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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Top 10 Cards of 2012:

#1 - Mewtwo EX

- Next Destinies

Date Reviewed:
January 4, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.75

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
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#1 Mewtwo-EX (Next Destinies) 

Ok, this is it: the #1 card on our list is the card that changed the way we play Pokémon forever (or at least until the EX Pokémon rotate out). It’s the TCG equivalent of the Mayan Apocalypse (remember when that was a thing?): Mewtwo-EX – the end of civilization as we know it. 

Mewtwo-EX is a very different card from Darkrai-EX. Whereas Darkrai is the enabler of many different and new deck Types, Mewtwo is something that you can just shove in practically any existing deck to devastating effect. It really is the ultimate splashable beatstick: hard to KO and capable of frightening amounts of damage thanks to its X-Ball attack, there aren’t many decks out there that aren’t substantially improved by including Mewtwo. It made a top tier deck out of the previously useless Celebi Prime, pushed aside Zekrom BLW in Eelektric decks, and has made appearances in everything from the Darkrai decks that dominated Worlds to current off-beat choices like Empoleon and Quad Sigilyph. 

Mewtwo was probably at its peak during State Championships 2012, where almost every match (so it seemed) devolved into a ‘Mewtwo War’, as there was nothing at the time able to counter Mewtwo effectively except . . . another Mewtwo. Players started off with one in their deck, then upped it to two so they had the advantage, and then ended up playing three just to be sure. Meanwhile, card retailers made out like bandits as prices soared to levels not seen since the heyday of Luxray GL LV X. The pre release hype that Mewtwo-EX got was ridiculous . . . but it pretty much lived up to it. 

A lot of players did (and still do) hate what Mewtwo-EX has done to the game. Since it came out, practically every deck that is ever built has to be able to cope with the threat that it poses, and any non-Mewtwo Psychic-Weak deck officially becomes unplayable within a 50 mile radius of one of these cards. It’s definitely centralized the game and if you think that’s a bad thing . . . well, you won’t like Mewtwo at all. But we are where we are: this is the format of big bad EX Pokémon, and Mewtwo is just about the best there is. 

Rating 

Modified: 4.75 (I’ll say it again . . . ultimate splashable beatstick) 

Like I did last year, I’m going to give honourable mentions to a few cards which I think have been extremely good this year, and might have made the list . . .  

Dark Patch – the glue that holds Darkrai decks together, had it in my top 10 (4.5)

Skyarrow Bridge – CMT, Rayquaza, and Basics decks in general wouldn’t have been nearly as good without it, had it in my top 10 (4.25) 

Tool Scrapper – We now have some very powerful Tool in the format, and this card has become completely necessary (4.25) 

Landorus-EX – Hasn’t quite lived up to the hype yet, but still very powerful with one of the best turn 1 attacks you will ever see (4.25) 

Prism Energy/Blend Energy – these kinds of cards are always extremely important in any format. Many decks only function as well as they do because of them. (4.5) 

Well, that wraps up our countdown. It has been an interesting year of Pokémon that has seen a massive influx of almost inconceivably powerful cards. Whatever 2013 brings, I hope that everyone has a successful and enjoyable year.

Jebulous Maryland Player Mewtwo EX
 
My favorite Pokemon and the best card this year (my opinion as well as others).  Come on, it had a war named after it.  When a Mewtwo War starts, the game ends in 2-3 attacks.  Before rotation, Mewtwo Wars were a lot more common.  Everyone was running at least 2 Mewtwo, and the big question was 'Does my opponent run 3?'
 
Now you don't see them as much, with most decks running 1 or 2 (if you run energy acceleration or DCE, it's easier to run more Mewtwos).  Also, a lot of cards have come out that you can clearly see they were meant to counter Mewtwo.  Cresselia is the most obvious.  With its attack's effect, you can tell it was meant to counter a Mewtwo and not get OHKOed by the next one.  Sigilyth and Mew EX are a couple of others that can counter it.  But the most obvious counter is another Mewtwo (hence the war).
 
Some tips for playing Mewtwo... You don't have to play it down right away.  With Catcher in the format, your opponent can pull it forward and OHKO it with something.  It's really bad if you can counter theirs after they do that.  Also, you shouldn't have a Mewtwo with more than 2 energy on it.  The exceptions are when you counter theirs (so you have 3 on it, or if you play Plus Power, you still have 2 on it) or when you know they don't play one (though it's still risky).
 
Not really sure what else to say... I just wrote 5 reviews and I'm on my last leg.  There's definitely a reason why it cost so much when it came out.  With the release of the tins, more people play it now (so don't be surprised if you run into a bad deck that has some in it).On a side note, I always lose when I have Mewtwo and Rayquaza in the same deck.  I'm sticking with my superstition, so I don't run them together after a period of a lot of losses.  I've sided with Mewtwo.

Otaku

At last we come to the number one card of 2012, and no one should be surprised that it is in fact Mewtwo EX (BW: Next Destinies 54/99, 98/99, BW Promo BW45), originally reviewed here.  So what has changed since then?

 

Mewtwo EX was released as a promo in a widely sold tin, helping to drive its price down to a reasonable level, something that also happened to yesterday’s CotD, Darkrai EX (BW: Dark Explorers 63/108, 107/108, BW Promo BW46).  Mewtwo EX is perhaps the most widely played Pokémon this format, and with good reason.  While there are many more options than there was when it debuted, the best defense against an opposing Mewtwo EX is your own copy.

 

Mewtwo EX has great stats, one fantastic attack (X-Ball), and one good-to-great attack it seldom ever uses (Psydrive), mentioned because it never gets used and thus I might have to justify that comment.  Go back to when Mewtwo EX was released and look at the kinds of attacks that dominated; 120 for (PPC) and a generic Energy discard was clearly superior to the likes of Reshiram (Black & White 26/114, 113/114, BW Promo BW004, BW23, BW: Next Destinies 21/99) and its Blue Flare that for (RRW) with the same damage required discarding two (R) Energy.

 

Why bring up Psydrive?  The attack that has basically been “very occasionally useful filler” for Mewtwo EX is still actually quite a good attack, helping to emphasize how great this card is!  So Mewtwo EX has become a powerhouse opener, secondary attacker, primary attacker, or sweeper (though acting as an opener can be a bit risky due to an opponent likely running their own).  It has basically shaped this format.

 

Its overall “power” has diminished since it came out, though.  As stated, there are more options now.  Most such options are other Pokémon-EX.  Unlike many of the first wave we received, later releases yielded enough damage in decks that supported them to outpace Mewtwo EX, useful effects, or both.  Darkrai EX has proven perhaps the best example; possessing great stats, a great Ability, and a great attack while also being Psychic Resistant.  Tornadus EX (BW: Dark Explorers 90/108, 108/108) has also proven useful.  Both of them require just a bit more support than Mewtwo EX, and lack scalable attacks.

 

Most other seeming “counters” have not proven to be enough.  The best is Sigilyph (BW: Dragons Exalted 52/124), whose Safeguard Ability renders it untouchable by Pokémon-EX that lack special consideration and is otherwise a Psychic-Type with a reasonably splashable attack that hits harder the more Energy the Defending Pokémon has.  It was even popular enough to score its own “Quad” deck, but since Sigilyph has no special protection from non-Pokémon-EX, even it needed Mewtwo EX backing it!

 

The existence of Mewtwo EX has been a major impediment to Psychic Weak decks; I cannot say for certain but there have been many for me that it just wasn’t worth testing further because Mewtwo EX simply crushed them.  This may not seem like a big deal, but consider all of the seemingly potent Psychic-Types that might have at least had a small window of viability without Mewtwo EX.  Between this and the Pokémon (regular variety or Pokémon-EX) that were “bumped” from decks because Mewtwo EX was simply better than them with the same resources, the format would surely have been dramatically different without it.

 

I sadly haven’t been able to experiment with Unlimited to know if earlier guesses were on target or far wide; the raw size of Pokémon-EX means a donk deck built around them might be resistant enough to some of the first-turn-win/lockdown decks, but definitely not all of them.  Of course, the ones it is vulnerable to are just a bit more complicated than those it isn’t and thus are a bit inferior (still talking about the top decks of the format, mind you).  It could be a rather odd relationship.

 

Of course, if you are actually playing some sort of Limited type match-up with Mewtwo EX, unlikely though it is at this point, it is a must run, simple as that.  You probably can even risk the infamous “one Pokémon and 39 Energy” build, only needing to fear someone else having been just as fortunate and building the same deck, plus going first.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 3.75/5

 

Modified: 4.5/5

 

Limited: 5/5

 

Summary

Despite everything I’ve said to build it up, I can’t bring myself to give Mewtwo EX a perfect score; after all, I didn’t give it one when it was brand new and it is just a little less potent now.  I certainly believe it to be the best Pokémon in the format and the best card this year, because it is almost universally played while also having had a significant impact on the format.

 

Remove Mewtwo EX from the format and it is a very, very different beast.  This is why I had it in the number one spot for my own personal list as well.

virusyosh Had this at #1 on his list


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