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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Vaporeon EX

- Generations

Date Reviewed:
April 26, 2016

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.5
Expanded: 1.5
Limited: 3

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

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aroramage

...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. 

Rating 

Standard: 1.5/5 (Bubble Drain on its own doesn't hold Vaporeon-EX up enough to overcome Deep Squall) 

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 Generation Limited) 

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 far away...


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