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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Archen  

- Plasma Blast

Date Reviewed:
October 9, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3
Limited: 3

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

Archen (Plasma Blast) 

With the recently announced rule changes (in effect from November 8th), first turn attacks are gone and Pokémon Catcher’s effect becomes dependent on a coin flip (like Pokémon Reversal). Because of this, there is a lot of speculation that Stage 2 decks will get a new lease of life in the format and we will be seeing more of them than just a whole lot of Blastoise, plus the occasional Hydreigon or Garchomp. If this is the case then Archeops (NVI but legal because reprinted in DEX) certainly becomes an interesting card with its Ancient Power Ability that stops either player from playing a card from their hand to evolve a Pokémon.  

This is where the Archen from Plasma Blast comes in. It may have low HP and an attack that is barely worth mentioning, but it also has the Prehistoric Call Ability that we have seen on Restored Pokémon in this set. This allows Archen to be put on the bottom of the deck if it is in the discard pile where you can then dig it out with a Plume Fossil Trainer. Put simply, it transforms Archen from a Pokémon that is a luck-based nightmare to use, into something that is merely a bit inconvenient. (You still need Archen, Plume Fossil, plus a method of discarding, to get it out). This could mean, in turn, that Archeops itself becomes a playable Pokémon and a viable counter to powerful evolution decks. 

It’s tough to make any real predictions of what will happen as we head off into the unown of the X/Y block, but at least Archeops now stands a chance. 

Rating 

Modified: 3 (just what Archeops always wanted)

Limited: 3 (the Archeops in the set is pretty good)


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