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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 

 Florges

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
June 27, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.50
Limited: 3.75

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

Florges 

We end the week with a look at Florges, the card that evolves from Floette. Seeing as it’s a Fairy Type, it won’t get any benefit from its own Stage 1, which isn’t very satisfactory, but let’s see if we can find a reason to play it anyway. 

The modestly-named Brilliant Search is indeed brilliant, and very cheap at the cost of one Colourless Energy. Searching your deck for any three cards and putting them into your hand is amazing  . . . who wouldn’t want to do that? The problem is that Florges is a Stage 2 with just 110HP. It would be difficult to make a Brilliant Search worth the effort of getting Florges into play in the first place (which will take a minimum of three cards, and likely more if you play something to search for it), and the 110 HP means you will almost certainly lose it straight away. This isn’t like Pidgeot FRLG, which could sit on the Bench and search all game: this is a one-shot deal at best, and will cost you a Prize, an attack, and a whole lot of resources to use. 

It’s a shame really, as Florges even has a nice, cheap spread attack in the shape of Petal Blizzard which could combo with something like Dusknoir BCR to really clean up late game. We are really crying out for decent draw/search in the TCG right now, and I wish I could say Florges was the answer . . . but it isn’t. 

Rating 

Modified: 2.5 (Brilliant Search would have been broken on a Basic, but doesn’t cut it on a Stage 2)

Limited: 3.5 (if you can get it out and keep it alive, it would be awesome . . . but neither of those things are easy to do)


aroramage

And here we evolve from yesterday's card into today's final form! aroramage is back again, this time with the bedazzling Florges in tow! Let's see if she can appeal to the card game with more than just her charm!

 

Truth be told, Florges has no Abilities this time, but she has 2 1-Energy attacks. And they're reasonably decent too! Her first attack, Brilliant Search, acts similarly to Milotic from Dragons Exalted in that it adds up to 3 cards from your deck to your hand. You can use her to pull out whatever you need - a mighty Pokemon-EX, a Juniper/Sycamore for your hand, some extra Energy or just straight to Professor's Letter, a Switch and Max Potion - really the possibilities are endless! Her second attack, Petal Blizzard, isn't much to snuff at either. With it, she deals 20 damage to each of the opponent's Pokemon. Now that may not sound impressive, but this can lead to a lot of potential KOs down the line. Just set it up and Knock em Out! And all for the price of just 1 Energy!

 

So we've got a Stage 2 with two interesting cheap attacks. Question is, are they worth running Florges? She does only have 110 HP, and using either attack takes up a turn. Would she be able to overcome adversity and bring you the cards you need or set you up for a big sweep in the next turn? Well, consider that if you are going to run Florges you'd be using her purely as support, which means she's going to need a partner. She only needs 1 Energy regardless of what deck you go with (though Fairy Energy is needed for Petal Blizzard), so all we need is the right partner.

 

Any deck can use a card that gets 3 cards they need, that's a given. Haven't you wanted to draw out the cards you need right before you need them? And since Brilliant Search only costs 1 Energy of any color, she can run in any deck. Need to boost your Yveltal-EX or Mewtwo-EX with lots of Energy? Or just need your Black-Kyurem-EX to deal that extra 20 damage with Muscle Band to take down that Mega Charizard-EX before it wipes it out? The thing is, it's a situational attack, and that means it depends on what you're going up against. Unfortunately that means that it's not 100% worth it to run 3 of this, 3 Flabébé, and 3 Rare Candies alongside whatever EX you use her with and any other support (i.e. Blastoise PLB, Emboar LTR) that goes with it.

 

And what about that 20 damage overall sweep? Well unless you're running Rainbow Energy, Florges isn't nearly as versatile. She'd be able to help Groudon-EX (DEX) or more particularly Skarmory-EX (XY) set up to hit for 120 damage with their second attack, but you already have to use an attack to do that AND switch out to the Pokemon you're using AND hope that the opponent doesn't clear the board of damage with something like Dusknoir (FLF) and Max Potion. Oh, and of course the always peculiar Mr. Mime (PLF) with his pesky Bench Barrier shouldn't be around.

 

Between the two, I see Petal Blizzard working out in terms of consistency and strategy, but Brilliant Search is a nice supporting attack as well. Florges gives out nice support for what it can do, but it's not going to be KO'ing your opponent's Pokemon any time soon.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 2.5/5 (her support can help, but she's going to get KO'd very quickly)

 

Limited: 4/5 (I think she's really going to shine here, setting up lots of KOs and getting whatever cards you need before she loses that 1 Prize to your opponent)

 

Arora Notealus: I actually have a copy of this card, and I'll admit, it's glorious to look at. If you just want to dazzle people while showing off your collection, get a copy or two of this card!

 

Weekend Thought: The two most recent Types to enter the TCG are the Dragon-type with its multicolored cost attacks and the Fairy-type which brought its own energy to the game. Which of these do you like better and why?


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