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Top 10 Plasma Blast Cards

#4 - Silver Bangle  

- Plasma Blast

Date Reviewed:
Aug 27, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.00
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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#4 Silver Bangle 

Since the (re)introduction of EX Pokémon with Next Destinies, there has barely even been a competitive deck that hasn’t used them in some way (exceptions being the briefly successful Quad decks featuring Sigilyph or Terrakion). Mewtwo, Darkrai, Rayquaza, Landorus and friends have pretty much had the tournament scene all to themselves for well over a year now, thanks to their massive HP and extremely powerful attacks. 

For some reason, Pokémon has decided that now is the right time to give players a real incentive not to use EX attackers and make those huge EX Pokémon just a little easier to deal with . . . and it comes in the form of today’s card, Silver Bangle. 

Silver Bangle is a Tool which, when attached to a non-EX Pokémon, means that Pokémon’s attacks do 30 more damage to an Active EX Pokémon. This not only gives a big boost to already powerful non-EX’s like Kyurem PLF and Absol PLF, but it may also give enough of an increase in damage output for Pokémon like Garchomp DRX Dragonite PLF, and Empoleon DEX to be able to compete. After all, Garchomp’s Mach Cut will now two-shot any EX for a single Energy without the need for any vulnerable Altaria DRX on the Bench. With Silver Bangle attached, Zebstrika NEX can do some semi-respectable damage to go with the Trainer lock; it makes decks based around Vileplume BCR and a bunch of otherwise Weak attackers a more interesting prospect too. 

Silver Bangle certainly does not spell the end of EX dominance in the TCG, but it does widen the pool of playable Pokémon somewhat, and that can only be a good thing. 

Rating 

Modified: 4.25 (get your non-EX Pokémon hitting some pretty sweet numbers)

Limited: 3 (you don’t always come up against EX Pokémon in limited, but when you do . . . )


Otaku

Hurray for shiny objects!  Our fourth most Promising Pick of Plasma Blast (of 12) is Silver Bangle.

 

Apparently a “bangle” is a rigid, ring-shaped bracelet usually (but not always) without a clasp so that it can easily slip over the hand.

 

Stats

 

Silver Bangle is a Pokémon Tool, meaning it is also an Item and a Trainer: Skyla can search it, Sableye (BW: Dark Explorers 62/108) can retrieve it from the discard with its Junk Hunt attack, and Tool Scrapper can discard it (and up to one more Pokémon Tool in play).  Pokémon Tools tend to compete with each other, though not as badly as Stadiums and Ace Spec cards: barring Sigilyph (BW: Plasma Blast 41/101) a Pokémon may only have a single Pokémon Tool attached at one time so you can only use so many Tools at the same time.  They also eat up space and are dead if there’s no Pokémon to use them with… and there are mass Tool discard cards to worry about like Chatot (BW: Plasma Blast 77/101).

 

Effects

 

Silver Bangle causes the equipped Pokémon’s attacks to hit for an extra 30 points of damage (before Weakness and Resistance) to Active Pokémon-EX unless it is attached to a Pokémon-EX (in which case it has no effect).  A triple PlusPower that won’t go away (at least not without “help”) is very potent; this single card will up your damage by the same amount as the Hypnotoxic Laser/Virbank City Gym combo, though Weakness and Resistance can modify that further.  In the rare circumstance you’re using this card in some of the older, alternate formats that involve more than two Active Pokémon, the wording would indicate the damage done to all of them is boosted.

 

Usage

 

So am I talking about any attackers in particular?  Yes and no; any deck with strong, non-Pokémon-EX attackers is a legitimate contender for Silver Bangle unless they require you use some other Pokémon Tool.  For most major decks, the only question is if there will or won’t be enough such attackers to bother with Silver Bangle.  The older (relatively speaking) big, Basic Pokémon that are not Pokémon-EX may find themselves worth (or more worthy) of deck usage again; coupled with other damage increasing cards already commonly played or recently released, it may be possible to create a beatdown variant not focused on Pokémon-EX or even excluding them.  There is also the thought of combining multiple other anti-Pokémon-EX Pokémon and just building an anti-metagame deck around the package; which arguably might end up being the same thing.

 

The new Sigilyph mentioned earlier as well as the older Sigilyph (BW: Dragons Exalted 52/124; BW: Plasma Freeze 118/116) and Bouffalant (BW: Dragons Exalted 110/124) seem like good candidates… but what excites me are the decks where this could finally enable them to be functionally competitive; either more so than they used to be or perhaps for the first time at all.  Pokémon like Zebstrika (BW: Next Destinies 48/99) or Dragonite (BW: Plasma Freeze 83/116) still won’t be hitting “hard” with this attached, but at least against Pokémon-EX (where they may need it the most) it would allow the former to do 70 for (LC) and the later to do 90 for (CCC). 

 

Another card I’ll have to give a second look to is Vileplume (BW: Boundaries Crossed 3/149); Silver Bangle is applied before Weakness, and so backing up a decent Basic Pokémon with that Stage 2 and that Pokémon Tool means +120 points of damage!  That might finally be enough to make the easily splashed, quickly powered-up attacks finally work as intended.  I think that is enough crazy ideas to get people started, and if I actually hit something worthwhile, who would believe it?

 

What strikes me as almost odd is that I think the best partners for this card are Silver Mirror and Tool Scrapper.  Why?  Right now the most obvious deck that can and will reliably attack with a fast, non-Pokémon-EX that can dish out the damage would be the iconic Team Plasma Basics deck.  Even if not, they are quite the popular and potent deck, so this lets you flip between offense and defense quit handily.  Tool Scrapper can help with that; time it well and you can take out the one Pokémon Tool your opponent will likely have in play (unless they get sloppy) and then you can discard whatever you had in play for what you need.  Beyond that, it would just be a shame if an opponent’s Silver Mirror, Eviolite, etc. ruined your offense.

 

Speaking of Tool Scrapper, I believe it will become a more heavily played card again, but at the same time it might merely mean it is still just “cycling”.  The reason I don’t think it really hurts Silver Bangle much is simple; you drop Silver Bangle, attack, and then your opponent has to be far enough behind that they would feel the need to burn an Item discarding a Pokémon Tool that an aggressive deck would send to the discard pile by KOing the Pokémon it was attached to.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: This doesn’t really help FTW or lock decks, and unless Hypnotoxic Laser has changed things, when trying something more straightforward my money is still on old, older, and oldest-school Pokémon Tools, like Expert Belt, Solid Rage, Cessation Crystal, and Focus Band! 1/5

 

Modified: It isn’t an update of Desert Ruins, but given how hard it would be for something like that to compete with Hypnotoxic Laser/Virbank City Gym; this is probably the better idea.  This becomes that card you ask “Can I not use this well enough to justify cutting it?”  Some decks will skip it, but everyone should ask themselves about it first. 3.75/5

 

Limited: The only realistic decks I can think of that should skip this are of the  Pokémon-EX+39; for everything else this is a must run. 4.95/5

 

Summary

Those Pokémon-EX HP scores just got a little smaller thanks to Silver Bangle; plenty of decks will skip it but plenty will run it, so get a play set ASAP and get used to seeing it.  This card was actually my number two pick because I believe it will elevate some decks that have been near misses, make some good decks great, and become another solid choice for still more decks that are already great.  Only decks that seldom attack with anything but Pokémon-EX will regularly skip it.


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

 

3. Silver Bangle

Team Plasma’s Kyurem just became even stronger. 180 HP EXes are now even more likely to be OHKO’d by a non-EX Pokémon.


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