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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Durant  

- Plasma Storm

Date Reviewed:
April 11, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.25
Limited: 4.50

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

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Durant #92 (Plasma Storm) 

Remember the time when Noble Victories was released, but before we started getting the EX Pokemon? It was actually one of the better formats in recent history, with a variety of competitive decks that took a certain amount of skill to use properly like Six Corners and Chandelure. Except there was one deck that everyone hated. Durant NVI was cheap (in the financial sense) and cheap (in the strategy sense) – it was an incredibly annoying mill deck that made the words ‘Devour for four’ hated and feared everywhere. It was also highly successful and evolved over time into a very refined and well constructed deck. Of course, Durant NVI is still legal, it’s just that you don’t see it played competitively any more. Ants are just too easy to OHKO turn after turn these days, and they lost some key cards (Twins, Special Metal Energy) in the rotation. That hasn’t stopped people trying to revive the deck though. You sometimes see lists including Plasma Klinklang popping up here and there with the idea being that it can protect the Durants from being KO’d. So, does this Durant have anything to offer the deck besides counting towards Devour? Well, yes, it does. 

This is thanks to two attacks that can work very nicely in the deck. The first, Call for Backup, costs just one Energy and enables you to search your deck for any Pokémon.  In a deck which relies on flooding the Field with Durant (and setting up Klinklang), this has obvious benefits. It’s not as effective as Emolga DRX’s Call for Family, but hey, it’s a Durant so it’s already doing the work in the deck that Emolga can’t. The other attack, Metal Jail costs one Metal and one Energy of any Colour. The damage output is just 30, but it does have a nice bonus effect of retreat-locking the Defending Pokémon. Yes, a lot of decks play multiple Switch or Keldeo-EX these days, but it can still buy you a vital turn to set up or recover if your opponent isn’t holding those options. I don’t anticipate it being used much, if at all, but there may be situations where you are glad to have it. 

The TCG has moved on an awful lot since Durant was a top tier deck, and however you build it now, I don’t think it can be any more than semi-competitive and an excellent way to troll anyone who still has nightmares about the BLW-NVI format. If you do want to give it a try, then including a single copy of this card would be a pretty good play. Oh and it’s a must-run in limited too: you probably only have one or two really good Pokémon and it doesn’t get much better than being able to search them from your deck at will. 

Rating 

Modified: 2.25 (the Durant revival starts here!  . . . maybe not)

Limited: 4.5 (slugs it out with Rotom for the title of ‘best opening Pokémon in the set’)

virusyosh

Greetings once again, Pojo viewers! Today we're reviewing a new Team Plasma variant of a once-popular Basic Metal Pokemon. Today's Card of the Day is Durant.
 
Durant is a Basic Metal Team Plasma Pokemon. Metal-types are seeing play right now in Klinklang/Cobalion variants, so Durant may be able to fit in there if it fills a niche. As a Team Plasma Pokemon, Durant gets support from the likes of Colress Machine and Plasma Frigate, with more to come later on. 70 HP is abysmal for a non-evolving Basic Pokemon, as Durant will be lucky to last a single hit in today's high-powered Modified metagame. Fire Weakness isn't such a problem in Modified (though it is in Limited); Psychic Resistance is great against Mewtwo (though it still easily KOs); and a Retreat Cost of one is cheap enough that it won't set you back too much if you have to pay it.
 
This Iron Ant has two attacks. Call For Backup is a nice twist on a standard Call attack, grabbing a Pokemon (not just Basic!) from your deck and putting it into your hand for a single Colorless Energy. This is a pretty decent opening move in both Modified and Limited, although in Modified you're still probably better off using the likes of Level Ball, Heavy Ball, or Ultra Ball. Metal Jail is the metal ant's form of offense, dealing 30 damage and preventing retreat during your opponent's next turn for a Metal and a Colorless. Nothing too spectacular, but this attack is definitely usable in Limited.
 
Modified: 2/5 Durant isn't a terrible setup Pokemon, but its low stats and lack of offense make it a rather unattractive option. You'd be better off setting up with Trainers and Supporters here.
 
Limited: 3.5/5 Durant is a great setup Pokemon in the slower Limited format. Call for Backup will drag your important Stage 2s out of the deck for you, and while Metal Jail isn't all that powerful, it can still be a nice stalling effect until you get your heavier hitters out. If you're playing Metal or just need a good support Pokemon, Durant is a good choice for Plasma Storm Limited.


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