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Top 10 Flashfire Cards:

#10 - Charizard EX

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
May 12, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3.0
Limited: 4.5

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

#10 Charizard EX #12 

Hello and welcome to our countdown of the top 10 cards from the Flashfire set. As the name suggests, there is an emphasis on Fire Types and plenty of support for them too, so I guess it’s only appropriate that we kick off with the most famous Fire Pokémon of all . . . Charizard! 

To be honest, this Charizard is a fairly standard EX Pokémon. Certainly nothing as major as the likes of Yveltal , Darkrai or Rayquaza have been in the past. But he does have two things in his favour that just about push him into our top 10. 

The first is the fact that he can hit for 150 damage with Combustion Blast. That means that with help from Muscle Band, he can hit the 170 needed to KO a lot of other EXs in the format (Mewtwo, Keldeo, Thundurus, Deoxys). With Hypnotoxic Laser and Virbank City Gym, he can deal with the 180 HP ones like Darkrai and Black Kyurem too. This is what makes Charizard superior to the Xerneas EX we saw in XY that did 140 with a very similar attack. That extra 10 damage is crucial in securing so many key KOs. 

The second thing in Charizard’s favour is the support he gets from the set. I won’t talk too much about cards that will appear later in the top 10, but the fact that he can be partnered with a nice draw card and some useful Energy acceleration means that a Charizard deck should be relatively consistent and will have a way to pay Charizard’s substantial Energy costs. 

So, do we finally have a playable Charizard? The jury is still out on exactly how competitive he is, but at worst he is a solid, well-supported EX and that will be more than enough to convince some players to give him a try. 

Rating 

Modified: 3 (an average EX elevated by support)

Limited: 4.5 (pull the right Trainers and he could tear through a game very quickly)


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