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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Altaria - ex deoxys

 

Date Reviewed: 03.21.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 2.6
Modified: 2
Limited: 2.5

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

pokeguru Altaria
Rare Holo 1/107
EX Deoxys 70 HP colourless

Poke-Body: Safeguard - Prevent all effects of attacks, including damage, done to Altaria by your opponent's Pokémon-ex.

(L) Double Wing Attack
Does 20 damage to each Defending Pokémon.

(WCC) Dive 50
Weakness: (L) Resistance: (F) Retreat: (C)

Pros
- Prevents all effects of attacks, inc. damage done by opponents EX.
This is the card that can beat almost any deck that relys on EXs.
Decks which use the legendary birds or Deoxys ex decks will bow down to the almighty power of this card!
- (F) is what you'd expect from a bird, and can stop the odd fighting deck when necessary.
- Damage to both Defending Pokemon is useful in 2 on 2 battles, so that's pretty good.
- Colourless, a Rayquaza's nightmare...

Cons

- You'd have thought that a Bird would have no retreat cost. Not helpful...
- Will fall prey to the new DX Manectric. Magnetic Tackle would be a OHKO without it even trying.
- New decks like Rock-Lock or DraggyTrode (with exception of those who use Electrode ex) don't have EXs, so not all that useful.
- 3 energy isn't too good compared to other cards. Again, DX Manectric can do up to 70 with 3 (L) energy, so not all that good in comparison.


Scores
Unlimited: 3/5 Not all that good, as not many are weak to colourless and not many EXs are used here. Could possibly resist a Hitmonchan style haymaker for a bit.

Modified: 2/5 Modern decks like Draggytrode will get rid of this in seconds.

Limited: 2/5 You get a Manectric in your draft, you could wipe this card very quickly.

Later. PokeGuru. pokeguru@gmail.com
 
Thundachu Altaria

Overview: Shows how much I stay in the Pokemon world. I'd never heard of this card until now ;/. Anyways, lets see how it competes. The PokeBody, SafeGuard, prevents all effects including damage, done to Altaria by Pokemon-EX. This is good prevention against Zapdos EX, Blaziken ex, Gardevoir ex, etc. The first attack, Double Wing Attack, does 20 damage to each defending Pokemon for just 1 lightning energy. The other attack, Dive, does a solid 50 damage for just 2 colorless, and 1 water. I don't like the 2 energy type attacks, but I do like the card. Weakness of Lightning makes Manektric, and TA's Lanturn an issue, but resistance of Fighting is good. 70HP for a Stage 1 is a little low IMO, but shouldnt be knocked out so soon.

Unlimited: 3/5

Modified: The 2 energy attacks I don't like, but 50 for 3, and 20 for 1 is nice. 2/5

Draft: My friend wanted to review the draft, so this is what he said: Because he cant think of any water and electric combos that are really good, he says he wouldnt play it. That, and it's hard to get evolutions as well. So, I'll get a 2.5/5
 

Johnny Blaze
Altaria – Cute little Dragon Pokemon in the clouds.  Other than that it doesn’t see much play other than in Limited.
 
Unlimited: 1/5 – Not many uses here.  OHKO with Electabuzz  and Plus Power.
 
Modified: 2/5 – Even though it is seldom used it is interesting tech against Salamence decks.  The Electric weakness is big with Rock-Lock and its basic, Swablu, is ATM Rock bait.
 
Limited: 3/5 – A better rating here as its Safeguard Power will come in handy against all those Deoxys-ex Pokemon.  1L for 20 and 3 for 50 damage is decent enough to use in draft.
 


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