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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Regigigas LV X

Stormfront

Date Reviewed:
September 23, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.50
Limited: 3.25

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

Regigigas LV X (Stormfront)

Today we are catching up with another Stormfront LV X that we missed first time around. It’s also one of the most complex cards in the format, so it’s not going to be an easy review. That’s what I’m here for though, so let’s get on with it.

Regigigas LV X has truly monstrous HP, a troubling Fighting Weakness, and a Retreat cost that you will never pay in a million years. It has one attack which has possibly the most bizarre attack cost in the game: [W][F][M][C] (obviously based on the types of the other Regis). All this suggests two things: that Regigigas needs to be the focus of a tanking-style deck, and that it is in desperate need of some Energy acceleration. If only it had some kind of Power that would help with all that . . .

Well, your luck’s in, because Regigigas LV X’s Power, Sacrifice, does both of these things. Once per turn, you can KO a Pokémon on your Bench (yep, your opponent takes a Prize) to remove up to eight damage counters from Regigigas and attach two Energy to it from your discard pile. To make this work you need useful Pokémon to Sacrifice and a way of discarding Energy quickly. Either Regice or Registeel LA can get the second job done, and for the first you have those ever-useful Pixies. Uxie LA can draw you a whole bunch of cards before being sacrificed, and Mesprit LA can stop your opponent’s Powers, giving you more time to set up this monster.

So, what do you get in the way of an attack for all this effort? It needs to be something quite special and by and large it just about is. Giga Blaster does 100 damage while discarding a card from your opponent’s hand and from the top of their deck which, if you get lucky, is a very nice bonus. The downside is that Giga Blaster cannot be used on consecutive turns. That’s not too bad though as the Basic Regigigas have some decent attacks you can use instead, such as Regigigas LA’s Gigaton Punch, or the alarmingly expensive Promo’s Drag Off and Giga Hammer.

Regigias LV X is an extremely tough Pokémon: hard to KO and with some devastating attacks. It’s not the easiest deck to play though. In fact, I’d put it up there alongside Sablelock as probably the most skill-intensive deck in the format. Calculating when to use Sacrifice is not always easy, and neither is knowing when to drop Mesprit for the Power lock. This is not really a deck for new players, or players who aren’t prepared to spend a lot of time learning the deck and its match ups. 

In addition, Regigigas has lost a couple of very good friends in the last Rotation. Without Azelf MT, it struggles to slow down SP decks as it once did, and with the loss of Unown G, it is an easy OHKO for Machamp SF. Because of this, I’m not sure Regigigas has what it takes to win tournaments this season, even though it remains a powerful and challenging deck to play.

Rating

Modified: 3.5 (good enough to become a fairly successful archetype at the highest level, but the rotation has not been kind to it)

Limited: 3.25 (very slow but virtually unstoppable . . . unless your opponent has Machamp) 

Combos with . . .  

Mesprit LA

Regice LA 


Otaku

Regigigas Lv.X is one of those cards that we missed reviewing.  This Colorless Level-Up card is played on the Basic Colorless Pokémon, Regigigas.  This will boost the HP score of Regigigas to 150 points (when fully healed).  This is a 30 or 50 point boost, depending on the underlying card.  All currently legal versions of Regigigas share a Fighting Weakness x 2.  This means that Fighting Pokémon still have a decent chance of OHKOing it, even with the massive HP score.  The lack of Resistance is unfortunate, as always, as is the four Energy it will take to retreat Regigigas Lv.X; pack something to switch it out or be prepared to let it go down swinging.  The net effect is a decent foundation.

 

Leveling up provides two new options for Regigigas.  First is a Poké-Power, Sacrifice.  It allows you to KO one of your own Pokémon, then search your discard pile for 2 basic Energy cards and attach them to Regigigas and remove 8 damage counters from Regigigas.  This can both speed up Regigigas attack and keep it from being KO’d by accumulated damage, though you’re still down a Prize.  All in all, a good deal as long as Regigigas can prove to be a decent attacker.  Speaking of which, the attack on this card is expensive but does quite a bit.  Giga Blaster requires (WFMC).  Even with the Poké-Power, that will take some other Energy acceleration or two turns to power up.  You hit for 100 points of damage, with will OHKO most Stage 1 and Basic Pokémon, nearly OHKO several Stage 2 Pokémon, and leave just about everything else more than half Knocked Out.  It randomly discards a card from your opponent’s hand and the top card from their deck.  Unfortunately, it also can’t be used during your next turn.  Regigigas Lv.X. X has no other attacks, but fortunately it can tap into the attacks and Poké-Body/Poké-Power of its underlying form.  As such, I do consider this a good attack: it isn’t a bargain, but the total package seems worth the hassle.

 

Regigigas (DP – Legends Awakened 37/146) or the promo (DP40) looks like the best Regigigas to combine with this.  The promo has decent attacks to use on between Giga Blaster uses and allow Double Colorless Energy to act as a fallback plan.  Alternatively, the Recover Mechanism Poké-Body on the version from Legends Awakened will let you shed Special Conditions (so Sacrifice is always viable), and its attack meets the same criteria, though uses a coin toss to determine if it hits for less or more than Giga Hammer.

 

In Limited play, looks too hard to pull: the only Regigigas is a Holo-Rare itself!  If you do manage to pull them and run them, then those rare occasions you manage to get them both out and powered up, it will be devastating.  It’s too bad that Sacrifice is a bad idea in a format with only four Prizes, and getting Energy into your discard pile probably comes from retreating and getting KO’d.

 

Ratings

 

Modified: 3.5/5 – Lost a few components with the rotation, though it is still a solid deck.  Be on the look out for new dance partners to replace the old.

 

Limited: 1.5/5 – If you manage to pull the needed cards and open with them, expect to be accused of cheating.  If it shows up later, it may be too late to do any real good.

 

I am still selling my former collectables on eBay.  I’ve had a lot of hobbies over the years, so at various times I’ll have comic books, manga, action figures, and video games on the auction block.  You can take a look at what’s up for bids here.  I usually add new stuff on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Just a reminder, Pojo is in no way responsible for any transactions and was merely kind enough to let me mention the auctions here. ;)

 


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