Hello and welcome to another week of XY reviews here on
CotD. We kick off the week with a card that has
great action artwork, but not much else to recommend it.
is a low HP Stage 1 with two underwhelming attacks. The
first, Metal Sound, inflicts Confusion. This is mildly
disruptive, though relatively easy to play around, but
the real point is that it is really not worthy of a
Stage 1 card (Duskull BCR –
an evolving Basic – does the same thing). The second
attack, Metal Wallop, is exactly the same as
Virizion LTR’s Leaf Wallop
(40 plus an extra 40 if you use it next turn).
Virizion, however, has more
HP, less retreat cost, a
first attack AND it’s a Basic. Oh, and
Virizion doesn’t get played
much, if at all, these days.
Which should give you some idea of just how viable
Bisharp is in a competitive
Modified: 1.5 (a much worse version of cards that don’t
Limited: 2.25 (still sub par,
but auto Confusion has its uses)
Unlimited 150 review.
Bisharp has had 8 cards so far in
its fairly short life but unfortunately none of them
really stand out, with far too many doing an ok but
uninteresting 70-80 damage for 3 energy. This Bisharp
can do 80 for just 2 energy, providing it attacked last
turn. This is the same attack found on Virizion (Noble
Victories), as usual since Black & White, a Basic that
does the same thing as this Stage 1 but much better.
Like many aggressive Stage 1s, if
it just had a Basic that Evolved itself then it could
make much better use of Metal Wallop as a way to KO
starters and apply pressure early game.
The most interesting thing about
this card (for Megaman fans at least) is fan-favourite
artist Hitoshi Ariga provided the art for this Bisharp.
Rating: 2 (not a line worth
running at the moment)