Hi. I am Gengar Level
X…the most hyped card from the new set, am I worth the
This is a 140 HP beast
that has a power that once per turn you can level down
any of your opponent’s Pokemon and shuffle that card
into their deck. That gets REALLY irritating, but most
decks survive just fine without their level Xs, and some
(Luxray) want to disappear so their power can be used
again. A good fun power, but not completely game
breaking. I do like that it can be used while Gengar X
is on the bench, otherwise 2x weak to dark could make
this a VERY vulnerable Pokemon.
The attack, for 3 (which
is not usual for a Gengar) that does 3 damage to every
one of your Pokemon with a damage counter on it.
Combined with Spiritomb, Crobat, and the like, this is a
pretty fun bench hitter that could lead to a pile of
prizes all at once. More often that not, your
Stormfront Gengar will be hitting with its attacks
instead, but still not bad. Or coordinate it with the
new Arceus Gengar that allows you to move a damage
counter to really inflict some pain.
Free retreat good.
Resistance to colorless, getting MUCH better with Sally
X now hitting the board.
I have a feeling we are
going to see, early on, some Gengar v. Sally matchups to
determine who has the “stuff” in the new format.
Modified…it makes a good
deck even better in Gengar…4.5/5
Limited…I have actually
seen this get out in a Prerelease – got all the pieces
and got it out in the game. I was like WHOA…
You are going to draft
it anyway, try to get the pieces, but a stage 3 is
REALLY tough to get out in draft. 2.5/5
There you go…see you
tonight at the Neutral Zone (Tuesday) or tomorrow at B&
B St. Peters (Wednesday)
If there was hype about Tangrowth . . . then Gengar LV X
has practically been worshipped since it was only a
Gengar is already a popular and successful deck-type.
Will the LV X make it even more so? Let’s take a look.
Well, that 140 HP is absolutely monstrous and makes
KOing a Gengar a tough proposition. The Colourless
Resistance is useful as Flygon is still common and the
new Salamence will almost certainly see some play. Free
Retreat is great on any card and Gengar can abuse it
more than most, retreating to avoid damage from status
conditions that would not trigger Gengar SF’s Fainting
The only downside to Gengar LV X’s stats that I can see
is the X2 Weakness to Darkness. This will make it
somewhat easier to KO using Weavile SW’s Dark Engage and
a secondary attacker, thus not risking a main attacker
to Gengar SF’s Fainting Spell.
Gengar LVXs attack, Compound Pain, is a spread attack
that does 30 damage to any already damaged Pokémon. It
is slightly overpriced at [P][P][C], but has the
potential to secure multiple KO’s. It combos well with
Gengar SF’s Shadow Room and with attacks on both of the
Gengars released in the new set. It does open up the
possibility of playing Gengar in a new way, as a spread
deck, but it does sacrifice a lot of the speed which is
one of the major assets of current Gengar builds.
The real attraction of Gengar LV X, though, is its Level
Down Power which has the ability to return one of your
opponent’s LV X Pokémon to the deck every turn.
Obviously this can be devastating, especially against LV
X Pokémon which are used to bench-sit for their Power.
Imagine losing a Tangrowth LV X or a Heatran LV X to
this, after all the effort it takes to get them on the
bench! It is also an excellent weapon against Flygon
decks which like to lock and mill the deck with Wind
Erosion and Dialga decks which like to tank with the LV
X. Some care is needed though. It would be madness to
Level Down a Luxray GL and give your opponent another
chance to use Bright Look.
Gengar LV X (and the new Gengars from the Arceus set)
will undoubtedly force Gengar players to make some hard
choices. It definitely gives them some powerful new
tricks, but at the same time, running it means running
one less Gengar SF. Whether it is worth losing a
Fainting Spell Gengar or not is a question that has yet
to be answered. The disruptive ability of Gengar SF, its
speed, abililty to swarm, and free Prizes are all
essential to the deck’s competitiveness. Gengar LV X is
most definitely worth testing in Gengar decks, but its
impact needs to be carefully evaluated before it becomes
an automatic inclusion.
Modified: 3 (Gengar decks are already very competitive.
The LV X needs to prove its worth)
Limited: 1.75 (unlikely to come out, little chance of
using the Power. The attack could be very good here
Gengar LV X
If you're going to a prerelease, this is most likely
what you're going for. (and Expert Belt) Gengar LV X is
really good, I'm not going to lie. It has great stats, a
good attack, and a good power.
140 HP for any pokemon is a lot. In my opinion, if it is
more than 130, it has a lot of HP. Free retreat! Retreat
is the first thing I look for in a card. If it has none,
it is instantly playable. Weakness to dark isn't TOO
bad, though Weavile SW is seeing a little bit of play
along with some Tyranitar and occasional rogues like
Absol G. Resistance to Flygon is great!
Level Down is absolutely annoying for any player forced
to face it. Forcing a player to waste resources to get a
LV X back from their deck can win games. The power also
has some synergy with its attack. Compound Pain is
actually pretty decent. It isn't too expensive, and
getting a damage counter on everything isn't hard at
all. Doing 30 to everything (with a damage counter of
course) is insane!
Of course, Gengar X does have it's downsides. It has no
reliable power attack, which is also missing from it's
regular counterpart. Sure doing 30 to everything is
nice, but what if you're facing a beastly Flygon or
Dialga? You'd sure wish you could do some constant
damage. This alone is what makes this card iffy to me. I
don't want to do 30 to everything, but I'd rather focus
on getting one problem out of the way at a time. To be
honest, Gengar LV X really doesn't add THAT much to
Gengar from Stormfront. Gengar Stormfront basically
spreads, has a better power than the LV X, and has an
attack that can actually do some decent damage.
Cards that do a better job:
Gengar LV X has very unique jobs. Nothing does a better
Modified:3.5/5 (I was about to rate it 4, but after some
thought, I'd rather just run 4 Gengars instead of 3 with
Limited:1/5 (Stage 2 LV X? No thank you!)
Have a nice day.
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