Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Raichu -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Raichu Evolutions Pokemon Card Review
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Raichu from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Raichu is a Stage 1, lightning type Pokemon card, with a HP of 100. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Raichu does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Energize, for one lightning energy card this move allows a lightning type energy card to be moved from the discard pile and attached to Raichu.  Raichu's second move is called Spark Bolt and for three energy cards, two lighting and one colorless, this move does 70 damage, plus, if you decide to discard all energy attached to Raichu, this move does 70 damage more for 140 total damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Raichu is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Pikachu into play (I reviewed Pikachu from this set yesterday) and then evolve Pikachu into Raichu.  If you read yesterday's review of Pikachu, I thought it was a very solid card overall, one that could even be used on its own as a starter type Pokemon, since it could attack for one energy card doing 10 damage or even be used later in the game and do 30 damage a turn.  So knowing this about Pikachu and looking at this Raichu card, this is probably a card you'll want to set up on the bench because it takes three energy cards for its only attacking move, and even then, it only does a little above average damage.  The only time you would want to do 140 damage with that move is if you can retreat Raichu for free the next turn, you plan on having it defeated next turn, or if you knock out the defending Pokemon you'll win the game.  So overall, if building a lightning type deck, I could definitely see using a Pikachu more than this entire line combined, but you can always include a Raichu for some more power.

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 XY Evolutions set.  Although I don't necessarily recommend using it in a deck, this card has a slightly above average HP, low retreat cost, and two moves that work well together if Raichu isn't set up for doing damage when attacking.  Combined with Pikachu from this set, I would give this line a 3 out of 5 rating, but again, there are definitely better cards out there to use, these just aren't that bad overall.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Pikachu -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Pikachu Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Pikachu from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Pikachu is a basic, lightning type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Pikachu does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Gnaw, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage.  Pikachu's second move is called Thunder Jolt and for two energy cards, one each of lightning and colorless, this move does 30 damage, however you must flip a coin when using this move, if you get a tails, Pikachu does 10 damage to itself.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Pikachu is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Raichu, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own, the main thing you want to look at for determining if you should use a Basic Pokemon card solo in a deck is if it can attack for only one energy card, this card is good in that it can do damage for one energy card, and it can be any energy card since Gnaw requires a colorless energy to attack.  Another thing you want to look at is if the card has a solid HP, for Basic Pokemon, 60 HP is right about average and really the lowest HP you'll want to use in the active Pokemon spot.  Add in the fact that Pikachu has two moves, the second move being able to do 30 damage total, and if you're building a lightning type deck, this is definitely a suitable starter type Pokemon for that deck.  I would encourage some Potion trainer cards or a Trick Coin trainer be used with Pikachu to minimize the amount of damage Pikachu can definitely do to itself with Thunder Jolt.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Raichu, this is an average Basic Pokemon card overall from the XY Evolutions set.  Outside of doing damage to itself if you flip a tails when using Thunder Jolt, this card really doesn't have any negatives on it, it is one of the few cards I've reviewed from Evolutions so far to have a resistance, it has a solid HP, and two average to above average moves.  So Pikachu can easily work in most lightning type decks.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Gyarados -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Gyarados Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Gyarados from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Gyarados is a Stage 1, water type Pokemon card, with a HP of 130. It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Gyarados does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Bubble Beam, for three water energy cards this move does 50 damage, plus paralyzes the defending Pokemon if you get a heads when flipping a coin.  Gyarados' second move is called Dragon Rage and for four water type energy cards this move does 180 damage, however you must flip 2 coins when using this move, if either coin is tails, the move does nothing.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Gyarados is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Magikarp into play (I reviewed Magikarp from this set yesterday) and then evolve Magikarp into Gyarados.  If you read yesterday's review of Magikarp, even though I thought it was one of the better Magikarp cards out there, it was still extremely poor overall, with a very low HP and a move that is very restricted in when it can actually do damage.  So knowing how bad Magikarp is and looking at this Gyarados card, there is really no way in my opinion I can recommend playing this line in a deck, specifically using these two Pokemon from the Evolutions set.  Of course if you were playing this line you would want to evolve Magikarp into Gyarados on the bench and then get the energy onto Gyarados so you could move it into the active Pokemon spot right away and start attacking.  The problem with this strategy is that even though Gyarados has two moves, both are really slow on the attack, Gyarados' first move Bubble Beam does below average damage, and its second move, Dragon Rage, can potentially do well above average damage, but there is a high likelihood of not being able to do damage at all when using it.  I guess if you have to use this card in your deck, try and use a Trick Coin trainer card with Gyarados to give you a better shot at doing damage with Dragon Rage.

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 XY Evolutions set.  Even though Gyarados has a strong HP and two moves, with one move being able to do major damage, this card is just too slow on the attack and too risky when attacking to merit use in a deck.  Combine it with the perpetually weak Magikarp and this line gets a 1 out of 5 rating from me.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Magikarp -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Magikarp Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Magikarp from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Magikarp is a basic, water type Pokemon card with a HP of 30.  It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Magikarp does not have an Ability and it only has one move called Flail that for one water energy card does 10 damage times the number of damage counters on Magikarp.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Magikarp is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Gyarados, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own, even though I joke in a lot of my videos about how powerful and great Magikarp is, Magikarp is consistently the worse Pokemon in the TCG, and it has been that way since the beginning of Pokemon cards with Base Set, Magikarp is also super weak, having a really low HP, and always has just one move that is always really hard to do any damage with, usually something like flip 3 coins, if any is tails, the move does nothing.  So knowing all of that, this Magikarp isn't as bad since it can actually do damage when it has 10 or 20 damage on itself.  With that being said, if you want to pretty much guarantee a one hit KO late in a game definitely load up your deck with Magikarp, otherwise, never, I repeat, never, use Magikarp on its own, and never put Magikarp into the active Pokemon spot.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Gyarados, this is a well below average Basic Pokemon card, compared to most Magikarp cards out there, this is one of the better ones, but it still isn't a usable card in the TCG, and it isn't one you want to use without Gyarados, so please stay away (I personally don't have anything against Magikarp, its cards are always just weak, but I am a big fan of Gyarados).

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Starmie BREAK -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Starmie BREAK Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Starmie BREAK from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card 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 Starmie, so basically this card is a Stage 2 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.  Starmie BREAK is a BREAK, Stage 2, water type Pokemon card, with a HP of 130.  It has the same weakness, resistance and retreat cost as the Starmie you're evolving it from.  Starmie BREAK does not have an Ability and it only has one moved called Break Star, for one water energy card, this move does 100 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon BREAK.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Starmie BREAK is a Stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Staryu into play and evolve it into Starmie before you can evolve Starmie into Starmie BREAK.  I have reviewed both Staryu and Starmie from this set the past two days.  If you ready my reviews of those two cards you'll know that I thought both Pokemon were average overall.  Staryu could be used as a starter type Pokemon since it could do up to 20 damage a turn for one energy card, but was limited overall.  Starmie, could either be used from the bench, since it had a great Ability allowing you to discard a card from your hand and then move 2 Basic energy cards from your discard pile back into your hand, or it could be an attacker doing 30 damage a turn for two energy cards and potentially paralyzing the defending Pokemon.  So knowing about the first two Pokemon that be used with Starmie BREAK, if you're already using Starmie from the Evolutions set for its Ability, there is no reason not to include 1 Starmie BREAK card just because of its move.  Ideally, you would only use a 1-1-1 line of this Pokemon family, in a water type deck, you would keep this line on the bench, using Starmie's Ability, and then if the opponent had Pokemon BREAK in play you would move Starmie BREAK to the active Pokemon spot and use Break Star until all of those Pokemon are defeated, I believe all BREAK cards have less than 200 HP, so it should be a multiple knock out situation with Starmie BREAK's move.  After the BREAK cards are taken care of, retreat Starmie BREAK back to the bench.  Even if the opponent is only using 1 Pokemon BREAK in their deck, just having Starmie BREAK on the bench may prevent them from ever putting their BREAK card into play.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an above average BREAK Pokemon card from the Evolutions set.  On its own, this is a card that can help take down popular BREAK cards out there, not only knock them out while in play, but prevent your opponent from using them at all.  This card is even better in my opinion since Starmie from this set can be used on the bench, and this Starmie BREAK won't be used often, so it can be stashed on the bench and still do some damage.  Overall, I would give this line a 4 out of 5 rating, if you're building a water type deck, or a deck for defeating BREAK Pokemon, I would give this line a look.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Starmie -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Starmie XY Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Starmie from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Starmie is a Stage 1, water type Pokemon card, with a HP of 90. It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Starmie has an Ability called Space Beacon that says once per turn, before your attack, you may discard a card from your hand and then move two Basic energy cards from your discard pile into your hand.  Besides the Ability, Starmie has one move called Star Freeze, this move does 30 damage for two energy cards, one each of water and colorless, plus if you get a heads when flipping a coin, the defending Pokemon is paralyzed.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Starmie is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Staryu into play (I reviewed Staryu from this set yesterday) and then evolve Staryu into Starmie.  Starmie does have a BREAK evolution which I'll be reviewing tomorrow that you could use with this line.  If you read yesterday's review of Staryu, you'll know that I thought that card was average overall, it could be used on its own as a starter type Pokemon since it could do up to 20 damage for only one energy card, but it was limited in that it only had the one move and couldn't do much later in games.  So knowing this about Staryu and looking at this Starmie card, you could either use Staryu in the active Pokemon spot to start the game and then evolve it into Starmie the second turn, or you could use only a 1-1 line of this Pokemon family and use Starmie's Ability from the bench.  You could then fill your deck with high energy cost attackers or Pokemon that discard energy when attacking, since Space Beacon can quickly retrieve them from the discard pile.  One thing you'll want to note is that Space Beacon retrieves 2 energy cards per turn from the discard pile, but it does not provide any abilities for attaching more than 1 energy card per turn.  So overall, if you're building a water type deck or are looking for a unique Ability to get energy cards back in your hand, I would highly recommend taking a look at this line.

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 overall from the XY Evolutions set.  This card has a solid HP, good Ability, and average move.  Combine that with the average Staryu from this set, and this line, so far, is average overall, and deserves consideration when deck building, both Pokemon in this line are quick on the attack and have solid HP.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Staryu -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Staryu Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Staryu from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Staryu is a basic, water type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Staryu does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Quick Blow, for one water energy card this move does 10 damage, if you get a heads when flipping a coin, this move does an additional 10 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Staryu is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Starmie, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own, this card could be used as a starter type Pokemon since it can attack for one energy card, add a Trick Coin trainer card to this card and you have a good chance at doing 20 damage a turn for only one energy card.  So while this card works as a starter type Pokemon, only doing up to 20 damage a turn late in games won't cut it, so if you are going to use this card in a deck, I would recommend only using 1 to try and get it in the active Pokemon spot to start the game or using it to get to Starmie.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Starmie, this is an average Basic Pokemon card overall.  In my opinion, there really aren't any negatives on this card, other than it is limited in that it only has one move.  Other than that, this card has a solid HP, low retreat cost, and an average move that can do above average damage with a lucky coin flip.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dewgong -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Dewgong Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Dewgong from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Dewgong is a Stage 1, water type Pokemon card, with a HP of 120. It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Dewgong does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Super Deep Dive, for one water energy card this move heals 40 damage from Dewgong and allows you to switch Dewgong with one of your benched Pokemon.  Dewgong's second move is called Take Down and for three energy cards, two colorless and one water, this move does 90 damage, however the move does do 20 damage to Dewgong.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Dewgong is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Seel into play (I reviewed Seel from this set yesterday) and then evolve Seel into Dewgong.  If you read yesterday's review of Seel, you'll know that I thought it was an average Basic Pokemon card overall, it had an above average HP and two solid moves, one that could reduce damage from attacking Pokemon and another that did 20 damage for two energy cards.  So knowing this about Seel and looking at this Dewgong card, if you're looking for a water type line that can dole out some major damage, Dewgong is a contender since it can do 90 damage a turn, however, I would much rather use a Basic Pokemon like Slowbro EX, and be able to do 100 damage a turn without doing any damage to itself.  If you are using let's say a 1-1 line of Seel and Dewgong in a deck, you would try and use Take Down a couple of turns, heal the damage with a Potion trainer and when ready to retreat, instead of wasting three energy cards, just use Super Deep Dive, which heals damage and allows you to retreat for free.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average to slightly below average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the XY Evolutions set.  This card has a well above average HP for a Stage 1 Pokemon card and it does have two useful moves that work well together.  But, like I stated above, knowing Slowbro EX is in this same set, I would much rather use that card over this line of Pokemon, for that reason, even though I gave both Seel and Dewgong 3 out of 5 ratings individually, I'm going to give the two Pokemon combined a 2 out of 5 rating.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Seel -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Seel XY Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Seel from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Seel is a basic, water type Pokemon card with a HP of 80.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Seel does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Growl, for one colorless energy card, this move reduces any attacks by the defending Pokemon during their next turn by 20.  Seel's second move is called Headbutt, for two energy cards this move does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Seel is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Dewgong, 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 be used as a starter type Pokemon in a water type deck, even though it can't do any damage for one energy card.  You can use this card as a starter because when you use Growl, it will more than likely prevent all damage from your opponent's weaker Pokemon at the beginning of the game, and during your second turn you can then use Headbutt.  So, does this card belong in a water type deck?  It is definitely usable in a deck, but only doing 20 damage maximum a turn, really makes you prefer to either leave this card out of a deck or use it with Dewgong.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Dewgong, this is an average Basic Pokemon card overall.  I like that this card has well above average HP and two moves.  I am a little disappointed this card can't do damage for only one energy card, but both moves that this card has are solid.  So overall, this card could work as a starter type Pokemon in a water type deck.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mega Slowbro EX -- XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Mega Slowbro EX Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of M Slowbro EX from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Mega Slowbro EX is a Mega Evolution, EX, water type Pokemon card with a HP of 220. It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Mega Slowbro EX does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Loll Roll Spin, for three water energy cards this move does 100 damage, however, Mega Slowbro is confused after using this move, but the next turn, if Mega Slowbro decides to use this move, it does 200 damage instead of 100.

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.  So knowing how Mega EX cards worth and knowing that Slowbro EX from this set is solid overall, just a little slow on the attack, requiring 3 water energy cards to do 100 damage, if you're already playing that card in a water type deck, there isn't a big need to upgrade to this card, since it does the same amount of damage when attacking, but Slowbro EX doesn't confuse itself after using its move.  I would rather do 100 damage a turn, then the potential to do 100 damage one turn and 200 damage the next.  Plus, this effect can easily be manipulated by the opponent by having Mega Slowbro EX switched out of the active Pokemon spot by a trainer like Escape Rope or by using a Pokemon's move.  So unless you think that the potential to possibly do 150 damage on average a turn is worth it, I would either stick to Slowbro EX or not use this line at all.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a below average Mega EX Pokemon card overall.  Besides being slow to set up, since it is an evolution to a Basic Pokemon, you need three energy cards to attack, and could end up confusing yourself when trying to attack.  Considering that Slowbro EX does the same amount of damage per turn as the Mega form, I wouldn't use Mega Slowbro in a deck, and would give these two cards combined a 2 out of 5 rating.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Slowbro EX -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Slowbro EX Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Slowbro EX from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Slowbro EX is a basic, EX, water type Pokemon card with a HP of 180. It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Slowbro EX does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Slack Off, for two colorless energy cards this move heals 60 damage from Slowbro EX, however it prevents Slowbro from attacking the next turn.  Slowbro EX's second move is called Flash Splash and for three water energy cards this move does 100 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, because Slowbro 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.  Slowbro EX does have a Mega EX in this set, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, so you'll want to make sure and read that review.  On its own, this card could definitely be used in a water type deck since it can do 100 damage every single turn, so ideally, you would set this card up on the bench and once it has three energy cards move it to the active Pokemon spot.  Slack Off is fairly useless unless the attacking Pokemon does much less than 60 damage or Slowbro EX will be knocked out the next turn if damage isn't removed from Slowbro.  But, once you use that move, you'll want to switch Slowbro EX out of the active Pokemon spot so you don't have to take a turn without attacking.  Because this card is slow on the attack and really only has one move, I wouldn't use more than 1 of these in a water type deck.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average EX Pokemon card from the XY Evolutions set.  Although this card has its limitations, since it is slow on the attack, has a high retreat cost, and can't attack two turns in a row when using Slack Off, I think that this card does enough damage every turn with Flash Splash that it is average overall, and worth considering when building a water type deck.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Poliwrath -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Poliwrath Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Poliwrath from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Poliwrath is a Stage 2, water type Pokemon card, with a HP of 140.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Poliwrath does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Dashing Punch, for one water energy card this move does 50 damage plus 50 more damage if Poliwrath was just switched to the active Pokemon spot the turn you're attacking.  Poliwrath's second move is called Whirlpool and for three water energy cards, this move does 80 damage, plus it discards an energy card attached to your opponent's active Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Poliwrath is a Stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Poliwag into play and then evolve it into Poliwhirl before you can evolve Poliwhirl into Poliwrath, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them the last two days, Politoed is the other Stage 2 evolution of Poliwag, but there is not a Politoed in this set.  If you've read my reviews of both Poliwag and Poliwhirl you'll know that I thought both cards were average to slightly below average.  Both cards were a little slow on the attack but once set up could definitely do some damage, the problem with Poliwhirl though it that it had a low HP so you didn't want to have it in the active Pokemon spot long.  So knowing this about the first two Pokemon in this line and looking at this Poliwrath card, since those cards are slower on the attack, you'll want to set  this entire line up on the bench, and since you only have to put one energy card on Poliwrath to attack, it makes for a quick set up, which is great considering this is a Stage 2 Pokemon card.  Ideally, you'll want to either use several Switch trainer cards, or figure out another way to quickly switch Pokemon in and out of the active Pokemon spot, that way you can use Poliwrath's Dashing Punch move every other turn and do 100 damage every single turn.  If you have the time, Whirlpool is a decent move that does above average damage, but again, Dashing Punch is the more powerful move.  I could see using a 1-1-1 line of this Pokemon family in a water type deck, each evolution in this line can do some damage, and if you can retreat this card multiple times it can do major damage every time it is in the active Pokemon spot.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an average to slightly above average Stage 2 Pokemon card from the Evolutions set.  Like I mentioned above, this card can be deadly if you can move this card in and out of the active Pokemon spot doing 100 damage a turn for only 1 energy card.  Overall, even though I gave Poliwag and Poliwhirl 2 out of 5 ratings, together all three get a 3 out of 5 rating from me, and should be considered when building a water type deck.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Poliwhirl -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Poliwhirl Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Poliwhirl from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card set.  Poliwhirl is a Stage 1, water type Pokemon card, with a HP of 80.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Poliwhirl does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Amnesia, for two water energy cards this move does 30 damage, plus you get to choose one of the moves on your opponent's active Pokemon, their Pokemon can't use that move during their next turn.  Poliwhirl's second move is called Double Slap, for three energy cards, two water and one colorless, this move does 50 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip 2 coins.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Poliwhirl is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Poliwag into play (I reviewed Poliwag from this set yesterday) and then evolve Poliwag into Poliwhirl.  Poliwag does have a Stage 2 evolution in Poliwrath, 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 Poliwhirl is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my review of Poliwag, you'll know that I thought it was an average to slightly below average Basic Pokemon card.  The card was pretty solid overall, had a good HP, low retreat cost, and a good move, but it couldn't be used as a starter type Pokemon since it required two energy cards instead of one for its only attack.  So knowing this about Poliwag and looking at its Stage 1 evolution in Poliwhirl, this card is also somewhat slow on the attack, but once set up, both of the moves this card has are useful.  For more of a defensive purpose you could use Amnesia, especially if the defending Pokemon only has one move it is using, and if you have a Trick Coin trainer attached to Poliwhirl you could use Double Slap and have a better chance at doing 100 damage.  Overall, the best strategy with the first two Pokemon in this line is to just not use them in a deck at all without using Poliwrath, especially since Poliwhirl does have a lower HP than the average Stage 1 evolution does.

Pokemon Card Rating:  
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an average to slightly below average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the XY Evolutions set.  This card is clock full of options having two moves, one that can do major damage and the other that does standard damage plus removes an opponent's move, if you can find a way to make this card have a higher HP, it is worth consideration, but overall, both cards in this line so far have received 2 out of 5 ratings, and that is what these Pokemon get combined a 2 out of 5 rating.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Poliwag -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Poliwag Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Poliwag from the XY Evolutions set.  Poliwag is a basic, water type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Poliwag does not have an Ability and it only has one move called Water Gun that does 30 damage for two water energy cards.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Poliwag is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Poliwhirl, and a Stage 2 evolution in Poliwrath, which I'll be reviewing the next couple of 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 Poliwag does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  On its own, similar to the other Basic Pokemon I've reviewed from Evolutions recently, this card is just too slow on the attack to use as a starter type Pokemon, unless you don't care about not being able to attack the first turn or if you can get a Double Colorless energy card attached to Poliwag its first turn and somehow have both of the energy on that card count as water type.  Otherwise, this is a card that deserves to be set up on the bench and either moved to the active Pokemon spot for a turn or two a few turns into the game or just evolved into Poliwhirl on the bench.

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 XY Evolutions set.  Like I stated above, other than not having a move that can be used with one energy card, this card is solid overall, with a good HP, low retreat cost, and an above average move.  So if building a water type deck, this card is fairly powerful, but there should be better options out there for you, especially if you don't plan on using this entire line.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Magmar -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Magmar Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Magmar from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Magmar is a basic, fire type Pokemon card with a HP of 80.  It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Magmar does not have an Ability, but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Fire Punch, for two fire energy cards this move does 30 damage.  Magmar's second move is called Flamethrower, and for three energy cards, two fire and one colorless, this move does 60 damage, however after using this move a fire energy card must be discarded from Magmar.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Magmar is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Magmortar, you'll more than likely want to use this card with its evolution form, but because Evolutions is a Base Set reprint set, it does not include a Magmortar card, the most recent to include Magmortar is Furious Fists.  So, on its own, only looking at this Magmar card, this card is similar to the Ponyta I reviewed from yesterday, that it is slow on the attack, but since this is a Basic Pokemon that didn't evolve at the time, this card has a well above average HP, giving you a little more leeway to set up this card when in the active Pokemon spot.  This card is too slow for my liking and I wouldn't use one in a deck, but if you do decide to use Magmar in your deck, attach a Burning Energy card to it and you can use Flamethrower every single turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering any Magmortar cards, this is an average to slightly below average Basic Pokemon card.  Compared to Basic Pokemon that evolve, at least from the 1st generation, this card has a solid HP, and two solid moves, but compared to today's Pokemon, this card has too low of an HP to really consider using on its own, especially with its slower moves.  This card is suitable for use with a Burning Energy card, setting up on the bench, and eventually giving way to Magmortar.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Ponyta -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Ponyta Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Ponyta from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Ponyta is a basic, fire type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Ponyta does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Smash Kick, for two colorless energy cards this move does 20 damage.  Ponyta's second move is called Flame Tail and for two fire energy cards, this move does 30 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Ponyta is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Rapidash, with the newest Rapidash being in the Steam Siege set, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since Rapidash is not in this set, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own, this card is useful in that it has two moves to use, has a low retreat cost and a solid HP.  What you want to do if you're using this Pokemon as a starter type Pokemon in your deck is to either use a Double Colorless energy card on Ponyta so it can attack the first turn and do 20 damage with Smash Kick, or to use a Pokemon's Ability to turn all Pokemon energy cards into fire type energy, that way, you can then use a Double Colorless energy and do 30 damage for only one energy card.  Either way, after the first turn, this card is a useful one to play, but it won't cut it as a starter type Pokemon unless you can do one of the two strategies I just mentioned.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Rapidash, this is an average Basic Pokemon card overall.  Other than not being able to attack for one Basic energy card, this card is average overall.  It has a solid HP, low retreat cost, and two good moves, one doing average damage and the other slightly above average damage.  If you plan on using this card with Rapidash, either from Steam Siege, Generations or another set, this is a great lead in into that card.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Arcanine -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Arcanine Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Arcanine from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Arcanine is a Stage 1, fire type Pokemon card, with a HP of 130. It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Arcanine's Ability is called Burning Road and says that once per turn, if Arcanine was previously on the bench and was moved to the active Pokemon this turn, you may move any number of fire type energy cards attached to your other Pokemon to Arcanine.  Besides the Ability, Arcanine has one move called Scorching Breath, for four energy cards, three fire and one colorless, this move does 150 damage, however Arcanine can't attack during its next turn.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Arcanine is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Growlith into play (I reviewed Growlithe from this set yesterday) and then evolve Growlithe into Arcanine.  Arcanine does have a BREAK card that is an XY Promo card that I will summarize down below.  If you read yesterday's review of Growlithe, you'll know that I thought it was an average Basic Pokemon card overall, it had an above average HP and two moves.  Both moves it had were solid, but Growlithe would be best used a few turns into the game since it really does its best damage for two energy cards because for one energy card, it only does 10 damage and retreats.  So knowing this about Growlithe and looking at this Arcanine card, if you're building a fire type deck, the way to play this line is to set it up on the bench.  You can just set up all of your other fire type Pokemon first, then when putting Arcanine into the active Pokemon spot utilize its Ability to get energy cards on it in that same turn it is put in the active Pokemon spot.  By utilizing its Ability, getting 4 energy cards on Arcanine should be fairy easy and you can then do 150 damage every two turns.  This is a very powerful move, but this Arcanine card is even better if you use it with the Arcanine BREAK card from the new BREAK Evolution Box, XY180 is the card number of the Arcanine you're looking for, that card has one move that does 80 damage for two energy cards and it allows you to move 2 energy cards from your discard pile to your benched Pokemon.  So you can utilize this Arcanine's Ability to get energy on it, and then use the BREAK's move to replace the energy you just took from your benched Pokemon.  This is definitely a line you want to use if you're building a fire type deck, this is a line that can do major damage, very quickly, and it also helps your benched Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a very solid Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Evolutions set, it has a well above average HP and a great Ability and move, but the downfall with this card is that it takes energy from your bench and it can only attack every two turns, so if you add in the Arcanine BREAK, this line is amazing overall, and gets a 5 out of 5 rating from me!

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Growlithe -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Growlithe Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Growlithe from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Growlithe is a basic, fire type Pokemon card with a HP of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Growlithe does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Hind Kick, for one colorless energy card, this move does 10 damage, however you must switch Growlithe with one of your benched Pokemon after attacking.  Growlithe's second move is called Flare, for two energy cards, one each of fire and colorless, does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Growlithe is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Arcanine, 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 has some use as a starter type Pokemon in a deck, since it can attack for only one energy card, and has the option of two moves to use once the card is set up.  What I like about this Growlithe card is that later in games, if you're forced to put it into the active Pokemon spot, Roar could be a game saver, since you can quickly get it out of the active Pokemon spot and potentially put a better Pokemon in the active Pokemon spot.  So while, Growlithe is solid overall, having an above average HP and two decent moves, since you do have to retreat Growlithe if you use Roar, as a starter type Pokemon it may be best to just not attack the first turn so you don't have to put a Pokemon into the active Pokemon spot that isn't set up.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Arcanine, this is an average Basic Pokemon card overall.  It has a slightly above average HP, and two moves, making it a card that holds its own by itself.  Like I mentioned in the strategy section of this post, I like the fact Growlithe can attack for one energy card, but early in games that might make things difficult if you have to put a Pokemon into the active Pokemon spot that isn't set up, but late in games, it could help you move a more powerful Pokemon into the active Pokemon spot without having to give up energy retreating.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Ninetales BREAK -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Ninetales BREAK Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Ninetales BREAK from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card 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 Ninetales, so basically this card is a Stage 2 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.  Ninetales BREAK is a BREAK (essentially a Stage 2), fire type Pokemon card, with a HP of 140.  It has the same weakness, resistance and retreat cost as the Ninetales you're evolving it from.  Ninetales BREAK does not have an Ability and it only has one moved called Explosive Fireball, for two energy cards, one each of fire and colorless, this move does 10 damage plus 60 more damage for each fire energy card you choose to discard from Ninetales when using this attack.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Ninetales BREAK is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Vulpix into play and evolve it into Ninetales before you can evolve Ninetales into Ninetales BREAK.  I have reviewed both Vulpix and Ninetales from this set previously and both cards were average or above average.  The only downside with the Vulpix from this set was that it couldn't attack for only one energy card, but instead required two energy cards to do damage and confuse the defending Pokemon.  I was a huge fan of the Ninetales card from this set, with Burning Energy, it could do 120 damage per turn and it could also continuously switch the defending Pokemon with a benched one.  So knowing how good both Vulpix and Ninetales are from this set and looking at this Ninetales BREAK card, if you were planning on building a deck around Ninetales, definitely include this BREAK card with it.  Not only does this card give Ninetales more attack power, but if you use 3 Burning Energy cards to power Explosive Fireball, it does 190 damage a turn without having to discard anything, and it also gives Ninetales a much higher HP.  So if you're thinking of building a fire type deck, this is a card and line to build around, add in 4 Burning Energy cards, and this is a quick attacking, powerful deck.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 5 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is one of the better BREAK cards that I've reviewed in awhile, just like Ninetales from yesterday, without Burning Energy, this card wouldn't be that great, but with those Special Energy cards, this card is so powerful and it makes Ninetales from this set that much better.  So altogether, I would give the Vulpix, Ninetales, and Ninetales BREAK line from the Evolutions set a 5 out of 5 rating, it is a line a deck should be built around.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ninetales -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Ninetales Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Ninetales from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Ninetales is a Stage 1, fire type Pokemon card, with a HP of 100. It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Ninetales does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is Lure, for one fire energy card this move allows you to switch your opponent's active Pokemon with one of their benched Pokemon, and this new active Pokemon is unable to retreat during your opponent's next turn.  Ninetales' second move is called Fire Blast and for three energy cards, two fire and one colorless, does 120 damage, after using this move you must discard a fire energy attached to Ninetales.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Ninetales is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Vulpix into play (I reviewed Vulpix from this set yesterday) and then evolve Vulpix into Ninetales.  Ninetales does have a BREAK evolution which I'll be reviewing tomorrow that you could use with this line.  If you read yesterday's review of Vulpix, you'll know that I thought it was an average to slightly below average Basic Pokemon card overall.  It had a solid HP, low retreat cost, and a good move, but the card only had one move and it required two energy cards instead of one to attack.  So, knowing this about Vulpix and looking at this Ninetales card, this Pokemon family could be used in 1 of 2 ways.  The first way to use this card is to use it in a spread attack type deck, where you first spread damage around, then move Ninetales to the active Pokemon spot and use Lure to get the Pokemon you want into the active Pokemon spot and the next turn knock that Pokemon out.  The second way to use this card is a straight up attacker, attaching a Burning Energy card to this card means that it can do 120 damage every single turn without having to attach more than three energy cards to this card ever, by doing this, Ninetales can be one of the main attackers in your deck.  Without considering Ninetales BREAK, I could see using a 2-2 line of this Pokemon family.

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 XY Evolutions set.  The only downfall with this card is that it does take 3 energy cards to do damage to the defending Pokemon, and without a Burning Energy it needs a new energy card attached to it each turn.  But overall, I would highly recommend using this card in a fire type deck, together with Vulpix from this set, I would give the two cards a 4 out of 5 rating.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Vulpix -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Vulpix Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Vulpix from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Vulpix is a basic, fire type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Vulpix does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Confuse Ray, for two fire energy cards this move does 20 damage, plus if you get a heads when flipping a coin, this move confuses the defending Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Vulpix is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Ninetales, 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, Basic Pokemon like Vulpix are looked at as starter type Pokemon, since this card can't attack for one energy card, it fails this test.  So to me, the only way I would recommend using Vulpix in a deck is if you plan on using Ninetales, and even then, I would set up the line on the bench.  Ideally, you would use a Stadium card or some type of Ability to have all energy be fire type energy, and then put one Double Colorless energy card on this card to make it able to attack for only one energy turn.  I guess, at worst, this card is still playable in a deck, it just takes a turn longer than you want to start attacking, but when it is set up, does do average damage plus inflicts a special condition.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Ninetales, this is an average to slightly below average Basic Pokemon card overall.  Like I mentioned in the strategy section of this post, the big knock on this card is that it can't attack for one energy card, but when set up, this card is solid overall, and if you're desperate enough to use it on its own, or have it in the active Pokemon spot before using Ninetales, this card can do some damage and potentially prevent damage on Vulpix and do even more damage to your opponent's active Pokemon.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Charizard -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Charizard Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Charizard from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Charizard is a Stage 2, fire type Pokemon card, with a HP of 150.  It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Charizard has an Ability called Energy Burn that says all cards attached to this Pokemon are fire type energy instead of their usual type.  Besides the Ability, this card just has one move called Fire Spin, for 4 fire energy cards, this move does 200 damage, however after using this move, you must discard 3 energy attached to Charizard.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Charizard is a Stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Charmander into play and then evolve it into Charmeleon before you can evolve Charmeleon into Charizard, 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 average to above average.  If used with Burning Energy, both Charmander and Charmeleon could be used on their own and without Charizard respectively.  But, as usual, you want to use the full evolution of a Pokemon family when deck building because the final evolution form is usually the best.  So, does the reprint of the almighty Base Set Charizard holo deserve a spot in your deck, possibly.  This Charizard card can do 200 damage a turn and keep the damage coming almost every turn if you do 1 of 2 things, you could either use Double Colorless energy cards on this card and utilize Charizard's Ability to quickly get 4 "fire" type energy cards on this card, or, stick to the same strategy as with the Basic and Stage 1 forms and use 4 Burning Energy cards in your deck, the only problem here, is that you'll need to put 3 of those Burning Energy cards on this card just be able to attack every turn.  So if you're building a fire type deck, I would strongly consider using this card, you'll just have to decide if you want to use so much energy on one card, and no that, 200 damage no longer can one hit knock out all Pokemon in the TCG, most Mega EX Pokemon have a higher HP than that.

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 card from the Evolutions set.  For nostalgia reasons I am probably giving this card a little better rating than it deserves, but if played right in a deck, this card can do 200 damage a turn for only three energy cards.  What makes this card even better is that both Charmander and Charmeleon from this set are good, altogether I would give this line a 4 out of 5 rating.  If only Blastoise and Venusaur holo reprints would have been in this set...

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Charmeleon -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Charmeleon Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Charmeleon from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card set.  Charmeleon is a Stage 1, fire type Pokemon card, with a HP of 80.  It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Charmeleon does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Slash, for three colorless energy cards this move does 50 damage.  Charmeleon's second move is called Flamethrower and for three energy cards, two fire and one colorless, this move does 90 damage a turn, however, you must discard a fire type energy card attached to Charmeleon after using this move.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Charmeleon is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Charmander into play (I reviewed Charmander from this set yesterday) and then evolve Charmander into Charmeleon.  Charmeleon does have a Stage 2 evolution in Charizard, 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 Charmeleon is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my review of Charizard, you'll know that I thought it was an above average Basic Pokemon card and a solid starter type Pokemon for a fire type deck, I recommended using that card with 4 Burning Energy cards, thus allowing Charmander to do 30 damage every turn without having to add any additional energy cards to it.  This Charmeleon card follows that same thinking, attach three energy cards to it, having one be a Burning Energy, that way, you can do 90 damage a turn, every turn, with Flamethrower, and never have to discard an energy card, since Burning Energy cards makes it so that if you do discard that card, you can re-attach it immediately.  The only downside with Charmeleon is that it is slow on the attack, so you'll either have to set it up on the bench or go to battle with Charmander for a couple of turns.  If building a fire type deck, I could definitely see using a couple of these in a deck, especially if you plan on having your starter Pokemon be Charmander.

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 Evolutions set.  Like I mentioned in the strategy section of this post, with Burning Energy, this card can do above average damage every single turn, but this card is slow on the attack and has a lower HP, making the positives and negatives on this card even out, making this card average at best.  Together with Charmander from this set, and Burning Energy, I would give this line a 4 out of 5 rating so far.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Charmander -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Charmander Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Charmander from the XY Evolutions set.  Charmander is a basic, fire type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Charmander does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Scratch and for one colorless energy card it does 10 damage.  Charmander's second move is called Ember and for two energy cards, one each of fire and colorless, this move does 30 damage, however you must discard an energy card attached to Charmander after using this move.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Charmander is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Charmeleon, and a Stage 2 evolution in Charizard, which I'll be reviewing the next couple of 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 Charmander does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  On its own, this card works well as a starter type Pokemon in a fire type deck.  I would highly recommend using 4 Burning Energy special energy cards in any fire type deck you build, these energy cards act as fire type energy cards but when they are discarded you can return them to the Pokemon you discarded them from, meaning, you could use Charmander's Ember move every turn without having to add energy to it.  So, I would try and get this card into the active Pokemon spot the first turn of the game, use Scratch right away, and then after that use Ember.  On its own, I could see using up to 4 of these cards in a game, just so you can have a good Pokemon in the active Pokemon spot to start the game.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is easily the best card that I've reviewed from the Evolutions set so far and is a great starter type Pokemon in a fire type deck.  Without using Burning Energy cards, this card isn't as good, but with those energy cards, this card is very good early in the game and is a great way to start off this entire line, which ends with the dominant Charizard.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Tangela -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Tangela Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Tangela from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Tangela is a basic, grass type Pokemon card with a HP of 80.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Tangela does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Bind, for two energy cards, one each of grass and colorless, this move does 20 damage, plus it paralyzes the defending Pokemon if you get a heads when flipping a coin.  Tangela's second move is called Poison Powder and for three grass energy cards does 30 damage, plus it poisons the defending Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Tangela is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Tangrowth, you'll more than likely want to use this card with its evolution form, but because Evolutions is a Base Set reprint set, it does not include a Tangrowth card, the most recent to include Tangrowth is Steam Siege.  So, on its own, only looking at this Tangela card, I would recommend passing on including this card in a deck.  If you do include this card in a deck, you'll want to include it in a mainly grass type deck since it mainly requires grass type energy.  With that being said, the reason I wouldn't use this card in a deck is because it is just too slow on the attack and even if set up, is under-powered at best.  The only way I could see using this card in a deck would be if you're building a grass type deck that has several Pokemon that can inflict special conditions, and since both moves on this card can do that, it would fit right in with the deck.  But overall, again, I would recommend passing on this card, especially since it is so slow on the attack.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering any Tangrowth cards, this is a below average Basic Pokemon card.  Just like with most of the Evolutions cards that I've reviewed so far, this card just isn't very good, the update from Base Set wasn't enough, and this card has too low of an HP, is too slow on the attack, is too under-powered, and has too high of retreat cost, so look elsewhere for Basic, grass type Pokemon.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Beedrill -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Beedrill Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Beedrill from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Beedrill is a Stage 2, grass type Pokemon card, with a HP of 120.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a free retreat cost.  Beedrill does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Poison Sting, for one grass energy card this move does 30 damage, plus it poisons the defending Pokemon.  Swarming Sting is Beedrill's second move and for two energy cards this move does 40 damage times the number of Beedrill you have in play to the defending Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Beedrill is a Stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Weedle into play and then evolve it into Kakuna before you can evolve Kakuna into Beedrill, 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 overall and together.  Both Pokemon had well below average HP and both Pokemon could do damage and poison the defending Pokemon when attacking.  So knowing this about the first two Pokemon in this line and looking at this Beedrill card, this card fits in well with those Pokemon, it has a low HP and a move that does damage plus poisons the defending Pokemon.  If you plan on using this line in a deck, don't use more than a 1-1-1 line of this family, keeping it on the bench the entire time until you get Beedrill set up, you can then move Beedrill in and out of the active Pokemon spot, poisoning the defending Pokemon and doing damage.  I would not recommend using multiple Beedrill in a deck, which means that at most, this card can do 40 damage a turn.

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 Evolutions set.  Just like Weedle and Kakuna from this set, this card just has too low of a HP to be used in a deck, and even though it has a free retreat cost, this card is pretty weak when attacking, and can only do a good amount of damage when multiple Beedrill cards are in play at once.  So overall, since I've given each card in this line a 2 out of 5 rating, I would give the entire line only a 1 out of 5 rating, definitely look elsewhere when deck building.

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