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for two fire is just sick." - Scott
Ninetales is good. Especially cause you can use Blaine with it.
Hint hint." - Joe Brom
heal itself and recharge for it's attack at the same time!" - Colin
would be like Ahh I'm freakin' out!" - Alex
cheap, but risky attacker."
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It seems like gym cards get most votes over almost everything. This
time, Blaine's Ninetales received about half of the votes. Vote for the
next card of the day, like always, at the bottom of this page.
I went to a tournament in
Rockford, Illinois, on Saturday, since it has 5 of the top 100 players in
the world. I had a long story typed out, but I am going to keep it short.
The judge started yelling at a kid for questioning his ruling, and started
screaming about how he can give people bad DCI records for questioning
him, and said how he can disqualify anyone he wanted to. he disqualified
the kid for questioning him. It was ridiculous. There's a LOT more to it
than that, and if you care to hear the whole story, E-mail me, and I'll
tell you. I did end up winning the tourney, though.
isn't a bad power, it's nothing that makes you yell "Oh my!" and
wet yourself, but it can help it stay in there. It's probably nothing that
is going to have to be Goop Gassed that much, either, as one damage
counter removed isn't always a huge threat. But it can be pretty useful in
certain situations. An Electabuzz Thunderpunches, tails. You attach a fire
and remove 10 (and use it's attack) Now Electabuzz needs this coin flip
heads for the knockout, and tails knocks itself out. These type of
situations aren't common, but they're not rare. If you play Blaine's
Ninetales, you'll probably run into at least one situation a game where
Healing Fire has at least a somewhat significant effect.
combo with Healing Fire is Blaine. With no energy and twenty damage, it's
possible to still attack with it and remove 20 damage on the same turn,
thanks to Blaine. You play two fire on it, and you remove two damage
counters. This is something that will help a lot once in a while, too.
Up isn't bad, it's one of the cheaper attacks in Pokémon: two energy for
50. It knocks out the Scyther, Rocket's Scyther and Venusaur. And against
other cards, 50 is a nice amount. It is within PlusPower range from
knocking out the 70HP basics, too, needing two PlusPowers, though this is
hard to do more than once a game even if you're maxing out on PlusPowers.
A Buzz can Thunderpunch with tails making Burn Up only one PlusPower away
from a knockout, and you might be able to get away with sneaky knockouts
like this thanks to Blaine, again. A Blaine's Vulpix with no energy can
evolve and do 60 for the knockout with Blaine, a couple fire, and a
course, tails loses all it's energy, which should almost always be two
fire. Again, Blaine allows Ninetales to attack next turn after flipping
tails. This is a risky attack, since it's hard to get the Blaine and
energy and make a recovery after tails, so a lot of times after tails,
despite Healing Fire, Ninetales may not be able to build itself back up
and attack again.
Blaine's Ninetales' Enemies
Blaine's Ninetales has two major enemies that are quite common in
tournament environment. The first one, Clefable, is not very common in
tournament environment, but it seems like a lot of tournaments have that
one Clefable player. Clefable does not need to discard energy when
Metronoming Burn Up, so it's just one fire for 50, and with a PlusPower,
that attack takes out Ninetales.
more common enemy, with slightly less of an advantage, is Ditto. Ditto can
also copy it's power, but it's weaknesses against Ninetales are the fact
that Ditto can be stopped a turn by Goop Gas, Ditto needs two energy(or
the double colorless), and Ditto must flip to see if it discards all
energy attached to it, and Ditto may have more than two, since it may have
been built or building to copy something else. In tournament environments,
if you're playing Blaine's Ninetales, you'll probably be surprised by a
Ditto, colorless and a PlusPower to take it out.
can really hurt, since Stage 1's require evolution, and all that work will
go straight to the discard.
Ninetales worst enemies are the same of like Rocket's Zapdos' enemies,
which, by the way, I think deserves a 9.5, instead of the 10 I gave it,
building a Blaine's Ninetales deck, it may be hard to decide what Vulpix
to use. His 40 HP Vulpix has the ability to remove a damage counter
on it, once a turn. Not really useful, since most of the time this thing
is damaged, it goes straight to the discard, before it gets a chance to
heal itself. For a fire, and a colorless, it has 50% confusion, but you
don't want to put energy on it that won't be too useful with Blaine's
Ninetales. (double colorless, or even more than two fire isn't good unless
you're that afraid of removal, since Ninetales may lose all it's energy
50% of the time it attacks)
50HP one has a weak attack for 10, which isn't very useful, but it's
second attack, "Call-Will-o'-the Wisp" has an ability to get up
to 3 fire energy from your discard. You'll need them for Ninetales, but
it's hard to get that much energy, since Vulpix probably won't be able to
take more than one hit before it evolves. It's best to use this attack
early game before things before 50 HP basic can be knocked out in one hit
by your opponent, but it's also hard to get fire energy in the discard
early in the game. Smart opponents take out evolution threats by taking
out the basic, so be careful.
My Rating (1- Almost completely
useless, 3- Pretty bad, 5- Useable, 7-Tournament level, 10-Totally broken)
Ninetales is an evolution that goes down to Wiggly, even without the
PlusPower. That hurts. It's attack is risky, it's Pokémon Power is
nothing to be amazed about, but it's best quality is the ability to do 50
for just two fire energy, but this has a 50% chance of losing the energy.
Blaine backs it up, but doesn't make it unstoppable. Ditto takes this
thing out. I'd give it a 5.0. Oh, and by
the way, it's weakness to water shouldn't make that big of a difference,
as Rain Dance isn't too popular, and Blastoise could take it out anyway.
Ninetales is pretty much just as strong. Clefable and Ditto are there to
take it out, and Blaine takes up a trainer spot. It does take out the
Venusaur, but it can lose it's energy, and despite other evolutions being
useable at the STS, it still goes down to Wiggly. I'd give it the same
rating, a 5.0.
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