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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Groudon (5 shown)

EX Emerald

 

Date Reviewed: 05.20.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 3
Modified: 2.3
Limited: 3.33

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


Johnny Blaze
Groudon – Nothing compared to its Team Magma counterpart but the artwork is really nice. Really this card is best used in a Limited format.

Unlimited: 1/5 – The speed is slow and will be nuked by ER’s.

Modified: 1/5 – Too bad boost cant be used on basics or else this card would see a little more play. Low Hp and too slow for this format.

Limited: 3.5/5 – Nice Hp and attacks for this environment
 
Bullados Groudon

There are 2 Groudons in this set, I will do a review on each of them.

Groudon 5

Attributes: 80 HP basic is nothing to sniff at, just don’t expect this to carry you through the entire game. This is 10 above the Magic Number of 70 for Unlimited, and well above the average for ANY Basic in Modified. Water weakness is pretty decent, there isn’t much Water being played right now, and that which IS being played would OHKO Groudon without the Weakness.
Retreat of 1 is fairly low for this particular Pokemon, I would have expected it to be 2 or higher, but it’s very nice.

Attack #1: Slash
Very basic 1 for 10. That’s average, this is a support attack, and it should never be used if the other attack is already paid for.

Attack #2: Rock Tumble
Another very basic attack 3 for 40. Nice addition of ignoring resistance, but that still doesn’t really lift this out of the “average” catagory in terms of main attacks.

ratings:

Unlimited: Base Hitmonchan has better overall stats and a much stronger first attack. Use that over this.
1/5

Modified: Not bad for a first attacker, just make sure you get him OUT before the big guns come out and destroy him. Not a central character, but nice to have.
2.5/5

Limited: Very nice. Big damage and big HP for this format make him close to a first pick, with only a couple of Trainers and an ex line going first.
3.5/5

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Groudon 14

Attributes: 80 HP basic is nothing to sniff at, just don’t expect this to carry you through the entire game. This is 10 above the Magic Number of 70 for Unlimited, and well above the average for ANY Basic in Modified. Water weakness is pretty decent, there isn’t much Water being played right now, and that which IS being played would OHKO Groudon without the Weakness.
Average retreat of 2, what I expected for this guy.

Attack #1: Slash
Basic, 2 for 20. Use this attack only if the other isn’t paid for, or if you can’t afford to discard from your own deck.

Attack #2: Eruption
Quite frankly, this attack is slightly overcosted, but it CAN do up to 60 damage, plus it discards a card from your opponent’s deck. This attack isn’t used for it’s damage, although it is pretty decent, but rather to mess up your opponent’s deck, especially after a PokeNav or Smooth Over, to take that card your opponent just put at the top of their deck directly into the discard.

Ratings:

Unlimited: Too slow, and not enough damage. He’s ER bait, and simply doesn’t do enough to warrent being included in a deck in this format. The discard is nice, but the original Dark Tyrannitar does the same thing but much more effeciently.
1.5/5

Modified: About the same, but the damage potential is higher here as there are more energy cards being played compared to Unlimited. If the energy cost were a little nicer, it would be pretty good here. As it stands, it’s average.
3/5

Limited: Very nice here, even though it can’t attack right away. 80 HP means it will stay around for a while, and it will absolutely shred your opponent’s deck, usually dealing 50-60 damage, as normally people play up to half their decks of energy cards. It’s a beast when it gets set up, but it takes 4 turns to get there.
3.5/5
 
Jermy101 Groudon

There are 2 Groudons in Emerald, so I'll cover the better one. This card is average. There's nothing special about it. FC for 20 damage is poop, and Eruption is too expensive. But Eruption does combo with Dark Slowking and Magcargo, so you can stack your opponent's and your own deck to do 80 damage a turn. But that is too much effort for 80 damage. Shoe box card!

Unlimited - I would rather use Base Gastly. 1/5

Modified - There are better choices and easier ways to do 80 damage. 1.5/5

Limited - It's pretty good here, 80 HP and ok attacks. 3/5
 


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