Saturday, December 23, 2017

Machamp GX -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Machamp GX Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Machamp GX from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Machamp GX is a Stage 2, Fighting type Pokemon card, with a HP of 250.  It has a x2 weakness to Psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Machamp GX does not have an Ability but it does have three total moves, two regular moves and one GX move.  The first move on this card is called Cross Cut, for two Fighting Energy cards, this move does 60 damage, plus, if your opponent's Active Pokemon is an evolution Pokemon, this move does 60 damage more.  The second move on this card is called Bedrock Breaker, for three Fighting Energy cards, this move does 130 damage, you must also discard any Stadium card in play after using this move.  The GX move on this card is called Muscle Punch GX, for three Fighting Energy cards, this move does 180 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, first off, the way a Pokemon GX works is that it is used instead of a regular Machamp card, so if you have Machoke in play, you evolve that Pokemon directly into Machamp GX.  In play, only one GX move can be used during the entire game, and once a Pokemon GX is knocked out, two prize cards are taken instead of one.  Since Machamp GX is a Stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Machop into play and then evolve it into Machoke before you can evolve Machoke into Machamp GX, both of those Pokemon are most recently in the Guardians Rising set, they are not in this set.  Just looking at this Machamp GX card on its own, if you're building a Fighting type deck, this card is worth consideration.  Although slow to set up, once set up, it can pack a major punch!  I really like this card's Cross Cut move, essentially doing 120 damage for two Energy cards, and 160 damage per two Energy cards if you have two Strong Energy attached to this card and you're facing an evolution Pokemon.  Ideally, you would set this entire line up on the Bench, then use Guzma to get Machamp GX in the Active Pokemon spot and ready to attack.  While the GX move on this card isn't that powerful, with the additional of Strong Energy, and potentially Regirock EX on the Bench, this card can do 200 plus damage when attacking.  So while the downfall on this card is that it is slow to set up, Energy cost wise and because it is a Stage 2 Pokemon, if you use some Max Elixir in your deck and some Rare Candy, this card can be very good.  I just got done reviewing my Buzzwole GX deck on YouTube, this card could easily fit into that deck, if only it were a Basic or Stage 1 Pokemon!

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average to slightly above average Stage 2 Pokemon GX card from the Burning Shadows set.  Like I mentioned above, the only downfall to this card is the fact it is a Stage 2 Pokemon, other than that, it has an amazingly high HP, and three great moves, all doing major damage.  So, if you're building a Fighting type deck, that is in need of some power, look no further than this Machamp GX line.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Machamp GX from the Burning Shadows set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Rhyhorn, which is from this same set.  Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!

Free Pokemon TCG Online Code Cards:
Today's Quiz for a Pokemon TCG Online Code Card --
True or False?  This is the only English set to include a Machamp card, but not Machop or Machoke.
Please respond with the correct answer and a link to your YouTube channel. 24 hours from now I will be randomly selecting a correct response to my question and sending a private message to this person with a free code on YouTube.

2 comments:

Giakitus said...

False. Both Platinum Rising Rivals and XY Ancient Origins have a Machamp card each but no Machop or Machoke :)

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