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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day


Date Reviewed: May 5, 2010

 

Suicune & Entei Legend

HS Unleashed

WWC - Torrent Blade - Return 2 Water Energy attached to Suicune & Entei LEGEND to your hand. Choose one of your opponent's Benched Pokémon. This attack does 100 damage to that Pokémon. (Don't apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokémon.)

FCC - Bursting Inferno - 80 - The Defending Pokémon is now Burned.

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.87
Limited: 3.87

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.

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Combos With:

Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Suicune & Entei Legend (Unleashed)

 

Our final Legend this week is the other possible combination of the Legenday Dogs, Suicune and Entei. Yep, I am going to be calling it S&E from now on. Like the others, it is not an easy Pokémon to use, thanks to the restrictions on searching it out and getting it into play.

 

S&E is a Water/Fire dual type, which is very good as it hits Jumpluffs, Donphans, and Fire decks for Weakness. The dual Water/Lightning Weakness is a huge downside here. The 140 P is considerable, but it will not protect you from cheap easy OHKOs at the hands of Gyarados and Luxray GL LV X: both of which are a very common sight in tournaments. On the plus side, you do get Free Retreat.

 

Torrent Blade is S&E’s first attack. It costs a somewhat steep [W][W][C], but it does hit the Benched Pokémon of your choice for 100 damage. A powerful snipe attack like this is great because it virtually guarantees you a prize against Benched Basics and techs. On the other hand, the fact that you can’t choose to hit the active with it is a bit of a drawback as often, this will be your preferred target. Speaking of drawbacks, Torrent Blade also requires you to return two [W] to your hand, making it difficult to use on consecutive turns.

 

There are a few cards that work well with this attack though. Feraligatr Prime with its Raindance Power could solve the problem of getting S&E powered up and hitting every turn. The difficulties of getting a Stage 2 AND a Legend into play fast enough make me wonder if this combo is going to be at all practical in the current fast and disruptive format. Another possibility would be Honchkrow SV, which could drag Pokémon from your opponent’s Discard Pile for S&E to snipe (much like it does in some Garchomp C decks).

 

Given the difficulties of spamming S&E’s snipe attack, it’s just as well it has a decent alternative. Bursting Inferno also costs three Energy, but with the cost being [R][C][C], at least it can make use of Double Colourless Energy. For that, you do a reasonable 80 damage to the active and get auto Burn as a nice bonus. It’s a decent enough attack which gives S&E a much-needed method of hitting the active Pokémon, but for the cost, it’s nothing spectacular when you factor in the difficulties and drawbacks of playing Legends in the first place.

 

Although the snipe attack is attractive, and Bursting Inferno not bad, S&E Legend is still somewhat slow and needy in terms of Support. Maybe if Torrent Blade required a single Discard, or could use DCE, it would be more playable. As it stands, the card comes up a little short in terms of being competitive.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 2.75 (Would be more if the snipe attack could hit the active)

Limited: 3 (how lucky do you expect to be?)

 

If I had to sum up my feelings about the Unleashed Legendary Dogs , I would say that they have some of the best damage attacks ever printed on a Pokémon card, but that they are very difficult to run, and you could pay an extremely high price for doing so. Maybe after the rotation, maybe if they get more support (like the Legend Box card that we were expecting, but didn’t get, in Unleashed), they will end up being as broken as they appear at first glance. Until then . . . use at your own (considerable) risk. Oh, and watch out for Kecleon RR ;)

kentucky
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torchic

Today's card of the day is the final LEGEND from Unleashed, Suicune & Entei LEGEND. Let's see how it stacks up to it's brethren.

Suicune & Entei LEGEND is, like the rest of these new LEGENDs, a dual-type Pokemon, this time combining Water and Fire. This allows it to hit for weaknesses on many Grass, Metal, Fighting, and Fire type Pokemon. 160 HP is a good amount, but the lack of Resistance, and the x2 weaknesses to Water and Lightning don't give this card much survivability. This s probably the fragilest out of the Legendary Beast LEGENDs, as the others can use Sunnyshore City Gym to remove their weaknesses, which isn't helped by the EX rule. Also, fun fact, Raikou & Suicune LEGEND's Thunderbolt Spear will do a whopping 600 damage to Suicune & Entei LEGEND. Not only that, but this card has a retreat cost of one, hinderign any efforts to get Suicune & Entei LEGEND out of harm's way.

Suicune & Entei LEGEND's first attack is the highlight of this card. For two Water enrgy and one Colorless energy, Torrent Blade can hit any of your opponent's benched Pokemon for 100 damage. That's enough to OHKO many benchsitters, such as Uxie LV.X, Claydol, Bronzong G, and more. The only downside is that you have to return two Water energy back to your hand, and that it cannot hit the active Pokemon. Nonetheless, as you'll see in the Combos section, there are ways to utilize this attack to the fullest.

Suicune & Entei LEGEND's second attack isn't as impressive, but it's still fairly useful. For one Fire energy and two Colorless energy, Bursting Inferno does 80 damage to the defending Pokemon and automatically burns them as well. This attack is slow and not too appealing, but it is the only way that Suicune & Entei LEGEND can hit the defending Pokemon. Most of the time though, you'll be better off sticking with Torrent Blade.

Modified 3/5
This card is okay, but is outclassed in every way by the new Unleashed Blastoise, who can hit the active for 100 as well. Nonetheless, this can make for a fun deck, dragging up a Pokemon that's hard to retreat and just start eliminating your opponent's bench, one by one.

Limited 3.5/5
This card is better in Limited, if you can pull it. 80 damage and burn is impressive, and Torrent Blade is useful every now and then to take out something your opponent's charging up. Someone at my prerelease actually pulled this guy too.

Combos with: Feraligatr Prime (HeartGold & Soul Silver)
With Feraligatr Prime, you can quickly power up Suicune & Entei LEGEND and allow it to use Torrent Blsde every single turn for a truly devastating combo.

~KFT

virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo readers! I apologize for not doing any reviews so far this week, but it's finals time and I've been incredibly busy. That being said, I hope you all enjoyed your Unleashed prereleases. Today's Cards of the Day are a set that I got at my local prerelease for trading a hat: Suicune and Entei LEGEND.

Suicune and Entei are a Fire and Water LEGEND Pokemon. Being Fire and Water is pretty good: Water is very common right now and thus has a lot of support, and Fire can be useful to take out things like Jumpluff and Dialga G Lv. X. 160 HP is excellent, and will allow Suicune and Entei to survive for a while unless your opponent is hitting for Weakness. Unfortunately, weakness to both Water and Lightning is horrible, as Gyarados, Kingdra, and Luxray GL Lv. X are still very popular, as well as a few other new things in Unleashed that might see play. No Resistance is very unfortunate, and a Retreat Cost of 1 isn't too horrible if you must pay it. Additionally, as with the other two-beast LEGENDs, if your opponent knocks it out, they take two Prize cards. Additionally, each half counts as the same name for deck construction, so keep that in mind as well.

Also like the other beast LEGENDs, Suicune and Entei have two attacks. The first attack, Torrent Blade, costs [WWC] and allows you to return two Water Energy to your hand to deal 100 damage to one of your opponent's Pokemon. One immediate combo with this attack is Feraligatr Prime, as Rain Dance allows you to easily re-attach the Energy every turn to keep sniping for 100 damage. However, Blastoise from Unleashed does something very similar, dealing 100 damage for 4 energy while returning two. There are some arguments for using Suicune and Entei over Blastoise: More HP, fewer Energy are required for the attack, cheaper Retreat, and not requiring evolution are things in the LEGEND's favor. However, Blastoise doesn't have double Weakness, has an acceleration ability if Feraligatr isn't available, and your opponent only takes one Prize card for taking it out.

Suicune and Entei's second attack, Bursting Inferno, deals 80 damage for [RCC] and automatically burns. While not as spectacular as Torrent Blade, a relatively high-powered Fire attack with no drawback is still nice.

Modified: 3/5 Might work in a Rain Dance deck as a decently powered attacker with sniping capabilities, but Blastoise and Lanturn Prime may still be better. Still, it's by no means bad, and can be used to great effect if you can keep it safe from Water and Lightning Pokemon.

Limited: 4.5/5 Even though the odds of getting it out here are astronomically small, it will be a devastating force if you can manage it.


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