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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Aegislash #85

- XY

Date Reviewed:
May 6, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.50
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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2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Aegislash #85 (XY) 

Up for review over the next two days are a couple of interesting and unique Pokémon, both called Aegislash. 

It’s kind of hard to review them as separate cards because they are clearly designed to work together in a deck that centres around their Stance Change Ability and uses it to switch between copies of Aegislash while locking opponents’ attacks. I’ll talk about that a bit more in tomorrow’s review, but for now let’s look at the role played by today’s card. 

Aegislash #85 is the designated heavy-hitter for Aegislash decks. If needed, it can come in and hit for 120 damage with Buster Swing. That may not seem like such a good deal for four Energy, but remember that Stance Change means that Aegislash can be swapped with an existing one, using the Energy that has already been attached. The damage output is just about adequate (120 plus the 50 from Aegislash #86 = a KO on a lot of EX Pokémon, and there’s always Muscle Band for the rest). I suppose I ought to note that Buster Swing ignores Resistance, but that doesn’t matter at the moment: only the Raichu XY line resists Metal and they would be OHKO’d by Buster Swing anyway. 

You can see what the designers were going for with this card – a finisher to take the last couple of Prizes for a dedicated Aegislash deck. Unfortunately, as we shall see tomorrow, that deck concept is flawed to the point of being unusable.

Rating 

Modified: 1.5 (barely adequate for a deck that doesn’t work)

Limited: 1.25 (far too much investment required for such a mediocre pay off)


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Aegislash #85.

Unlimited 150 review.

One of the more interesting Pokémon in the XY set. We’ve had Pokémon that change form before such as Unown (from Unseen Forces) and Deoxys (from… Deoxys). While they may not have been individually very powerful, it’s the flexibility and unpredictability that makes them good. Aegislash isn’t quite as good in this respect as it only has 2 card forms so far and it changes from your hand, not your deck.

For a non-ex Stage 2 it has pretty good stats, 140HP makes it hard to 1 hit KO while its 120 Buster Swing KOs a great deal of cards unassisted and takes out most of the format with a Muscle Band. The 4 energy cost on the attack is quite large though and will probably require some support. The best acceleration engine for Steel is Starmie d (Delta Species) and Klinklang (Black & White), so fitting in another Stage 2 could be a challenge. That said, if you can get it set up undisturbed, just spamming 120 damage every turn with no other drawback isn’t bad.
Come back tomorrow and we’ll look at the other half of this Pokémon, its shield form.

Rating: 3.5 (Good stats, interesting design, but the attack might require support.)


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