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EX Delta Species
1 (Evolves from Ponyta)
(R) Super Singe
Defending Pokémon is now Burned.
(RC) Stomp [30+]
Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 30 damage plus 10
EX Delta Species
Rapidash is a Stage 1 Pokémon. Since it requires more
effort to get into play than a Basic, it should naturally be
more powerful than a Basic. Likewise, since it is easier to get
into play than a Stage 2, it shouldn’t as powerful as a Stage
2. It should be just a bit more powerful than some other Stage
2 Pokémon as it is the final Stage of its Evolutionary line.
is a Fire type, which is pretty solid: Resistance to Fire
Pokémon first hit back in EX Dragons, but since it only seems to
appear on “Dragon” Pokémon (a subtype that is part of the
Colorless category in the TCG), it’s still pretty rare. In
fact, of the 11 I can find, all Salamence (or its
previous Stages), and three are no longer even Modified legal.
is pretty low: bare minimum if the Pokémon can Evolve into a
Stage 2… so it’s sub par for Rapidash. It also makes the
Water Weakness a little worse: Water normally needs extra Energy
to hit harder, but this means said excess isn’t needed. No
Resistance means that anything that hits for 70 scores a OHKO.
At least the bottom stats are rounded out with a nice free
retreat. This is as good as it gets.
This card just has two attacks. Super Singe looks overpriced to
me. Burn is to Poison as Sleep is to Paralysis: it needs to be
automatically inflicted for the same cost that the other is a
flip, otherwise its lame since there’s a chance it will have no
effect (though Burn won’t cure itself, making it less
pathetic). So even if this was a Basic, (R) for auto Burn just
seems weak. For a Stage 1, it’s definitely a rip-off.
is a little better. You get at least five more points of damage
than you pay for, and have a flip to get another 10 points of
damage of top of that. So you pay for 25 points of damage (or
20 with a flip for another 10) and get 30 with a chance at 40.
That’s like a “free” Colorless requirement being met. This is
Together, they have no real synergy, but at least they don’t
clash: you can Burn them when you can’t afford to Stomp.
Nothing, really. It’s too weak to carry a deck, and it doesn’t
seem like a greaty addition to most decks, even if they need a
Fire line. After all, we have Smooth Over Magcargo for
1/5-I can think of no use for it that something else can’t do
1.5/5-If you somehow have a deck that needs a Fire Stage 1 line
with a free retreat cost, you got it. As you can see by the
score, I find that highly unlikely.
3/5-A nice, solid line. It won’t win you any games on its own,
but it can hold its own unless your opponent got something
really good. Here’s where low attack costs and a free retreat
Sadly, they couldn’t bring themselves to add anything
particularly worth while to the card. It is a shame, but at
least it has nice art and is solid for Limited.