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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Typhlosion - Neo Genesis


Thanks to Birgir for the 
Card Scan Today

Name: Typhlosion

Pojo's Average Rating -
Standard: 3.46 (based on 4 reviews)
Modified: 4.12
(based on 4 reviews)
Reviewed February 8, 2002

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.


Lord
Gothmog

Big Bad Bakufuun...Oh wait, it's Typhlosion now.

With 100 HP, a darn good power, and a decent attack, Typhlosion is definitely Superior to it's Base Set counterpart. If you have 2 of these sitting on the bench, it's pretty much an extra energy per turn, which works well with stuff that damages big but with hefty discard/energy cost, like Base and Blaine's Arcanines, or even Base Ninetales. And it's attack is definitely usable.

It's probably best to play a beefy Stage 1 fire Poke with this guy to take advantage of it's power, which can be difficult in standard, but not impossible. I give it 2.5/5 in standard.

In modified, however, a Stage 2 and a Stage 1 is not nearly as difficult. Given that modified is geared towards big evos, Typhlosion fits it well. I give it 3.75/5.



Jeremy Borchardt

This card became one of my favorites after the 2001 ECSTS when I saw the true power and speed it had when combined with the right Pokemon. I have been playing it in both formats a lot, and with a lot of different Pokemon combed with it. However this card has a big weakness and that is its Pokemon Power (the only reason its good) is a coin flip. Now you may say its still good even if you don't get decent flips, but I have to say and you can ask Ness about this, it's not the same to lose an important game because you couldn't get a coin flip or two or 14 out of 15 in my case, and not on your playing ability.

Now In standard its good, Its hits 60 guaranteed, enough to KO a Sneasel and 80 on heads that KOs most common Pokemon other than Chansey. It makes good use of Pokemon Breeders, and combos well with Super Energy Removals, Fossil Moltress and most other fire types.

In modified its great it makes up for the speed the format is missing, and can be used to fuel some if the biggest hitters in the game Blaine's Arcanine, Blaine's Charizard, Magcargo. Its biggest Drawback in this format is the popular Feraligatr deck, now a good Typholsion deck can beat a Feraligatr deck but due to the weakness it just can't be done over and over because if you get a bad draw your gone before you can recover.

Now for the rating I have to remember it's a stage 2 and it requires a flip for its Pokemon Power.

For Standard I give it a 3.75 / 5
For Modified I give it a 4.25 / 5

Random

What's this? Only the biggest baddest fire card known to man! I LOVE this guy! First off, he's a powerhouse. His attack is awesome, let alone the power. His 100 hp makes him extremely powerful, and his pokemon power is CUMULATIVE! BOOYAH! =/ Use this pup with Blaine's Arcanine, or even with Magcargo, and you've got yourself a nice deck. I had a broken standard deck with this guy... until it was stolen at the sts :( But oh well =/

Standard Rating: 4/5 It's good, try it.

Modified Rating: 4.5/5 It's BROKEN, try it =/


Pokepop

The Fire Ferret is very popular in Modified. Anything that lets you get more energy attached to your Pokemon is a card to consider. And since it attaches that energy via a stackable Pokemon Power rather than by an Attack, you can get up to 4 extra Fire Energy cards attached per turn. This is a critical advantage for Fire decks since so many of the good Fire attacks involve discarding Energy cards; in some cases up to three! Of course, Typhlo is a Stage 2 and his attack does require a hefty 4 Fire Energy. And let us not forget that he is weak to the main Archetype, 'Gatr. These factors have held him at bay in Modified.

In Standard, the combination of Evolution Stages and high Energy costs are too much to overcome in a competitive environment, but the card is playable and can make some headway if the deck is built properly.

Standard: 3.5/5

Modified: 4/5

Draft: 4/5

 


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