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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Ursaring #27/96

HS Unleashed

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.45
Limited: 3.37

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

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Combos With:

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Ursaring (Unleashed)

 

Today’s Pokémon is another one which suffers by comparison with its Prime counterpart. Not that I think that Ursaring Prime is anything special – it doesn’t have to be in order to be better than this.

 

Ursaring is a Stage 1 with a so-so 100 HP, a Fighting Weakness which makes it a ridiculously easy KO for the likes of Donphan, and a terrible Retreat cost of three. So far, so terrible, but players could live with that if it had attacks that were any good.

 

Sadly, it doesn’t. Confront is a no-effect 20 damage for [C]. Is it worth getting a Stage 1 into play for a quick 20 damage? Of course not. It might be ok as something to do while you wait for the Energy to use a devastating second attack, but Ursaring doesn’t have one of those either. For [C][C][C] Cross Chop does a mere 50 damage with a coin flip opportunity to bump that up to 80. Honestly, I really don’t see the need to make this a flippy attack. They could have made it a straight 80 for 3 and the card would still see no play outside of a prerelease.

 

Oh well, at least it is Colourless, meaning that it’s easily splashable. Shame I can’t think of any reason why you would want to splash it in any deck. It's a boring, useless card.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1.25 (it’s just pointless filler really)

Limited: 3 (Colourless attackers usually make it into limited decks, but even here it is barely average)

 

Combos with . . .

 

DCE? You would be mad to waste it on this.

virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo readers! This week we are back to our Unleashed reviews, and today's Card of the Day is Ursaring.

Ursaring is a Stage 1 Colorless Pokemon. Colorless Pokemon are generally good because they can fit into any type of deck, and Ursaring Prime is occasionally used together with Donphan Prime as a secondary attacker. Is this one playable too? 100 HP is decent for a Stage 1, although 100 is still within OHKO range for many of the metagame's top hitters. Double Weakness to Fighting isn't too bad, although Machamp, Donphan, and Toxicroak G will give you problems. No Resistance is unfortunate. Finally, a Retreat Cost of 3 is huge, and shouldn't be paid. Use some other form of retreat instead.

Ursaring has two attacks. The first attack, Confront, does a vanilla 20 damage for a single Colorless Energy. Nothing terribly interesting or powerful, although the attack is nice for its cost in Limited. The second attack, Cross Chop, starts off as 50 damage for [CCC], but if you flip heads, it does 80 damage. 80 damage for 3 is fairly decent, but there are many better ways to do heavy damage in the metagame.

Modified: 1.5/5 The attacks aren't powerful or interesting enough to be used here.

Limited: 3.5/5 Colorless energy requirements, a decent 100 HP body, and fairly consistent attacks make this Ursaring a pretty good pick for Limited. The Retreat Cost is a bit high, but Cross Chop can be pretty good if you flip well.


Otaku

I am fairly fond of Ursaring, probably because it vaguely reminds me of my favorite Pokémon, Snorlax.  With such a lackadaisical introduction, you can tell that this isn’t a happy review.

 

Ursaring is a Stage 1 Colorless Pokémon.  It sports 100 HP, which is about what you need in a Stage 1 final Evolution.  The double Weakness to Fighting isn’t the absolute worst Ursaring could sport, but it really hurts it: Donphan Prime decks will wreak you pretty quickly unless you run something to block your Weakness.  No Resistance is the worst Resistance, and while very common is still disappointing.  The need for three Energy to Retreat is pretty bad: you’ll either have to run something to get it back out of the Active slot or be willing to let it fall if it is stuck Active when you want it Benched.

 

From an underwhelming foundation, we get a mere two attacks.  The good news is that their pricing is decently spaced.  The first needs just a single Energy of any color.  Unfortunately it just does 20 damage with no other effects.  Doesn’t cut it now, and would have barely been adequate early in the games life.  The second attack isn’t a whole lot better: for three of any Energy you do 50 base damage, and if you get heads on a coin toss you do another 30.  That actually would have been good in the games infancy, but wouldn’t have been enough in Modified Formats past and certainly isn’t fast, reliable enough damage to compete with the major decks of today.

 

At least you can enjoy this card in Limited play.  Being Colorless will allow it to fit into pretty much any deck with easy, and the underperforming attacks become pretty good in such a slow format.  Still I wish there had been one more attack or a Poké-Body or something that would have made this card worth playing.  Right now it feels unfinished.

 

Ratings

 

Modified: 1.5/5

 

Limited: 3.5/5

 

Combos With: Azelf Lv. X, Exploud (Supreme Victors), and Double Colorless Energy.

 

I’d also like to add I’ll be selling quite a bit of my soon-to-be-former possessions on eBay.  You can take a look here at my second auction if you’re interested in a Nintendo GameCube with some accessories and 17 games!  Just a reminder, Pojo is in no way responsible for this and was merely kind enough to let me mention the auction here. ;)

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia
Ursaring (HS Unleashed)
 
Ursaring, living with the simple Bear Necessities of Life (terrible pun, I know)
 
Ursaring is nice and simple. It's colourless so you can dump it in any deck, and it has 100 HP to make a decent Stage 1 attacker. Fighting weakness is lousy but nothing worse than expected, thought th retreat is a little too much. 2 instead of 3 as a retreat cost would be more understandable, we aren't dealing with Winnie the Pooh here.
 
Now we have the attacks. Confront is 20 damage for C, nice but not game changing. Cross Chop makes Ursaring into a real champion, dealing 80 damage for CCC. Oh wait a second, that only happens on Heads, tails is 50 damage. Sorry, that means the big bear just became binder fodder. Damn, I liked it too.
 
Modified: 2 (tanky, but othewise useless)
Limited: 3 (tanky, with a decnt chance of bringing the hurt if it isn't hit for weakness)
 
Combos with: a very bit pot of Honey, that it won't share with anyone. Dang.


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