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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Protection Cube

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
June 3, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.50
Limited: 1.25

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

Protection Cube 

Let’s be honest here: the only reason this card even exists is Mega Charizard Y.

Yes, there are quite a few Pokémon in the format that have self-damaging attacks. Some have even seen play in the past (notably Zekrom BLW/LTR and to a much lesser extent, Reshiram EX), though not so much these days.  For a card like Protection Cube to be worthwhile, though, you need two factors to come into play . . .  

First, the damage has to be so catastrophic that it seriously affects a Pokémon’s chances of surviving the next attack. It would not work that well with Zekrom, because OHKOing something with 130 HP (as opposed to 90) isn’t that tough these days: popular cards like Yveltal EX and Black Kyurem EX do it with ease. Secondly, the self-damaging attack has to be good enough to use without the assistance of Muscle Band (which doesn’t add to self-damage, by the way). For this reason, a card like Reshiram EX will generally prefer the Band as an attack which does 170 (a OHKO on most EX Pokémon) is a lot more desirable than one doing 150. 

The only card we have which fits these criteria right now is Mega Charizard Y, which does a ridiculous 300 damage at the cost of 50 to itself. Obviously an attack as stupidly huge as this needs no boost, and avoiding the 50 damage is a very good idea indeed, as Mega Charizard requires so much investment in terms of Energy and a skipped attack, that having it OHKO’d is pretty much a disaster. Unfortunately Mega Charizard just isn’t very good right now (or ever, probably) due to the Mega mechanics and its very high Energy cost. 

As more cards are released, maybe Protection Cube will have another use besides making Mega Charizard suck slightly less than it already does. For now, it’s a card with unrealised potential. 

Rating 

Modified: 2.5 (would be higher if we had better things to use with it)

Limited: 1.25 (only useful if you also pulled the Mega)


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Intro to
Unlimited 150

 

Protection Cube.
Unlimited 150 review.
Today’s card is a very niche use Tool but it could be handy for a few decks. The most popular Pokémon that can make use of this anti-recoil card is Zekrom (Black & White). With Protection Cube attached, Zekrom becomes far superior to Reshiram and can use Bolt Strike with no drawback, greatly prolonging the life of the 130HP Basic behemoth. Other than that, there’s not too many Pokémon with recoil attacks that see much use, mainly because it’s not a good effect to have and a single Tool card won’t do much to change that.

 

Rating: 2 (A nice effect, but not many good Pokémon to use it on.)

 


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