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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Kangaskhan EX 

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
June 23, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.75
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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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Kangaskhan EX 

Hello and welcome to another week here on Pojo’s CotD. We’ll kick off with a look at Kangaskhan, which is one of those random non-Legendaries to get the EX treatment. Not that I’m complaining, as I always like to see one of the original 151 getting some love. 

Truth is that Kangaskhan EX will mainly see some play because its Mega Evolution is pretty good right now (though the future isn’t looking too bright). That said, the Mega could have had a lot worse than this for a Basic EX. Triple Draw is a very nice, cheap attack to be using in the very early game as it draws you three cards (the clue was in the attack name I suppose). It’s always great to have something you intend to evolve serve a good purpose, and it happens all too rarely in the TCG. Kindred Kick, the offensive option on Kangaskhan EX, is a poor attack by the standards of most EX Pokémon, but again it’s fairly cheap and can score a two-hit KO on other EXs, even with moderate luck on the coin flip. 

If it wasn’t for the Mega, then players would dismiss this as a sub-par EX. As things stand, it offers some decent support to decks focused around the evolution, and it’s a card that you will be pretty pleased to see in your opening hand. 

Rating 

Modified: 3 (nothing special, but can do a good job)

Limited: 4.5 (the draw is great, and it’s a solid attacker) 


aroramage

Hey all you card-crazed fans! It's aroramage back again for a new week of reviewing cards! Today we've got the mighty Kangaskhan, well-known for her terrifying Mega Evolution in the video games that have left even GameFreak stunned at her power! Can Kangaskhan-EX stand up to her video game counterpart?

Let's start off with some basic facts about Kangaskhan-EX: she's a 180 HP Colorless Basic weak to Fighting with a whopping 3-Energy Retreat Cost. That's a lot of Pokemon to stand up to! But is Kangaskhan-EX up there with greats like Mewtwo-EX and Yveltal-EX, or does she fall disappointingly short like Magnezone-EX?

Well most Pokemon-EX are known for their attacks, and like most Pokemon-EX, Kangaskhan-EX has two of them. The first is Triple Draw, a 1-Energy non-damaging attack that lets you draw 3 cards. So basically it's like a Cheren or Tierno, except instead of costing you a Supporter each turn, it costs your attack. Maybe useful, maybe not, but with draw support like Juniper/Sycamore in the format, is it really necessary to have a giant behemoth of a card used strictly for drawing cards?

What's left isn't very impressive either: Kindred Kick, which is reminiscent of Mega-Kangaskhan's Parental Bond in that it adds about half the damage it deals in a "second attack". The main differences though are that it's a 3-Energy strike for 70 damage with a 50% chance of getting an extra 30 damage. So it's not the greatest attack in the world, but a solid 70 damage plus Hypnotoxic Laser and Virbank for 2 turns is enough to KO most Pokemon (even Pokemon-EX)!

Kangaskhan-EX may not quite live up to her video game partner, but she does provide the TCG with a relatively splashable powerhouse. On top of that, you might be able to wield her Mega Form in order to unleash even more power (100 + 30X, where you keep getting X heads in a row and adding damage - an improved Kindred Kick!) upon your foes! It's a decent card to try out against other players, casual and tournament alike.

...at least until the fists rise up and strike.

Rating

Modified: 2.5/5 (not the greatest EX in the world, but not the worst either)

Limited: 3.5/5 (the draw power and the hefty strikes along with the massive HP should let you go far)

Arora Notealus: Mother and daughter bonding...come to think of it, is the baby always female too?

Next time: Whoa now, this gal's got some legs


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