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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Charizard  

- Legendary Treasures

Date Reviewed:
January 16, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.25
Limited: 2.13

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

Charizard (Legendary Treasures) 

Yep, this is a reprint of the card we saw in Boundaries Crossed, and which already got a shiny reprint in Plasma Storm. That doesn’t matter though, right? I mean, this IS Charizard we are talking about and you can never have too many of them.  

What would be nice though is if we got one that was actually good. The one from the Arceus set came close, but really Charizard has a history of constantly disappointing his fans when it comes to the TCG. This one follows the pattern rather well. 

That’s because like most Charizards, this one has superficially attractive attacks: 40 damage to 2 Pokémon with Split Bomb! A massive 150 with Scorching Fire! This is easily enough to sucker fans of the ‘Zard into believing that a tournament-worthy deck can be made out of this card. Sadly, that’s not the case. I mean, you can certainly make a deck out of it, but you would need an awful lot of luck to do well when using an Energy-intensive Stage 2 as your main attacker. This just isn’t the format for it. Hasn’t been for years. 

But hey, if you like Charizard (and who doesn’t?), then you could try him with Entei-EX or Emboar LTR plus plenty of Double Colourless Energy. Just know that you should play this card because you love Charizard though, and not because he represents your best chance of winning. 

Rating 

Modified: 2.5 (let’s hope the forthcoming EX and Mega Charizard can break the chain of mediocrity)

Limited: 3.25 (if you can get him up and running, he’s great. If.) 


HEZ

Charizard.

 

Modified:

Charizard has had a good history with collectors, being the original chase card back in Base Set but only ever had any success in Modified once with the Charizard from Arceus. This newest one (the second reprint of this particular card) isn't one of the worst, but it's going to struggle in such an aggressive meta. The only Stage 2s that can really survive currently are either used solely for their Abilities or if they have incredibly cheap, powerful attacks. Charizard has neither of these qualities. With its main attack costing 5 Energy it really needs some acceleration support, but playing two Stage 2 Pokemon in one deck is very difficult right now and fellow starter Pokemon Emboar is better off supporting big Basic attackers like Rayquaza EX or Reshiram. The Water weakness won't help in a meta of Keldeo and Empoleon but it can hit Genesect decks for weakness if it survives long enough. Of course, people will still use Charizard regardless of its actually playability and it can net 1 hit KOs on EXs if you use it with the old LaserBank combination so I suppose that's a use for it.

 

Limited:

Pretty much the same as Charmander yesterday... Stage 2s don't really thrive in limited these days, especially with no good draw or search in the format.

 

Unlimited 150:

Finally, onto a format where all stages of evolution can thrive. Charizard isn't really a popular choice as far as Stage 2 Fire types go, with Typhlosion, Blaziken, Emboar and Chandelure all coming with at least 1 card that can accelerate energy and several other good versions. Charizard is significantly more playable than it is in Modified though with much more support for evolutions such as Spiritomb (Arceus) and Broken Time Space. Even running a second Stage 2 line is a bit more possible so you could pair it up with one of the previously mentioned Pokemon or even with a different Type accelerator due to all the Colorless in its Energy costs. Sticking with mono Fire has its benefits though like being able to play Charizard from Arceus and useful support Pokemon like Ninetales (HeartGold SoulSilver).

Unlike Modified where the 150 damage from Scorching Fire is neither here nor there (overkill for most non-EXs but not enough to KO popular 170-180 HP EXs) it actually 1 hits most threats in the format where HP generally maxes out at 160 and is usually lower. With this in mind, this Charizard's own HP is very impressive here! The first attack, Split Bomb is also much more usable in this format, being able to 2 hit KO two separate support Pokemon such as Claydol or Uxie. Overall, probably not the best Stage 2 Fire type you could use, but much better than it is in Modified, if you can manage to get 5 Energy on it and keep the supply going it can probably take out at least 2 Pokemon before finally going down.

 

Ratings.

Modified: 2

Limited: 1

Unlimited 150: 3 


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