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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Ursaring  

- Plasma Blast

Date Reviewed:
October 14, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.25
Limited: 4.50

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

Ursaring (Plasma Blast) 

Assuming that you have managed to tear yourselves away from XY to read this . . . hello and welcome to the week of reviews here on Pojo’s CotD. We kick off with a look at Ursaring, which is one of those frustrating cards that seems to be good at first glance, but doesn’t have quite what it takes to make it in competitive play. 

The good stuff includes a healthy HP of 130 and the fact that this is a Team Plasma card and therefore has access to some nice support (Colress Machine, Deoxys EX, Team Plasma Ball). Ursaring is also a Colourless Pokémon, so acceleration via Double Colourless and Colress Machine/Plasma Energy is a great way to start powering up the card quickly. 

Being a Stage 1 isn’t ideal though, and those attacks fall just short of making the card worthwhile. Adrenalash does 50 for three Energy but will increase the damage of Ursaring’s attacks by 50 on the next turn (assuming it doesn’t get switched to the Bench or KO’d). Meanwhile Strength is simply a vanilla 80 for Four Energy attack. You can see how this Pokémon could be used: turn two Adrenalash is very possible and if followed by turn three Strength, it will KO any EX Pokemon. 

That might sound quite tempting, but the fact is that it is substantially less attractive than the current main attacker for Plasma decks: Kyurem PLF. With Kyurem being a Basic that has arguably better attacks, there really isn’t any reason to be playing this in a Plasma deck unless you really happen to like the Pokémon a lot. If that’s the case, then I guess you can have some fun with it at League. 

Rating 

Modified: 2.25 (not the first decent card to be outclassed by an overpowered Basic)

Limited: 4.5 (Colourless + good HP + solid attacks = you would take this)


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