Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Cutiefly -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Cutiefly Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Cutiefly from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Cutiefly is a Basic, Fairy type Pokemon card with a HP of 30.  It has a x2 weakness to Metal type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Darkness type Pokemon, and a free retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move on this card is called Fairy Wind, for one Colorless Energy card, this move does 10 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Cutiefly is a Basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Ribombee, 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 only reason to use this card in a deck is for its free retreat cost, that way you can Guzma this card into the Active Pokemon spot and retreat it for free, you don't have to worry about using a Float Stone Trainer or discarding Energy.  With that being said, with such a low HP, it is very risky playing this card in a deck, since it is so easily knocked out.  So overall, although the free retreat cost is nice, I would only choose to use Cutiefly if the plan is to use Ribombee in the deck as well, that way you can use Cutiefly for a limited time before evolving it.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Ribombee, this is a well below average Basic Pokemon card from the Burning Shadows set.  Like I mentioned above, you're never going to want to use a card in your deck with such a low HP, as it is so easy to knock out, most times just with a Pokemon that spreads a little damage around.  So again, this card is nice for its free retreat cost, but that is it.  Certainly look elsewhere if you're building a Fairy type deck and looking for a Basic Pokemon.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Diancie -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Diancie Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Diancie from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Diancie is a Basic, Fairy type Pokemon card with a HP of 90.  Diancie has a x2 weakness to Metal type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Darkness type Pokemon, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Sparkling Wish, for one Fairy Energy card, this move allows you to search your deck for a Pokemon that evolves from one of your Pokemon and put that Pokemon onto your Pokemon in play to evolve it.  The second move on this card is called Diamond Storm, for two Energy cards, one each of Fairy and Colorless, this move does 30 damage, plus it heals 30 damage from each of your Fairy type Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Diancie is a Basic Pokemon card with no evolution forms, you'll only have to use this card in a deck if you want to use Diancie.  With this being said, this card works best in Fairy type decks, mainly due to the fact Diamond Storm only heals Fairy type Pokemon.  This card can certainly work in a Gardevoir GX deck, since you can use Sparkling Wish to help get to Gardevoir GX, then put Diancie back on the Bench and when several of your Pokemon have damage on them, you can use Diamond Storm and heal potentially all of your Pokemon at once.  If you're building a deck with mainly Basic Pokemon or a deck with more than just a couple of other type Pokemon, I would not use this card, but this card is popular in the TCG, and is a recommended card to use.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a very good Basic Pokemon card from the Burning Shadows set.  Other than not being able to do more than 30 damage when attacking, this card really doesn't have any weaknesses.  The card has a low retreat cost, two great moves, one that helps evolve your Pokemon, and the other than does damage and heals damage at the same time, so again, if you're building a Fairy type deck, I would highly recommend playing this card.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Gardevoir GX -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Gardevoir GX Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Gardevoir GX from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Gardevoir GX is a Stage 2, Fairy type Pokemon card, with a HP of 230.  It has a x2 weakness to Metal type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Darkness type Pokemon, and a two Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card's Ability is called Secret Spring, it says that once per turn, you may attach a Fairy Energy card from your hand to one of your Pokemon.  Besides the Ability, this card has two moves, one regular move and one GX move.  Infinite Force is the name of this card's first move, for one Fairy Energy card, this move does 30 damage times the number of Energy attached to both Active Pokemon.  The GX move on this card is called Twilight GX and for one Fairy Energy card, it allows you to shuffle 10 cards from your discard pile back into your deck.

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 Gardevoir card, so if you have Kirlia in play, you evolve that Pokemon directly into Gardevoir 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 Gardevoir GX is a Stage 2 Pokemon, you'll first have to get Ralts into play and then more than likely evolve it into Kirlia before being able to use Gardevoir GX.  Both of those Pokemon are in this set, neither are that great, but they are good enough to use with this line.  Before I get into strategy too much, this card is pretty amazing, and I've built a deck based around Gardevoir GX and reviewed it on my channel.  Ideally, this card is paired with Sylveon GX, that way you can use Sylveon's Magical Ribbon move to get three cards you want into your hand, usually some combination of Rare Candy and Gardevoir GX, therefore letting you jump over Kirlia, and potentially getting Gardevoir set up during your 2nd turn.  The more Gardevoir GX you have set up the better, since you then can attach more Energy per turn.  In my deck, I use 4 Double Colorless Energy, so I can then attach 1 Double Colorless Energy and then 2 Fairy Energy cards each turn to Gardevoir GX if I have one in the Active Pokemon spot and one on the Bench.  Just four total Energy cards can do 120 damage, plus, with two Gardevoir GX set up, you can then Guzma a Pokemon that has a lot of Energy on it, into the Active Pokemon spot and do much more damage, plus you can add a Choice Band Trainer to Gardevoir GX to do even more damage.  The only downfall with Gardevoir GX is it is weak to Metal type Pokemon, and there should be lots of Solgaleo decks out there with Ultra Prism being released in February, combining Metagross GX and Solgaleo Prism Star to take down Gardevoir GX.  But with that being said, any deck with Gardevoir GX is one of the better decks for the 2018 Standard Format.  Gardevoir's GX attack does come in handy too, although you're mainly going to use this card move its Infinite Force move, if you burn through cards in your deck trying to find Energy, you can then use Twilight GX and refresh your deck, or, if you're close to losing by running out of cards, Twilight GX comes to the rescue.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 5 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is easily one of the best Pokemon GX cards in the 2018 Standard Format.  Not only does this card have a very high HP, which makes it hard to take down in one turn, but it has an extremely powerful move, that does major damage when attacking, and is quick to attack, taking advantage of a loaded up defending Pokemon.  So, if you're looking for some power, definitely consider building a deck around both Gardevoir GX and Sylveon GX.  Combining all the Pokemon in this family into one, I would give Ralts, Kirlia, and Gardevoir GX from this set a 4 out of 5 rating.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Kirlia -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Kirlia Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Kirlia from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card set.  Kirlia is a Stage 1, Fairy type Pokemon card, with a HP of 80.  It has a x2 weakness to Metal type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Darkness type Pokemon, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Smack, for one Colorless Energy card, this move does 20 damage.  The second move on this card is called Magical Shot, for two Energy cards, one each of Fairy and Colorless, this move does 30 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Kirlia is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Ralts into play (I reviewed Ralts from this set yesterday) and then evolve Ralts into Kirlia.  Ralts does have a Stage 2 evolution in Gardevoir GX, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, that you'll probably want to use with this Pokemon line but since I haven't reviewed that card yet, the strategy below will act like Kirlia is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my review of Ralts, you'll know that I thought it was a below average Basic Pokemon card overall.  The card did have a solid HP, low retreat cost, and a move that required only one Energy, but I preferred the Ralts in the BREAKthrough set.  If you're building a Gardevoir GX deck, either card would work well, since you really never want to have anything other than Gardevoir GX in the Active Pokemon spot.  With that being said, the same thing goes for Kirlia, it is a decent card overall, with two moves that require little Energy, but this card, unlike Ralts, does have a below average HP, so it would be better if you're building a Gardevoir GX deck, to use fewer Kirlia cards and add in Rare Candy instead, that way you can jump from Ralts straight to Gardevoir GX.  This is the Kirlia card I use in my Gardevoir GX deck, again, I never want this card in the Active Pokemon spot, I use Guzma and Float Stone to get it out of the Active Pokemon spot.

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 Burning Shadows set.  Although I use this card in my Gardevoir GX deck, it is not a Stage 1 Pokemon card that you ever want to use on its own, since it has a below average HP and two weaker moves.  Together with Ralts from this set, both cards get a 2 out of 5 rating, the same rating each card received individually.  It doesn't really matter what Ralts and Kirlia cards you use, because Gardevoir GX is so dominant.

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