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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Kingdra #17

HS Unleashed

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.15
Limited: 3.00

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
Top 4 UK Nats

Kingdra (Unleashed)

 

Today’s card up for review is Kingdra. This card really does have a lot to live up to as the previous Kingdra from Legends Awakened has been the focus of a tournament-winning archetype for almost two years now.

 

But what does this new version have to offer? Like its famous predecessor it has a good 130 HP, and a reasonable retreat cost of one. Unfortunately, this new Kingdra has the new X2 Weakness (the old one has +30), so it is much more vulnerable to the OHKO from the ever-present Luxray GL LV X.

 

What really made Kindgra LA so good was its high damage, low cost Dragon Pump attack. Kingdra UL also has a one Energy attack, Water Arrow, which can hit any of your opponent’s Pokémon for 30 damage. It’s a nice enough attack but not exactly devastating – you would already need to have damage on the board for this to be effective. When you consider that Kingdra LA can snipe for 20 AND do 60 damage to the active . . . well, Kingdra UL will need to do a lot more if it wants to see any play.

 

It does have a second attack, though. Sadly, it is rather expensive. For [W][C][C], Stream Pump does a poor value 50 to the active unless you bounce an Energy back to your hand, in which case it does an ok-ish 80 damage. That isn’t any more than the 60 + 20 that the old Kingdra offers and it costs three times as much!

 

It’s not so much that Kingdra UL is a bad card . . . in truth, it is an average Pokémon which is competing for slots in a Kingdra deck with an amazing card (Kingdra LA) and a pretty good one (Kingdra Prime). The fact that the September rotation will keep LA in modified for a third year is effectively the kiss of death for Kindgra UL’s chances of being played.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1.75 (average, but outshone)

Limited: 3 (it’s a decent Stage 2 here but Stage 2s are tough to get out)

 

Combos with . . .

 

A player who only has three copies of Kingdra LA

virusyosh

Happy midweek, Pojo readers! Today's CoTD is the non-Prime Kingdra from HS
Unleashed. Decks using Kingdra LA used to be very popular, but are not
dwindling in usage while Kingdra Prime is used in a similar way to Crobat G.

Can this Kingdra find a place in your decklist?

Kingdra is a Stage 2 Water Pokemon, which is again quite useful with the
proper support. 130 HP is somewhat standard for a Stage 2, and should
hopefully let Kingdra take a few hits. Double Weakness to Lightning is
terrible as always, as is no Resistance. A Retreat Cost of 1 isn't so bad,
and can be paid if necessary.

Kingdra has two attacks. The first, Water Arrow, allows you to choose one of
your opponent's Pokemon and deal 30 damage to it for the bargain price of
[W]. Not bad, but definitely not something to warrant use on its own. The
second attack, Stream Pump, starts off with an expensive 50 damage for [WCC, but if you return an Energy card attached to Kingdra to your hand, the attack
does 80 damage instead. The "drawback" of returning an Energy isn't so bad:
the Energy can be easily attached the next turn, or Feraligatr Prime can use
Rain Dance to put it back. That being said, Kingdra could possibly work in
combination with Feraligatr Prime in a Rain Dance deck as an attacker,
although Blastoise and Lanturn Prime probably do a slightly better job.

Modified: 2/5 Kingdra isn't bad by any means, however it is a bit outclassed
by other Water-type attackers. Even still, Kingdra UL can be a solid choice
in a Rain Dance deck or even in a Kingdra deck looking to do something
different.

Limited: 3/5 Decent HP, low Retreat, and low commitment to Water Energy make Kingdra a good pick in Limited. Having a sniping attack is also a plus. If
you get it out, you're probably going to win.

Combos with: Feraligatr Prime

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia

Kingdra (HS Unleashed)

 

It seems that each Prime has a lousy counterpart somewhere in the set (the best non-Prime so far has been Typhlosion, and almost noone uses that). Today's set filler is Kingdra!

 

Considering the success of Kingdra LA and the hype about Kingdra Prime, we expect a lot from this guy but he doesn't stand a chance.

 

The stats are good, with a healthy130 HP, Lightning weakness (damn those Luxrays) and 1 retreat (sorry, no resistance).

 

The attacks are what damn this card to the binder. Water Arrow is okay with 30 damage to one of your opponent's Pokemon for W, but we expect more from a Stage 2. Stream Pump is where this card really fails out, because you get 80 damage for WCC and returning 1 energy from Kingdra to your hand (or 50 if you don't return the energy). Returning the energy isn't really a problem, but the damage to cost means you just can't justify using Kingdra as an attacker.

 

Stick with the Legends Awakened version.

 

Mofified: 2.5 (Decent, but that just isn't enough)

Limited: 3 (even here there are better options, but you may well go for it anyway depending on what you get)

 

Combos with: Feraligatr Prime


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