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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Bronzong LV.40
 

Diamond & Pearl Mysterious Treasures

 

Date Reviewed: 09.20.07

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.00
Modified: 2.40
Limited: 4.25

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


Otaku

I am afraid I must once again give a highly abridged review (at least by my standards) or submit no review at all.  When I chose these cards, I didn’t know my schedule for work, and for the first time in two months I work I am scheduled for full eight hour shifts both Wednesday and Thursday of the week.  Yes, I could have done it all this weekend, but I was trying to find someone to deck test against. Sadly, that didn’t happen.

 

Bronzong LV.40 is a Stage 1 Metal Pokémon.  Being a Metal-Type is an advantage (yes, Resistance is more common than Weakness to it, but only Darkness-Type Pokémon enjoy a similar advantage of a personal Special Energy card.  It has 90 HP, which is solid for a non-Evolving Stage 1.  Fire Weakness is a big issue right now (given that it’s fairly easy to come by Infernape, Firestarter Blaziken, and Energy Draw Delcatty), but it won’t ruin the card.  Why?  Because it is clearly meant to be a bench sitter.  Likewise, the Psychic Resistance at -20 is nice but will only matter early/late game or if things go exceptionally poorly.   I am still just glad to see Resistance.  The triple Energy Retreat Cost is a concern, since if you are forced Active, it will be a pain to get back to the Bench.  Still, solid deck construction can handle it easily.

 

The Poké-Power, Miracle Oracle, is what really catches my eye.  It doesn’t seem all that good: draw then discard.  If you hit an Energy card, however, you can draw again.  So it’s seems like a Delcatty that has traded quantity for reliability.  You can always try to draw with Bronzong.  If you have no hand, and don’t hit an Energy card, it can be really bad if you have to throw away something nice… but then again if it was something useless, it gets it out of the way before your next draw phase.  In Pokémon, though, it is somewhat rare to go too long without a draw card or to have a poor hand, so I think more often than not a player will be happy drawing one and chucking a situational bit of TecH that has proven useless an Evolution that just can’t be played in the immediate future.  If you do hit an Energy card, then you gain two cards for one, and that isn’t bad.  Not especially good, but certainly not bad.

 

The attack, Shady Stamp, is solid, and I always loved Confusion (more so under the old rules).  50 damage for (MMC) and automatic Confusion will probably force most opponents to burn a card switching out or Energy Retreating, and if you are fortunate then either way they won’t be able to get the same Active back up front.  Few people like attacking through Confusion: that 50% chance of three damage counters is just not worth an attack most of the time, especially considering they should already have at least 50 damage on them from Shady Stamp.

 

Since Bronzong is a Stage 1, let us look at its Basic form, Bronzor LV.8Bronzor is also a Metal-Type Pokémon, and has the typical 50 HP of a Basic that can Evolve.  It has a minimal +10 Weakness to Fire but still a full -20 Resistance to Psychic, though either should only matter if your set up was unsatisfactory.  If you have to attack, Dull Light is alright: 20 and a flip for Confusion, exactly what you pay for.  At least it is only one Energy to retreat it.

 

I think the best place for this card is a deck built around Aggron LV.49/Aggron from EX Power Keepers.  The former is a solid attack who can take advantage of Metal Energy (the Special Energy version) in the discard (and then shuffle all Metal Energy back into the deck).  The EX Power Keepers version has the Poké-Power Terraforming that lets you see the top five cards of your deck, and rearrange them as you wish… so yeah, make sure the best card is first with an expendable Energy being second.  Or just first if there are no expendable Energy (or you already have one in hand, etc.)

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1/5 – Don’t be silly.  If you were going to run a Bench-sitting Stage 1 other than Mind Games Slowking, and wanted to improve your set up, you’d go with Smooth Over Magcargo.

 

Modified: 3.25/5 – A little better than average, in my opinion, but I can’t think of an easy way to make it payoff.

 

Limited: 5/5 – You generally have to run a lot of Energy in this format anyway, to avoid “droughts”, but half the time you get a flood instead.  Either way, this is draw power, the above just means that most of the time you should be able to afford it for the second draw.


Tiberius
Bronzong, the Bell Pokemon

Poke-Power Miracle Oracle: Once during your turn (before your attack), you may draw a card. Then, discard a card from your hand. If you discard an Energy card, draw 1 more card. This power can't be used if Bronzong is affected by a Special Condition.
(MMC) Shady Stamp (50) The Defending Pokemon is now Confused.
90 HP
weakness to fire
resistance to psychic
three retreat

ok, the Pokepower. Its pretty decent, considering that you could give up a single energy and draw two... but if you plan to be using this ability continuosly, you're going to have to increase you're energy supply to cope.

(MMC) Shady stamp... haha, i step on you, you're confused...? oh nevermind ^^ but its a reasonable attack, appropriately priced for a stage 1, with the damage and the effect.

now the HP... one thing I hate about this is the low HP. 90 for a stage 1... most reasonablely powerful guys can beat this in 2-3 turns, especially with the weakness...

weakness... you could beat this thing down pretty well if you can use fire with any potency whatsoever. :-(

resistance is pretty good, as psychic got more members with the new poison guys as well...
resistance cost is as expected for a metal guy... high and unwanted.

again, like yesterday, this can be circumvented by magnezone, if Bronzong has a metal energy on it. this is fair, but not an especially powerful combo with this card.

rating:
3/5

better than yesterdays, but still not especially good.

Tiberius, signing off.
Jesse Farler Bronzong is a very interesting Pokemon. Delcatty is defiantely a better drawer, without a doubt. However, it's attack is definately better, for usually you don't attach energies to Delcatty. Decent attack, better power.

Limited - 4.5/5...this is as good as having the draw trainers we all savor. Since you pack your deck full of energy you will definately take advantage of its power. PLUS, 50 for 3 energy and confusion is great disruption.

Modified - 2/5...definitely a lesser delcatty. However, it could possibly find itself with some synergy with later cards, until then, it's a 2.

Unlimited - 1/5...there are just better strategies.
Zink Bronzong Lv. 40

Well i guess this card could combo with Aggron as well(I personaly wouldn't use it though). Not much to talk about on this card. It's a stage one that evolves from Bronzor. 90 HP is ok, but thats pretty much the magic number nowadays for OHKOs. Weakness to fire is bad thanks to popular fire decks. +30 on a stage one is bad especially since it only has 90 HP. Resistance to psychic doesn't matter due to lack of good psychic types. 3 retreat cost on a stage one is outrageous. Now to the good part. It has an interesting Poke-Power. In a nutshell it says, "Draw a card then discard a card; if you discarded an energy draw another card." Energy Draw for two instead of three. Its attack isn't that good. Three for 50 and it confuses the defending Pokemon. Terrible.

Good Points- Poke Power(hardly)

Bad Points- Everything else.

Stick to Delcatty.

Unlimited-1/5
Modified-1/5
Limited-4/5

Use it in Limited. NO WHERE else.
Michael from Denmark

2 worlds and 4 national finals.

Brongzong lv 40

 

Use delcatty over this ….. the only reason to use brongzong is if your deck NEEDS to discard something that isn’t an energy card playing a poke with 3 retreat and no serious attack is just asking for trouble. That said once catty rotates this will likely be played.

 

Modified 2.5 (delcatty is better)

Classic: 2 weird combo anyone?

Limited 3 ekstra cards good’


Greenzan
goose
Bronzong Lv.40 MT
 
Howdy. Today’s COTD is a card that I have yet to see anyone abuse. This card is so close to Delcatty that I will be comparing these two a lot. This card is pretty good, discard a card from your hand to draw a card, draw another card if you discarded an energy. This power is very close to Delcatty, with just a few tweaks. First is the fact the Bronzong can only draw 2 instead of the Delcatty 3. Second, Bronzong can discard [b]any[/b] card from your hand, not just energies (You only get to draw one card but…) While Delcatty can only discard energy. Bronzong also has a better attack that can be scrambled into. But Delcatty has a much better retreat cost. I could see this card getting more use once Delcatty rotates out.
 
Pros –
Good HP
Draw power
Useable attack on a drawer
 
Cons –
OHKOing distance for the Gigantic Poke fryer, Infernape
3 retreat
Delcatty is slightly better
 
Unlimited – you’ve got bill here 1/5
 
Modified – A close choice between this and Delcatty 3.5/5
 
Limited – [b]DRAW = GOOD[/b] 5/5
 
*Looks at the attack “Shady Stamp”* Bronzong is a stamp?
 
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