Monday, November 30, 2015

Vivillon -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Vivillon BREAKthrough Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Vivillon from the BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Set.  Vivillon is a stage 2, grass type Pokemon card, with an hp of 120.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Vivillon's Ability is called Energy Color, and says that once per turn you may flip a coin, if you get a heads you may move an energy card from your deck to one of your Pokemon.  Besides the Ability, Vivillon just has one move called Sleep Powder, for three energy cards, two colorless and one grass, this move does 60 damage, plus it puts the defending Pokemon to sleep.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Vivillon is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Scatterbug into play and then evolve it into Spewpa before you can evolve Spewpa into Vivillon, 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 both cards were below average, since they both had really low HP, and Scatterbug really was unusable, it is unfortunate that they have such low HP because both cards have decent moves.  So knowing this about the first two Pokemon in this line and looking at Vivillon, if you want to use this card in a deck, it is best to evolve the entire line on the bench.  This Vivillon card could definitely be used in the active Pokemon spot since it has a good move that puts the defending Pokemon to sleep and does an average amount of damage, however since this card has a little lower HP, you don't want to depend on it much in the active Pokemon spot.  Of course, the main reason you'd want to use this card is for its Ability which will help you get energy cards into play much quicker and get your Pokemon set up, potentially ones that require more energy to attack.  Because this card will be used mostly for its Ability, a 1-1-1 line of this Pokemon family is best.

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 BREAKthrough set.  Besides having a lower HP for a Stage 2 Pokemon card, this card is excellent, it has a great Ability and a very solid move doing damage and inflicting a special condition.  However, because both Spewpa and Scatterbug are so bad in this set, I can't give all three cards higher than a 2 out of 5 rating, but if you can utilize Vivillon's Ability, definitely use this line in a deck.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Spewpa -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Spewpa BREAKthrough Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Spewpa from the BREAKthrough Pokemon Card set.  Spewpa is a stage 1, grass type Pokemon card, with an hp of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Spewpa does not have an Ability or Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Protect, for one grass energy card this move prevents all effects of an attack done to Spewpa during your opponent's next turn if you get a heads when flipping a coin.  Spewpa's second move is called Tackle, for two energy cards, one each of grass and colorless, this move does 30 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Spewpa is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Scatterbug into play (I reviewed Scatterbug from this set yesterday) and then evolve Scatterbug into Spewpa.  Spewpa does have a Stage 2 evolution in Vivillon, 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 Spewpa is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my review of Scatterbug, you'll know that I thought that card was very poor and basically unusable in play, mainly because it had such a low HP.  Other than the low HP, which was 30, the card was decent in that it had two moves and could do 20 damage total.  But because it has such a low HP, you're never going to want to put that card into the active Pokemon spot.  So knowing this about Scatterbug and looking at this Spewpa card, this card is pretty similar to Scatterbug in that it has two decent moves, but the HP on the card is really low, in this case 70 is really low for a Stage 1 when most have 90 or more.  So far, I would not recommend using either of the first two Pokemon in this line for a deck, depending on what Vivillon looks like tomorrow, you may want to avoid this entire line.  If you are using this card with Vivillon and have to put this card into the active Pokemon spot, I would try to just stall and get lucky by using Protect every turn.  Other than that, there is no reason to use this card in a deck.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a very poor Stage 1 Pokemon card from the BREAKthrough set.  Besides having a very low HP for a Stage 1 Pokemon card, this card can't attack for one energy card and its first move is based on a coin flip, so there really is no merit in using this card in a deck.  Together with Spewpa from this deck, I would give them a combined 1 out of 5 rating, both cards are very poor.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Scatterbug -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Scatterbug BREAKthrough Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Scatterbug from the BREAKthrough set.  Scatterbug is a basic, grass type Pokemon card with an HP of 30.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Scatterbug does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called String Shot, for one grass energy card this move paralyzes the defending Pokemon if you get a heads when flipping a coin.  Scatterbug's second move is called Tackle, for two energy cards, one each of colorless and grass, this move does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Scatterbug is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Spewpa, and a Stage 2 evolution in Vivillon, 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 Scatterbug does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  On its own, you would have to be scatter brained to want to use this card.  I say this play on words using Scatterbug's name because you never want to use a Pokemon with such a low HP in the active Pokemon spot, throw in the fact it has a x2 weakness to a very popular type and you might as well just let your opponent take a prize card and skip the hassle of playing Scatterbug.  Too bad Scatterbug's HP wasn't so low because the card does have two moves, both being decent, but you can't do much with a Pokemon that has the same HP as Magikarp.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, the low HP on this card makes this a pretty poor card to use from the BREAKthrough set and a card that I would recommend avoiding at almost all costs.  We'll see how good the rest of the Pokemon in this line are, but for now, stay away from this card.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Chesnaught BREAK -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Chesnaught BREAK BREAKthrough
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Chesnaught BREAK from the BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Set.  This is the first of many BREAK cards I'll be reviewing from this set.  The way a BREAK card works is that you place it on top of the Pokemon with the exact name, so this card would be placed on top of Chesnaught, so basically this card is a Stage 3 card.  It is placed horizontally on the card it evolves from and can use that Pokemon's Abilities and Attacks as well as what is on the BREAK card.  Chesnaught BREAK is a BREAK (essentially a Stage 3), grass type Pokemon card, with an hp of 190.  It has the same weakness, resistance and retreat cost as the Chesnaught you're evolving it from.  Chesnaught does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait of its own and it only has one move.  The only move on this card is called Tough Hammer, for four energy cards, two each of grass and colorless, this move does 160 damage plus 30 damage to one of your opponent's benched Pokemon, however this move also does 30 damage to Chesnaught BREAK.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Chesnaught BREAK is a stage 3 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Chespin into play and then evolve it into Quilladin, and then into Chesnaught before you can evolve Chesnaught into the BREAK version, all three of those Pokemon have cards in this set and I've reviewed all of those cards in the past several days.  If you've read my reviews of those cards you'll know that I thought all three Chespin cards were slightly below average since they couldn't do much damage unless they used three energy cards, but would suffice if used with its evolution forms.  Quilladin I thought was average overall since it could potentially do 160 damage every single turn but the move was based off of coin flips, and I thought Chesnaught was above average overall having two very good attacks both being able to do above average damage.  So knowing this about the first three Pokemon in this line and looking at this BREAK card, if you have the patience and am willing to devote so much of your deck to this line, I think Chesnaught and Chesnaught BREAK work very well together, you can use this card's move to get damage on one of the benched Pokemon each turn, that way, when you knock out the defending Pokemon, more than likely your opponent will have to move a Pokemon into the active Pokemon spot that has damage on it already and then you can do 120 damage to that active Pokemon with Spike Lariat without doing damage to Chesnaught BREAK.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a very powerful BREAK Pokemon card from the BREAKthrough set, and seems pretty similar to the Chesnaught card from this set in that it has a good HP and a good move, but because Stage 2 cards and in this case a Stage 3 card are not used much in the metagame, this card isn't as good as it could be.  Hopefully in future sets there will be a quicker way to get BREAK cards into the active Pokemon spot, when that is the case, I think this card will be heavily used.  So after reviewing this entire line, I would recommend using it, if you are okay with using such a heavy evolution based deck, because Chesnaught and Chesnaught BREAK are so good, I would give the entire line a 4 out of 5 rating.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Chesnaught -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Chesnaught BREAKthrough Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Chesnaught from the BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Set.  Chesnaught is a stage 2, grass type Pokemon card, with an hp of 160.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a four colorless energy card retreat cost.  Chesnaught does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Spike Lariat, for three energy cards, two colorless and one grass, this move does 60 damage plus 60 more damage if the defending Pokemon has any damage counters on it.  Chesnaught's second move is called Adamantine Press, for four energy cards, two each of colorless and grass, this move does 100 damage, plus it reduces any damage done to Chesnaught during the opponent's next turn by 20.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Chesnaught is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Chespin into play and then evolve it into Quilladin before you can evolve Quilladin into Chesnaught, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed all three Chespin cards and the Quilladin cards the past few days.  If you've read my reviews of those cards you'll know that I thought all three Chespin cards were slightly below average since they couldn't do much damage unless they used three energy cards, but would suffice if used with its evolution forms.  Quilladin I thought was average overall since it could potentially do 160 damage every single turn but the move was based off of coin flips.  So knowing this about the first two Pokemon in this line and looking at this specific Chesnaught card, you could definitely use this entire line in a grass type deck since all three forms in this line are decent.  If you do decide to use this line in a deck, I would recommend setting this line up on the bench and getting three energy cards on Chesnaught.  It would work best to use this line in a spread attack type deck since Spike Lariat does twice the damage if the defending Pokemon already has damage on it.  I would mainly use Chesnaught for this move, Adamantine Press is good, but requires a ton of energy cards to use.

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 BREAKthrough set.  In my opinion, this card does not have any negatives, it has a solid HP and two great moves.  I guess the only thing holding me back on giving this card a 5 out of 5 rating is that Stage 2 cards just aren't used much in the metagame since they are slow to develop.  Altogether, I would give the line of Chespin, Quilladin, and Chesnaught from the BREAKthrough set a 3 out of 5 rating, it is definitely worth considering this line when building a deck.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Quilladin -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Quilladin BREAKthrough Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Quilladin from the BREAKthrough Pokemon Card set.  Quilladin is a stage 1, grass type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Quilladin does not have an Ability or Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Tackle, for two energy cards, one each of grass and colorless, this move does 20 damage.  Quilladin's second move is called Pin Missile, for three energy cards, two grass and one colorless, this move does 40 damage times the number of heads you get when flipping 4 coins.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Quilladin is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Chespin into play (I reviewed all three Chespin cards from this set previously) and then evolve Chespin into Quilladin.  Quilladin does have a Stage 2 evolution in Chesnaught, 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 Quilladin is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my reviews on the three Chespin cards from this set, you'll know that I thought all three were below average, mainly because to do much damage at all you had to put three energy cards on them, one Chespin card could do 10 damage for one energy card, the other two Chespin cards could attack for one energy cards but couldn't do damage.  So knowing this about the Chespin cards in this set and looking at this Quilladin, if you're building a grass type deck, there is some merit to having a 1-1 line of Chespin and Quilladin because Pin Missile has the potential to do 160 damage for three energy cards and you can have 2 tries at getting 4 heads in a row if you are using a Trick Coin trainer card with Quilladin.  However, since Pin Missile is based on coin flips there is always the potential of doing zero damage every single turn, so you can't put too much faith into that move.  But like I said, this line may be worth using in a grass type deck if you're looking for potential power moves.

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 BREAKthrough set.  This card has two decent moves, if you don't mind coin flip based moves, and an average HP, unfortunately this card does have a high retreat cost which may deter you from using this card.  Together with any of the Chespin cards from this set, I would give this line a 3 out of 5 rating and would recommend considering it for a deck.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Chespin 9/162 -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Chespin BREAKthrough Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Chespin from the BREAKthrough set.  This is the third and final Chespin card that I'll be reviewing from this set.  Chespin is a basic, grass type Pokemon card with an HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Chespin 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 Tree Climb, for one grass energy card this move allows you to search your deck for a grass energy card and put it into your hand.  Chespin's second move is called Seed Bomb, for three energy cards, two colorless and one grass, this move does 30 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Chespin is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Quilladin, and a Stage 2 evolution in Chesnaught, 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 Chespin does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  So, on its own, I cannot recommend using this card in a deck, the main reason being this card can't do any damage to the defending Pokemon unless you have three energy cards on it, which is not a good thing to do on a card that only has 60 HP.  Chespin's Tree Climb move is decent, but I would much rather use an Ability to do this same thing or a trainer card.  Now that I've reviewed all three Chespin cards from this set, I can definitely say they are all underwhelming, all of them have the move Seed Bomb, and all three have 60 HP and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  If you're looking to use Chespin on its own, use yesterday's card that can actually do damage for one energy card, if you know you're going to use Chespin's evolution forms, I would still recommend either using that card, the other two Chespin cards can either heal itself or move a grass energy card to your hand.

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 BREAKthrough set.  This card is pretty similar to the other two Chespin cards from this set, nothing too underwhelming, but it still can't do any damage unless you get three energy cards on it, and even then, 30 damage for three energy cards is very poor.  So if you're looking to use Quilladin and Chesnaught in a deck, I would definitely recommend setting the line up on the bench, because none of the Chespin cards are very good.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Chespin 8/162 -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Chespin BREAKthrough
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Chespin from the BREAKthrough set.  This is the second of three Chespin cards I'll be reviewing from this set.  Chespin is a basic, grass type Pokemon card with an HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Chespin 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 Work, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage.  Chespin's second move is called Seed Bomb, for three energy cards, two colorless and one grass, this move does 30 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Chespin is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Quilladin, and a Stage 2 evolution in Chesnaught, 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 Chespin does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  Tomorrow, after I have reviewed all three Chespin cards from this set I will be comparing all of them.  So, on its own, this card is better than yesterday's Chespin card if you're looking to use it on its own since it can attack quickly for only one energy card, other than that, this card is pretty identical to yesterday's card.  So basically, if you know you're going to put this card into the active Pokemon spot before evolving it, I would consider using this card, if not and you plan on using Quilladin, use yesterday's card.

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 BREAKthrough set.  Even though this card is better than yesterday's Chespin card, I am still not a huge fan of the card just because Seed Bomb is pretty useless, since you never want to put three energy cards on something that only has 60 HP, plus I don't like the fact there are three of the same Pokemon in this set.  So like I said above, this card is a decent option if you plan to use it on its own, but will be pretty useless later in games since it can only do 10 damage quickly or 30 damage for three energy cards.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Chespin 7/162 -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Chespin BREAKthrough Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Chespin from the BREAKthrough set.  This is the first of three Chespin cards I'll be reviewing from this set.  Chespin is a basic, grass type Pokemon card with an HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Chespin 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 Nosh, for one colorless energy card this move heals 20 damage from Chespin.  Chespin's second move is called Seed Bomb, for three energy cards, two colorless and one grass, this move does 30 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Chespin is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Quilladin, and a Stage 2 evolution in Chesnaught, 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 Chespin does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  In two days, after I have reviewed all three Chespin cards from this set I will be comparing all of them.  So, on its own, I would not recommend using this card in your deck, the main reason I say this is because it can't attack quickly, and if you aren't going to evolve it, it does not make sense to put three energy cards on it and use Seed Bomb.  So I can't recommend using 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 BREAKthrough set.  I think this card would be alright to use if using with Quilladin but since it isn't, this card is too slow to attack and just isn't that great, even though it does have two moves and an average HP.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Simisage -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Simisage from the BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Set.  Simisage is a stage 1, grass type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Simisage 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 Fire Fling, for one colorless energy card this move allows you to put three fire energy cards from your discard pile into your hand.  Simisage's second move is called Hand Fling, this move requires two colorless energy cards and does 10 damage times the number of cards in your hand.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Simisage is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Pansage into play (I reviewed Pansage from this set yesterday) and then evolve Pansage into Simisage.  If you read yesterday's review of Pansage, you'll know that I thought that card was below average overall, mainly because the only move it had was based on a coin flip and even though it had the potential to do up to 30 damage a turn, it could end up doing 0 damage every single turn.  So knowing this about Pansage and looking at this Simisage card, you're going to either want to use this card in a dual type deck, fire and grass so that Fire Fling is a useful move, or use several trainer and supporter cards in the deck so that you can always have a lot of cards in your hand and have Hand Fling do major damage.  The best case for this card would be to use it in a fire type deck, have plenty of fire type energy cards in your discard pile, move Simisage to the active Pokemon spot, use Fire Fling the first turn, getting three more cards into your hand, then using Hand Fling the next turn having those three cards do 30 more damage.  Since this card can't straight out attack, it isn't for every type deck out there, but this card definitely has some potential and allows you to recycle the energy cards in your discard pile, so if you're building a heavy fire type deck, this line is worth using, having one each 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 1 Pokemon card from the BREAKthrough set that can become above average if used in a heavy fire type deck.  I really like the idea of moving fire energy cards from your discard pile into your hand then doing damage because you did this the prior turn.  Since you can only use 4 Burning Energy in a deck, you're bound to have to discard some fire energy cards in the game and Simisage can help you get those cards back into play.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Pansage -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Pansage BREAKthrough Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Pansage from the BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Set.  Pansage is a basic, grass type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Pansage does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Fury Swipes, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip 3 coins.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Pansage is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Simisage, 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 not recommend using this card in a deck, the main reason being the only move that this card has is based off of coin flips, and especially late in games, you don't want to put a Pokemon into the active Pokemon spot and not have it do any damage at all.  You could always attach a Trick Coin trainer to Pansage but I would much rather use a Basic Pokemon that can do 20 damage every turn for one energy card than one that potentially could do 30 damage a turn for the same energy cost.  So unless you just really like Pansage, I wouldn't recommend using this card in a deck without Simisage.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Simisage, this is a slightly below average Basic Pokemon card.  I like that this card has a solid HP and a low retreat cost, but having only one move which is based off of coin flips just isn't something that I want in a deck, making this card below average overall.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cacnea -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Cacnea BREAKthrough Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Cacnea from the BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Set.  Cacnea is a basic, grass type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Cacnea does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Swagger, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage plus discards an energy attached to the defending Pokemon if you get a heads when flipping a coin.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Cacnea is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Cacturne, which I'll be reviewing in a few weeks since it is a darkness type Pokemon card, 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 more than likely wouldn't use this card in a deck just because it is so limited having only one move and not being able to do more than 10 damage per turn.  However, if you needed to use this Cacnea card so you could use Cacturne in your deck, I have no problem with this card at all, since it has an average HP, low retreat cost, and one quick move that does a fair amount of damage.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Cacturne, this is an average Basic Pokemon card from the BREAKthrough set.  There is nothing that I severely dislike about this card, like I stated in the strategy section, the only knock on this card is that if you're using it on its own, you won't have much of a chance with it later in games since it can only do 10 damage a turn.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pinsir -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Pinsir BREAKthrough Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Pinsir from the BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Set.  Pinsir is a basic, grass type Pokemon card with an hp of 100, it has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Pinsir does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Overhead Throw, for one grass energy card this move does 30 damage, however it does 20 damage to one of your benched Pokemon.  Pinsir's second move is called Heavy Suplex, for three energy cards, two colorless and one grass, this move does 40 damage plus 20 more damage for each colorless energy card in your opponent's active Pokemon's retreat cost.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Pinsir 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 may be worth taking a flier on if you're building a grass type deck and looking for some power, you could keep Pinsir on the bench, get three energy cards on it, then if the defending Pokemon has a three colorless energy card retreat cost, you could move Pinsir to the active Pokemon spot and do 100 damage for three energy cards.  The only time I would use Overhead Throw would be if I had another card in my deck that benefited from having damage on the benched Pokemon, otherwise, 20 damage a turn is too much to want to use Overhead Throw.

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 BREAKthrough set.  I like that this card has a high HP and two good moves that can both do above average damage.  As long as you're patient with this Pinsir card, it definitely has some power to it and is worth a look in most grass type decks out there.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Parasect -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Parasect BREAKthrough Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Parasect from the BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Set.  Parasect is a stage 1, grass type Pokemon card, with an hp of 100.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Parasect 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 Colorful Spores, for one colorless energy card this move allows you to search your deck for up to three different Basic energy cards and attach one each to three of your Pokemon.  Parasect's second move is called X-Scissor, for two energy cards, one each of colorless and grass, this move does 30 damage plus 30 more damage if you get a heads when you flip a coin.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Parasect is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Paras into play (I reviewed Paras from this set yesterday) and then evolve Paras into Parasect.  If you read yesterday's review of Paras, you'll know that I thought that card was a very solid Basic Pokemon card, it has an average HP, low retreat cost, and one good move that only required one energy card to use, did 10 damage and also healed 10 damage from itself.  The biggest negative on Paras was the fact that it was so limited and wouldn't be effective later in games.  So knowing this about Paras and looking at this Parasect card, I think the main reason you'd want to use this Pokemon family in a deck, and it could be any type deck, is for Parasect's Colorful Spores move, it can quickly get 3 of your benched Pokemon set up, and this move is better than some because you have to use different types of energy so it works well with dual type decks.  If you want to best utilize X-Scissor, I would attach a Trick Coin trainer to this card to have a better chance of doing 60 damage.  At most, I would suggest using a 1-1 line of this Pokemon family, mainly for Colorful Spores.

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 BREAKthrough set that can become above average if used in a dual type deck or with a Pokemon that requires multiple energy types to attack.  I like both of the moves on Parasect and the fact that it has an above average HP.  Of course, I wish X-Scissor wasn't based on a coin flip, but being able to do 30 damage for two energy cards isn't that bad.  So overall, the Paras and Parasect line from the BREAKthrough set is pretty average but can work well in most decks out there.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Paras -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Paras BREAKthrough Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Paras from the BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Set.  This is the first card that I've reviewed from the BREAKthrough set.  Paras is a basic, grass type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Paras does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Blot, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage plus heals 10 damage from Paras.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Paras is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Parasect, 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 could definitely be used as a starter type Pokemon in a deck since it can attack for only one energy, and a colorless energy card at that, plus it can heal damage from itself giving you more time to get your benched Pokemon set up.  However, with the prevalence of EX cards in the metagame, it doesn't make much sense to start the game with such a weak Pokemon, one that can do a maximum of 10 damage per turn.  So even though I think this card is good on its own, it is probably better of to use it when pairing it with Parasect from this set.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Parasect, this is an average Basic Pokemon card from the BREAKthrough set.  There is nothing that I severely dislike about this card, it has a low retreat cost, solid HP, and one good move, but like I said in the strategy section, this card is limited in what it can do, so it may lose its effectiveness later in games.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Lugia EX -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Lugia EX Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Lugia EX and Lugia EX Full Art from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Lugia EX is a basic, EX, colorless type Pokemon card with an hp of 170. It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Lugia does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Aero Ball, for two colorless energy cards this move does 20 damage times the number of energy attached to both active Pokemon.  Lugia's second move is called Deep Hurricane, for four colorless energy cards this move does 80 damage plus 70 more damage if there is a Stadium Card in play, however you must discard the Stadium card in play after using this move.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, because Lugia 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 Lugia EX, this card to me, is perfect for a card that you move into the active Pokemon spot when you want to knock a Pokemon out, then retreat it using a Switch trainer the next turn.  The reason I would say to just play this card one turn at a time then retreat it is because if you knock out a Pokemon, the Pokemon your opponent puts into the active Pokemon spot probably isn't going to have a ton of energy on it if it isn't all of the way set up yet, meaning that Aero Ball probably wouldn't do as much damage as you'd like.  Same thing goes for Deep Hurricane, it is great to be able to do 150 damage a turn but if you are the only one playing Stadium cards in your deck, you don't want to have to discard those every turn.  If I were building a deck, I would definitely consider using this Lugia EX card in it, I would use just 1 since it requires four energy cards to use its second move, but I would take the time to get four energy cards on it, that way Aero Ball could do 80 damage every turn for only 2 energy cards plus however more damage depending on how many energy cards the defending Pokemon has attached to it.  The only time I would use Deep Hurricane would be if I knew for sure I would be doing a OHKO, then I would put a Stadium card into play if there wasn't one already and do that 150 damage, but I definitely wouldn't add additional Stadium cards into the deck if I weren't using them already because I think Lugia EX would work just fine with Aero Ball.

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 a very powerful EX card, one that I would definitely try using in a deck.  You really can't beat being able to do upwards of 150 damage with each move Lugia EX has, plus throw in the fact it requires colorless energy cards, and this card is very good.  The only thing holding this card back from a 5 out of 5 rating is that both of its moves require something extra in order to do maximum damage.  But if you're looking for an EX card to use in your deck, this one requires strong consideration.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Porygon-Z 67/98 -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Porygon-Z Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Porygon-Z from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  This is the second of two Porygon-Z cards I've reviewed from this set.  Porygon-Z is a stage 2, colorless type Pokemon card, with an hp of 130.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Porygon-Z card does have an Ancient Trait, which is called Stop and prevents all effects of your opponent's Abilities done to Porygon-Z.  Besides the Ancient Trait, this card does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Digital Reboot, for one colorless energy card this move allows you to devolve as many of your benched Pokemon as you'd like, and move that evolution forms back into your hand.  Porygon's second move is called Dazzle Blast, for two colorless energy cards this move does 50 damage, plus it confuses the defending Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Porygon-Z is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Porygon into play and then evolve it into Porygon2 before you can evolve Porygon2 into Porygon-Z, 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 both slightly below average Pokemon cards, both cards have the potential to do a good amount of damage but both cards are slower on the attack and Porygon2 has a below average HP plus its main move is based on coin flips.  So knowing this about the first two Pokemon in this line and looking at this specific Porygon-Z, the main reason you would want to use this card in a deck is for its Digital Reboot move, the reason you would want to use this move so often is to be able to reuse an Ability from let's say a Stage 2 Pokemon every single turn, like Aggron from Dragons Exalted (if you're playing in the expanded format) where you can use its Toppling Wind Ability to discard the top 3 cards of your opponent's deck every single turn and hopefully be able to win the game that way.  The only thing preventing Porygon-Z from being so dominate is that it is a Stage 2 evolution so it is slow to play and it has a lower HP than I'd like.  Dazzle Blast does do above average damage for the amount of energy it requires, but I like yesterday's Porygon-Z card better since it can do more damage overall.  So after looking at both Porygon-Z cards from this set, both are fairly even, they both have the same HP and retreat cost, and very similar moves, I like the first move on this Porygon-Z card better, but I like the main attacking move on yesterday's card better than today's, so you really can't go wrong with trying to incorporate either card into 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 2 Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set.  Just like yesterday's Porygon-Z card, I really like this card's first move and it can greatly affect your opponent's strategy, this card does feel a little underpowered to me, but I would hope that even though this is a Stage 2 card, it will not be your main attacker.  Together with Porygon and Porygon2 from this set, I would give all three a 3 out of 5 rating, this line is definitely worth a look in decks.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Porygon-Z 66/98 -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Porygon-Z Ancient Origins
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Porygon-Z from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  This is the first of two consecutive Porygon-Z cards I'll be reviewing on my blog.  Porygon-Z is a stage 2, colorless type Pokemon card, with an hp of 130.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Porygon-Z 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 Cyber Crush, for one colorless energy card this move allows you to discard all Special Energy cards attached to each of your opponent's Pokemon.  Porygon-Z's second move is called Slowing Beam, this move requires three colorless energy cards to use and does 70 damage, plus it increases the defending Pokemon's attack costs by one colorless energy card during their next turn.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Porygon-Z is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Porygon into play and then evolve it into Porygon2 before you can evolve Porygon2 into Porygon-Z, 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 both slightly below average Pokemon cards, both cards have the potential to do a good amount of damage but both cards are slower on the attack and Porygon2 has a below average HP plus its main move is based on coin flips.  So knowing this about the first two Pokemon in this line and looking at Porygon-Z, this card is definitely the best Pokemon in this line, not only does it have the highest HP, like it should, but both of its moves are pretty good.  I am a big fan of Cyber Crush, especially with how important Special energy cards are in the metagame right now, the only thing I don't like is that you have to use a Stage 2 Pokemon to use this move, meaning you'll have to include 2 other Pokemon cards in your deck to use it.  But, if you take the time to get Porygon-Z set up, Slowing Beam is a pretty decent move doing above average damage and potentially preventing your opponent from attacking during their next turn.  Because Porygon-Z is the only good card in this line, I wouldn't use more than a 1-1-1 line of this Pokemon family and I would depend on trainer cards to get this line set up quickly on the bench.

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.  Other than having a lower HP than I'd like from a Stage 2 evolution, this card is all positive.  Both of its moves are very good, the first one can make a major impact on the strategy your opponent is using and the second move can do major damage plus prevent your opponent from attacking.  So altogether, if you're looking to use this Pokemon line in your deck, I would recommend it, giving the entire line a 3 out of 5 rating, I think Porygon-Z is worth the work in a deck.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Porygon2 -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Porygon2 Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Porygon2 from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card set.  Porygon2 is a stage 1, colorless type Pokemon card, with an hp of 80.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Porygon2 does not have an Ability or Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Sharpen, for one colorless energy card this move does 20 damage.  Porygon2's second move is called Tri Attack, for three colorless energy cards this move does 30 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip 3 coins.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Porygon2 is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Porygon into play (I reviewed Porygon from this set yesterday) and then evolve Porygon into Porygon2.  Porygon2 does have a Stage 2 evolution in Porygon-Z, 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 Porygon2 is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my review of Porygon, you'll know that I thought that card was a slightly below average Basic Pokemon card, it had a solid HP, low retreat cost, and two moves.  The only knock against it was that it required two energy cards to do damage to the defending Pokemon instead of one.  So knowing this about Porygon and looking at this Porygon2 card, this card could be used with Porygon if you are already using a Porygon card in a deck since it can increase its HP and do the same amount of damage for one less energy card.  The main reason you'd want to use this card in a deck is for Tri Attack which has the potential to do 90 damage a turn, first off, you'll want to attach Trick Coin to this card to give you a better chance of doing major damage, and secondly, you'll want some good luck.  Because Porygon2 is mainly effective based on coin flips, I cannot recommend using this card in a deck unless using with Porygon-Z.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a slightly below average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set.  Just like Porygon from yesterday, this card is pretty solid overall having two moves and both requiring whatever energy you'd like to use, however this card does have a below average HP, and its main move is based off of a coin flip.  Together with Porygon from this set, I cannot give both cards higher than a 2 out of 5 rating, the same rating each card received individually.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Porygon -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Porygon Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Porygon from the Ancient Origins set.  Porygon is a basic, colorless type Pokemon card with an HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Porygon does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Data Check, for one colorless energy card this move allows you to look through your deck, however you must shuffle it afterwards.  Porygon's second move is called Sharpen and for two colorless energy cards this move does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Porygon is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Porygon2, and a Stage 2 evolution in Porygon-Z and there are two Porygon-Z 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 Porygon does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  On its own, this card probably shouldn't be used in decks, mainly because it requires two energy cards as opposed to one to attack the defending Pokemon.  Data Check could be a very helpful move, however, number one, you should always know what cards you have left in your deck and number two, a trainer card is much better for looking through your deck.  If you know that you're going to use Porygon2 and possibly Porygon-Z in your deck, this card wouldn't be too bad to put into the active Pokemon spot because it doesn't require a specific type of energy and it has a solid HP, but looking at this card on its own, results in it not meriting use.

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 Ancient Origins set.  There really is nothing wrong with this card and it would have gotten a 3 out of 5 rating if it didn't require 2 energy cards to do damage to the defending Pokemon, other than that this card is pretty solid with an average HP, low retreat cost, and the fact that it has two moves.  So while I wouldn't recommend using this card on its own, it would not be the worst thing in the world if you had to use it on its own.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Eevee -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Eevee Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Eevee from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Eevee is a basic, colorless type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Eevee does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Tackle and for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage.  Eevee's second move is called Lunge, this move requires two colorless energy cards to use and does 30 damage, however you must flip a coin when using this move and if you get a tails the move does nothing.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Eevee is a basic Pokemon card with three Stage 1 evolution forms in this set, Vaporeon, Flareon, and Jolteon, you'll definitely want to use this card in a deck to get to those cards, all of the Eevee evolution cards in this deck I gave above average ratings and all three have amazing abilities on them, and should be a staple in decks in the metagame.  So knowing how good the evolution forms of Eevee are, I will now specifically look at Eevee.  So, after looking at Eevee in the overview section of this post, it is a solid start to this Pokemon family, you can put it into the active Pokemon spot to start the game since it can attack for one energy card and even do up to 30 damage a turn if you can't evolve it after your first turn.  But, if you have Eevee in your deck, it is probably because you want to evolve it to use one of its evolution forms' Ability, thus keeping it on the bench the whole time.  So overall, this card is good if it has to be put into the active Pokemon spot, but you'll probably never have to do that.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Jolteon, Vaporeon, or Flareon, this is an average Basic Pokemon card that is a solid first Pokemon in a very popular Pokemon line.  This card is just solid overall and won't make you immediately lose the game if you're forced to play it in the active Pokemon spot.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Persian -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Persian Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Persian from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Persian is a stage 1, colorless 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 card retreat cost.  This Persian 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 Fake Out, for one colorless energy card this move does 30 damage plus it paralyzes the defending Pokemon if you get a heads when flipping a coin.  Persian's second move is called Ambush, this move requires two colorless energy cards to use and does 40 damage plus 30 more damage if you get a heads when flipping a coin.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Persian is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Meowth into play (I reviewed Meowth from this set yesterday) and then evolve Meowth into Persian.  If you read yesterday's review of Meowth, you'll know that I thought that card was an average Basic Pokemon card but one that would be well above average if used in a darkness type deck since it could do 30 damage or only one energy card, plus a solid HP and a low retreat cost.  So knowing this about Meowth and looking at this Persian card, this Pokemon line would be a solid addition to any type deck.  Both Meowth and Persian have the potential to do major damage for a small amount of energy cards.  So when building a deck, I could see using a 1-1 line of this Pokemon family and making sure to include a few Trick Coin trainer cards into your deck and then attaching one to this line to give you a better chance at flipping a heads when using either of Persian's moves.  The earlier you get Persian into the active Pokemon spot the better, especially if you're able to paralyze the defending Pokemon, it will give you more time to set up your benched Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a slightly above average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set.  There is really nothing that I dislike about this card.  It is a colorless type card so it fits into any type deck, it has a solid HP, low retreat cost, and two very good moves that both require little energy to attack.  Together with Meowth from this set, I would give both cards a 4 out of 5 rating, this line is definitely worth consideration when building a deck.

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Meowth -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Meowth Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Meowth from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Meowth is a basic, colorless type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Meowth does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Act Tough, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage plus 20 more damage if Meowth has a darkness type energy card attached to it.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Meowth is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Persian, 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, if you're building a darkness type deck, this card is definitely worth a consideration, since it can do 30 damage a turn for only one energy card.  If not, I wouldn't use this card in a deck just because doing 10 damage a turn isn't very good and will limit you especially if you have to use Meowth later in games.  So, if building a darkness type deck, I would considering 2 to 3 Meowth cards, otherwise I would avoid.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Persian, this is an average Basic Pokemon card but becomes above average if used in a darkness type deck doing up to 30 damage a turn.  So like I said several times so far, definitely use this card in a darkness type deck, but outside of that type deck, there are plenty of better cards to use out there.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Goodra -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Goodra Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Goodra from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Goodra is a stage 2, dragon type Pokemon card, with an hp of 150.  It has a x2 weakness to fairy type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Goodra does not have an Ability or an Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Liquid Blow, for two colorless energy cards this move does 20 damage to one of your opponent's Pokemon for each colorless energy cards in their retreat cost.  Goodra's second move is called Shining Breath, for four energy cards, two colorless and one each of water and fairy, this move does 110 damage, plus during Goodra's next turn it can't be affected by an special conditions.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Goodra is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Goomy into play and then evolve it into Sliggoo before you can evolve Sliggoo into Goodra, 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 both cards were very poor, both had well below average HP, under powered moves, and were just slow to attack in general, and in Sliggoo's case, also had a very high retreat cost.  So knowing how poor the first two Pokemon cards in this line are and looking at this Goodra card, of course the first thing that stands out is its Shining Breath move which does a whopping 110 damage every single turn for four energy cards.  If you're building a dual type deck of water and fairy type Pokemon, this card and line is a must, setting up the entire line on the bench and getting four energy cards on Goodra, then cleaning house once you get this card set up.  Another option for Goodra would be to use this card in a spread attack type deck, that way, you can have a fair amount of damage on all of your opponent's Pokemon then put Goodra into the active Pokemon spot and attack the stronger Pokemon first, or at least the ones with higher retreat costs using Liquid Blow move.

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.  This card has a good HP, and two above average moves.  This card can do major damage every single turn if you'd like or it can attack Pokemon on your opponent's bench and knock them out.  Too bad Goomy and Sliggoo from this set weren't a bit better because I can't give this line any better than a 2 out of 5 rating looking at all of the cards combined, but if you're patient and willing to set this line up on the bench, definitely go ahead and use it.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Sliggoo -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Sliggoo Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Sliggoo from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card set.  Sliggoo is a stage 1, dragon type Pokemon card, with an hp of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to fairy type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Sliggoo does not have an Ability or Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Bubble, for one colorless energy card this move paralyzes the defending Pokemon if you get a heads when flipping a coin.  Sliggoo's second attack is called Melt and does 20 damage for two energy cards, one each of water and fairy.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Sliggoo is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Goomy into play (I reviewed Goomy from this set yesterday) and then evolve Goomy into Sliggoo.  Sliggoo does have a Stage 2 evolution in Goodra, 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 Sliggoo is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my review of Goomy, you'll know that I thought that card was downright gloomy.  It has an extremely low HP, and the only move it had not only required two energy cards to use, making it slow, but it did below average damage only doing 10 damage.  So I recommended staying away from that card no matter what.  So knowing this about Goomy and looking at this Sliggoo card, I would recommend staying away from both Pokemon in this line, unless I take a look at Goodra tomorrow and just determine it unstoppable.  This card, just like Goomy, has a really low HP, and can do little damage when attacking.  Not only that, this card has a higher retreat cost than attack cost, and it requires two distinct type of energy when attacking.  So no thanks on using Sliggoo in a deck, so there is really no strategy required.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a very poor Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set.  Not only does it have a very low HP, it is slow on the attack, underpowered, and has a high retreat cost.  There is really nothing positive on this card at all.  Combined with the very poor Gloomy card from yesterday, I can't give these two cards higher than a 1 out of 5 rating.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Goomy -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Goomy Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Goomy from the Ancient Origins set.  Goomy is a basic, dragon type Pokemon card with an HP of 40.  It has a x2 weakness to fairy type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Goomy's Ability is called Water Down and says that whenever you place a water energy card on this Goomy card, you may search your deck for another Goomy and put it onto your bench.  Besides the Ability, this card has one move called Stampede that for two energy cards, one each of fairy and colorless, does 10 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Goomy is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Sliggoo, and a Stage 2 evolution in Goodra, 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 Goomy does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  On its own, I would stay as far as possible away from this card.  Not only is this card prime for getting OHKOed later in games with only 40 HP, but you can't even use this card as a starter type Pokemon because it requires two energy cards to attack and does a low amount of damage.  So there is really no strategy to use with this card other than to not include it in your deck.  Speaking of how bad this card is, why would you try and utilize its Ability so you can get even more Goomy in play?

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a miserable Basic Pokemon card from the Ancient Origin set.  This is probably one of the worst cards I have seen from this set so far.  There really isn't anything I like about this card, it has such a low HP and a slow move that does below average damage that there just isn't any merit to using this card in a deck.  Also, I don't like the fact that Goomy's Ability requires water type energy cards and most decks that have two types of Basic energy cards don't work that well.  So again, stay away from this card, and do not use it in your deck.

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