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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 Hydreigon BREAK - Steam Siege
Date Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2017

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Standard: 1.5       Expanded: 2.5        Limited: 2.0
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aroramage

So now we come to...awwww, but I actually LIKE Hydreigon! 

It's a shame his BREAK Evo isn't that great though. Let's start with his attack, Calamity Blast. It's a 4-for-150 strike that discards 3 Energy off of Hydreigon BREAK, but it also tosses out 50 damage onto two of your opponent's Pokemon. Aside from the discard cost, it's a really good attack, dishing out 250 damage in a single move. It's very effective at dealing damage, but the high cost of the attack combined with the discard just doesn't make him seem worth it, even with 190 HP. 

So let's say you wanted to run Hydreigon BREAK - cause you're only gonna run 1 copy period. What's the best option? Well in Standard, your only option is Hydreigon (STS), who brings in Cruel Fang, a 2-for-40 hit that reduces damage from the Defending Pokemon by 40, and Dark Burn, another one of those "discard X Type Energy from any Pokemon you've got and deal damage based on X" kind of attacks, in this case dealing 50 per Dark Energy. At the very least, this supplements the massive discard cost of Calamity Blast, but it doesn't really offer a quick means of getting Energy back onto Hydreigon to power up into the attack again. Really it's just good that the attacks add up just right. 

In Expanded though, it's another story. The best option is to go with Hydreigon (PHF), as he's got the Dark Impulse Ability to grab Dark Energy from your discard pile and attach it to your Active Pokemon - which can then mitigate the cost of Calamity Blast to some degree. The earliest Hydreigon from Noble Victories won't do, as Dark Aura prevents any of the Energy from being Psychic, which Hydreigon BREAK needs, and neither the Plasma Freeze version nor the Dragons Exalted (98) version offer ways to break even with Calamity Blast. That leaves Hydreigon (DEX-97) as the only other option, since he's got the Dark Trance Ability. With it, you can move around Dark Energy freely, which combined with the overall Dark support in Expanded can lead to a quick recovery on Calamity Blast. 

At the end of the day, it's hard to justify running Hydreigon BREAK though. Most Hydreigon outside of maybe Hydreigon (DEX-97) don't see a lot of competitively play, and Hydreigon BREAK does demand a lot just to be in play. Calamity Blast is a hard attack to pass up though, so perhaps it's good to take a look at some builds that can incorporate the best of the best. 

Or you could just build some other deck...I guess. 

Rating 

Standard: 1.5/5 (truth be told, he needs a lot of support to function) 

Expanded: 2.5/5 (and even with the support, there are better options out there)

Limited: 2/5 (but at least he's got a powerful attack to try and make up for it in some small part) 

Arora Notealus: WHY, HYDREIGON?! You're such a great concept for a Pokemon, and you're just so cool! You could've been a dragon tank at one point! Why couldn't they just give you an EX version instead of a BREAK?! 

...wait, they did?...and it was okay?...AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW 

Next Time: Waggling your fingers may accidentally cause you to win.


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