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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Hydreigon 

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
June 26, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.5
Limited: 3.0

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

Hydreigon (Plasma Freeze) 

Hydreigon is the ‘overpowered Dragon thing that utterly sweeps through everything’ when you’re playing the Black and White video games (just like Garchomp, Salamence and Dragonite before it). As such it has plenty of fans who were delighted to see it become a competitive card in the shape of Hydreigon DRX. Unfortunately, that card has been seeing less and less competitive play recently: can this new version restore its fortunes? 

Well, it does have a few things it its favour. Dark Typing means Dark Claw and Dark Patch support. Being Plasma is also potentially good (Plasma Ball, Deoxys-EX, etc). The 150 HP is very nice indeed and means it will be somewhat difficult (though by no means impossible) to knock out Hydreigon with a single attack. I wouldn’t be over worried about the Fighting Weakness, or overjoyed by the Psychic Resistance. I would probably moan a bit about the retreat cost, but hey . . . that can be worked with if necessary. 

But it will only be necessary if Hydreigon can offer us something worthy of the bother of getting a Stage 2 into play. Unfortunately, both its attacks are expensive: Tractorbeam costs one Dark and two Colourless Energy and switches the Defending Pokémon with a Benched Pokémon before doing 40 damage. Yes, it’s a Catcher-like effect, but the damage output is poor and there may even be times when you would prefer to hit the original active Pokémon. It’s a neat disruptive attack, but definitely not worthy of a Stage 2, and neither is the second attack, Obsidian Fang. This adds another Colourless to the cost and does 80 damage while also discarding Tool cards attached to the Defending Pokémon. The discard can be fairly useful in certain situations but it in no way makes up for the lack of damage output: when you can’t score unboosted two-hit KOs on EX Pokémon, you will find that any Prize trade advantage you would get from playing non-EXs quickly vanishes. 

Hydreigon gets props for not being completely vanilla, but even with the neat effects it’s still very underpowered in this format. 

Rating 

Modified: 2 (asks for too much and delivers too little)

Limited: 3 (If you can actually get it out, it will probably do ok)

Ness
Check out The Klaczynski Open. August 31, 2013

Hydreigon

Certainly not nearly as good as its Dragons Exalted counterpart, this Hydreigon has two overpriced attacks. Its Tractorbeam attack is terribly weak because of the popularity of Keldeo EX, which allows your opponent to easily switch an undesirable Pokémon out of the active position. The new and popular Float Stone as well as increasing popularity in Switch make Tractorbeam a very weak attack. 

As for Obsidian Fang, 80 for four energy wasn't even good 10 years ago, before cards started to see increases in HP and damage. You can be sure it isn't good now, either! 

This card is so bad, you won't even see it on Kyle Sucevich's Bad Deck Monday. 

Modified: 1/5


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