Hello, and welcome to Thursday's COTD, a very special
one since, as you may or may not know already depending
on what is on the main page of the Pokémon page, it's
the Pojo's 1400th Pokémon COTD! OK, it's now quite as
exciting as it will be in 100 reviews time, but still,
it has to be celebrated, right? Cake? A Party? Maybe
you'll have these things, but we get to review the new
Blaziken. Better than nothing I suppose.
Anyway, the card, and first of all, the basics of the
card. First, we have the standard 130 HP for a Stage 2.
It's to be expected at the moment, so all is well here.
Next, we have +30 Water Weakness. Again, expected due to
the Fire typing, but slightly annoying since Blastoise
(PL) and Kingdra (LA) are almost certainly going to be
used for states, so you will find the weakness be
slightly annoying. No Resistance shall be glossed over.
1 Retreat Cost is quite good for a Stage 2 at the
moment, so it's less painful if you do need to bench
Abilities next, and I'll start off with the Poké-Power,
Fire Breath. Quite a simple little Power in it burns one
of your opponents active Pokémon. Simple, yet
devastating. A lot of main attackers at the moment like
to use Poké-Powers, so Burning them with a Power really
puts them at a disadvantage, stopping their Poké-Power,
and maybe weakening or slowing down the whole deck. It
can benefit decks as well (I'm sure Mightyena (PL) would
love you for burring it), but they are in the minority.
Others are indifferent, and don't particularly care,
until the damage from burn starts to mount up at least.
So, quite a power Poké-Power, but is it complimented by
good attacks? Well, the answer is a simple yes. For CC,
Clutch combos well with the Poké-Power, doing 40 damage
and stopping your opponent from retreating. Admittedly,
they can still Switch, but if they can't do that, the
damage from Burn will start to stack up. However, while
these slow KO's are nice, I'd prefer something a bit
quicker. Step in Fire Spin. The name sets me back to the
good old days of Base Set, and Charizard doing 100 for
RRRR and discarding RR. Thankfully, this incarnation of
the old attack is miles better. firstly, it costs only
RRC whilst still doing 100 damage. Also, you only need
to discard 2 energies, not specifically R energies. Not
a massive improvement, but one none the less. 100 damage
with the possible Burn damage gets to 120 damage. To
make sure you hit the magic 130 number, I'd run a few
Plus Powers and/or Buck's Training to get to the magic
With this card, there isn't anything fancy, just good
old fashioned beatdown. So, what can you combo with the
card? Well, there are several possibilities, but my
favourite for this is the well use Heatran Lv.X (SF).
People have used Heatran Lv.X with Magmortar Lv.X (MT),
Infernape (any), even Rapidash (SF), but I think it's
suited to be with Blaziken, a Pokémon who will take
advantage of both of Heatran Lv.X's abilities, getting
energies back for Fire Spin right after you use it for
consecutive uses, and for automatic Burn damage, which
is automatically inflicted from Fire Breath. Also allows
you to use Blaziken (GE), who will happily snipe and KO
a Claydol (GE) or Uxie (LA) for RRC with no discard
thanks to Heatran Lv.X, with Burn still taking it's toll
on your opponents active. Also, like I said on Monday,
Blaziken could be used with Dustox, but it isn't
recommended due to Dustox being not quite good enough to
Counters? Well anything without a Poké-Power is a start,
so burn won't do anything to them. Also, if it were to
have more than 130 HP, that would be helpful. In fact,
it's starting to look like Tyranitar (SF) would be quite
good, but it would be KOed by Burn, so maybe it isn't up
for the job. Personally, I'd go with Kingdra (LA) or
Blastoise (PL) to counter Blaziken. Both take advantage
of Weakness, and both will happily OHKO Blaziken. They
both take a bit of time to be able to do this, and
Blastoise will be slowed down by Burn, but once they get
going, it'll be enough to wash Blaziken away.
Modified: It's a great little card this. Simple it what
it does, but it will achieve what you want due to the
combination of Burn and 100 damage attack. Heatran Lv.X
and Plus Power helps this along quite nicely for certain
OHKOs on 130 HP Pokémon. However, Weakness to a popular
type is this cards main downfall, since Kingdra and
Blastoise will just love you for playing this card.
Also, if I had to have one more thing I didn't like
about this card, it would be Clutch, since they've never
been that great as an attack, and I would've preferred
to have seen something else there, but that's a minor
point to what is an otherwise great card. 3.75/5
Limited: It's a Stage 2, which already limits it due to
being hard to get out. Also, while Fire Spin will KO
most of you find here, you do have to pay a hefty to be
able to do so. However, Special Conditions are always
welcomed here, so Fire Breath's auto Burn will be nice,
and combined with Clutch, due to the lack of Switching
card, will be a nasty little combo. Just watch out for
other Special Conditions though, especially from
Skuntank G. 3.25/5
OK, COTD #1400. I am proud to have been a part of
several of these milestones! 1400 cards is mindblowing.
That is like 14 complete 100 card sets!
This is a good one…an often overlooked one, but a good
Blaziken. The fire chicken.
The big fire chicken.
Bottom stats are, well, OK. 130 HP good. 1 Retreat cost
good. Weakness to water, not so good with Kingdra,
Blastoise, Empoleon and Palkia running around.
The power is cool. BAM. You are burned. No flip a coin,
or damage me, or other such foolishness. Doesn’t work if
I am affected by a special condition, but guess what? I
won’t be most likely!
Attacks – Clutch – 2 for 40 and can’t retreat. With so
many free retreat pokes, moonlight stadiums and the
like…a good clutch may be hard to get out of.
Fire spin 3 for 100 and discard 2 energy. Very good,
very balanced. Allows you to “pop” Gengar without the
power being activated. 100, OK. You are burned, flip
tails, go to the discard without your flip of death
What card SCREAMS combo me! COMBO ME!!!
DING DING DING….winner is the young lady from
Tennessee!!! Heatran Level X! No more discard comrade!
100 EVERY turn!!
With the lessening of Kingdra’s dominance, this may be a
deck to keep all of those Grass nasties in check, while
being able to one shot any of those SP Pokemon we all
love to hate.
Unown G cannot stop the Fire Breath Power (yeah, I know,
but Amphy and a special condition can)
Unown G really cannot affect this guy, as his damage is
Ratings…Going pretty high here. Modified 4/5…water
weakness holds it back
Limited – 3/5 This is about as high as I will EVER rate
a stage 2. All is good with this Pokemon here.
Talk to you soon, and looking forward to 1500 in what
Bill, about 4-5 months???
States are coming. States are coming!
1400th Card of the day. Wow. It's been around
for a while.
There has already been a well done article on a DP- on
Blaziken deck, which can be found
This is a great card, which gives Heatran LvX more use
than it had previously (That being of spot duty in
Magmortar decks). It was almost meant to be used with
Heatran LvX. Automatic 20 damage in between turns to
your opponent's active, even if they have an Unown G or
are Toxicroak G.
for three is good, though the discarding hurts a lot
without Heatran LvX. Thank goodness for Level Max.
think this can be the focus of an effective deck, in
combination with the GE Blaziken.
is a stage two which should automatically make it a one,
but automatic burn is amazing here. 3/5 Limited
Another Blaziken card? Too bad the era of fire has
A stage 2 Blaziken with 130 HP and a 30+ weakness to
water…Well, not all cards can be great.
HP: This Blaziken’s HP is a solid 130. Which can never
be bad, but the HP is only part of a Pokemon. If the
rest of the card is really bad, don’t play the card.
Retreat Cost: The retreat cost of this Blaziken is like
most Blaziken, a standerd 1. Which is great for any
Pokemon, the retreat cost is an important part of a
card, because a single retreat can win or lose you a
Poke-Power: The Poke-Power is a sweet little thing
called Fire Breath. The effect, the defending Pokemon is
now burned. This effect goes straight through The pesky
Unown G, and goes great with a Heatran level-X.
Attacks: The first attack is called Clutch, It does The
defending Pokemon can’t retreat during your opponents
next turn and does 40 damage for 2 colorless energy. A
classic attack. The second attack is called Fire Spin.
It does 100 damage for 2 fire energy and 1
colorless, but you have to discard 2 energy attached to
Blaziken. But once again, a great pair with Heatran
Weakness: A 30+ weakness to water is quite a burden is
you come up against a Blastoise deck, but any other deck
you should be ok against, Lets face it, the only decent
water deck in the entire form at is a Blastoise deck,
and that’s only if you pair it with the right card.
Modified: 2/5 This card is not a good card, even if you
play it right. The card gets pounded up and down by
Blastoise, and if you play Heatran with it (which you
should) it gets beat even worse. I hate to say it, but
if you look at the card, it screams noob.
Limited: 4/5 if you can get this card in your draft,
which is highly likely ( I’ve had a 3,3,3 line of it
once) this card will wreck your opponents.