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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Base Set Blastoise


Thanks to Birgir for the 
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Name: Blastoise

Pojo's Average Rating -
Standard: 3.63 (based on 4 reviews)
Reviewed February 1, 2002

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



Pokepop

There are two things in the Pokemon TCG that you can only do once per turn. You can only attack once per turn and you can only attach one Energy card per turn. Anything that gives you an advantage in one of these areas is very powerful. Blastoise lets you play as many Water Energy cards per turn as you want (onto your Water Pokemon) and this is a tremendous advantage in game Tempo. This effectively makes you immune to Energy Removal and removes much of the downside of evolved Pokemon (with high-cost attacks).

On the downside, you still have to evolve from Squirtle and through either Wartortle or via Breeder. These slow down the deck initially and make it vulnerable until it gets set up and rolling. Can you win with a deck centered around Blastoise? Sure, but its not as easy as it was way back when just Base Set was out. Part of the problem is the lack of good Water support Basics. You want to be able to keep Blastoise on the Bench using its Pokemon Power, not up front slugging it out. Unfortunately, that is what happens a good deal of the time and so the deck has a tendency to run out of steam.

Still, a card that is lots of fun to play.

Standard: 3.75/5
Modified: N/A
Draft: 4.5/5


RaNd0m

Ah, the raindance king! This guy is a brute! Weakened by the mass amounts of lightning, he has seen little play. But at one time, this was a beast to be reckoned with! With good drawing power, you could have the game won turn 2. Turbo was too little of a word to describe Rain Dance. I played this puppy until Challenge, and almost lost a qualifier to it in 2000. (September 2000, Chicago)

Standard Rating: 3/5 - Good but weak to zap.

Modified rating: 0/5 - It'd actually be GOOD, but I doubt Wizards would let you play it =P

~ RaNd0m


Lord
Gothmog

Blastoise was once uncontested king of all water Pokemon. Even when base set first came out, those who knew the game realized it's power. And for a long time, Raindance reigned over decks everywhere, challenged only by Haymakers.

In today's standard environment, Blastoise is still viable. With the right cards, you can have unlimited water attachments on the second turn. But the most rampant misconception is that Blastoise is meant to be a bench-sitter. Not so. Throw him out there with 5 water and a pluspower, and He'll mow down any Hay type you can throw at him. Add in SER and Oak to keep the flow going, and Blastoise is still dang good. Still a 3.75/5, despite electric weakness.


Doll

('Tis I! Doll!)

Base Set Blastoise... *mumbles* I hate turtles! When I ran my Venusaur deck when I first started playing, and later when Dark Muk became my icon, Blastoise decks were everywhere. Venusaur could give the Blastoise a run for his money, and my Dark Muk deck destroyed it (can you say Fossil MUK and ENERGY REMOVAL, boys and girls?). Ever seen a Blastoise with no energy that can't Hydropump? Very, very pathetic.

But in it's HeyDay, Blastoise decks were very solid against the general field, especially in that any novice could pick the deck up and be successful. The deck was raw power, extremely focused (BEAT on you, BEAT on you, BEAT on you...) and simple to run. Haymakers could give it problems by gusting and killing Squirtles, and Muk just wrecked it, but all in all, it was decent.

Blastoise himself is a classic, and for his sheer power and simplicity, he garners decent constructed ratings.

In limited, he isn't nearly as good, since you would need to draft lots of Water Pokemon, Squirtles and Wartortles to use him, plus you would be missing the trainer support to draw lots of Water energy. Still, if you see him early enough to establish a good Water and evolution base, you should grab him. If nothing else, in mint condition, he's still a money rare. A first pick.

Standard: 4
Limited: 3

 


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