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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Lux

 

Luxray Lv. 53

Arceus

Date Reviewed: 11.30.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.25
Limited: 2.75

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

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Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Luxray Lv 53

 

I hope all American readers enjoyed their break, and are ready for another full week of Pojo’s CotD.

 

We kick off the week with the new Luxray, a card that seems to have a great deal of potential, but can it be made to work in the unforgiving environment of a premier tournament?

 

Luxray has some decent top and bottom stats for sure. 120 HP may be just a little low for a Stage 2, but it doesn’t seem to stop people playing Flygon. Weakness to Fighting isn’t great as Machamp is still being played, and you do see the occasional Rampardos. Metal Resistance is better than nothing, especially as I expect Dialga G to make a bit of a come back.

 

Flash is Luxray’s first attack, and it is not bad at all. 30 damage may not be much, but for a single Lightning Energy, that’s good value. It also has the effect of making the Defending Pokémon flip to attack next turn, so it could be used to stall while Luxray powers up. Bear in mind, though, that the effect is negated if your opponent evolves or switches their active Pokémon.

 

The attack that really makes Luxray interesting, though, is Gadget Bolt. At first glance, it doesn’t look anything special . . . 60 damage for three Energy is not exactly a bargain. When you read the effect text, though, you begin to see how devastating it could be. If Luxray has a Tool attached to it, you can discard it to make Gadget Bolt do 100 damage. That is pretty impressive by itself, but it gets better. If the Tool in question is Expert Belt, that figure increases to 120 because damage is calculated before Expert Belt is discarded. There are a couple of other Tools you could usefully use with Luxray as well. Bench Shield would protect it from snipe or spread attacks while you attach Energy to it, and Memory Berry gives it access to Shinx LA’s Recharge attack which will attach an Energy if you need it.

 

Luxray also got some good support in the Arceus set, as well as the new Tools. Porygon-Z G has a coming-into-play Power which returns discarded Tools to your deck, and there is a new Supporter, Department Store Girl, which searches your deck for any three Pokémon Tools.

 

Is this enough to make Luxray a top tier deck? Not quite, in my opinion. It’s right on the borderline, but the Energy cost of Gadget Bolt makes it just a little slow, and having to fill your deck with Tools can lead to consistency issues. Maybe next set, when we get Double Colourless Energy and can get Luxray doing a turn 2 120 damage, it will be a real contender. For now it makes for an interesting rogue deck that could manage a surprise win or two.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 3 (average right now, but things will get better for this card)

Limited: 2.5 (eh . . . Stage 2s are hard to use in limited, but if you pull all the right support the set has to offer . . . )

Guy

Luxray:

Today's card of the day is one of the interesting stage 2 pokemon from the Arceus set: Gadget Bolt Luxray. This pokemon has 120 hp (semi-standard for stage 2), free retreat cost, and 2 pretty good attacks. Lets look at the first attack. For one lightening energy Luxray can hit the opponent for 30 and a coin flip on the defending's attack next turn. Of course all you have to do is play a warp point, retreat, etc to get around this, but it still has its situational uses. The best attack is obviously Gadget Bolt. For one lightening and 2 colorless Luxray does 60 + 40 if you have a tool attached to it (you do have to discard the tool however). Throw a Expert Belt on Luxray and you have a 120 damage for 3 energy and no energy discard attack. Not bad. Now you do have to discard your tool, but that shouldn't be to much of a problem, as it takes away the 2 prize knockout your opponent would recieve for knocking Luxray out. Add in some free retreat and you've got yourself a pretty good pokemon. I personally believe Porygon-Z should be thrown into this deck so you can get your Expert Belts back from the discard pile. Might as well throw in some Crobat G as well and some Poke Turns. Nothing like knocking out a big 140hp pokemon with Gadget Bolt, a Poke Turn, and a Crobat G. I think the deck could work, and it will be interesting to see how it evolves.

Modified: 3.5/5
Limited: 3/5


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