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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Deoxys 16 - Deoxys

 

Date Reviewed: 02.28.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.25
Modified: 2.15
Limited: 3.5

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


Johnny Blaze
Deoxys 16 – Deoxys week. All Deoxys have the Form Change Poke Power that is very similar to the Cast Forms. Basically Form Change allows you to change out your current Deoxys from your deck to replace the active Deoxys. The changed Deoxys still keeps its counters, status, conditions, etc. Just a quick note that the Deoxys-ex Change Form allows you to only Form Change with other Deoxys-ex not the Deoxys that we are reviewing this week.

Deoxys #16 is also known as Link Blast Deoxys. Link Blast is a standard 2 for 20 or 2 for 40 if both the Defending and Attacking Pokemon have the same amount of energy attached to them.

Unlimited: 1/5 – Don’t see a big impact here even with Form Change capabilities.

Modified: 2.5/5 – Could be an interesting deck idea. Definitely needs Magnetic Storm to get by Psychic resistance. Keep on switching out until you get the Deoxys that you need. Needs some backup such as Gardy/Gex to withstand the onslaught of Bigger Pokes.

Limited: 4/5 – I’m kinda biased to any Deoxys here as I was able to get a 3rd place finish by drafting all forms of 16, 17, + 18 at the pre-release that I attended. The ability to search your deck and see whats in your prizes and also get a Deoxys that you need is just so great. The only negative I can say about these Deoxys is that Amnesia totally shuts them down so make sure to have other attackers in your deck.
 

Otaku

Name: Deoxys

Set: EX Deoxys

Card#: 16/107

Stage: Basic

Type: Psychic

HP: 70

Weakness: Psychic

Resistance: None

Retreat: (C)

Poké-Power: Form Change

Once during your turn (before your attack), you may search your deck for another Deoxys and switch it with Deoxys.  (Any cards attached to Deoxys, damage counters, Special Conditions, and effects on it are now on the new Pokémon.)  If you do, put Deoxys on top of your deck.  Shuffle your deck afterward.  You can’t use more than 1 Form Change Poké-Power each turn.

Attack: (PC) Link Blast [40]

If Deoxys and the Defending Pokémon have a different amount of Energy attached to them, this attack’s base damage is 20 instead of 40.

 

Attributes: Deoxys is a Basic Pokémon, which is great: easy to search out (Sandstorm Dunsparce, Great Ball, etc.) and to get into play (just need an opening on your bench).  It is a Psychic Pokémon, which is good: Psychic Weakness is seen in reasonable amounts (Sandstorm Wobbuffet, Gardevoir, Gardevoir ex, and Blaziken ex spring to mind).  Resistance isn’t as common as it used to be, but it does exist.  70 HP is solid for a Basic Pokémon that doesn’t Evolve and has no Pre-Evolutions.  It’s enough to take a few blows from all but big Stage 1s and 2s (excluding Weakness).  It does have a Weakness: Psychic.  Three out of the four commonly played Psychic Weak Pokémon I listed are also Psychic, so as you can tell that’s not a great Weakness to have.   Deoxys has no Resistance, which is naturally the worst.  Finally, we have a good retreat cost of just one Energy, which is fairly easy to pay in most circumstances.

 

Abilities: Form Change is very nice.  It allows all versions of Deoxys to naturally combo, instead of them competing for deck space.  It also allows you to essentially have a vast array of attacks: to my knowledge, the only Deoxys currently available are from EX Deoxys, and each has a single attack.  So if you run at least one of each (not too terribly difficult), you have three attacks to choose from unless Form Change is disabled.  Very nice.

 

What isn’t nice is Link Blast.  We have a Pokémon incapable of Evolving, and lacking a “Baby Form” to possibly help set up for it.  As such, the standard “Link Blast” attack costing (PC) (which should yield about 25 damage before bonuses for Stage, if applicable) gives a 20/40 split on a very temperamental condition: the amount of Energy attached to Deoxys must be the same as the amount attached to the Defending Pokémon to do the 40 damage.  Two Energy cards is not extremely rare, but most opening Pokémon will only need on Energy and most focal Pokémon will need three or more.  This means that “naturally” using this attack will usually mean doing 5 less damage than paid for.  Given that the other Deoxys have attacks that cost as much or more, had this attack been more along the lines of (P) for a 10/30 split would have been much more useful.

 

Uses and

Combinations: The only use for this card is to insert it in a Deoxys using deck for extra options with Form Change.  In any other case, I find the Deoxys we will be reviewing later in the week better.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1.5/5-The Deoxys cards just aren’t that great here, although this one benefits from more Pokémon using two Energy cards.

 

Modified: 1.75/5-Ocasionally, this could be useful for sniping a small (or Weak) opening Pokémon.  Still, I would prefer using the others.

 

Limited: 3/5-Much better here, especially if you pull one of the other Deoxys.  More Pokémon have that two Energy card cost, and being a Basic with 70 HP is also rather nice.  Weakness is very common, because Psychic Pokémon are very common here.

 

Summary

This is the least effective of the Deoxys.  It really needed to have a single Energy attack, as then you could use the Power to start with this one, be able to attack, attach an Energy next turn and switch to the “Defense” version that has a two Energy attack, and then have the option of going to the “Attack” version that requires three Energy.  Pity.

 


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