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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Hydreigon  

- Legendary Treasures

Date Reviewed:
December 3, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.75
Limited: 2.00

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

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Hydreigon (Legendary Treasures) 

Hydreigon’s been around for a while now (this is a reprint, of course), and has formed the basis of a deck that has always been pretty solid without quite making it to the top tier. The concept behind it is simple: you can use his Dark Trance Ability to move Dark Energy around and this allows you to both conserve Energy in play and use Max Potion to completely heal your Pokémon without the discard penalty. 

Obviously a large part of the reason why this deck works at all is that we have a fantastic Dark Type attacker in Darkrai EX. However, Blend and Prism Energy do give the deck some flexibility so the tech possibilities are fairly wide-ranging, though most players prefer to stick with non-attacking options like Virizion EX and Mr Mime, while focusing on consistency. It doesn’t hurt that Dark Pokémon already have some very nice support from cards like Dark Patch either: being able to accelerate and conserve your Energy is a very attractive combination. Unlike most Bench Support Pokémon, Hydreigon comes with a useful attack: 140 damage is enough to take care of most Stage 2s, any Dragon Pokémon (thanks to Weakness), and even a lot of EX’s with a little help from a previous Night Spear snipe. The new rules benefit the card quite a bit too: it’s not so easy to drag active now that Catcher needs a coin flip, and the ‘no first turn attack’ rule means your lone Deino starter isn’t so much of a liability. 

Of course, any deck that uses a Stage 2 is going to have speed issues compared to all-Basic decks, and Hydreigon is also vulnerable to Garbodor’s Ability lock (I recommend Tool Scrapper). The real Achilles’ heel of the deck though are Pokémon that can OHKO your active and make the Dark Trance/Max Potion combo irrelevant. Black Kyurem EX, Rayquaza EX, and Genesect EX with G Booster are all serious threats which may continue to make this deck a risky choice. Even so, Hydreigon can be the foundation of a pretty good deck that can compete at the higher level. 

Rating 

Modified: 3.75 (Nice Ability, and it has the partners to work with)

Limited: 2 (not really the format for making the most out of Hydreigon)


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