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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 

Korrina

- Furious Fists

Date Reviewed:
Oct. 19, 2016

Ratings & Reviews Summary

See Below

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

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Otaku

Our eighth place finisher is Korrina (XY: Furious Fists 95/111, 111/111), yet another Supporter for this week.  So as with 12th place Xerosic, 10th place Blacksmith, and 9th place AZ all the pros and cons of being a Trainer and Supporter apply.  Trainers’ Mail helping you snag Korrina from the top four cards of your deck is nice, VS Seeker allowing you to play it from the discard pile is very nice, and the cards meant to counter general Trainer usage and Supporter usage aren’t particularly good, which is also very nice for Korrina.  Her actual effect is searching your deck for one Fighting Type Pokémon and one Item, which makes her surprisingly layered.  One effect or the other would be unimpressive, which is backed by the fact we kind of do have two such cards: Trevor and Skyla.  Few decks run Trevor (which can grab any one Pokémon) because we’ve got Ultra Ball; get the same effect as an Item with a two card discard cost that most decks can cope with and some can even turn to their own advantage.  We don’t have a Supporter to search out an Item but we have something better as Skyla can get any Trainer from your deck; usually it’s an Item you’ve already burned your Supporter for the turn on Skyla and decks only run so many Stadium cards (which are also once per turn), so while both targets are restricted its still getting two cards for one.  Turns out that has been working real well for the Fighting Type. 

The reason for that boils down to the combos.  The Fighting Type has a nice variety of useful Basic Pokémon that can allow you to tailor your assault to the current situation, and I’m specifically thinking of ones that also can get started with a single Energy card: Carbink (XY: Fates Collide 50/124), Hawlucha (XY: Furious Fists 63/111), Landorus-EX, Lucario-EX, and Zygarde-EX all spring to mind, and in more recent times we’ve gotten some useful Fighting Type Bench sitters like Carbink (XY: Fates Collide 49/124) and Regirock-EX.  Not a Basic but Carbink BREAK is pretty handy to most Fighting Type decks now as well and again, attacks well for one Energy.  While you’ll often prefer a Strong Energy fuel your Fighting Type, a basic Fighting Energy will do and Korrina can acquire it by first pulling out a Professor’s Letter.  If you need a second Pokémon, just get an Ultra Ball or other search Item.  In Expanded you can even include Computer Search so that Korrina effectively gets any one Fighting Type Pokémon plus any one card!  Sometimes you’ll be more focused on the Item than the Pokémon in question, such as getting the right Tool for the situation, a clutch Switch, Super Scoop Up, etc. or even a VS Seeker for the next turn.  If you need extra draw power, besides the draw based Items, you can just get Ultra Ball and one piece of discard fodder (if you need it) in the form of a Fighting Type Pokémon you can spare, then discard it and one other card to fetch Shaymin-EX (XY: Roaring Skies 77/108, 106/108). 

So I’ve just explained how this was used prior to rotation and how it will still be used in Expanded; Korrina is a staple for a Fighting Type deck, even many decks that are only partially Fighting.  So what if it were reprinted and soon was back in the game?  It would continue to be used as described above except a lot of the cards I just mentioned - like our 18th place pick Lucario-EX - and a few I implied - like our 13th place pick Focus Sash - are also gone.  Fighting decks would still love to have Korrina, but unless they get even more new support to replace the old, she just isn’t as great as she once was.  Like with the other Supporters we’ve covered, losing Battle Compressor hurts a little as well.  It is also important to remember that Fighting Type decks aren’t losing an impossible to replicate trick - besides raw draw power there are cards that can replace Korrina for Pokémon or Item based search, they just aren’t that great two-in-one deal.  In Limited play, Korrina is great unless you have really lousy pulls in a set full of Fighting Types and with several Items that are good for Limited (if not general) play. 

Ratings 

Standard: N/A 

Expanded: 3.65/5 

Limited: 4/5 

Summary: Korrina is still a great card for Fighting decks in Expanded play and their Standard counterparts will miss her, but they do have alternatives so they can get by.  Korrina also left Standard with some of her best dance partners, so even if she came back, she still wouldn’t be as strong as she was approximately right before rotation. 

Korrina tallied 34 voting points, one behind tomorrow’s seventh place finisher and three above yesterday’s AZ.  I had her in my 11th place slot on my own list; the cards which ranked higher either lacked a sufficient replacement in the current Standard format, were general usage instead of deck specific, or both.  As such, I think she’s being a bit overrated in the eighth place slot, but by the end of next week we’ll have a much better idea if made the site list skew low, high, or come in on target.


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