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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Axew  

- Plasma Blast

Date Reviewed:
October 17, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.67
Limited: 2.50

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:

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Axew (Plasma Blast) 

Ok, so why are we reviewing an evolving Basic today? Well, he’s cute, for sure, but is there any more to it than that? 

Actually, even for an evolving Basic, Axew is pretty limited with low HP and a horrible Dragon Claw attack that does 20 for two different Types of Energy. He does evolve into that Haxorus which is an awkward-to-use Plasma counter, but I’m still struggling to see anything notable about the card from a playing point of view. 

On the other hand, it does have a charming Pokémon anime-related attack in Strong Bond which allows you to search for the Iris Supporter. Ironically, this kind of search does not do Iris any favours, though. For a start, Iris is not an early game card to use with an evolving Basic like Axew: your opponent must take at least one Prize before Iris has any effect, and she becomes more powerful as more Prizes are taken. More importantly, though, a lot of the value of Iris is the surprise factor: even if the opponent knows you run it, they don’t know when/if you will drop it for the extra damage. Unless you telegraph the move a turn in advance with Axew and give them time to prepare . . .  

So, from a play perspective, Axew is just a terribly executed gimmick card. But like I said earlier, it’s cute and the way it references the anime makes it even more adorable. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.25 (does something even if it does it badly)

Limited: 1.5 (I suppose it would thin your deck if you also pulled Iris)

Jono Robus

Axew (Plasma Blast)
 
Today we have a card with a reference to the anime! It is Plasma Blast Axew.
 
Axew is a Basic Pokemon, Dragon type, 50 HP, weak to it's own type, Retreat Cost of 1.
 
And it's first attack is Strong Bond, allowing it to search your deck for the Supporter card named Iris for one Colorless. It is nice, but wasting your attack for it... I'm not too sure.
 
It's second attack is Dragon Claw, doing only 20 Damage for multiple types of Energy that Dragon types require a lot, this time 1 Fighting and 1 Metal.
 
It should be worth noting that this is the only Axew you can use currently if you want to get out Plasma Blast Haxorus, which isn't too shabby, so I can't give this card too bad of a rating.
 
Ratings:
 
Modified: 2 (slow card, but needed in a Haxorus deck)
 
Limited: 3.5 (if you pulled one or more of the game-changing Iris, it is not a bad idea to put this in your Limited deck)
 
Combos with: Iris


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