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2.25 (based on 2 reviews)
Modified: 3.02 (based on 2 reviews)
Draft: 3.20 (based on 2 reviews)
Reviewed May 16, 2002
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1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
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|I really like this
card. It was the center of one of the first decks that I made in
this game. Unfortunately, it is not really playable in most
tournaments. Pokemon tournaments usually have a 30 minute or
less round. If you don't complete the game by then, the person
that is ahead wins, but they don't get full credit. They may
only get 2 points instead of 3, for example.
You want to have decisive wins
and Alakazam, while fun to play, doesn't really do that for you.
It's a real shame. Play him at League or for fun. He is good for
that. Don't play him in a tourney.
Unlimited: Incredibly weak basic
and resistance to Psychic from Colorless and Darkness Pokemon
make this unplayable, even if you forget the time problem.
Modified: You can combo him with
Focus Bands to keep your attacker alive, but he takes up a lot
of room in your deck. Again, you will wind up running out of
Draft: Not too bad. The Basic and
Stage 1 are pretty playable and if you can manage to evolve up
to the Stage 2, you have a good chance of winning the game. the
fact that it's a foil rare and a Stage 2 works against it. 3/5
Let's take a small trip to the
past... A few years ago, the Damage Swap deck was one of the
most ANNOYING decks to play against! It's a Stall Deck which
was frustrating to play against because no matter how much
damage you do, you just can't KO that Chansey. The deck uses
Alakazam's Damage Swap to "swap" your damage
counters around. Once you get a couple of Chanseys out, you
can distribute damage counters so that none of your Pokemon
can be KOed in one shot. Chansey's Scrunch attack can pretty
annoying as it prevents damage half the time. Once there's
enough damage, the Damage Swap player can either use Scoop Up
or Mr. Fuji on the Chansey which conveniently has 11 damage
counters and POOF!, there goes 110 damage! But of course, the
BEST card to use is Pokemon Center. 11 counters on each
Chansey and 7 counters on Alakazam all dissappears with minimal
drawbacks with a single Trainer card. The amazing thing about
the deck is that it can also go offensive! Chansey can use
Double Edge over and over again thanks to Damage Swap! That
way, you don't have to rely on decking your opponent everytime.
When Neo Genesis came out, the deck just died off because of
two cards. Professor Elm and the almighty Cleffa. That was too
bad though since Metal Energy was introduced in that set. The
Steel Chansey deck was then created and Alakazam was stuffed
back into binders and was never heard off again until now...
Alakazam is back! ^_^
Let's discuss the card first. 80HP for a Stage 2 is so-so.
Confuse Ray is a pretty good status attack BUT the MAIN
reason you would play this card is because of its amazing
Power, Damage Swap. I've already mentioned the use in the
paragraph above. Some people even tried to use it with Fossil
In Unlimited, Damage Swap is practically dead as a stall deck
because of Cleffa and Elm. On the other hand, it complements
Steel Chansey pretty well. Add Unown N and your Chansey might
NEVER be KO-ed! However, it's not really worth adding the
whole Alakazam line just to do that. Gold Berries and more
Trainers are much better choices.
In Modified, I'm pretty sure Base
Chansey won't be reprinted in LC. The next best choice would
probably be Steelix. With Alakazam, your opponent would have a
REALLY hard time killing your Steelix. Pichu is pretty popular
though so you would have to watch out for it. You can also
abuse Pokemon Center with Damage Swap.
In Draft, Alakazam might actually attack! Damage Swap can prove
to be an invaluable Power to save your main attacker. If you
have a huge attacker that your opponent can't KO no matter what,
the game is yours. The main problem is getting it out though...
Unlimited Rating: 2.2/5 (Would've been higher if there were no
Cleffas or Elms)
Modified Rating: 3.3/5 (Combo it with Pokemon Center for best
Draft Rating: 3.4/5 (Damage Swap can be REALLY useful!)
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