve Beldum into Metang.  Metang does have a Stage 2 evolution in Metagross, which there are two of in this set, that you'll probably want to use with this Pokemon line but since I haven't reviewed those cards yet, the strategy below will act like Metang is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my review of Beldum, you'll know that I thought that card was a below average Basic Pokemon card, the main reason being its retreat cost was higher than its first move's attack cost, and the card was limited in that it could only do 10 damage a turn unless you wanted to put three energy cards on it and do 30 damage a turn.  So knowing this about Beldum and looking at this Metang card, this card would be decent if you were for sure using Metagross in your deck but I don't think it warrants use if you only want to use Beldum and Metang.  I do like that this card has the potential to do 90 damage a turn, so Trick Coin may be a good card to pair with this one, but for a Stage 1 card, I would have hoped that Bullet Punch would have for sure did 60 damage a turn and that Metang didn't have such a high retreat cost.  If you're building a metal type deck, it wouldn't be the worst thing ever to have a 1-1 line of Beldum and Metang, but there are plenty of better Pokemon cards out there.

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 Ancient Origins set.  I like this card's HP and the fact it has two moves, the second move potentially being able to do well above average damage.  What drives me away from using this card is its high retreat cost and the fact it may end up doing below average damage if you're not lucky.  So together with Beldum from this set, I can't give these two cards higher than a 2 out of 5 rating.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Beldum -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Beldum Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Beldum from the Ancient Origins set.  Beldum is a basic, metal type Pokemon card with an HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Beldum does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Ram, for one metal energy card this move does 10 damage.  Beldum's second move is called Spinning Attack, for three energy cards, two colorless and one metal, this move does 30 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Beldum is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Metang, and a Stage 2 evolution in Metagross and there are two Metagross cards in this set, which I'll be reviewing the next few days, you'll more than likely want to use some of those Pokemon with this card, however, since I have not reviewed any of those cards yet, I will just act like Beldum does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  On its own, this card could have been used as a starter type Pokemon in your deck mainly because it could attack for one energy card and if need be could do up to 30 damage a turn later on, but because this card has a higher retreat cost, two colorless energy cards, I would not recommend using this card on its own.  So unless you're using this Beldum card as a stepping stone to Metang and Metagross, don't use this card in your deck.

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 Ancient Origins set.  This card does have a few positives on it, like its average HP and the fact it has two moves.  However, this card is limited in that you're not going to want to put three energy cards on a card that has 60 HP, and this card requires more energy cards to retreat than to attack with its first move.  So again, this isn't a card I would recommend using on its own.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Malamar -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Malamar Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Malamar from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Malamar is a stage 1, darkness type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Malamar card does not have an Ancient Trait or an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Entangling Control, for one colorless energy card this move allows you to switch one of your opponent's benched Pokemon with their active Pokemon, their new active Pokemon is then confused.  Malamar's second move is called Trash Tentacle, for one darkness energy card, this move does 30 damage, and it also allows you to move a card from your discard pile to your hand.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Malamar is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Inkay into play (I reviewed Inkay from this set yesterday) and then evolve Inkay into Malamar.  If you read yesterday's review of Inkay, you'll know that I thought that card was a slightly below average Pokemon card, the main two reasons being the card was limited in what it could do having only one move and that move only being able to do 10 damage, and secondly, the fact the card had a below average HP of only 50.  So knowing this about Inkay and looking at this Malamar card, I may consider using a 1-1 line of these two Pokemon in a spread damage type deck.  I would set this line up on the bench, make sure the opponent's Pokemon have plenty of damage on them, then if I were to move Malamar to the active Pokemon spot, I could use Entangling Control, move one of the benched Pokemon that has a lot of damage on it to the active Pokemon spot, confuse it, and potentially have the opponent knock out their own Pokemon when attacking.  Other than that, Malamar could be used to retrieve cards from your discard pile in addition to doing damage, but I would rather use a Trainer card for this.

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 Ancient Origins set.  This card isn't great by any means, but it is definitely worth a look in spread damage type decks.  I do like that this card has two moves, both pretty quick, however this card can't do the greatest of damage so that limits its potential.  Together with Inkay from this set, which I gave a 2 out of 5 rating, I would give these two Pokemon a 2 out of 5 rating, there are better Pokemon lines to use out there.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Inkay -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Inkay Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Inkay from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Inkay is a basic, darkness type Pokemon card with an hp of 50.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Inkay does not have an Ancient Trait or an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Ink Spit, for one darkness energy card this move does 10 damage, plus if you opponent tries to attack Inkay during their next turn, they must flip a coin, if they get a tails, the attack does nothing.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Inkay is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Malamar, 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 really isn't worth using in a deck because it has a below average HP and can only do 10 damage maximum.  I do like that after using Ink Spit the opponent is forced to flip a coin before attacking, but this move would be better suited for a more powerful Pokemon, one that can be used later in the game.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Malamar, this is a below average Basic Pokemon card.  I would definitely not recommend using this card in a deck, with its low HP, but I do like the one move that this card has, doing damage and possibly preventing your opponent from attacking.  This card wouldn't be the worst card in the world to have in the active Pokemon spot for a turn before evolving it into Malamar.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sableye -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Sableye Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Sableye from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Sableye is a basic, darkness type Pokemon card with an hp of 70, this card does not have a weakness or resistance and it has a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Sableye does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Bewitching Eyes, for one darkness energy card, this move allows you to choose a supporter card from your opponent's discard pile and use it as the effect of this attack.  Sableye's second move is called Furtive Drop, for two energy cards, one each of darkness and colorless, this move puts 3 damage counters on your opponent's active Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Sableye 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, I would not recommend using this card in a deck.  Mainly because there really isn't anything that stands out about this card.  Other than having an above average HP, neither move this card has is that great, and the first move, Bewitching Eyes, could easily be replaced by just having more supporter cards in your own deck.  This card would have been usable if Furtive Drop would allow you to place 3 damage counters on your opponent's Pokemon in any way you like, but it has to attack the Pokemon in the active Pokemon spot.  So unless you're a huge fan of Sableye, do not use this card in a deck.

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 Ancient Origins set.  This card is good in that it has a high HP, low retreat cost, and two moves.  However, this card can't do any damage unless you put two energy cards on it, and even then, the damage it does is pretty average.  So definitely not the worst card in the world, this card shouldn't be forced into your deck, look elsewhere.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

M Tyranitar EX -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

M Tyranitar EX Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of M Tyranitar EX from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  M Tyranitar EX is a Mega Evolution, EX, darkness type Pokemon card with an hp of 240. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a four colorless energy card retreat cost.  M Tyranitar has an Ancient Trait called Double that says 2 Pokemon Tool cards can be attached to this card at the same time.  Besides the Ancient Trait, this card just has one move called Destroyer King, for four energy cards, two each of colorless and darkness, this move does 110 damage plus 60 more damage for each damage counter on your opponent's active 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, you'll always want to use the appropriate Spirit Link trainer card do evolve the EX card into its Mega EX form so you don't have to end your turn.  If you're building a spread damage type deck and have a card that can do 10 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon at once, I would definitely recommend using a 1-1 line of this Pokemon line in that deck.  I would make sure to get M Tyranitar set up on the bench, then when all of your opponent's Pokemon have at least 10 damage on them, you can move this card to the active Pokemon spot and use Destroyer King every turn, knocking out almost every Pokemon in two turns or less.  The most important thing with this card is to move it to the active Pokemon spot when all of your opponents Pokemon have damage on them, making it that much easier to knock them out in one move.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an above average Mega EX Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set, and a great card to use in a spread damage type deck.  I can see this card being very powerful in that type of deck and once put into the active Pokemon spot being able to one hit knock out pretty much all of the defending Pokemon until you win the game.  However, since this card works best in spread damage type decks and Tyranitar EX is underwhelming, I would give these two cards combined a 3 out of 5 rating.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tyranitar EX -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Tyranitar EX Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Tyranitar EX and Tyranitar EX Full Art from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Tyranitar EX is a basic, EX, darkness type Pokemon card with an hp of 180. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a four colorless energy card retreat cost.  Tyranitar EX does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Hammer In, for three energy cards, two colorless and one darkness, this move does 60 damage.  Tyranitar's second move is called Break Ground, for four energy cards, two each of colorless and darkness, this move does 130 damage, however it does do 10 damage to each of your own Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, because Tyranitar 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, Tyranitar 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 Tyranitar EX does not have an evolution.  So knowing this, on its own, unless you can take advantage of Tyranitar doing damage to your own Pokemon with Break Ground, this card should not be used on its own.  If one of your Pokemon's attacks is based on how much damage is on all of your benched Pokemon, this Tyranitar card would be ideal, you would attack with it for a few turns then move the aforementioned Pokemon to the active Pokemon spot.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a slightly below average EX Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set.  This card can do major damage every single turn but it is really slow on the attack and it also does damage to your own Pokemon.  So unless you're a huge fan of Tyranitar or can utilize damage on your own Pokemon, this card shouldn't be used in a deck.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Golurk 41/98 -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Golurk Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Golurk from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  This is the second Golurk card that I've reviewed from this set, the first being a psychic type card with an Ancient Trait.  Golurk is a stage 1, fighting type Pokemon card, with an hp of 130.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a four colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Golurk card does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Dig Out, for one colorless energy card this move does 20 damage, however you must discard the top card of your deck when attacking, if that card is a fighting energy card, attach it to Golurk instead.  Golurk's second move is called Double Lariat, this move requires four energy cards to attack, three colorless and one fighting, and does 90 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip two coins.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Golurk is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Golett into play (I reviewed Golett from this set about a week ago) and then evolve Golett into Golurk.  If you read my review of Golett, you'll know that I thought that card was very poor, having a higher retreat cost than attack cost, and only having a 50/50 shot at doing any damage at all.  So knowing this about Golett and also knowing that I have already reviewed the other Golurk card from this set which is pretty decent overall, having an Ability that can make Golurk two types at once and then do up to 180 damage a turn, this Golurk card can do more damage, potentially every turn, but just like the first Golurk card from this set, is extremely slow on the attack, at least if you want to do major damage.  I probably wouldn't recommend using this card in a deck, just because it requires so many energy cards to attack and retreat, whereas the first Golurk card from this set, should be used for its Ability and set up on the bench.

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 Ancient Origins set.  This card does have a good HP and two moves that both do damage.  However, both moves that this card has just can't attack without any consequences, the first move makes you discard a card from your deck and the second one is a coin flip based move.  So together with Golett from this set, which I'm not a fan of, I would only give the two of them a 1 out of 5 rating, don't use them in a deck.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Regirock -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Regirock Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Regirock from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Regirock is a basic, fighting type Pokemon card with an hp of 120, it has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Regirock does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Rock Throw, for two energy cards, one each of fighting and colorless, this move does 40 damage.  Regirock's second move is called Unyielding Rock, for three energy cards, one fighting and two colorless, this move does 60 damage plus 60 more damage if you're facing an EX Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Regirock 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, the only reason you'll want to use this card in your deck is in the case where you think you'll be facing a majority of EX Pokemon when playing your opponent.  You could add 1 Regirock card into your fighting type deck and then keep it on the bench to hopefully prevent your opponent from playing EX cards in their active Pokemon spot or move Regirock to the active Pokemon spot and do 120 damage a turn against EX.  Other than that, this card is too slow and has too high of a retreat cost for me to want to use on its own just doing either 40 or 60 damage a 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 Ancient Origins set.  This card has a well above average HP and two solid moves, one becoming well above average if facing an EX Pokemon.  But, this card is pretty slow on the attack and has a really high retreat cost, so there is really no merit to forcing this card into your deck.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Quagsire -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Quagsire Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Quagsire from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Quagsire is a stage 1, fighting type Pokemon card, with an hp of 110.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Quagsire card does not have an Ancient Trait or an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Wave Splash, for two energy cards, one each of water and colorless, this move does 30 damage.  Quagsire's second move is called Landslide, for three energy cards, two colorless and one water, this move does 80 damage and the move is unaffected by resistance.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Quagsire is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Wooper into play (I reviewed Wooper from this set yesterday) and then evolve Wooper into Quagsire.  If you read yesterday's review of Wooper, you'll know that I thought that card was a below average Basic Pokemon card, the main reason being that it required two energy cards to actually do damage to the defending Pokemon and it had a higher retreat cost, so I recommended not using it on its own.  So knowing this about Wooper and looking at this Quagsire card, the only reason you would want to even use a 1-1 line of these two Pokemon would be for Quagsire's Landslide move.  The thing I like about this move is that the opponent's resistance type is ineffective but if the defending Pokemon is weak to fighting type Pokemon, Landslide does double the damage.  Another thing of note, just like Wooper, this card is a fighting type card but does not require any fighting type energy cards when attacking.

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 Ancient Origins set.  This card is pretty decent overall having an above average HP, and two solid moves.  The card is a little slower on the attack and can't do anything other than attack, plus it has a high retreat cost.  So combined with Wooper from yesterday, I would give this Pokemon family a 2 out of 5 rating, I probably wouldn't use this line in a deck just because it is limited in what it can do.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Wooper -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Wooper Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Wooper from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Wooper is a basic, fighting type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost. Wooper does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Nap and for one colorless energy card heals 20 damage from Wooper.  Wooper's second move is called Wave Splash, for two energy cards, one each of water and colorless, this move does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Wooper is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Quagsire, 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, the first thing you'll want to notice about this card is even though it is a fighting type card, it requires no fighting energy cards at all, only colorless and water.  Even knowing this, without Quagsire in your deck, there is no reason to use this card on its own.  This card is definitely not any better than average and for a starter type Pokemon, I would want to move Wooper into the active Pokemon spot to start the game and attack right away, being able to heal 20 damage from Wooper when it probably doesn't have any damage on it does us no good.  So if you're building a water type deck, look elsewhere for a Pokemon card to use.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Quagsire, this is a below average Basic Pokemon card.  One that isn't bad on the surface, since it has two moves and an average HP, but there is really never a time when you're going to want this card in the active Pokemon spot since it requires two energy cards to do any damage to the opposing Pokemon.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Machamp EX -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Machamp EX Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Machamp EX and Machamp EX Full Art from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Machamp EX is a basic, EX, fighting type Pokemon card with an hp of 180. It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability or Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Steaming Mad, for two energy cards, one each of fighting and colorless, this move does 20 damage times the number of damage counters on Machamp, however after using this move, Machamp is confused.  Machamp's second move is called Crazy Hammer, for three energy cards, two fighting and one colorless, this move does 80 damage plus 80 more damage if Machamp is inflicted by a special condition, plus it removes all special conditions from Machamp after using the move.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, because Machamp 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 about Machamp EX, I would not highly recommend using this card in a deck, mainly because it just isn't that great, requiring Machamp to be confused to do major damage which could easily backfire and knock Machamp own without attacking the defending Pokemon at all.  The only scenario I would consider using Machamp EX in a deck would be in a deck where you have a Pokemon that does let's say 20 damage to all Pokemon in play, that way, you could get at least 100 damage on Machamp EX, then when in the active Pokemon spot you could use Steaming Mad and more than likely knock out a Pokemon in one turn.  So if you use this card at all, make sure to have a way to remove Confusion and to give Machamp a better chance at attacking, possibly by using a Trick Coin trainer.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a below average EX Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set and one I wouldn't recommend using in a deck.  This card is pretty under powered in my opinion and isn't worthy of using in a deck.  There is no reason to risk a self knockout with confusion when if knocked out, the opponent will get two prize cards.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hoopa EX -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Hoopa EX Ancient Origins
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Hoopa EX and Hoopa EX Full Art from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Hoopa EX is a basic, EX, psychic type Pokemon card with an hp of 170. It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  This card's Ability is called Scoundrel Ring and says that when you move Hoopa EX from your hand to your bench you may search your deck for up to 3 EX Pokemon and put them into your hand.  Besides the Ability, this card has one move that requires three psychic energy cards called Hyperspace Fury, this move does 100 damage to one of your opponent's benched Pokemon, however you must discard two energy cards attached to Hoopa when using this move.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, because Hoopa 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 about Hoopa EX, the main reason you'll want to use this card in your deck is for its Ability, so you'll definitely want to have a heavy EX deck.  Get this card onto your bench early in the game and you get get your EX cards in play and set up that much faster.  Because this card is mainly useful for its Ability, you'll either want to use multiple Hoopa EX cards in your deck, or the better way, to figure out a way to remove Hoopa EX from your bench back into your hand so you can reuse its Ability.  Hoopa's only move can knock out a Pokemon in one turn not a problem if you're using it in a spread damage type deck but because you have to discard energy each time it is used, I would be cautious with this move.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an above average EX Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set and one that you'll be seeing used in the metagame to get EX Pokemon in play faster.  Hoopa's Ability makes this card above average and its only move is just icing on the cake, so definitely consider using Hoopa EX in your deck if you have multiple other EX cards in it.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Golurk -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Golurk Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Golurk from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Golurk is a stage 1, psychic type Pokemon card, with an hp of 130.  It has a x2 weakness to darkness type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a four colorless energy card retreat cost.  Golurk's Ancient Trait is called Stop and says to prevent all effects of your opponent's abilities done to Golurk.  Besides the Ancient Trait, this card has an Ability called Double Type and says that as long as Golurk is in play, it is both a psychic and a fighting type.  Finally, Golurk just has one move called Superpower, this move requires three colorless energy cards to use and does 80 damage plus 40 more damage if you choose to do 20 damage to your self.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Golurk is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Golett into play (I reviewed Golett from this set yesterday) and then evolve Golett into Golurk.  If you read yesterday's review of Golett, you'll know that I thought that card was very poor, having a higher retreat cost than attack cost, and only having a 50/50 shot at doing any damage at all.  So knowing this about Golett and looking at this Golurk card, this card has a ton of things going on with it, including an Ability, Ancient Trait, and a move, with that being said, unless you think Pokemon weak to psychic or fighting type Pokemon will be heavily used in the metagame, there probably isn't a point to using this card in your deck, since it is slow on the attack and has a huge retreat cost.  If you do think that you can do double the damage to Pokemon that are weak to fighting or psychic type Pokemon, go ahead and put a 1-1 line of Golett and Golurk into your deck setting it up on the bench.  This card can easily one hit knock out pretty much every Pokemon by doing 240 damage a turn if you decide to do 20 damage to Golurk, so be prepared to include some Potion cards in your deck.  But just on its own, I wouldn't waste four energy cards to only be able to do 80 damage a turn, so use this card with caution.

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 Ancient Origins set.  This card is below average against Pokemon that aren't weak to psychic or fighting types but is above average against those weak to the mentioned types, so overall it is average.  Combined with Golett, which is very poor, I cannot give these two cards better than a 2 out of 5 rating.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Golett -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Golett Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Golett from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Golett is a basic, psychic type Pokemon card with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to darkness type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost. Golett does not have an Ancient Trait or an Ability and it only has one move.  This move is called Smash Punch, for two colorless energy cards this move does 30 damage, however if you get a tails when flipping a coin to use this move, the move does nothing.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Golett is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Golurk, 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 highly recommend against using this card in a deck.  Even though it requires colorless energy cards to attack and has a high HP, there is jut no way you want to use this card in a deck without Golurk, it has a higher retreat cost than attack cost, and the one move that this card has, has a 50/50 shot of actually doing damage.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Golurk, this is a pretty miserable Basic Pokemon card.  Stay away from a high retreat cost, low accuracy attacker that can't attack right away.  Hopefully Golurk is a bit better than this card.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Claydol -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Claydol Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Claydol from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Claydol 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 card retreat cost.  Claydol does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is Rewind, it requires one psychic energy card to use and it devolves each of your opponent's evolved Pokemon and puts the highest stage evolution of each card back into your hand.  Claydol's second move is called Hyper Beam, this move requires two energy cards to use, one each of psychic and colorless, and does 30 damage, plus it discards an energy card attached to the defending Pokemon if you get a heads when you flip a coin.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Claydol is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Baltoy into play (I reviewed both Baltoy cards from this set the past two days) and then evolve Baltoy into Claydol.  If you've read my reviews of the Baltoy cards from this set, you'll know that I thought the first Baltoy card was worthy of being used on its own since it had two moves and could attack quickly, but the Ancient Trait Baltoy card was better off being used with Claydol since it couldn't do any damage when attacking.  So knowing this about both Baltoy cards and looking at this Claydol card, this card would perfect to use in a spread damage type deck.  After getting lets say 50 or 60 damage on each of your opponent's Pokemon, you could put Claydol into the active Pokemon spot and use Rewind, thus potentially knocking out several of your opponent's Pokemon at once when devolving them.  Outside of Rewind, I wouldn't recommend using Claydol in a deck because it does a measly 30 damage for a Stage 1 card.  So, if you building a spread damage type deck, it may be work putting a 1-1 line of Baltoy and Claydol into your 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 Ancient Origins set.  This card has a decent HP, and one good move out of the two.  I am very intrigued by this card and how it would work in a spread damage type deck and I think it could easily be very powerful in a deck.  Together with either of the Baltoy cards from this set, I would give a 3 out of 5 rating.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Baltoy 32/98 -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Baltoy Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Baltoy from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  This is the second of two Baltoy cards I've reviewed from this set.  Baltoy 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. This Baltoy card does have an Ancient Trait called Stop that prevents all effects of your opponent's Abilities used on this Pokemon.  Besides the Ancient Trait, this card just has one move called Future Spin which requires one psychic energy card to use and allows you to look at the top 3 cards of either player's deck and rearrange them in any order that you'd like.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Baltoy is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Claydol, 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 but I will be comparing both Baltoy cards later in this post.  So, on its own, I wouldn't recommend using this card in your deck mainly because it can't do any damage when attacking.  So if you just wanted a Basic Pokemon card to use in your deck as a starter type Pokemon, use yesterday's Baltoy card, otherwise, if you know that you want to mostly use Claydol in your deck and can get away with just keeping Baltoy on your bench, this Baltoy card would be the better card to use because you can keep it on the bench and use its Ancient Trait to help it stay there longer, plus if you have to move it to the active Pokemon spot you can mess with your opponent by rearranging their cards.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Claydol, this is a below average Basic Pokemon card that shouldn't be used on its own, because if you have to put it in the active Pokemon spot you'll never be able to do any damage.  So do not use this card unless you're using it with Claydol, and again, if you want to use Baltoy in a deck, use yesterday's card.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Baltoy 31/98 -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Baltoy Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Baltoy from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  This is the first of two Baltoy cards I'll be reviewing from this set.  Baltoy 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. This Baltoy card does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Slap and for one psychic energy card this move does 10 damage.  Baltoy's second move is called Spinning Attack and for two energy cards, one each of colorless and psychic, this move does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Baltoy is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Claydol, which I'll be reviewing in two days, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet and I haven't even reviewed the second Claydol card from this set yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution and I do not know which Claydol card is better.  So, on its own, this card could definitely be used as a starter type Pokemon in a deck since it can attack for only one energy card, has more than one attack, and can retreat for only one energy card.  So if you're building a psychic type deck, I would definitely recommend at least giving this card a look, but you won't want to use more than one of these in a deck just because it isn't that great overall only being able to do 20 damage.  But strategy wise, you'll want to get this card into the active Pokemon spot to start the game and do up to 20 damage after the second turn while working on setting up your benched Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Claydol, this is an average Basic Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set.  Other than not being able to do a huge amount of damage, I have no complaints about this card.  This card has an average HP, low retreat cost, and two average moves, you can do plenty worse than using this card in your deck.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Unown -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Unown Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Unown from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Unown 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.  Unown's Ability is called Farewell Letter and says that once per turn if Unown is on your bench, you choose to discard it and all cards attached to it, if you do, you may draw a card.  Besides the Ability, Unown just has one move called Hidden Power, this move requires one colorless energy card to use and does 10 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Unown 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, if you're looking for a way to draw cards in a deck, Unown may be the Pokemon to do it for you.  You could include several of these in a deck, put them on the bench, not attaching energy cards to them, and then when you need a card, just discard one of them and draw a card from your deck.  It will be important that you're able to move cards from your discard pile back into your hand or deck to be able to reuse Unown's Ability several times.  Outside of the Ability, Unown can be used in any type deck since it requires a colorless energy card to attack, but is quite limited in what it can do.

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 Ancient Origins set.  I know this card is used quite a bit in the metagame for its draw Ability, but overall, this card isn't much better than average.  If you don't want to use this card for its Ability it is best left of your team.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Rotom -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Rotom Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Rotom from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Rotom is a basic, lightning type Pokemon card with an hp of 70, it has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Rotom does not have an Ancient Trait or an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Electro Ball, for one lightning energy card this move does 20 damage.  Rotom's second move is called Electric Mischief and for two colorless energy cards this move allows you to flip 3 coins, for each heads you get, you get to choose a random card from your opponent's hand and have them show it to you and put it back into their deck.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Rotom 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 has the makings of a decent starter type Pokemon, it has an above average HP and two good moves early in the game, Electro Ball does above average damage, then Electric Mischief can give you a hint at what your opponent's strategy will be and possibly ruin their strategy early in the game.  I definitely wouldn't use more than one of these in a deck since it is limited overall, but if you're building a lightning type deck, I think one of these in there would be fine.

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 Ancient Origins set.  This card is definitely not flashy, but there is really nothing to complain about with this card.  It has an above average HP, and two good moves.  Plus, if you really like Electric Mischief, you can put Rotom in any type deck and use it, since that move requires colorless energy cards.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

M Ampharos EX -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

M Ampharos EX Ancient Origins
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of M Ampharos EX from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  M Ampharos EX is a Mega Evolution, EX, lightning type Pokemon card with an hp of 220. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  M Ampharos does not have an Ancient Trait or an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Exavolt and for four energy cards, two each of lightning and colorless, and does 120 damage plus you can paralyze the defending Pokemon and do 50 more damage if you're willing to do 30 damage to M Ampharos.

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, if you're building a lightning type deck and looking for some power, I would use a 1-1 line of Ampharos EX and M Ampharos EX in a deck, plus at least one Ampharos Spirit Link tool card so you don't have to end your turn when you evolve Ampharos EX into M Ampharos EX.  If you have the time and trainer cards to get four lightning type energy cards to the top of your deck, you can then move Ampharos EX into the active Pokemon spot early on in the game, get Ampharos set up in one turn, then evolve Ampharos the following turn and be able to use Exavolt doing 120 damage or more depending on if you'll be able to knock out the defending Pokemon or not.  Since this is a Mega EX card and it has a high HP, doing 30 damage to M Ampharos each turn shouldn't be that big of deal, but it will help if you have some potion cards in your deck.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a very good Mega EX Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set.  Other than being a little slower on the attack, this card is pretty good, not only doing major damage each turn, but being able to paralyze the defending Pokemon as well.  So like I said above, if you're looking to build a lightning type deck and need some power, I would recommend the Ampharos EX and M Ampharos EX line from this set, giving both of these cards a combined 3 out of 5 rating, mainly docking this rating for their slow moves.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Ampharos EX -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Ampharos EX Ancient Origins
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Ampharos EX and Ampharos EX Full Art from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Ampharos EX is a basic, EX, lightning type Pokemon card with an hp of 170. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Ampharos EX does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Thunder Rod, for one colorless energy card this move allows you to look at the top 4 cards of your deck and attach as many lightning energy cards as you want from the ones you find when looking at the top 4 cards of your deck to Ampharos.  Ampharos' second move is called Sparkling Tail, and for four energy cards, two each of lightning and colorless, this move does 100 damage, this move is not affected by weakness or resistance.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, because Ampharos 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, Ampharos 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 Ampharos EX does not have an evolution.  So knowing this, on its own, unless you think you can properly utilize Thunder Rod and and get four energy cards on the top of your deck and then use Ampharos' Sparkling Tail move every turn, I would not recommend using this card in a deck.  Because more than likely, it is going to take at least two turns to get this card set up, and 100 damage a turn, nowadays isn't that much, especially from an EX Pokemon.  So I would not recommend using this card in a deck unless you plan on using M Ampharos EX.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, even though it looks cool, is a below average EX Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set.  This card really doesn't stand out to me and it is a bit disappointing it only has one move that does damage and that move can't be doubled if the defending Pokemon is weak to lightning type deck.  So there are definitely better EX cards to use out there, so again, unless you're using this card with M Ampharos, don't use this card in your deck.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Jolteon -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Jolteon Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Jolteon from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Jolteon 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.  Jolteon's Ability is called Electric Effect and says that each of your Stage 1 Pokemon in play is now a lightning type Pokemon in addition to their existing type.  Besides the Ability, Jolteon has one move called Thunder Blast that requires three energy cards to use, two colorless and one lightning, and does 80 damage, however you must discard an energy card attached to this card after using the move.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Jolteon is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Eevee into play and then evolve Eevee into Jolteon.  I actually have not reviewed Eevee from this set yet because it is a colorless type card, so in this section I will just assume Eevee is an average card and that you are basically going to have to use that card in order to use Jolteon.  So looking at this Jolteon card, the main thing you'll use this card for is its Ability.  And in the metagame, if there are a lot of Pokemon weak to lightning type Pokemon, this card is a must have in your deck, regardless of the type, you can just keep this card on the bench and utilize its Ability, making all of your Stage 1 Pokemon in play lightning type, and therefore doing x2 damage to all of your opponent's Pokemon that are weak to lightning type Pokemon.  The other two Eevee evolution cards in this set have similar abilities and it would make sense to have one of each in a deck to really do massive damage to your opponents.  Besides the Ability, Jolteon only has one move that it can use, this move does do above average damage for the amount of energy cards it requires, plus a majority of the energy it needs are colorless type cards, however, since this move discards an energy each turn, I wouldn't recommend using this Jolteon card for its move.  But worse case scenario, you take a turn with this card in the active Pokemon spot, do Thunder Blast, discard your energy card and retreat it for free the next 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 Ancient Origins set.  The main reason I would recommend using this card in a deck is for its Ability and allowing you to keep this card on your bench the entire game and help out your other Pokemon greatly.  This card is a little poorer than the other two Eevee evolution cards in this set just because its move isn't that great.  But overall, definitely include this card in your deck.

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