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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Blaziken ex - - Team Aqua & Magma


Date Reviewed: 3.17.04

Ratings & Reviews below

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


Heidi Craig

2000 WCSTS
Champion

 

BlazikenEX
Modified 5/5 Broken!!!!!
With the current modified format and the cards that combo with BlazikenEX it is very good maybe too good. The first attack Blaze Kick for two energy is solid. The second attack Volcanic Ash makes this card a force to reckoned with. To hit any Pokemon in play for a 100 is just wrong.

Unlimited 2/5
With energy removals and gust of wind the combos that make this card good wouldn't probably be able to set up. Even though Blaiken from R&S can retrieve energy from the discard most likely your opponent would gust it up to knock it out to stop the combo from working.

Draft 4/5
Both attacks would be great in this format. If you could get all the stages and actually get them it into play, it would Rock!

 
Thundachu Overview: The Pokemon said to be unstoppable and wanted banned by Jermy101 as well as numerous others. Lets just see how good it really is. Blaze Kick for 1 fire and 1 colorless dowes 30 damage automaticly, plus a coin is tossed. Gasp! If heads, it does 20 more damage, bringing the total to 50. And if tails...ohhh if it is Tails... it does 30 damage and the defending Pokemon is now burned. If that isn't broken, I don't know what is. Then for 2 fire and 2 colorless, Volcanic Ash makes you discard 2 Fire energy attached to Blaziken ex. For what you may ask? For those 2 energy, you get to do 100 damage to any of your opponent's Pokemon. Don't apply weakness or resistance for benched. Wow. Just wow. JUST FOLD and Never speak to me again. This card SHOULD be banned. Plus, it has an awesome amount of HP, 150. Not only are the attacks simply tremendous, the HP also blows me away. And, a retreat of 0NLY 2 IS AMAZING. 150HP stage 2 with only an HP of 2. There are still a few drawbacks for playing this card though. One being, the 2 weaknesses. With such a high HP, this Pokemon is weak to Water and Psychic. That makes Gardevoir and Suicune ex a SLIGHT problem. And an ex Pokemon. If this is knocked out, it gets 2 prizes, though I doubt knocking it out will be much of a problem. One thing that possibly COULD knock it out easily is Misdreavus/Dark Gengar in Unlimited. Put it to sleep, then if it fails on flips, Perrish Song gets rid of it. Nice little technique there, but it requires risk and the test that Misdreavus or Dark Gengar will still be in play after this baby gets started.

Unlimited: SER makes this card a little weak, as well does Blastoise, and the whole Misdreavus/Dark Gengar combo. Not to mention the 2 weaknesses and it being an ex. I would stick just to Typhlosion from Neo Genesis in this format. 3/5

Modified: Gardevoir could make a small problem, as could Feraligatr, but other than that, this card is unstoppable and probably WILL takeover the Modified format. 4.5/5

Draft: Being a stage 2, it will be hard to draft, but if you are able to draft all the stages, please, play it. If not, someone else will and your butt will be toast ;x. 2.5/5

Sealed Deck: Doing a sealed deck with Team Aqua Vs Team Magma only, it is impossible to play this card, as the other stages arent in the set(I found that to be a tad stupid...), but if your sealed decking with other sets, and can draft all the stages, play this card. End of story. 3/5
 

Otaku

Name: Blaziken ex

Set/Card#: Team Magma Vs. Team Aqua, #89/97

Type: Fire

Stage: 2 (evolves from Combusken)

HP: 150

Weakness: Psychic, Water

Resistance: None

Retreat: CC

Attack#1: (R1) Blaze Kick [30+]

Flip a coin.  If heads, this attack does 30 damage plus 20 more damage.  If tails this attack dos 30 damage and the Defending Pokémon is now Burned.

Attack#2: (RRCC) Volcanic Ash

Discard 2 (R) Energy attached to Blaziken ex and then choose 1 of your opponent’s Pokémon.  This attack does 100 damage to that Pokémon.  (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokémon.)

 

Attributes: So, does a Stage 2 Fire Pokémon ex stand a chance?  Well, being a Stage 2 makes it harder to play than a Basic, or course, requiring it get benefits denied a Basic or Stage 1.  It evolves from Combusken, and one can check the Blaziken reviews to see which version they should use of that and Torchic.  Being a Fire Pokémon is fine-nothing is Resistant, but there are things that are Weak.  It’s a Pokémon ex, which means that, so long as it receives compensation for being worth two prizes, it’s fine.  Note that some cards don’t work on Pokémon ex (Double Rainbow Energy) while some have nasty effects that only apply to them (SS Wobbuffet).  Again, so long as some compensation is made, it’s fine.

 

Blaziken ex (or Blex as I like to call it) has 150 HP.  This isn’t bad-50% more than the popular “Firestarter” version.  It doesn’t make it immortal, but it does make it so that outside of Weaknesses, it’s hard to OHKO it… unless you’re Rayquaza ex-but that’s true of everything. ;) Speaking of Weakness, this card has two: Water and Psychic.  Both are going to hit it hard-Suicune ex/Swampert gives Water a heavy hitter, and who can forget Gardevoir/Gardevoir ex or the ever present SS Wobbuffet?  It has no Resistance, the worse Resistance.  Last for the attributes is a retreat of two. This is average in terms of being neither an advantage nor a disadvantage.

 

Abilities: Blaze Kick is nice.  Pay for 25, but get either 30 damage plus Burn or a nice fat 50 damage.  So we are averaging 40 with Burn half the time, which would normally be worth about (RRR).  Nice solid discount here.  Volcanic Ash is similarly nice: (RRCC) would yield 50, but there’s a discard of (RR).  This would be worth probably another 40-I have come to realize that discarding multiple Energies at once should be worth more than discarding a single energy at a time, so in addition to my normal “treat it like an additional requirement of the discarded energy”, I also think a 10 damage bonus is deserved.  Now, for being Stage 2, you would expect a nice damage bonus… but we only get 10, more like what a Stage 1 would get.  We do see something worthy of being an ex though-the attack lets you chose any of your opponent’s Pokémon for the target.  This is probably why the damage is capped at 100-anymore would probably break the attack.  So, Blaze Kick is worthy of a Stage 2 Pokémon ex for certain, and Volcanic Ash seems worthy as well.

 

Uses/Combinations: Simply put, help Firestarter decks spread the cheese-with this active and an Energy mover on the bench, and your opponent can’t hide: 100 to one of their Pokes means that they can’t hide on the bench.  Remember though, the deck still uses Rayquaza ex as the main attacker-after all, each Blex is one less Firestarter Blaziken.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 3/5-You can build a deck around this, and it can win.  It’s just not going to win most of the time without a lot of luck.

 

Modified/2-on-2: 4/5-On its own, it is a good card, well designed; combined with Firestarter Blaziken and the Energy movers, its pretty sick.

 

Limited: 0/5-If you draft just this set, there is no way to play this, so it is worthless.  If you draft it with a set that has Combusken and Torchics, then it becomes a 3/5-If you build it on the bench, it can win you the game, but if it comes out too early, its probably going to cost you half your prizes.

 

TMP: 3.75/5-Pokémon ex aren’t so hot in this format, because they are plump targets-everyone will dog pile on the guy worth two prizes.

 

Summary

This is a good card that is well designed and would not be a problem but for the combo available to it via the Energy moving cards and Firestarter Blaziken.  There has been some demand to ban it, but the cards that probably need banned are the ones that allow Energy placement “cheats”: Firestarter Blaziken, Gardevoir (not ex), and Water Call Swampert (without Blaziken/[Insert Energy mover]/Rayquaza ex, this with Suicune ex becomes the next big thing).  I am not certain on those, though, and maybe just limiting the Energy movers more would do it…

 

-Otaku

 

 


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