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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 

Kingler δ

- Crystal Guardians

Date Reviewed:
January 29, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.38
Limited: 4.00

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

Kingler δ (Crystal Guardians)
 
Today’s card features another of the original 151 who gets no love from the card designers Sad to think that someone could have played their way right through Seniors and into Masters without ever seeing a legal Kingler.
 
Like the Arbok we reviewed on Monday, this is another one of those Delta Species cards, where the Water Pokémon is somehow transformed by weird electromagnetic rays into something that is both Fire and Steel Type.  The dual Typing was a nice feature of these cards, making them more flexible in offence, but also giving you some other toys to play around with, like Special Metal Energy in the case of Kingler. With just 80 HP on a Stage 1, any defensive boost is welcome.
 
This Kingler is one of those cards that wasn’t really out of the top drawer, but nevertheless could be part of a usable deck for league or casual play. Body Slam offered good value in those times, doing 30 damage for two Energy and giving you a coin flip for Paralysis, while you could also have some fun with Prop-up Pinchers which could do 80 damage as long as Kingler had a Pokémon Tool attached. Luckily this era of Pokémon offered some excellent Tools to use including Crystal Shard (so you could hit Flygon for Weakness, basically), Strength Charm (for extra damage), or best of all Cessation Crystal which shut down all Poke-Bodies and Poke-Powers (that’s what we used to call ‘Abilities’, kids!).
 
It seems to me that, since the Black and White era began, Pokémon has become even more . . . black and white. Cards are either incredibly good or uselessly bad and many more players are now focused ruthlessly on winning rather than having fun. This Kingler might not be such a great card, but it reminds me of a great era in the TCG, where more cards had more possibilities and more players were willing to take the risk and use them.
 
Nostalgia Rating
 
I’m starting to feel old now: 3.25


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Intro to
Unlimited 150

Kingler δ (Crystal Guardians)

Continuing the theme of Pokémon that haven’t been printed on cards for 6 years is Kingler!

Modified:
Another card from the excellent Delta Species series and probably the best Kingler ever made. It doesn’t really look like much by today’s standards but like Arbok δ earlier this week, it’s able to deal 80 for 3 energy which was very good for a Stage 1. Unlike Arbok however, it was the Kingler player who decided if the requirement for 80 damage was met, making it more reliable to build around. Crystal Guardians was a set with a Tool sub-theme so there were plenty of options to support the Prop-up Pinchers attack including the highly playable Mysterious Shard which would prevent Kingler being damaged by exs and Cessation Crystal which deactivates all Poké-Powers and Poké-Bodies whilst the user is the Active Pokémon. The Supporter Castaway searches for 1 Basic Energy, 1 Tool and 1 Supporter which made it a must for Kingler decks.
If you didn’t want to go for the Cessation Crystal option there were several good partners that could back up the Tool theme such as Slowking (Unseen Forces) and Quagsire
δ (Dragon Frontiers). Overall, Kingler δ was never a top tier deck but made a nice main attacker for a Tool-themed toolbox deck.

Limited:
Because Steel wasn’t a Basic Energy type at the time it would make using the first attack quite difficult outside pulling the rare Double Rainbow Energy. Luckily for Kingler
δ, Prop-up Pinchers was well supported even in Limited with 4 Tools and Castaway at Uncommon. I remember a friend of mine pulled 2 Kingler and plenty of Krabby and she absolutely wrecked that Pre-release!

Unlimited 150:
As seems to be a theme this week, the card chosen is ok but it suffers from a total lack of other good Pokémon with the same name. 80 for 3 is a little weak these days but at least it beats every other Kingler ever made! I wouldn’t run this unless Kingler is your favourite Pokémon and even then I’d recommend you consider your 2nd favourite instead!

Ratings.
Modifed: 3.5
Limited: 4
Unlimited 150: 1


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