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Top 10 Plasma Blast Cards

#6 - Jirachi EX  

- Plasma Blast

Date Reviewed:
Aug 23, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.50
Limited: 4.00

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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

#6 Jirachi-EX 

Since Uxie LA got rotated back in 2010, the TCG has really suffered from a lack of splashable Pokémon-based search/draw cards that boost the consistency of decks instead of leaving you at the mercy of having to draw into the right Supporter. Well, now we have something like that, but to call it a double-edged sword doesn’t really do justice to the potential perils of using the card. 

Jirachi-EX comes with a pretty awful attack and an astonishing 90 HP. Yep, that’s right, even less than Celebi, Victini and Shaymin – EX Pokémon that are often considered too risky to play because of their low hit points. Let’s be honest, practically every decent playable attacker in the game will have little or no trouble taking two Prizes off of a Jirachi, and that’s a very bad thing. And yet, there is a point where that 90 HP becomes a positive . . . you see it makes Jirachi-EX easily searchable with Level Ball, and that is exactly what you want. This is because Jirachi boasts an Ability – Stellar Guidance – which triggers when you put it into play from the hand and it allows you to search your deck for any Supporter card. 

So Jirachi-EX gives you an easily searchable way to get the Supporter you need when you need it: Juniper for huge draw, N for disruption, or maybe something more tech-y like Shadow Triad or Skyla. This is great as it gives you a lot of ways (Jirachi itself + Pokémon search) to overcome that dreaded Supporter drought that can result in decks failing to set up or just running out of steam. Even a single copy of this card in a deck can boost consistency by quite a bit. 

 But . . . that downside . . . it’s so very horrible. Two very easy Prizes for your opponent, and Arceus forbid that you should ever be forced to start with it. The best place for it is probably in a deck like Blastoise which could use the help in setting up, but will then just roll over the opposition once it does. I really like what Jirachi can do, but it will probably take a braver player than me to run it. 

Rating 

Modified: 3.5 (this will both win and lose games for those who choose to play it)

Limited: 4 (on the one hand, the Ability is even better here where you won’t have many Supporters. On the other, when it gets KO’d you lose half your Prizes . . . and Catcher is in this set . . . )


Otaku
Had this at #8

Jason Klaczynski
"Ness"
Three-Time World Champion
Check out The Klaczynski Open. August 31, 2013

Had this at #2.

Jirachi EX -

Drawn a supporterless hand? Now any Ultra Ball or Level Ball can bail you out! A great card for the game!


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