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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Buffer Piece

EX Dragon Frontiers

 

Date Reviewed: 11.21.06

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1
Modified: 1.6
Limited: 3.75

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


Jason
Klaczynski
"Ness"
2006 World
Champion
BUFFER PIECE:
Modified:
An average tool, Buffer Piece can be used to keep your Pokemon just out of OHKO range. Unfortunately, Buffer Piece is discarded immediately after being played, so you can't use it to anticipate something that could happen anytime during the next few turns.

An average tool would usually mean an average card. However, with the release of Windstorm, any tool that stays in play for more than your turn is

drastically weakened.

Modified: 2/5

Unlimited:
Defender can do the same and subtract damage your own attacks do to yourself. It also isn't a Pokemon Tool, meaning you could attach multiple Defenders as well as any other Pokemon Tool with it.
Unlimited: 1/5

Limited:
In limited games every last 10 damage counts. A Buffer Piece can buy you a crucial game-winning turn.
Limited: 4.5/5
 

Alex
"Chuck" Brosseau
5th place Worlds 2006 (Also current "best looking player")
Buffer Piece

Buffer Piece is pretty much the same thing as Defender, back in the old days. Reducing 20 damage for one turn can be huge, but is also easily played around by a lot of cards, most noteably Windstorm.

Unlimited: 1/5

Not worth it. There are much better trainers.

Modified: 2/5

Good in decks like Flygon ex d and Dragonite ex d to prevent Latios* from OHKOing you, but Windstorm presents a problem.

Limited: 3/5

Pretty good here. A lot of Pokemon can't do very high damage, so this can buy you a big turn.
 

William
Hung
My reviews and ratings are for Modified only.

Buffer Piece

Modified 1/5 - It is too situational. It is likely that you can buy an extra turn before your Active Pokemon getting KO'd, but it is unlikely you'll change the game in your favor by preventing 20 damage for 1 turn. This isn't Magic: the Gathering - can't surprise your opponent with this type of card. (No Instant -20 damage)
 


Otaku

If you find the review is too long, skip straight to the Ratings and Summary! 

 

Name   : Buffer Piece

Set       : EX Dragon Frontiers

Card#   : 72/101

Rarity   : Uncommon

Type    : Trainer

Sub-type: Pokémon Tool

Effect Text: Attach Buffer Piece to 1 of your Pokémon that doesn’t already have a Pokémon Tool attached to it.  If that Pokémon is Knocked Out, discard this card.

 

Damage done to the Pokémon Buffer Piece is attached to by an opponent’s attack is reduced by 20 (after applying Weakness and Resistance).  At the end of your opponent’s turn after you played Buffer Piece, discard Buffer Piece.

 

Buffer Piece is Pokémon Tool.  Trainer blocking cards are getting a bit more common: Manectric ex and Dragonite ex, for example, both have attacks that can block them.  Windstorm now gives decks an easy way to get rid of Pokémon Tools.  Things like these can really diminish the usefulness of a Pokémon Tool like Buffer Piece.  Simply put, Buffer Piece is the Modified version of Defender, but toned down, just as Strength Charm is the toned-down Modified version of Plus PowerDefender was never as useful as Plus Power, because simply put Pokémon is an aggressive game and it’s generally better to KO a threat than endure it.  The main use Defender had came from it blocking damage from your own cards, something that Buffer Piece cannot do.

 

If you attach Buffer Piece to a Pokémon, the opponent may get rid of it via Windstorm or by simply attacking around it: hitting the bench or using an attack with a useful effect instead of damage, since Buffer Piece goes away after the opponent’s next turn.  This and the tendency towards big damage combos are further reason yet to use the card.

 

However, there is a reason to use the card: Pokémon is all about math.  Well, I won’t get into the probability/statistical side of it (cause I don’t remember enough of that from college) but I mean the basics: I am noticing more and more often, when I face off against players as good as me with as good of a deck as I have, the game comes down to one attack clinching it.  To my surprise, even with the “big damage” most decks focus on, it’s often a secondary attack, or big attack that can’t get as big as it would like that is finishing me off.

 

If you want to just stall, use Holon Circle.  If you want to live through an attack use… Energy Root.  20 more HP will serve you better than blocking an attack that might not happen at the right time.  Oh, there is a use for Buffer Piece: Energy Root has drawbacks and more restrictions.  If you’re using a lot of Basics or Pokémon-ex (or Basic Pokémon-ex), if your deck has a lot of room, then yes this card finally becomes handy; just not enough that you probably won’t find something even better to replace it.  Unless its Limited, in which case it’s great.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited         : 1/5

 

Modified          : 2/5

 

Limited            : 4.5/5

 

-Otaku


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