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Top 10 Plasma Blast Cards

#9 - Drifblim  

- Plasma Blast

Date Reviewed:
Aug 20, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified:
Limited:

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

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2010 UK National
Seniors
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#9 Drifblim 

The thing that makes Plasma Blast such a good set is the number of neat little tricks and synergies it has, all of which interact with the metagame in interesting ways. Probably the best illustration of this is today’s card, Drifblim. 

Driblim is a Stage 1 Pokémon with 100 HP and a single attack, costing three Energy. Normally this would be enough to send it straight into the pile marked ‘useless filler’, never to return. However, in this case Drifblim redeems itself with the Drifting Balloon Ability which states that for each Team Plasma Pokémon your opponent has in play, Drifblim’s attacks cost one Energy less. Obviously, this is great against Plasma decks, with their Benches full of Deoxys-EX and Kyurem, allowing you to attack for free with Derail which does 70 damage and discards a Special Energy from the Defending Pokémon. However, there is still the problem of Drifblim being a weak Stage 1 which takes two or three turns to KO anything. This is where the new Silver Mirror Tool comes in (more on that later in our countdown) which gives protection (damage and effects) from Plasma Pokémon. 

Put the two together and you can see that Drifblim can function as a pretty hardcore counter to the very popular and successful Team Plasma decks. If they can’t find a Tool Scrapper or a non-Plasma Pokémon, they are pretty much going to be walled to death by a giant balloon with sticking plaster for a mouth. How embarrassing is that for a bunch of overpowered Legendaries like Thundurus-EX and Kyurem? Like all counters, though, its effectiveness depends on how often you run into the relevant match up. As useful as he is against Plasma decks, Drifblim is a pretty poor card if you happen to be playing against anything else, making his worth directly dependent upon the specific metagame. 

Rating 

Modified: 3.75 (useful to have in a Plasma–heavy format)

Limited: 2.5 (not really designed to work here) 

Combos with: Silver Mirror, Drifblim DRX (the PLB one discards the Special Energy and the DRX on hits hard as a result)

virusyosh Had this at #5


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