You ever see one of those cards
that's just pretty good but not that great by comparison
to all the other great cards in the set? I'm not talking
about Magnezone-EX levels of bad, but maybe more like
DEX Kyogre-EX levels of ehhhhh. Thundurus-EX is an
oddball in this set, and he's certainly not like his
counterpart in Plasma Freeze.
See the thing is, Thundurus-EX has
this attack, Headlock. You get to flip a coin and either
do more damage, going from 2-for-30 to 2-for-60 before
boosts, or you Paralyze them. That's not too bad, not
the most reliable thing, but hey you make things much
more difficult for the opponent, and on Weak Pokemon
you're doing upwards of 120 damage on a high or 60 and
Paralyzing on low - all unboosted! That's pretty good!
And then you get to Voltage Rush.
First off, it's 3 ELECTRIC Energy,
no exceptions. It does a fair chunk of damage, 150,
which is only a few small counters from OHKOing
Pokemon-EX. There's just one small problem: he does 50
damage to himself. Yes, 50 DAMAGE to HIMSELF!!
Just...why?! Why have such a
debilitating hit to him?! The last time we saw something
like this, it was on M Charizard-EX - AND HE GOT TO DO
AT LEAST 300 DAMAGE!! Never mind that he's got MUCH more
HP than Thundurus-EX, just...the DAMAGE!! It's so much
better!! If he was taking only 30 damage, that'd be
okay, but 50 damage is just WAY too much for dealing
150. Seriously, M Charizard-EX isn't even that good
thanks to all the Megas with Spirit Links.
He's not Magnezone-EX bad, but
maybe in the next few sets Headlock will let him see
play like Kyogre-EX (DEX). And then he'll be swept under
the rug in favor of much better Pokemon-EX.
Standard: 2/5 (Headlock is his only
saving grace, cause no way are you using Voltage Rush)
Expanded: 2/5 (I guess he'd do
better, but you know Eels are around at least)
Limited: 3.5/5 (Headlock's great,
but Voltage Rush is still way too risky)
Arora Notealus: Thundurus is just
so weird. Really, the genie trio are weird - what with
their similarities and yet they're different enough to
be their own Pokemon. My question though is why didn't
they just use the Therian designs for the three? It
couldn't just be they wanted to sell off the Dream Radar
- there's gotta be a reason!!
NOTE: Yesterday I made the note
that Zapdos does damage to an opposing Pokemon. That's
wrong, as it is when I'm reading cards at 3 in the
morning, but there ya go. It's 40 damage to a Benched
Pokemon on YOUR side, so be careful with that. There are
ways to circumvent it, but be careful!
Next Time: Now maybe my wish will