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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day


Omastar BREAK - Fates Collide
Date Reviewed:  June 9, 2016

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Standard: 2       - Expanded: 1.75          - Limited: 1.38

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

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aroramage

Following up from yesterday's card, Omastar BREAK adds on another Ability that makes Omastar much more highly sought after than you might initially think. Dangerous Tentacles is a dangerous Ability to have, acting out as a free Switch towards any Benched-EX Pokemon once per turn. Since it targets ANY EX, this makes things very difficult for anyone trying to keep their opponents from getting those crucial KOs to get the Prize advantage! 

Course, it doesn't really solve the basic problems Omastar has - being the Evolution of a Restored Pokemon is still a major hurdle to go over, and using Archie's to get Omastar into play, while easier, is really only good for a Restored deck. Omastar BREAK does add more to what Omastar can do, but he does it by adding more to what the player has to do to reap the benefits. At that point, why not just run Lysandre? Sure it costs your Supporter for the turn, but you can run multiple copies rather than the 1-1 line-up you'd play, and it isn't restricted to just Pokemon-EX. 

And come to think of it, he only gets 20 more HP!! Omastar, BREAK out a bit more!! 

Rating 

Standard: 2/5 (just too hard to get out for what he's ultimately worth - and that's saying a lot) 

Expanded: 1.5/5 (there's only so much Omastar BREAK can really do) 

Limited: 1.5/5 (...really, if you can get Omastar BREAK out at this point, why don't you just win?) 

Arora Notealus: Omastar BREAK is probably the hardest Evolution to get out in the game currently. You have to evolve it from an Omastar, which the easiest way is to use Archie's on it after Battle Compressing it or Sycamoring it to the discard pile. The harder way involves Omanyte, which relies on Helix Fossil Omanyte to chance on getting it out from beneath your deck. And that's not even including a quick Evolution item like Evosoda or Wally. In other words, to get out Omastar BREAK, you need at least 4 cards no matter what. Most others will need at least 3, and the others that need 4 don't need to rely on such overt methods. 

Next Time: Time to wrap this tour up with a look at our flying friends!


Otaku

Today we look at Omastar BREAK (XY: Fates Collide 19/124).  A Water Type, which as mentioned yesterday carries some solid benefits.  At least it normally does but a lot of it won’t apply to Omastar BREAK.  A lot of the nifty tricks like Archie’s Ace in the Hole aren’t going to matter for it (at least not directly).  You have to BREAK Evolve it from the Omastar we reviewed yesterday, so it isn’t going to get much benefit from Fire Types being almost universally Water Weak or the chunk of Water Weak Fighting Types, even if those two were to gain a significant presence in the metagame.  Yes I did review the Omastar; hopefully that review will be posted by the time you are reading this.  Most anti-Water effects just act like Resistance, and neither are big deals… because we established you aren’t really going to be attacking with this card.  If you were, it would be bad because while you only see the Resistance on BW-era Grass Type (not all of them, just most) you’d 4HKO (3HKO with typical buffs) something like Virizion-EX. 

Being a BREAK Evolution of a Stage 1 makes this a pseudo-Stage 2, but it is not only worse than usual because a real Stage 2 could use Rare Candy, but because this line originates with a Restored Pokémon (Omanyte) and not a Basic.  Omastar BREAK has 140 HP, pretty typical for BREAK Evolutions of Stage 1 Pokémon and enough that it has a decent chance of surviving a hit.  Not a great chance, but surviving a shot or two from decks not focused on raw damage or with an incomplete setup is certainly better than not.  Weakness, Resistance, Retreat Cost, and potential attacks and/or Abilities are supplied by the prior Stage, so moving on we have its own Ability, “Dangerous Tentacle”.  Once per turn (before you attack) this Ability allows you to select one of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon-EX and force it into the Active position.  If you have two or more in play, each may use its Ability once per turn.  This effect is very good; not every deck uses Pokémon-EX but most do.  The real issue is that you may not want to promote a Pokémon-EX, and of course… it is on the BREAK Evolution of the Stage 1 of a Restored Pokémon. 

So running through Omastar from yesterday, it is a Stage 1 Water Type Pokémon with 120 HP, Grass Weakness, no Resistance, Retreat Cost [CC], the Ability “Restoring Beam” and the attack “Spinning Attack”.  The Ability allows you to search your deck for a Restored Pokémon and Bench it while the attack costs [WC] and does 60 damage.  The Weakness, lack of Resistance, and Retreat Cost also will show up on Omastar BREAK since again we only have this one Omastar.  Grass Weakness will mostly just make it easier for Vespiquen (XY: Ancient Origins 10/98) to more rapidly and reliably score OHKOs against it.  No Resistance is typical; it would be nice to have even one Type that has to work just a bit harder for the KO, but that requires it move the card’s effective HP outside of a particular KO range (OHKO to 2HKO, 2HKO to 3HKO, etc.).  The Retreat Cost is high enough you can pay it if you must but you should really try to include other options.  I guess in Expanded you can use a Silver Bangle so that Spinning Attack can 2HKO most Basic Pokémon-EX or OHKO Jirachi-EX (almost relevant thanks to Omastar BREAK) but mostly it means you use this card for the Abilities.  Restored Pokémon don’t count as Basic Pokémon and thus a deck focused on them needs a lot of space to work at least a few in, and the deck still is likely to mulligan.  Omanyte is needed if you want Restoring Beam to have some use; it is a Water Type 80 HP Restored Pokémon with Grass Weakness, no Resistance, Retreat Cost [CC] and the attack “Water Gun” which costs [W] and does 30.  Putting Omanyte into play without Restoring Beam or Archie’s Ace in the Hole means Helix Fossil Omanyte and/or Twist Mountain.  The former is the Item that works only with Omanyte and puts it onto the field from the bottom seven cards of the deck (provided there is an Omanyte among those cards).  Twist Mountain allows you to Bench a Restored Pokémon from hand, but the effect is once per turn and requires a successful coin flip. 

Is the Ability worth it?  Probably not, but at least it is in the ballpark.  You might try for an Omastar BREAK deck.  Mostly use Archie’s Ace in the Hole to get Omastar directly into play, setting up an Omanyte or two with with Restoring Beam, to Evolve normally into spare Omastar.  Aerodactyl (XY: Fates Collide 76/124) could be the other Restored Pokémon to keep Benching from the deck, as well as either the deck’s main or alternate attacker.  You’ll need a Basic to at least open, and perhaps be the main attacker in the deck as well.  We’ll discuss that Aerodactyl some more tomorrow.  For Limited, this card is mostly just an HP boost for the regular Omastar; most of your opponent’s won’t have a Pokémon-EX to force Active.  Omastar isn’t any great shakes here either.  You’ll need other Restored Pokémon to cash in on Restoring Beam from Omastar and you’ll also need those Restored Pokémon in your deck and not in your hand.  This is before we consider how difficult it may be to get Omastar into play in the first place. 

Ratings 

Standard: 2/5 

Expanded: 2/5 

Limited: 1.25/5 

Summary: Seeing just the Ability, my thought is “See Shaymin-EX (XY: Roaring Skies 77/108, 106/108), promote Shaymin-EX, OHKO Shaymin-EX!” but then you realize what all it takes to reach this point, plus additional attackers because Omastar BREAK can’t do the job itself.  This card secured two voting points, taking 25th place out of the Pojo “extended” Top 10 list, so one of us thought it had potential… and it looked like it did to me as well, before I thought about how much is actually being invested and chose not to include it on my own list.


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