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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Durant

- XY BREAKpoint

Date Reviewed:
April 22, 2016

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.5
Expanded: 1.5
Limited: 3.5

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being horrible.  3 ... average.  5 is awesome.

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aroramage

Ahhh, Durant...you just...you just really hate decks, don't you? 

I know Durant's cards haven't always focused around the idea of deck destruction - really, so few cards in Pokemon TCG do - but his debut in Noble Victories was the first attempt at putting out the deck destruction strategy. It was simple: put Durants into play, mill 4 cards at a time with Durant's Devour attack for 1 Metal Energy, and then repeat until victory by deck out! It may sound slow at first, but considering that that means a player is losing at least 5 cards each turn (4 from the mill, and 1 from drawing their next card), in theory you only need about 10 turns to win. 

Unfortunately for Durant, that's when the EX showed up. 

And now we come to today's Durant! This one's somewhat more efficient than the other Durant, since he doesn't need the rest of your Durants in play in order to mill out your opponent. With his first attack, Mountain Munch, he's only doing a paltry 1-for-10, but he also shaves off the top card of their deck. And if you're wondering how he's planning on cutting down on more, well look no further than Scrape Down, which for an extra Energy and a little damage, Durant will take off the top 4 cards of their deck! 

That little damage, I might add, should be on Durant himself. It's part of the requirement for Scrape Down. 

Again though, Durant has come at a bad time. The most popular deck of the format continues to be Night March, a deck that last I checked LIKED having their cards put into the discard. Sure, Durant is randomly chucking cards out of their deck into the discard pile, but the more he mills, the more likely he can put something they want. It's the same with Vespiquen decks, since they want Pokemon there, and for other decks it can be inconvenient or ineffectual depending on what gets hit. Let's face it, how many decks have you heard of winning by deck-out as of late? 

That's probably why you're not playing Durant. 

Rating 

Standard: 1.5/5 (decking out is still a big threat, but Durant is built solely for that in a time when sending cards to the discard pile is actually a good thing) 

Expanded: 1.5/5 (and let's face it, he's not built for big damage otherwise - Muscle Band would only put him at 1-for-30 max) 

Limited: 3.5/5 (stick with him in Limited, since the lower damage output means he'll survive long enough with 70 HP to threaten Scraping Down your opponent's deck and limited resources) 

Arora Notealus: Durant's still a pretty cool Pokemon. I mean, he's a giant steel ant! That's pretty crazy in-and-of itself! He may not be the best Bug/Steel Pokemon out there, but he's still pretty niche! 

Weekend Thought: What do you think of this week's cards? Got some good ones? Some bad ones? Some potentially good ones? Do you like my new picture? That'd be me with some of my rarest and favorite cards. Nothing too impressive, but still, it's some cool stuff to look at!


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