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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Porygon-Z  

- Plasma Blast

Date Reviewed:
October 4, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3
Limited: 2

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

Porygon-Z (Plasma Blast) 

We end the week with a look at Porygon-Z, the virtual Pokémon. Apparently it evolves using a ‘Dubious Disc’ . . . not sure I would want anything ‘dubious’ anywhere near my computer. 

Anyhoo, this Porygon-Z is the latest in a long line of Stage 2 Pokémon that have a variation on the Energy Trans Power, first seen way back in Base set on Venusaur. What they all have in common is that they allow you to move a certain Type of Energy around your Pokémon as often as you like during your turn. This is a nice thing to be able to do, allowing you to conserve Energy in play and redistribute it to different attackers, giving you both board presence of flexibility. In the current format, it also allows for complete cost-free healing of a Pokémon with Max Potion, and this is pretty much the basis of the Klinklang BLW and Darkrai/Hydreigon DRX decks that we have seen recently. 

Porygon-Z does exactly this, but he (it?) does it with just Plasma Energy. This means that the uses for this Pokémon are somewhat limited and specialised. It hardly seems worth setting up a Stage 2 to save a few Plasma Energy from being discarded in a Kyurem/Deoxys deck, or a Genesect list. After all, those decks tend to use them for a quick burst of acceleration with Colress Machine and need Type specific Energy to pay for their attack costs. Where it could be used is with either Plasma Tornadus EX or the Dialga EX we looked at earlier in the week. Both of these Pokémon benefit from keeping Plasma Energy in play – Tornadus to power up its attack and Dialga to mill cards from the opponent’s deck. 

Of the two, Tornadus is much the more viable strategy: not exactly top tier, but can be scary to face. Dialga? As I said earlier in the week – fun deck only. 

Rating 

Modified: 3 (good at what it does, but incredibly niche)

Limnited: 2 (not really worth setting up a Stage 2 for)


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