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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Top 10 Flashfire Cards:

#6 - Blacksmith

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
May 16, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3.50
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

#6 Blacksmith 

We end the week, and the first half of our top 10 countdown, with a look at Blacksmith. It’s a bit of an odd one this as I don’t remember a Blacksmith featuring in any of the games, but here he is with his very own Supporter. 

It’s quite an unusual Supporter too, as it is devoted to Energy acceleration for Fire Pokémon only, letting you attach two Fire Energy from your discard to one Fire Pokémon. Is this a good thing? Certainly, especially considering how Fire Pokémon tend to have massive Energy costs (Charizard) and like to discard that Energy when they attack (also Charizard, but Reshiram and Blaziken do it too). Is it Supporter good though? After all, the opportunity cost of using a card like Blacksmith is missing out on a draw Supporter for that turn. 

Luckily, Fire decks have ways to compensate for that too. Fiery Torch (which we may or may not be reviewing next week) is one way, and another would be Delphox XY with its Mystical Fire Ability. If it weren’t for these cards (especially Fiery Torch) I would hesitate to even call Blacksmith playable. With them in the format though, this card provides excellent support for present and future Fire decks. It’s not quite Dark Patch for Fire Pokémon, but it’s not too far off.

Rating 

Modified: 3.5 (nice with Charizard and Pyroar now, may combo with other things in future)

Limited: 3.75 (if you have Fire Pokémon then play it)


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Fire decks are some of the easiest to put together in this format, there’s just so many good cards to choose from! If you want an alternative to Claydol then there’s Ninetales (HGSS) which draws 3 cards in exchange for discarding 1 Fire energy. To recycle these Fire energy you then have Blaziken (Ruby & Sapphire) or Typhlosion (Mysterious Treasure / HGSS Prime) to take it from your discard pile and attach it to a Pokémon. All 3 of these Pokémon have plenty of strong options in their lines, making them versatile and unpredictable.

 

Blacksmith easily slips into any of these decks! It plays along with what the deck is already doing; discarding and reusing Fire energy. The sudden boost in acceleration will be handy for any heavily Fire deck in fact. Reshiram (B&W) continues to be the premier “Big Basic” for Fire decks and Blacksmith allows it to use Blue Flare 2 turns in a row without any other support. The plan of “KO the Typhlosion/Blaziken” won’t be enough to stop Fire decks in their tracks any more. As long as the player can find their Blacksmith they’ll have an opportunity for a devastating counter-attack.

 

Rating: 4 (100% necessary for all Fire decks from now on!)


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