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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Latios

Dragon Vault

Date Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.13
Limited: 1.37

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

Latios (Dragon Vault)

Oops! Looks like there was something we forgot in our reviews of Dragon Vault, so welcome to a week in which we kick off with the male half of the Eon Duo, Latios. Because they come as a pair, the Latis are often given effects which complement each other (i.e.: you need both of them in play). Very occasionally, this actually works and you get the PokéBody locking Dual Aura of Latias δ. Usually though, it’s just some minor gimmicky thing that is never worth the effort.

Latios is a Basic Dragon Type Pokémon with 100 HP, and a retreat cost of one. None of those things are actually terrible, but at the same time, I think we are all aware that there are other Basics that offer better stats with the same typing (such as Kyurem and Rayquaza from the same set). So, unless Latios can offer something special when it comes to his attacks, he is going to find it almost impossible to get out of the binder.

Sky Blade, Latios’ first attack is the one that requires Latias to be on the Bench. Without Latias it does a pathetic 20 damage for one Water and one Energy of any Colour. With Latias, that gets pumped up to an utterly underwhelming 40. Yes, that’s right: you need two Energy and another Basic benched just to do that. I’m not sure I need to comment any further on that, or explain exactly why it’s bad. Same goes for the ironically-named Speed Wing, really. An attack cost of Psychic and two Colourless doesn’t seem all that speedy to me, and the pay off of 60 points of vanillish damage is most definitely not worth the wait.

The Eon Duo are binder candy only, I’m afraid. It’s a good job the artwork is prettyful.

Rating

Modified: 1.25 (use the Latis together and your reward is . . . some horribly underpowered attacks)

Limited: N/A (mini set)

Jebulous Maryland Player

Latios
 
Latios is a Basic Dragon Pokemon with 100 HP.  It is weak to Dragon and had a retreat cost of 1.
 
'Sky Blade' costs 1 Water and 1 Colorless energy.  It does 20 damage, plus 20 more if Latias is on the bench.  Another horrible damage output card.  Unless you build the deck around the two, then this will mostly be doing 20 damage, which is not worth the energy cost.  At the very least this attack should have cost 1 colorless energy.  I would have preferred it to do a lot more when Latias is on the bench (maybe
40 more instead of 20).
 
'Speed Wing' costs 1 Psychic and 2 Colorless energy.  It only does 60 damage.  Again, not worth it.  Even hitting for weakness, it won't be doing that much damage (except to the non-played Dragons).
 
I don't plan on using this, and I doubt I'll see many people playing it.
 
Modified: 1/5
Limited: 1.5/5
Combos With:  ...
 
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