...I feel like I saw this card just
yesterday...is that just me?
Okay, no, I'm not that blind, but
there are a lot of similarities between Vaporeon-EX and
Leafeon-EX to be made. For starters, they're in the same
set, and their attacks are virtually identical in terms
of cost and damage output. The only real differences are
Typing and that extra 10 HP that Vaporeon-EX got over
Leafeon-EX, so there's that.
That all being said, Vaporeon-EX's
attacks are only so-so even compared with Leafeon-EX
from yesterday. Bubble Drain is a 2-for-30 strike (sound
familiar?) that actually heals Vaporeon-EX for 30
damage. Sure, the damage output could've been higher,
but hey, healing 30 damage has proven to be pretty
effective (see Rough Seas for more). In fact, combine
Vaporeon-EX WITH Rough Seas, and you're working off a
third of your HP every turn! Though you're not gonna be
destroying Pokemon-EX any time soon.
That's supposedly where Deep Squall
should come in, with its 3-for-130 power pumping hit.
Now THAT'S more of an attack than Leafeon-EX's own
attack, but there's this troublesome minus sign after
the damage output that suggest that this attack is about
to become awful. And yes, you'd be right. Remember when
we had M Heracross-EX? With his Big Bang Horn of epic
proportions that was 3-for-180 but lost damage if he
took damage? Think of Vaporeon-EX's Deep Squall as a
weaker version of that.
And then remember how many M
Heracross-EX decks there have been since that time.
Yeah. Don't play Vaporeon-EX.
Standard: 1.5/5 (Bubble Drain on
its own doesn't hold Vaporeon-EX up enough to overcome
Expanded: 1.5/5 (you might even say
that Deep Squall dragged Vaporeon-EX under)
Limited: 3/5 (there's only one
place to play Vaporeon-EX, and that's if anyone plays
Arora Notealus: At least, Vaporeon-EX
will help your Leafeon-EX against those Fire-types
though, am I right? Huh?
Next Time: Meanwhile in a land far