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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Latios ex δ

EX Dragon Frontiers

 

Date Reviewed: 10.23.06

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1
Modified: 3.2
Limited: 2.98

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


William
Hung
My reviews and ratings are for Modified only.

Latios ex from Dragon Frontiers

Modified 4/5 - This is very important for a Latios ex delta/Latias ex delta deck. It isn't just the Poke-Body that provides free retreat for Latias delta or Latios delta, it's the 2nd attack that does 60 damage for 1 Water and 2 Colorless. It is crucial to use Latios ex delta for early KOs on weaker Pokemon (most likely Basics), while saving Latias ex delta for big Pokemon. It is far more efficient this way - you don't "give up" the 2 Fire Energies easily.

Limited 4/5 - If you have it, you should probably run it. 60 damage for 3 is quite solid in this format. 30 damage for 2 is decent as well.
 


Computer Guy
Latios ex from Ex Dragon Frontier.

I absolutely love Latios ex's Poke-Body because it lets every Latias and Latios have free retreat cost. So automatically he has free retreat cost. The attacks are decent but the weakness could be a problem with Banette ex being very popular these days.

Unlimited: 1/5
Modified: 2.5/5
Limited: 3.9/5
 

Muk Man
Today’s Card Of The Day is…Latios EX from Dragon Frontiers.
Yet another version of Latios, this has to be the most printed pokemon ever. In this Format of DX-On there will be 5 different Latios to choose from. This is great because all of them have useful attacks and bodies, and they all combine well with all the Latias. Ice barrier is a great attack costing only 2 energy, with an effect that will be very useful with all the strong ex’s coming out. Plus its ability to abuse delta energy means it can be splashed into any successful delta deck. If Lunarock can win a world championship, I’m sure Latios and his brother can make some noise.

Combos: Latias and Latios from any set.

Modified: 3/5 alone he is just an average card, when combined with Latias, he is very strong.
Limited: 4/5 a basic that does 30 damage, and has 100HP with low attack costs. Build you deck around him


Current ebay Value: $??? (Plus or minus $.50 cent)

~Muk Man~

For questions or comments, send an email to treluv3@excite.com

 

Otaku

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

 

Please note that while I denote δ Delta Species Pokémon by adding a δ to the end of their name, but that said symbol is not actually part of their name for gaming purposes to my understanding.  For example, a “Pokémon δ” can Evolve from or into a non-Pokémon δ, so long as no other rules are being broken.  That is, I can Evolve Dratini δ into a Dark Dragonair, plain Dragonair, of the “Dragonair δ”.  I cannot, however, Evolve a Dark Dragonair into a Dragonite δ or a Dragonair δ into a Dark Dragonite.

 

Name: Latios ex

Set: EX Dragon Frontiers

Rarity: Pokémon-ex

Card#: 96/101

Type: Water

Stage: Basic

HP: 100

Weakness: Psychic

Resistance: None

Retreat: CC

Poké-Body: Link Wing

The Retreat Cost for each of your Latias, Latias ex, Latios, and Latios ex is 0.

Attack#1: (WC) Ice Barrier [30]

Prevent all effects of attacks, including damage, done to Latios ex by your opponent’s Pokémon-ex during your opponent’s next turn.

Attack#2: (WCC) Hydro Splash [60]

 

Attributes: First and foremost, Latios ex is a Pokémon-ex, and as such it is worth two Prizes when KO’d.  While most players know this, I have personally learned that sometimes it is embarrassingly easy to overlook this trait.  When evaluating (and of course playing) this card, one must always be aware of this.  Latios ex is also a Basic Pokémon, currently with no available “Pre-Evolutions” or Evolutions.  Again, this must be considered when evaluating the card; in this case it means that there won’t be anything inherently dependant upon it.

 

This Latios ex is a Pokémon δ as indicated above.  As a Pokémon δ in general, realize it has access to a few nifty little cards (mostly Trainers) that can benefit this specific sub-group of Pokémon, though there are one or two that punish this specific group in some way as well.  Being a Water Pokémon may be quite valuable.  My personal experience is that for whatever reason, kids like Red (Fire) decks, and not just in Pokémon either.  Looking at Pokémon’s actual past, it’s rare for the game to lack a prominent Fire deck in Modified for an entire format.  As most Fire Pokémon are Weak to Water, we finally come to why I said it might be a useful Type for the future of this game.

 

Latios ex has a 100 HP, a respectable amount for a Basic Pokémon-ex.  Unless Desert Ruins returns to the game, we shall again be able to see a logical progression in bigger HP scores being better again on Pokémon-ex.  100 HP will allow this card to survive at least one good shot from most other Pokémon in the game, at least without said attack using some secondary feature (varied damage due to coin flips or a discard cost, for example).  Be wary of Weakness, though: Psychic Weakness is far from the worst but we do have both established and promising new Psychic decks, but that can be said of most Types.  This is better than another not uncommon Weakness for Latios ex, Colorless, which is often the worst Weakness because most decks need merely add Crystal Shard to hit it.  There may also be some benefit for Water decks in general There is no Resistance on this card, sadly, and it has an average Retreat Cost of two: low enough you can usually afford it but high enough you will really want to avoid it (and the Poké-Body addresses that concern).

 

Abilities: Link Wing is incredibly important, though its merely a nice thing for this card directly as it gives it a free retreat, something we all know is quite handy, even if its just for bringing up after something of yours was KO’d to give you time to think about what you really want to promote to the Active spot.  The attacks are then reasonably solid: Ice Barrier can frustrate the many decks using Pokémon-ex as the main attacker(s), and Hydro Splash has a decent return.  Separately, anyone of the abilities wouldn’t be enough to justify this Basic being a Pokémon-ex, but together you get a good deal.

 

Uses and

Combinations: Last Friday a few of the CotD reviewers touched upon how this card can combo with Latias ex δ, which is from the same set.  Simply put, Latias ex δ has a good attack that becomes bad if it KOs something so using these two together, you make sure that Latios ex scores the KOs against anything too big (he hits it after her) or too small (he can OHKO it himself).  You can also make use of some other Latios/Latias cards in the deck.  The holographic Latias δ and Latios δ from EX Holon Phantoms (11/110 and 12/110, respectively) can shut off Poké-Bodies of Evolved non-Pokémon-ex.  Latios requires a Latias or Latias ex and vice versa, but that is still fairly useful.  Many of the other currently legal versions of Latios δ and Latias δ can also be decent in such a combo deck, provided they aren’t heavily relied upon and decent support is given.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 2/5 – Why so high?  Well, it wouldn’t be a bad card to add to your average Raindance, I would think.  Sure, it’s a Pokémon-ex and that’s even riskier here than in Modified, but that is what Focus Band is for.  I don’t think most decks would (they’d just stick with Tyrogue or Cleffa for free retreating Pokémon), but it could be and do alright.

 

Modified: 3.5/5 – I expect some sort of deck will materialize around the Latios/Latias combo, and be reasonably good.  Likely in the vein of the recent Solrock/Lunatone deck.

 

Limited: 4/5 – It’s a reasonably size Basic Pokémon-ex that will at least give itself a free retreat, be able to frustrate opposing Pokémon-ex or hit for solid damage.

 

Summary

I like this approach to “Legendary” Pokémon: Link Wing actually feels pretty impressive (since its on a Basic) and Legendary Pokémon really should be the heart of their own deck to impress upon us their power.

 


The Red Rose
Hello everyone good to be back after what was a very trying week.....anyway its time for another sneak peek card today its latios ex

unlimited: This card probably wont see play here as the only thing good about it is the pokebody and thats not even all that great unless you run it in a pure latios and latias deck 1/5

Modified: again I would only run this with the last preview card of last week latias ex the pokebody will come in handy to retreat the big hitter and bring out another over all i give it a 5/5 in that deck type but other wise.......3/5

limited: Once again bear with me as I am not to familiar with this format, but if you somehow get a godly pull and pull this and the latias then you rock and are my hero other wise just no.....0/5

anyway drop me a line at zoran_217@hotmail.com

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The Red Rose....Entering The Battlefield
 
Espeon Latios ex d - Water - HP100
Basic

Poke-Body: Fellow Wing
The Retreat Cost for each Latias, Latios, Latias ex, and Latios ex you have in play is 0.

[W][C] Ice Barrier: 30 damage. During your opponent's next turn, prevent all effects of attacks, including damage, done to Latios ex by your opponent's Pokemon-ex.
[W][C][C] Hydro Splash: 60 damage.

Weakness: Psychic
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2

Unlimited: 2/5
Not close as effective as Suicune ex in Raindance but I guess someone could use it if they really wanted to.

Modified: 3.5/5
Not as important as Latias ex d but still very useful in that deck. Giving all Lati@s free retreat helps set up kills without discarding energy via Latias's attack and the Safeguard like attack could cause some major headaches against an ex heavy deck.

Limited: 5/5
Big Basic Pokemon with 100 hp and 60 damage. This thing is a beast here. Ice Barrier could also turn the tides against an opponent's ex.
 


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