Thursday, November 23, 2017

Marill -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Marill Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Marill from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Marill 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.  This card does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Bubble, for one Water Energy card, this move Paralyzes the defending Pokemon if you get a heads when flipping a coin.  Rollout is the second move on this card, for two Colorless Energy cards, this move does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Marill is a Basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Azumarill, 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 this card has two moves, a solid HP, and a low retreat cost, I wouldn't use it in a deck, mainly because Bubble is based off of a coin flip, and you can do a lot more damage than 20 for a Double Colorless Energy on lots of other cards.  If you do plan on using Azumarill in your deck, this isn't a bad start to the line, since you have a chance at preventing your opponent from attacking the next turn while you wait to get Azumarill into play.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Azumarill this is a below average Basic Pokemon from the Burning Shadows set.  Like I mentioned above, this card does have some positives on it, like a solid HP and low retreat cost, but without using Azumarill in your deck, there is no reason to use this Basic Pokemon card.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gyarados -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Gyarados Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Gyarados from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Gyarados is a Stage 1, Water type Pokemon card, with a HP of 150. It has a x2 weakness to Lightning type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a four 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 Venting Anger, for two Colorless Energy cards, this move does 50 damage times the number of Magikarp cards in your discard pile.  Gyarados' second move is called Splash Burn, for four Energy cards, two each of Water and Colorless, this move does 160 damage, however the move also does 30 damage to each of your Benched Pokemon

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Gyardaos 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, you'll know that I thought it was an average card overall and easily one of the best Magikarp cards out there, since it could for sure do 10 damage every turn plus it gave you a chance at enduring more than a turn in the Active Pokemon spot if you flipped a heads when attacking, preventing all effects of attacks by your opponent's Pokemon during their next turn.  Knowing this about Magikarp and looking at this Gyarados card, if you are okay with including 4 Magikarp cards in your deck, then this card can do up to 150 damage per turn for only 1 Double Colorless Energy card, if you're using Venting Anger and you have 3 Magikarp in your discard pile, if you use enough Ultra Ball Trainer cards, you can easily have Magikarp in your discard pile.  This strategy takes up too many spots in a deck to be effective, but if you want to do 160 damage per turn for three Energy cards, this card works well, plus you can use it every turn, since Splash Burn doesn't require Gyarados to discard any Energy, but you either may want to have limited Pokemon on your Bench, or have a Pokemon that either heals all damage at once, or has an increased attack if your Benched Pokemon have damage on them.  No matter the strategy you take with this card, it will require time to set up and it does have a very high retreat cost, requiring lots of resources to retreat it.

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 Burning Shadows set.  Like I mentioned above, this card definitely has some possibilities when in a deck, it can do major damage when using either of its moves, however it is slow to set up these moves and it has a high retreat cost, so while it may be powerful, I probably wouldn't use this line in a deck, even though both Magikarp and Gyarados received 3 out of 5 ratings from me, the same rating I would give both Pokemon together.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Magikarp -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Magikarp Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Magikarp from the Burning Shadows 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.  The only move on this card is called Splashing Dodge, for one Water Energy card, this move does 10 damage, plus, if you get a heads when flipping a coin, this move also prevents all effects of attacks, including damage, done to Magikarp during your opponent's next turn.

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, just knowing this is a Magikarp card is enough to know that this card should never be used in the Active Pokemon spot.  The reason for this is Magikarp almost always has a very low HP, usually 30, meaning, it is easily knocked out in one move.  As far as Magikarp cards go, this is one of the better ones that I've seen, since it does damage, plus it gives you a chance to prevent damage and have Magikarp last a turn without being knocked out.  So if you want to use some form of Gyarados in a deck, this is a Magikarp card you should definitely use.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Gyarados this is a below average Basic Pokemon from the Burning Shadows set.  But, like I mentioned above, because this is one of the best Magikarp cards out there, I am giving this card a 3 out of 5 rating, it is really an exclusive rating to just Magikarp cards.  If this card had a normal HP, like 60, it actually would be a decent starter type Pokemon for a deck.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Kingdra -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Kingdra Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Kingdra from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Kingdra 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 one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability but it does have two moves, both requiring just one Water Energy.  The first move on this card is called Brine, and for the aforementioned one Water Energy card, does 90 damage to one of your opponent's Pokemon that has damage counters on it.  Tornado Shot is the second move on this card, also requiring just one Water Energy card, this move also does 90 damage, however, you must discard a Water Energy card after using this move, but this move does 30 damage to one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon as well.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Kingdra is a Stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Horsea into play and then evolve it into Seadra before you can evolve Seadra into Kingdra, 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 both cards were average to slightly below average.  Both cards were limited in having just one move a piece, but I did like how both cards were able to do damage to any Pokemon in play of your opponent's and only required one Water Energy card to attack, the same required by this Kingdra card.  The problem with using any Stage 2 cards in a deck is that they're slow to set up, you can speed up the process by using a Rare Candy Trainer therefore going directly to Kingdra from Horsea.  I do like that Kingdra does well above average damage for only one Water Energy card.  I think this card would work best in a deck that spreads damage around, that way you could always use Brine when attacking and be able to attack every Pokemon in play.  Aqua Patch is a Trainer card you may find useful to use with this card since you're going to have to discard Energy if you use Tornado Shot.  I could see putting 2 or 3 Water Energy cards on Kingdra, discarding them with Tornado Shot, then getting them back in one turn, attaching them to your Benched Water type Pokemon with Aqua Patch.

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 Burning Shadows set.  Like I mentioned above, other than just taking awhile to get set up, since it is a Stage 2 card, this card is very good overall, with two quick moves that both do at least 90 damage.  Altogether I would give this line a 3 out of 5 rating, you can certainly start the game with Horsea in the Active Pokemon spot, attack different Benched Pokemon, and by the time you get to Kingdra be able to do 90 damage to many different Pokemon.

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