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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Rayquaza & Deoxys Legend

HS Undaunted

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.67
Limited: 3.50

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

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virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo readers! Today we are reviewing a pair of cards from the new HS Undaunted set, which together make up Rayquaza & Deoxys LEGEND. Very few LEGENDs have seen much serious play since HGSS first came out. Will this one be any different?

Let's first look at its basic stats. Rayquaza & Deoxys are a LEGEND Colorless and Psychic Pokemon. 140 HP is pretty good for any Pokemon, however keep in mind that if your opponent knocks this one out, they'll get two Prizes. Rayquaza & Deoxys are Weak to Psychic and Colorless, making this the first card I can think of that will effectively have a quadruple weakness to itself, making mirror matches a matter of who strikes first. No Resistance is unfortunate, and a Retreat Cost of 3 is quite expensive but not surprising.

Rayquaza & Deoxys LEGEND have a Poke-Body and an attack. The Body, Alien Virus, states that whenever Rayquaza & Deoxys knocks something out, you take an additional Prize. Very useful in any context, and even better than Salamence Lv. X's Double Fall because it can be easily used multiple times. The Body should easily set off too if you can get Rayquaza & Deoxys's massive attack powered up. Ozone Buster does a whopping 150 damage for...[RRLC]. I understand that the colorless Dragons usually take multiple Energy types in the card game, but I still find it strange that none of the types are Psychic. Anyway, after using the attack, you must discard all Fire Energy attached to Rayquaza & Deoxys. However, this LEGEND can be easily powered up initially with Legend Box (if you're lucky) and can subsequently be powered through Typhlosion Prime, or even Magnezone SF, so getting the ridiculous amount of Energy and different requirements isn't as difficult as it is on some other Pokemon.

Modified: 2.25/5 Someday we may eventually get enough LEGEND support that this will be playable, but right now it's probably a bit too slow to hang with the fast hitters of the metagame. Even still, 150 damage and taking additional Prizes are excellent attributes, waiting to be exploited in the right deck. I suppose it could be used with Entei & Raikou LEGEND for themed deck, but again, this is probably far too slow.

Limited: 2/5 If you somehow get both pieces (which probably won't happen), this is immediately a huge threat to your opponent if you can power it up. Legend Box is available in this set, but there is no easy way to replenish the lost Energy once you attack. Still, taking half of your Prizes from a single KO is nothing to scoff at.

Combos With: Typhlosion Prime, Magnezone SF, Legend Box

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia
Rayquaza & Deoxys Legend (HS Undaunted)
 
Finally, the one you have all been waiting for!
 
The stats are 140 HP, psychic/colourless typing (which is at odds with the attack costs and limits the support available) followed by psychic/colourless weakness (can you say mirror match?). Finally we have a retreat cost of 3, so patch some Switches. Weird stats for any card, and provides low survivability for this Legend, with a number of OHKO opportunites for your opponent. Get Exploud SV, Azelf Lv X and Manectric PT to provide cover until you are ready to use the truly awesome attacks which offset the stats of these cards, or card (should I use the singular form or plural? Legends are so confusing gramatically!)
 
Now that I've finished telling you the survivability problems and possible counters, we can get to the exciting part. R&D (I only just noticed how appropriate that acronym is just now) has a Pokebody titled Space Virus, which essentially let's you take an additional prize whenever you use R&D to score a KO. The attack is called Ozone Buster (why not go really nutty and call it CFC?) and costs FFLC with a forced discard of all fire energy attached to R&D, but the payoff is 150 damage. Good enough for a KO on pretty much anything with an Expert Belt and some Pluspower.
 
Now, the problem is powering this awesome attack to steal extra prizes (which based on the short-lived but exciting era of Salamence Lv X decks is a viable strategy pretty much all the time) while keeping R&D alive. Machamp is the main problem here, with no protective Unown G anymore, while Dialga G can remove the Space Virus effect to ruin your strategy (if you see it, KILL IT!). Also, the weakness means plenty of attackers and even some techs can do enough damage for a OHKO or 2HKO on this expensive asset. I have already pointed out how to remove weakness and provide bench protection, while Expert Belt can up the HP. Use Defender for damage reduction and Rayquaza LA to retreive lost energy after an attack (you'll need Energy Link tools for this) and then fill out with draw power and stall-tanks (though Luxray GL would fit very nicely here as well) . Try to build with Lightning or Fire types to cover the attack costs although Azelf is a Psychic type that fits well. I think that using G&K Legend in Rain Dance decks will be better than Deoxys & Rayquaza Legend, but I know many people will try to use this card and I wish them the best of luck proving me wrong!
 
Finally, I really want to see a mirror match with decks built around this card fro the 600 damage/3 prize wipeout and the look of agony on the opponent's face.
 
Modified: 3 (so much potential, but such a glass cannon mixed with a leaky strategy mean I can't call this tournament level until someone takes out a National tournament with it)
Limited: 5 (not because you'll be able to play it, but simply because you were able to pull both halves! Or even 1 half, take what you can get!)
Combos with: Exploud SV/Azelf Lv X, Rayquaza LA, Legend Box, ****loads of luck!


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