Metal Type weak to fire, which is an interesting balance
from the “Fighting Type weak to Psychic” that we are
used to seeing from old Luc.
90 HP used to be great for a stage one. Now it is just
The attacks, are pretty consistant with a Lucario.
1 Metal for 30 and 10 to one of their bench.
2 for 20+10 more for all of your benched Pokemon. Up to
70 for 2. Not bad at all.
Free retreat, makes this little guy pretty splashable in
Lucario decks, you just have to be willing to play Metal
Energy (or rainbow)
Could this be a new way to get to Lucario Level X???
There are weaknesses. Do the wave just is ASKING to be
countered with DP Dusknoir, or Palika G Level X.
Ratings…Modified 3.5/5 Better than your average Lucario
Limited. Only one underling (Riolu) but I like it. 4/5
See you tonight in Evansville, Indiana – or Tomorrow at
the Gathering Ground in St. Louis, Missouri where we may
have an afterdraft where every player gets 18 packs to
WOW! Now THAT is an afterdraft!!! If we go 18, I will
give a report on Monday!
COTD - Lucario Platinum
Let me just start by saying that I never knew Lucario
was a metal type, also (guess that shows how much I play
the video games, right lol). Anyway, wouldn't his metal
type cancel out his psychic weakness? Hmm... I smell
conspiracy... or not. Anyway, on to the review!
HP: 90 - This is OK for a stage 1. Actually, I take that
back - it really isn't. Not with some of these basics
and LvX's we've been getting recently. Anyway, 90 isn't
going to last very long in this format so count this as
the first negative against good ol' Lucario.
Attacks: Aura Sphere, Do the Wave - I love Aura Sphere,
especially on an uncommon. This is basically a 40 damage
attack for 1 energy. Even though it may seem pretty low,
it adds up after awhile and is reminiscent of the old DP
Lucario. The second attack is actually pretty good. Like
the nostalgic first attack, Do the Wave is reminiscent
of the old Wigglytuff decks back in the day (Dang I'm
getting old). The fact that it costs only 2 energy
instead of 3 means that Lucario is going to become a
pretty swarmable deck in the future. I think a lot of
testing will be going on witht his card to see if it
actually works as a swarmable attacker. The energy
requirements are just too good for the attack damage to
not test this thing out.
Weakness/Resistance: +20 Fire/na - Well, like I've said
5 million times before, fire is not a factor YET.
However, that might and most likely will change pretty
soon. +20 isn't that bad, however.
Retreat: 0 - No retreat adds even more to this little
guys claim to swarmability. 0 retreat gives so much
flexibility to a deck, which is why I loved Infernape so
much. Anyway, this is awesome.
Overall, I really do like this card. Time will tell if
it makes it into people's decks or not, although I do
see some people trying this out as a T1/T2 decks. Combo
this with a bunch of cheap attacking basics (like the G
pokemon, perhaps?) and you got yourself a good old
haymaker deck. Either way, the cheap attacks are awesome
and the fact that you can do up to 70 for 2 is great,
too. Definitely play this with the Uxie engine.
Modified - 3.5/5 (as of right now)
Limited 4.5/5 (great card here)
Lucario has 90 HP, an average amount for a Stage 1, a
new +20 weakness to Fire, no resistance, and
surprisingly enough, a free retreat cost. One thing I
love about Pokemon with different types in the TCG, is
that, let's say you're playing against an Eeveelutions
deck with this Lucario. It's their turn and they've
evolved all of their Eevees, but one. They evolve it
into Flareon, seeing Lucario's weakness, and prepares to
attack the next turn. then you Level up into Lucario
Level X, with a whole new weakness.
Moving on, Lucario's first attack is Aura Sphere, which
does a 30-10 spread for one Metal energy. Like a cheaper
and less damaging version of the DP Lucario's. But
that's not what got some people excited over this card,
that would be...
Do the Wave! Anyone who has been in Pokemon around the
time it started, like me, Knows how deadly Wigglytuff's
Do the Wave attack could be. For three colorless energy,
Wigglytuff did pretty much 10 damage for each Pokemon
you had out. Lucario made it a Metal and a Colorless and
improved the base damage by 10. Not only that, but
Pachirisu GE can help fuel the Wave fast by grabbing you
three basic Pokemon for no energy.
Might make a nice Rouge Deck with Pachi, but it pales in
comparison to other decks in this format. (That's right
Okay card, since it's basic is splash-able and there are
some nice Metal types around. Watch out for the
I probably should have mentioned that I hate Lucario
with every fiber of my bing since he replaced Mewtwo in
the SSB series, but I amazingly didn't give him 1's all
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