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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Lapras 

- XY

Date Reviewed:
April 3, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.00
Limited: 3.25

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

Lapras (XY) 

There’s a really cool Lapras moment in the XY video games which reminds me of the original encounter at Silph Co back in the days of RBY. Plus surfing with Lapras looks awesome. This card, sadly, is considerably less awesome. 

You may remember Manaphy from Plasma Storm, whose Seafaring attack allowed you to attach Water Energy from the discard to Benched Pokémon if you flipped some heads. It saw a tiny bit of play in a few Blastoise decks, but became pretty much redundant when we got Superior Energy Retrieval in the next set. Lapras has exactly the same attack, and it isn’t really any more use on this Pokémon than it was on Manaphy. There is an offensive option in the shape of Hydro Pump, but you’ll need to attach a lot of Water Energy to Lapras to make it worthwhile. Much better just to use Keldeo EX or, if you wanted a non-EX attacker, Hydro Pump Keldeo from BCR which has a superior version of the same attack. 

Lapras has a nice Weakness and good HP for a non-Legendary evolving Basic, but the fact is that there aren’t any decks that need him, or would be improved by his inclusion. Off to the binder with him, then. 

Rating 

Modified: 2 (does some things, not well enough)

Limited: 3.25 (solid Basic that can function usefully in this environment)


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Intro to
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Lapras.
Unlimited 150 review.
Just like in Standard, Blastoise decks are big in U150 and because Keldeo EX isn’t legal people have found a good alternative in one of the other Keldeo cards (Boundaries Crossed 47). Being able to pile on as many Energy as you need to hit a vital HP number for a KO is very useful. Lapras has this same functionality but somewhat weaker at 3 Energy but more powerful later. For example whereas Keldeo gets 90 damage for 3 Energy and 120 for 6, Lapras gets 70 for 3 but 130 for 6. Lapras also comes with a nice 1 Energy attack that supports your other Pokémon, quite useful in the first few turns or if your Blastoise gets taken out.
It’s quite hard to call which is the better out of the two, it will probably come down to which numbers you want to hit and how much Energy you want to invest in a Basic ex with 110 HP. I’ve been on the receiving end of an Expert Belt Keldeo sweep before and though the eventual 3 prizes were nice it had taken more than that itself!

Rating: 4 (Another very powerful Basic Pokémon for Blastoise/Feraligatr decks to choose from)


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