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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Blaziken

EX Holon Phantoms

 

Date Reviewed: 06.15.06

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.00
Modified: 3.00
Limited: 3.85

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


~
R Pac~
Today's card is Blaziken from Holon Phantoms

No Poke Power??? What's going on here? He stinks. Low damaging attacks and even though he can burn Pokes which is cool... it's just not doing enough damage for a stage 2 Poke.

Unlimited Rating 1/5

~R Pac~
Zennium66@aol.com
 
Otaku

Skip straight to the scores and summary for a concise overview.

 

Name: Blaziken

Set: EX Holon Phantoms

Card#: 20/110

Type: Fire

Stage: Stage 2 (Evolves from Combusken)

HP: 100

Weakness: Water

Resistance: None

Retreat: CC

Attack#1: (R) Combustion [30]

Attack#2: (RRC) Blaze Kick [40+]

Flip a coin.  If heads, this attack does 40 damage plus 20 more damage.  If tails, the Defending Pokémon is now Burned.

Name: Combusken

Set: EX Holon Phantoms

Card#:

Type: Fire

Stage: 1 (Evolves from Torchic)

HP: 70

Weakness: Water

Resistance: None

Retreat: C

Attack#1: (CC) Slash [20]

Attack#2: (RCC) Super Singe [40]

Flip a coin.  If heads, the Defending Pokémon is now Burned.

Name: Torchic

Set: EX Holon Phantoms

Card#: 83/110

Type: Fire

Stage: Basic

HP: 40

Weakness: W

Resistance: None

Retreat: C

Attack#1: (C) Peck [10]

Attack#2: (RC) Flare [20]

 

Attributes: Oh, a second plain Pokémon.  Blaziken is a Stage 2.  It Evolves from Combusken, and that from Torchic.  All Combusken are Fire Pokémon, have 70 HP, Water Weakness, and a Retreat cost of just one (great since High Pressure System can make it free).  This version is solid: Slash is fair for a Basic but a tad weak for a Stage 1, but that’s okay because Super Singe does 10 points of damage over what you pay for.  This is acceptable, overall, for a Stage 1 with a further Stage of Evolution.  Simply put though, each currently Modified legal version of Combusken is a good, solid Pokémon.  I recommend testing splits of it to see which version, if any is better for your format, but I doubt reliability will be as important as versatility.  If you actually use this in Unlimited, you probably will rarely run more than two copies of Combusken, but you have a few more choices: EX Dragons Combusken is the only poor version.  For Torchic, I recommend avoiding this version: 40 HP is smaller than the others, and the first attack is merely “fair” while the second is over-priced.  The Emerald version has more HP but still an over-priced attack.  So go with the EX Trainer Kit unless you think you have to have a single Energy attack.  The EX Trainer Kit version pays for 25 points of damage in terms of Energy, but on a heads, it hits for 40.  This is nice, though necessary to offset the lack of any other abilities.  Same for Unlimited.

 

Blaziken is a Fire Pokémon.  This is pretty good, as Fire Weakness is fairly common while Fire Resistance is quite rare.  Even some popular, powerful decks have Fire Weak Pokémon (like Steelix ex).  100 HP is on the low end for Modern Stage 2 Pokémon, but still serviceable.  Blaziken has its standard Water Weakness, which at the moment is worse than most other reasonable Weaknesses for a Pokémon that is a Fire/Fighting hybrid in the video games, but recent activity more or less confirms that upcoming tournaments will see a lot of potent decks of any and every Type.  No Resistance is annoying, since I feel it is an important part of the game and the lack of it, except in cases of balancing a very potent card, is just a cop out.  The Retreat Cost of CC isn’t really good or bad.  It’s low enough that you can afford to pay it most of the time, but high enough you don’t want to.  It is a bit more disappointing to have CC over C for Fire Pokémon since High Pressure System would make a single Energy Retreat Cost free.

 

Abilities: Combustion is a nightmare for the Fire Weak Pokémon.  If you use Rare Candy (and of course, I can’t think of any deck with a Stage 2 that wouldn’t include at least one or two), you can slam the opponent for 30 damage using just a Fire Energy.  Against EX Deoxys Jirachi, that’s a OHKO.  With a Strength Charm, that’s a near KO/KO against quite a few Pokémon Basics, though nothing usually intended as an opening Pokémon.  Amongst Modified Legal Fire Weak Basic Pokémon only Metagross*, Registeel*, and both Registeel ex can survive a Strength Charm enhanced hit.  Obviously, most Stage 1 Pokémon and all Stage 2 Pokémon can survive even a Strength Charm enhanced hit, but the whole point is to use this before you’ve had time to drop anymore than one Fire Energy on Blaziken.

 

Blaze Kick should look familiar: Blaziken ex relied on a slightly lower Energy, more efficient version in between uses of Volcanic Ash.  This version requires (RRC) which pays for 40 points of damage.  As a Stage 2 Evolution, it earns the added effect: either an extra 20 points of damage or automatic Burn.  Either is fairly nasty.

 

Neither attack separately is particularly nice, but together they have a significant discount, noticeable even on a Stage 2.

 

Uses and

Combinations: I haven’t had a chance to take this for a spin, but looking at it, I wonder if its time for the return of the fast, hard hitting T2 deck (as opposed to the fast, controlling, T2 deck).  Will such a deck work?  I don’t know, but it should be fun.  It’d probably want to split with EX Emerald Blaziken, and include several Pokémon Tools (though go light on those that shut off Poké-Bodies).

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1/5 – Too much Raindance, otherwise good, quick damage might work here.

 

Modified: 3/5 – It’s not a bad card, but it’s not an overly good card, and I don’t think it can support a serious, competitive deck.

 

Limited: 3.85/5 – Here it is hurt a bit because the set has so much Pokémon δ support that it’s basically a disadvantage not to be one.  That is, Blaziken will set up a bit slower than most Pokémon δ will here.  Great card otherwise, Burn is nasty in Limited.

 

Summary

Love it in Limited.  Ignore it in Unlimited.  Toy with it casually in Modified; if you can find the support it needs (be it Pokémon or Trainer or Energy), you might make a good deck out of it yet.

 

-Otaku

 

 


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