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Dark Blastoise - Team Rocket & Legendary Collection



Pojo's Average Rating -
Unlimited: 2.25 (based on 3 reviews)
Modified: 4.00
(based on 3 reviews)
Draft: 2.25
(based on 53reviews)
Reviewed July 8, 2002

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


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Monday: Dark Blastoise

Great card. It's first attack is really strong in MMF... doing up to 70. Satoshi showed me a deck involving this brute the other day, and I must say it's extremely good. Rocket Tackle with a metal has no drawbacks, and can be very fun. And the second attack is a great finisher. WHAT A WAY TO GET AROUND GOLD BERRY! 30 first turn with agility, 60 next with hydro cannon. Kill Kingdra, kill Crobat, kill anything ;x

Overall this card is very strong.

Standard Rating: 2.5/5
Modified Rating: 4/5
New Modified Rating: 4.5/5
Draft Rating: 3/5

~ RaNd0m

Crokanaw88 Monday: Dark Blastoise

In Standard there's a lot of Buzz and Zappy going around. It can easily be SERed. 70 HP is low for a stage 2 and a weak basic.

In the new Modified it's a beast. Hydro cannon can OHKO almost anything with darkness. Rocket tackle is nice with metal.

Standard 1.5/5
Modified 4/5
Draft 3/5

~ Croconaw88


Pokepop
Dark Blastoise:

Not bad for Unlimited, but it is a stage 2 and it doesn't have all that high hit points. It does have super-charged versions of Water Gun (Hydrocannon) and Agility (Rocket Tackle) and it can make full use of Breeder to attack on turn 2. Of course, if you are going to use Evolutions in Unlimited, you had better be getting more out of it than damage. After all, Sneasel and Chansey will give you that for less trouble.

Now, once you look at this in Modified, it shows more promise. The other choices for big damage are Big Fire Pokemon and Feraligatr. Feraligatr will be hobbled when the Gym sets rotate out and Big Fire is weak to Big Water, making Dark Blastoise a viable choice. And, since it is weak to Lightning, it doesn't have to worry as much about all the Grass decks that were built to take on Gatr.

Drafting this beast, on the other hand, is not a good choice. The Basic and Stage 1 cards are not worth staking your game on, and since DB is a foil rare, you will be lucky if you ever see it pop up in a game. You will not dependably get this Evo line out in a match.

Unlimited: 2.75/5
Modified: 4/5
Draft: 1.75/5

Big Chuck Dark Blastoise

I didn't think I'd be up to doing this COTD after just getting back from Origins, but hey, how can you skip out on Blastoise's evil cousin?

Dark Blastoise isn't nearly as good as Base Blastoise in Unlimited.  70 HP for a stage 2 is bad, but the attack makes up for it somewhat.  Prone to removal and Buzz/Zapdos.  2.5/5 here.

In Modified, it gets better.  Good backup for Steelix when you're playing against fire.  70 damage can be just great at times.  3.5/5.

In draft, I thought it would be hard to get out, but Ness proved me wrong when he got it out 2/3 games when he only played a 1/1/1 line.  This thing is good seeing as lighting is weak and fire is good.  4/5

 


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