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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Top 10 Cards of 2009:
#1:

Luxray GL Lv.X

Rising Rivals

Date Reviewed: 01.15.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.87
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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Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Luxray GL  LV X (Rising Rivals)

 

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for!

 

DUN DUN DUN!!

 

It’s our #1 Card of 2009!

 

It’s . . .

 

What do you mean you guessed already?

 

Yep, Luxray GL LV X is a VERY obvious choice for the best card of 2009. It’s also a very GOOD choice, and I would be shocked at any list that didn’t have this card right at the very top.

 

Remember those days before the release of this card? The world of the Pokémon TCG was a much safer, kinder place. You could build up your attacker on the Bench and know that it would be there when needed. You could set up an early Claydol and confidently expect to be able to happily Cosmic Power away for the rest of the game.

 

Luxray GL LV X changed all of that. With its Bright Look Gust-of-Wind-style PokePower, Luxray made sure that nothing was safe in the bench by the simple method of dragging it active and knocking it out. Luxray was well equipped to do this too with a very cheap 60 for two Energy attack. If that didn’t get the job done, Luxray has free retreat, so it can retire gracefully to the bench and send out another Pokémon to get the KO.

 

This ability to be able to select the target for your Pokémon’s attack was soon recognised to be one of the best in the game. As with Crobat G, it meant that players looked for ways to incorporate it outside of pure SP decks. The best known and most successful of these attempts was Steven Silvestro’s Worlds-winning Beedrill/Luxray deck, but it has also been included in some builds of decks as diverse as Gyarados (a relentless, big-hitting deck) and Gliscor/Spiritomb (a deck based on creating a permanent lock).

 

Since its release, a few cards have come along that seem designed to make life harder for Luxray. Toxicroak G Promo, Grand Swell Relicanth, even Mankey SV as all capable of getting a revenge OHKO on Luxray, and yet Luxray’s popularity hasn’t really declined at all. Being able to remove a key piece of your opponent’s set up whenever you want is an almost obscenely powerful move at any point in a game.

 

And that’s why Luxray GL LV X is the best, most important, most game-changing card released in 2009.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 4.75 (Nothing’s perfect in Modified, but this is close)

Limited: 4 (Not much SP Support in the set, but useful cheap attacks)

BoDragon

The top card of the past year is Luxray [GL] LV.X from Platinum--Rising Rivals.

 

Luxray [GL], when leveled up from your hand, begins taking care of business with its Bright Eyes Poké-Power, allowing you the option to switch the defending Pokémon with one of of your opponent's benched Pokémon.  You can bring up an opponent's Pokémon that may cause the most trouble, and bring it into place to finish it off.

 

Its Flash Impact attack, for {L}{C}, deals 60 damage to the defending Pokémon, and 30 damage to one of your Pokémon ignoring weakness and resistance.  I like to have Quagsire [GL] (Platinum--Rising Rivals, #76), Nidoqueen (Platinum--Rising Rivals, #30), or other Pokémon in play that can negate damage from both your and your opponent's Pokémon's attacks or heal damage during your turn or between turns. 

 

Its 0 retreat cost and 110 HP are good for a leveled up basic Pokémon.  Its x2 weakness against Fighting types makes it vulnerable to decks like Machamp.

 

Luxray [GL] LV.X's prognosis is a strong secondary Pokémon to switch opponent's Pokémon when coming into play and providing clean up or back up damaging attacks when necessary.

 

Ratings:

Modified:  5/5

Limited:  3/5

Bo Finley

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