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Reuniclus #53

Noble Victories

Date Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.25
Limited: 2.50

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Reuniclus 53/101 (Noble Victories)

Today we look at the second Reuniclus from the Noble Vicories set. Oddly enough, they are both Rares. Usually, you get one Rare and one Uncommon version of a particular card, but I guess Reuniclus is special.

Well, not all that special actually. We get the same pitiful 90 HP on a Stage 2, combined with Psychic Weakness and a Retreat cost of two. No Abilities on this one either, so let’s take a look at the attacks.

Dizzy Punch is at least cheap. That’s a good thing because you certainly won’t have the time to get much Energy on a low HP Pokémon like Reuniclus. For a single Psychic Energy, you get to flip two coins and do 30 damage for each heads. Yes, 60 for one is a good deal, but it’s hardly the sort of attack that you would bother setting up a Stage 2 for. More importantly, though, without the double heads, the attack becomes even less attractive. 30 or even zero damage? No thanks.

At least you are guaranteed to hit for 60 with Mind Bend. You also get to inflict Confusion on the Defending Pokémon, which isn’t a bad thing at all as it will likely force a Retreat. The problem is the cost: at [P][C][C], this means either three attachments, or the use of a precious Double Colourless on a Pokémon that is unlikely to survive long enough to make much use of it. The reward (not enough damage to even TWO hit KO a Dragon or most Stage 2s) is clearly not worth the investment.

If Pokémon are going to keep on making Reuniclus with very low HP across the entire evolution line, then they need to go back to making them Bench-sitting Ability users like Reuniclus BW. As an attacker, it stands no chance in the metagame.

Rating

Modified: 1.5 (Dreams of a Reuniclus deck are put on hold for now)

Limited: 2 (Even here, the low HP and damage output mean it’s barely worth the effort)

virusyosh

Greetings, Pojo viewers! Today we're reviewing yet another Reuniclus from Noble Victories, this one being #53.
 
Reuniclus is a Stage 2 Psychic Pokemon. Like I've mentioned all week, Psychics aren't so common right now, but will be once Mewtwo-EX is released. 90 HP is still terrible on a Stage 2, and Reuniclus won't be able to take many hits from the metagame's main attackers. Psychic Weakness is bad against Mewtwo, Mew Prime, and Gothitelle; No Resistance is unfortunate; and a Retreat Cost of 2 is payable, but a bit expensive, so I'd suggest to try to Switch first.
 
Reuniclus has two attacks, Dizzy Punch and Mind Bend. Dizzy Punch is a standard flip attack, flipping two coins and dealing 30 damage times the number of heads for a single Psychic Energy. This attack can max out at 60 damage for a single Energy, which is fairly good, but all things considered, you'll average 30 damage, which is average. Additionally, an attack such as this won't make Reuniclus playable in Modified due to its low HP. Therefore, the other attack must be able to do something spectacular. Mind Bend deals 60 damage for a Psychic and two Colorless, as well as automatically Confusing the opponent. 60 damage and auto-Confusion for three Energy is just about average, and while decent in Limited, won't cut it in Modified.
 
Modified: 1/5 Reuniclus has a combination of terrible HP and Weakness, as well as a subpar Retreat Cost and attacks, which don't work well in Modified. In a format where Pokemon need to have unique abilities to distinguish themselves, Reuniclus is very average.
 
Limited: 3/5 This Reuniclus is actually fairly good in Limited. Dizzy Punch is nothing to write home about, but Mind Bend is fairly good for its cost here. Just be sure to watch out for Reuniclus' HP - 90 is poor for a Stage 2 in any format.


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