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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Victini #43

Noble Victories

Date Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 2.75

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

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Victini 43/101 (Noble Victories)

This is the third Victini from Noble Victories. I guess it takes its responsibilities as set mascot seriously.

Unfortunately, I can’t do the same for this card. I think it’s hilarious.

This Victini is a Psychic Type (the others in the set are Fire). It has a puny 60 HP, Psychic Weakness, and a single Retreat cost. Nothing very impressive maybe, but nothing that would cause any laughter.

That all changes when we get to the attack. V-blast costs just a single Psychic Energy and it does ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY DAMAGE!!! Wow. 120 for one. Add a PlusPower and you are getting the first turn KO on anything . . . Dragons included (until we get the EX Pokémon anyway).

Drawback? Of course there’s a drawback. You didn’t think that the card designers had let the power creep get that bad did you? In order for V-blast to be successful, you have to flip two coins and have both of them end up heads. That’s a 25% chance of this attack working. But wait! You can pair it up with Victory Star Victini (aka Fliptini) and increase that to 43.75%, which is easy enough to do on turn one if you happen to be holding a Pokémon Collector, and donk your way to victory!

Do I recommend Victini donk as a deck or strategy then? No, not really. I like to think I can build a deck which gives me better odds of winning than Victini offers. It’s still a funny troll deck to make for League/casual play though, and something about it just amuses me.

Rating

Modified: 2 (only for the very brave or the very foolish)

Limited: 3.5 (hey, why not? Especially if you also pull Fliptini)

virusyosh

Happy Friday, Pojo readers! Today we're going to end our COTD week by reviewing one of the multiple Victinis in Noble Victories, specially the Psychic-type #45.

Victini is a Basic Psychic Pokemon. Psychics aren't all that common nowadays, with only the occasional Mew Prime or Gothitelle build; however, Mewtwo-EX is going to see tons of play when it is released in the next set. 60 HP is low but unfortunately common for a non-evolving Basic, and it should be able to take at least one hit early-game, but will fall to even weaker attacks when up against heavy hitters. Psychic Weakness is a problem against the aforementioned Mew, Gothitelle, and Mewtwo; no Resistance is no Resistance; and a Retreat Cost of 1 is easily paid if you need to retreat.

Victini only has one attack, V-blast, which deals an amazing 120 damage for a single Psychic Energy...if you flip two coins and they're both heads. Normally, V-blast will work 25% of the time, which is about as unreliable as you can get in the Pokemon TCG. You can combo it with Victory Star Victini to re-flip the coins, but unless you're extremely lucky, chances are you won't end up doing a whole lot of damage.

Modified: 1/5 Victini's combination of low HP and luck-based attacks won't find it a place in Modified any time soon. V-blast is too unreliable to compete even with Victory Star Victini here. If you want a Basic that can deal 120 damage consistently, go for Reshiram or Zekrom. Even though they take more than one Energy, the consistency factor is much better with the dragons.

Limited: 2/5 Victini can be somewhat useful in Limited, but only if you also have a Victory Star Victini. V-blast can easily score a surprise KO if you can get it off, but once again, with TWO coin flips having to be heads, the odds are not in your favor.

Combos With: Victory Star Victini


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