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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Nidoking  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
July 19, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.00
Limited:  1.38

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:

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Nidoking (Plasma Freeze) 

We finish the week with a look at Nidoking from Plasma Freeze. This card has an attack called ‘Lovestrike’ which does 20 damage plus 40 more for each Nidoqueen on your Bench. I don’t really know what message the card designers are aiming for here with that attack name . . . the way to attract and impress multiple girlfriends is to be more aggressive? Oh well, at least Pokémon can’t be accused of sexism: the very old Nidoqueen from Jungle had an attack called ‘Boyfriends’ which used the same concept. 

More important than my amusement is the fact that the attack isn’t very usable. Yep, with 3-4 Nidoqueen out and Hypnotoxic Laser/Virbank City Gym, you can pretty much OHKO anything with Lovestrike for just a Double Colourless Energy. But think about what I just said . . . that entails getting 4-5 Stage 2 Pokémon out on the Field at once, and that just isn’t happening in today’s format.  

It’s not even as if there are any particularly good Nidoqueen either, and Nidoking’s second attack isn’t anything to write home about (Horn Drill does 90 vanilla for four Energy). Put that together with Water Weakness (hello Keldeo!) and a massive Retreat, and Nidoking is really a card that you only want to use for very casual play indeed. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.5 (need a lot of Stage 2s to work? This format says ‘no’)

Limited: 1.75 (chances of you getting both Nidos out are pretty much zero)


Ness
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Nidoking

Run 4 Rare Candy & 4 Nidoqueen and Nidoking can actually become a decent attacker. Its fighting type allows it to OHKO  Thundurus EX and the fact that it only needs one Double Colorless Energy to attack makes it possible to keep the attacks coming after the first Nidoking is KO'd.
 
Unfortunately, 140 HP isn't enough to survive Plasma Kyurem's Blizzard Burn, which is often paired with Deoxys EX's Power Connect (especially when you're weak to water), which really puts the deck at a disadvantage and makes it easily overwhelmed by the speed of the popular Plasma decks.
 
Modified: 2.5/5
Limited: 1/5
Combos with: Nidoqueen (obviously), Double Colorless Energy


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