Hello and welcome to the post-top 10 comedown here on
CotD. We kick off the week with a look at the
first Generation I starter to
be given the EX treatment: Venusaur
As you would expect, Venusaur
is a Basic Pokémon, boasting a mighty 180 HP. It’s the
attacks that make or break a card like
Venusaur, though, and
unfortunately for fans of this Pokémon, they are pretty
uninspired. Poison Powder costs
three Energy and rewards you with just 60 damage
and automatic Poison (of course), while Jungle Hammer
costs a massive four Energy and does 90 damage whilst
healing 30 from Venusaur.
It’s not that these attacks are
anything. Both can two-hit KO another EX (though Poison
Powder will need Virbank
City Gym). It’s more that they are mediocre, especially
when you consider the cost involved. There’s just no
real reason to be using Venusaur
when you could be crushing your opponents with
Yveltal, just to name a few
of the superior EXs . . .
Or is there? See unlike those other EX Pokémon, the
story doesn’t end with Venusaur
EX because it can evolve into the very first TCG
incarnation of a Mega Pokémon! Will this be any good?
Well, that card is up for review tomorrow, so I guess we
won’t have long to find out.
Modified: 2 (uninspiring . . . apart from the goofy FA
artwork, which I love)
Limited: 4.5 (big fat tank that can Poison . . . that’s
excellent in this format)