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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Top 13 Pokemon Cards of Dragon Exalted:

- #7 - Rayquaza #128

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.00
Limited: 4.75

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: See Below

virusyosh

Greetings, Pojo readers! Today we're reviewing the #7 card on our countdown of Dragons Exalted cards, and it's one that's received tons of hype, especially due to the difficulty in pulling it. Today's Card of the Day is Rayquaza.
 
Rayquaza is a Basic Dragon Pokemon. Dragons are storming Modified right now, with Darkrai/Hydreigon and Garchomp/Altaria being popular deck choices in the format, and since Dragons are weak to other Dragons, Rayquaza easily has a niche in the current metagame. 120 HP is excellent for a Basic that isn't a Pokemon-EX, meaning that Rayquaza should easily be able to take at least one unboosted hit. Dragon Weakness is expected, and while Hydreigon, Garchomp, and other Rayquaza will deal significant damage; no Resistance is unfortunate; and a Retreat Cost of 3 is rather expensive, so you'll want to use Switch to move Rayquaza around.
 
Rayquaza has two attacks. Dragon Pulse deals 40 damage for a single Lightning Energy, with the side effect of discarding the top two cards of your deck. 40 damage for a single Energy is always good, and makes Rayquaza an especially great starter, as it can easily pick off opposing Dragon-types and low HP Basics early game, and can also easily dispatch of Altarias in the Garchomp/Altaria matchup.While this attack loses some of its luster as the game progresses, Dragon Pulse makes Rayquaza a fantastic swingman, as well as a great starter.
 
The second attack, Shred, does 90 damage for a Fire, a Lightning, and a Colorless, while also ignoring effects on the Defending Pokemon. 90 damage for 3 Energy is just about what we'd expect these days, and ignoring opposing effects, while not as relevant as on something like Giratina-EX, is still a welcome addition to the attack. While it isn't as glamorous as Dragon Pulse, Shred will definitely get the job done if you power it up.
 
Modified: 3.5/5 Rayquaza is an excellent starter, as well as a great anti-metagame Pokemon in general. Dragon Pulse rips apart opposing Gible, Swablu, Tynamo, Gabite, and Altaria with ease, and can also signficantly dent other commonly-seen Dragons, making this Sky High Pokemon an early game terror. While Rayquaza loses a bit of power in the middle and late game due to bigger Pokemon being out of Dragon Pulse's KO range, Shred can still deal excellent damage if you manage to power it up. Overall, Rayquaza is an excellent anti-meta Pokemon that you should definitely watch out for, even if you can't manage to pull one for yourself.
 
Limited: 5/5 Rayquaza is a Basic with a ton of HP that has an incredibly damaging attack for a single Energy. As such, it's an excellent Pokemon for the Limited format. Shred is also great in this format as well, even though the Energy requirements can be a bit difficult to cover. Still, you'll want to use Rayquaza if you pull it, because Dragon Pulse is pretty amazing in Limited.

Jebulous Maryland Player

Rayquaza 128
 
Rayquaza is a Basic Dragon Pokemon with 120 HP.  It has a weakness to Dragon and a retreat cost of 3.  It is searchable by Heavy Ball and Gabite.
 
'Dragon Pulse’ costs 1 Lightning Energy and does 40 damage.  It also makes you discard the top 2 cards of your deck.  For one energy it does a good amount of damage.  It can be easily powered up by an Eelektrik.  In a dragon deck it can be easily searched, and Altaria can boost its attacks.  This is good against Garchomp/Altaria decks because this attack OHKOs a Gabite (and anything weaker).
 
'Shred' costs 1 Fire, 1 Lightning, and 1 Colorless energy.  It does 90 damage and is not affected by any effects on the defending Pokemon.
This attack, on most other cards, would seem bad, but for Rayquaza it is good.  So normally I would say the damage output isn't worth the cost, but this is one of the exceptions.
 
First of all, this card is great for those Rayquaza EX/Eelektrik decks.  They will be running Fire and Lightning energies, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem to throw in this guy.  Eelektrik powers him up on the bench and you just need to attach a single Fire.
This is a great card to have against Garchomp/Altaria decks.  Who am I kidding?  This wreaks havoc on that deck.  'Dragon Pulse' OHKOs the deck's searcher, Gabite, as well as the deck's power upper (I enjoy silly words btw) Altaria.  'Shred' will OHKO any dragon in the deck.
Suck is the double edged sword that is the Dragon type.  'Shred' is also a great way to OHKO a Rayquaza EX (you get 2 prizes; they get 1 for taking this guy out).
 
Unfortunately I heard this card is going to be difficult to acquire.
The rarity will bump up the price, as well as the demand for it.
We'll see if Rayquaza will stay big in the metagame, right now it looks like it will (as long as there are lots of dragons flying around).
 
Modified: 4.5/5
Limited: 4.5/5
Combo's With: ...
 
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