Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Card of the Day: Aerodactyl GL (Rising Rivals)

To be honest, when I first saw this card I thought it was stupid. Now, it seems to be the staple for several decks around here for the same reason I thought it was stupid; drawing.

Wasting an attack to draw cards? This is probably the most basic of lessons I've learned: having cards is power. Many a time I have had to end the turn without doing anything, just because I've had no cards, just a hand of stage one and twos with no energies, basics, or even supporters/trainers. Just Aerodactyl's drawing power makes it worth it.

Aerodactyl is probably one of the best starters you can play, since collect costs one colorless energy and you effectively triple your draw per turn. Aerodactyl has plenty of health, so most basics will take a while to bring him down. And, if you can attach a fighting energy next turn, you can keep those basics basics. If the opponent can't evolve his or her pokemon, you're in for some quick n' easy kills and your opponent's hand is cockblocked with evolved cards that they'll never get to play.

Not to mention Aerodactyl's free retreat cost, so that whenever you've finished building up your bench, you can bring it back and bring even more pain.

Tips: Just something interesting about this card- Aerodactyl is typed as weak to electric, yet its a fighting pokemon, which most electric types are weak to. This can make a match up between the two a brutal "damage-bath", so just keep that in mind.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hey everybody; here's a look at us opening a box of Triumphant!
I show off all our rares.

If you want to trade, leave a comment and maybe we can trade by mail?

Card of the Day: Interviewer's Questions

This card is one of our favorite supporters and a staple for any deck that has more than 8 energies. Though possibly not as guaranteed to find an energy as trainers like Energy Search or Supporters like Roseanne's Research and the older Juggernaut of a supporter Cyrus' Conspiracy, this card can and often will bring multiple energies to your hand, saving an energy starved hand and ensuring you can attach something over the next couple of turns. This is the single supporter that allows you to pick special energy cards from the 8 you pick up, which no other trainer or supporter that I know of can do.

As a side effect, Questions also thins out your deck, so you spend less time having to pull energies when you really need basics to keep you in the game, that one evolution that could trump your opponent, or more strategic supporters. There really isn't any complicated strategy associated with this card; it's straightforward, but that's what makes it good. There's little to no drawbacks either, since you just shuffle the rest of your cards back into your deck instead of discarding them.

I guess one card, Research Record from the newest expansion Call of Legends, would help make Questions more effective. If you plat Research record (Trainer) right before you play Questions, you can look at the top four cards of your deck and replace them in any order, or put them on the bottom of the deck. This allows your to get any non-energy cards out of the way to the bottom of your deck before you play Questions, and make the card that much more effective, and less of a gamble. There's no greater frustration than when you pull no energies AND find you've used up your supporter for the turn.

A simple, good card that can be easily overlooked, but deserves recognition. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Strategy: Energy Heal

A while back, I pulled a Leafeon from the Rising Rivals set. This one card was so appealing to me that I decided to build a deck around it, and I decided on a water/grass type combo.

Since then, the deck has gone under several reconstructions and refinements, but Leafeon has stayed as a focal point of the deck. It is a very versatile card, and many people have their own strategies for it, but here is one way to play it:

Put leafeon out with one energy on it. If you've retreated something to put Leafeon out there, and you still have your energy for the turn, attach the energy to the pokemon you just retreated to remove two damage counters and begin building the pokemon back up again.

Your opponent attacks Leafeon. Watch; anything less than 50 is going to be negligible.

On your next turn, attach an evergy to leafeon to use plus energy and remove two damage counters. Put the energy you get to attach with plus energy on Leafeon. There, in one turn you've done 40, built Leafeon up for its Soothing scent next turn, and removed 4 damage counters.

If you don't need 60 to knock out the opponent and you still have energies, you can use plus energy next turn to add two "potion" energies-- as long as Leafeon is your active, you have a built in potion with every energy added.

This card is great for counteracting Poke-Bodies like Ampharos Prime's, which puts a damage counter on a pokemon for every energy you attach to it; with Leafeon out, this gives you a net gain of 1 damage counter removal per turn.

Leafeon's Pokepower can be augmented with the Dawn Stadium (Stadium) from Majestic Dawn, or Bellossom (Undaunted), which allows you to remove one damage counter from every pokemon once per turn.

This card is powerful and it can deal out a whole bunch of heal.

Try it out!

Card of the Day: Dugtrio (Undaunted)

This is a good middle game card. Dugtrio has a measly 80 hp, and this is it's greatest issue. It's doubly weak to water types, so a mid-level water attack will one hit it. Even something that's doing something more than 20 a turn is a big threat.

But in every other aspect, this card rocks. 30 damage for a single fighting energy is pretty sweet, especially since this card is not hard to get out and can be set up on one turn, and can really mess up an opponent's basics. Think about it;  basics with 60 hp or less, unless they can retreat or evolve means you're guaranteed a 2HKO!

Sand Impact is a perfect middle game attack. Though it takes 3 energies to get ready, if all are fighting, you have the potential for an astounding 110 damage. This is good because it will really weaken any stage 2 pokemon, so the rest of your bench can finish it off if Dugtrio is knocked out; or, it can hopefully KO any stage 1 or basics that Dig couldn't take care of. And the best thing is that the attack does not limit the number of energies and coin flips you can add, so technically it promises limitless damage. Of course, the low hp will hinder you from building Dugtrio up that much, but it could be possible.

The last thing to mention is Dugtrio's no retreat cost; this is a nice touch because you can retreat Dugtrio to your bench for a turn or two to heal up, without having to worrying about re-adding energies. Or, if your Dugtrio has done its job with Sand impact, you can bring him back and send out something else you've built up for the KO.

Tips: If you want to beat this card, bring out a water pokemon that can do easy damage fast. It's pretty simple; so those using Dugtrio, be thoughtful in what situation you decide to send him out.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Card of the Day: Scizor Prime (Undaunted)

This is one of my favorite primes just because it has almost limitless potential if you can build it right.
Let's start at the top again: for a prime, Scizor has a pretty low hp of 100, especially as an evolved pokemon (as compared to mew, celebi and absol prime, which all play as basics). However, it makes it easy and fast to get out there, and it has the bonus pokepower that can make up for the lower hp. It basically blocks attacks from any pokemon that has special energies attached to it. This can be especially useful with the resurgence of double-colorless and rainbow energy released in the HeartGold SoulSilver set, so your opponent will have to build up with only basics.

I think the real power of the card is in the attack which starts with a base of 30, but adds 20 for every metal energy attached to it. This basically makes Scizor limitless in attack power; for 3 metal energies: 30 + 20 +  20 + 20 = 90! This counts for special metal energies too, which decrease the attack power of your opponent by 10 with each energy-- adding both defense and attack to scizor. So, again thinking about 3 metal energies, if they were special, you are also looking at a -30 damage buffer. A great, quick playing card for any steel deck looking for an extra punch.

Tips: This card plays very well with Skarmory (Undaunted), which allows you to search your deck and attach one metal energy to a pokemon per turn with its attack. If you are also playing an energy card from your hand as well, you can build scizor up twice as fast!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Strategy: Preping Gyarados

Looking at the Gyarados from Stormfront, one can easily see that this monster will have to be built– I mean, 5 energies?! Even for 100 damage and the possibility to rob an energy from every opponent's pokemon, it's a steep price. Even with Garaydos' 130 hp, it can't sustain hits forever, so your options are to build it up on the bench or--- but, wait a minute! The first attack costs nothing, and does 30x for every magikarp in the discard.
     Well, this allows us to use a bunch of supporters. Make sure to have one magikarp and Garaydos in your hand first, but then you have some options to get magikarp in your discard without giving your opponent a prize card.

- Felicity's drawing: discard up to two cards in your hand to draw 4 cards. This allows you to put extra magikarp directly to the discard, and still have draw power.

- Volkners' Philosophy: discard a card in your hand to draw 6 cards. Same strategy as above.

- Sage's Training: Again, magikarp you may draw can go straight to the discard.

Hopefully, if you can get magikarp into the discard fast enough, when you pull out the Garaydos, you have 30 to 90 damage right off the bat, with no prior build up! This will allow you to build up something else on the bench without Garaydos hogging all the energies. This makes him much more potent, and putting the magikarp in the discard puts you in no worse position.

Card of the Day: Armaldo (Legends Awakened)

One of my least favorite cards to play against and one of my friend's favorite cards to hassle me with!
Let's start at the top. Notice Armaldo is a Stage 2, which means that you can spend between 2 to 3 turns getting him out there and set up, unless you've got a Rare candy or Space-Time rift. This can be especially tough since it starts as a fossil with a measly 40 hp. However, with the plethora of cards that search for pokemon from your deck or discard, it shouldn't be an issue, and Armaldo's whopping 140 hp is more than enough incentive.

This card's best attribute is hard to choose, but in my opinion, the poke-body is the reason this card excels and can be a major headache to take out. Unless Armaldo takes over 60 damage from an attack, he just brushes off the damage. This severely limits the ways in which Armaldo can be brought down. Poison is good, but with such a large amount of hp, the chances of you waiting out the KO is slim; Other  special conditions like sleep and confusion are risky at best, and futile at worst. Paralyzation is ok, but it's not going to solve the problem, just buy time. This leaves one-shoting it, or bringing out something that can deal over 60 to whittle away at it, or a grass type to play on its weakness. However, Armaldo's attack, arguably its other best trait, will make short work of almost anything.

Armaldo's attack starts off at 60, but each consecutive turn he turns that 60 into 100, so buying time with a throw-away basic to build up something on your bench is almost impossible. Truly, this card can turn a game around and pummel you into the ground if you have nothing built up; and even if you do, its going to cost you some serious damage.

Tips: One strategy that seems to be working for one of my other friends involves Machamp GL. Assuming you can get it built up (and it can even take some moderate damage with its 100 hp), its Brush Off attack can throw Armaldo and the time your opponent spent building it, right out.


Hey guys!

Recently, my friends and I have come back to one of our childhood pastimes; the Pokemon card game.
Yet, this time around we have a better appreciation for the nuances and possibilities this game presents; a complex and thrilling game experience. Needless to say, we have quickly become addicted, and this blog is all about sharing our newfound passion with you.
We get a chance to play just about everyday, and we get new cards regularly, so you can be sure we will keep you updated on the newest cards.
But some of our favorites are actually from the older sets, so you can expect to see some cards that are out of play, and even some that are from our childhood days (The Base Set, Neo Genesis, ect.)

We're pretty competitive and we're constantly coming up with new strategies and tricks to get the upper hand, and we've even competed in some tournaments. We'll spill some of these "secrets", and hopefully you can integrate them into your play to beat YOUR friends!

So, welcome, and get ready to play!