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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Durant #91  

- Plasma Storm

Date Reviewed:
May 7, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.5
Limited: 2.0

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

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Durant #91 (Plasma Storm) 

It’s déjŕ vu all over again on Pojo’s CotD. We already looked at a (sort of) good Durant from the Plasma Storm set, and now we have another one up for review.

As you would expect, this one is nothing to write home about. A 70 HP unevolving Basic has to work quite hard to deserve a place in today’s tournament decks and, despite a decent Weakness and Resistance, plus a pretty good retreat cost of one, Durant does nowhere near enough. 

The reason for this? Yep, you guessed – it’s the attacks. The first, Gnaw, costs two Energy of any Colour and does just 20 damage. That might have been just about ok in Base Set days, but those days were gone before a lot of current players were even born. Hard Crunch is bare any better either. One Metal and two Colourless Energy gets you just 40 damage . . . unless the Defending Pokémon already has some damage on it, in which case it will do an extra 30. Bear in mind that even if you fulfil the condition for the extra damage, 70 for three is pretty much below par for today’s attacking Pokémon, and 70 HP Basics cannot stay on the field long enough to justify the Energy investment. 

I feel like I’ve just written a long-ish paragraph explaining what is obvious to everyone at a glance: Durant isn’t very good. It’s frail, underpowered, and uninteresting. Even the fact that it is a Team Plasma Pokémon can’t make it worthwhile. Who would want to waste a Colress Machine on this? 

Rating 

Modified: 1.5 (nothing to recommend it)

Limited: 2 (eh, it’s a Basic that can use Colourless Energy, but that’s all)

virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo viewers! Today we're looking at Team Plasma Pokemon from the Plasma Storm expansion. Today's Card of the Day is Durant (#91).
 
Durant is a Basic Metal Team Plasma Pokemon. As a Metal-type, Durant could see some play with Klinklang and Cobalion-EX if it fulfills a niche. As a Team Plasma Pokemon, Durant gets support from the likes of Plasma Frigate, Frozen City, is searchable with Team Plasma Ball, and can be recovered with Shadow Triad. 70 HP is a bit on the weak side for a non-evolving Basic, and because of this, Durant probably won't see Modified play, even if its attacks and abilities are amazing. Fire Weakness isn't so bad right now; Psychic Resistance is good against Mewtwo-EX and Deoxys-EX; and a single Retreat Cost is easily paid, even if you don't have a Switch, Escape Rope, or Float Stone.
 
The Iron Ant Pokemon has two attacks. Gnaw starts off at 20 damage for two Colorless Energy, which is an attack for Limited, nothing more. 20 damage for two Energy is far too weak to be useful in Modified, but it is passable in Limited. Hard Crunch is better, starting off at 40 damage for a Metal and two Colorless, but also deals 30 more if the Defending Pokemon has any damage counters on it. 70 damage for three Energy is passable by today's Modified standards, but even still, there are much better attackers for that amount of Energy, like the aforementioned Cobalion-EX in the Metal-type. Overall, Durant is a very solid Basic secondary attacker for the Limited format, but won't go very far in Modified.
 
Modified: 1/5 As previously stated, low HP and unimpressive attacks make Durant pretty bad for the Modified format. If you want a strong attacking Metal-type, use Cobalion-EX.
 
Limited: 3/5 Durant is decent in Limited, but not spectacular. 70 HP means that Durant will probably be able to take two hits in the late game, so don't expect too much out of it if your opponent has a powerful Evolution. As for the attacks, Gnaw is simply average, but Hard Crunch is really pretty good. Once again, Durant works nicely as a secondary attacker in a Metal deck, but other than that, there will probably be better options.

   


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