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Arcanine - Base Sets, Legendary Coll.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Unlimited: 3.25 (based on 4 reviews)
Modified: 4.05
(based on 3 reviews)
Draft: 4.40
(based on 3 reviews)
Reviewed May 28, 2002

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.


Arcanine should do very well in the new Modified. It can even make a showing in regular Unlimited if the deck builder is skilled enough. It certainly brings back memories of The Impossible Man's Cleaner archetype.

Put a Metal Energy on him and he plays like a bigger, fatter Rocket Zapdos (minus the energy card recusion). And he's only an Uncommon! Big fire has a lot of choices in the updated Modified format and Arcanine is a going to be one of them.

Unlimited: 3.5/5

Modified: 3.85/5

Draft: 4.1/5


Base Arcanine

One of the best uncommons ever printed! My first deck ever was based around this pup. 100HP for a Stage 1 is amazing. Considering Growlithe has 60HP, it's a really good line.

Flamethrower and Takedown are both heavy damaging attacks. The main problem is, both of them have drawbacks. You can't KO a Baby without either discarding any Energies or taking some self-damage. Both attacks also require lots of energies, making it kinda slow.

In Unlimited, ER is rampant. Although, you can use DCE to get a 3rd turn Takedown. Or, you can use Metal Energy to do 70-10, which is awesome. If only we could use Blaine's Growlithe (Stoke) as the basic... ~_^

In Modified, it's amazing. Combo it with Holo Entei and you can do a 2nd turn Takedown! The problem is, you would probably want to Metal Energy as well. 100HP is huge. Expect fire to be really popular in Modified once Gatr is gone...

In Draft, a high pick. It's an UNCOMMON! Growlithe is a pretty good basic and the whole line is just great!

Unlimited Rating: 3.5/5 (Too much ER running around...)
Modified Rating: 4.3/5
Draft Rating: 4.3/5 (Amazing Stage 1 and it's an Uncommon!)


Tuesday: Arcanine
    This card is back, and it's BAD... no, not bad as in not playable, but bad as in evil ;) Let's look at this bad pup! First, he's got 100 hp... and a decent basic. Nice. Not to mention his attacks are great; about 3 fires for 50 with a discard, and 2 fires and 2 colorless for 80/30. Not bad.
    I see this guy having play with Metal energy, Entei (Neo3), and Typhlosion. He's really not too bad, and will see play at Worlds. Basically, fire will become a force. You'll see with tomorrow's review what I mean...
Standard Rating: 3.5/5
Modified Rating: 4/5
Draft Rating: 5/5 (Draft arcy... and you'll win. It's that simple)
Lord Gothmog With Blaine's Arcanine rotating out of Type2--er, modified in around 2

months, that would have left us with promo and Light Arcanines. Not nearly enough Arcanines. But they reprinted base. Now I can get reverse foils of it. Yeeeeeeeeee-haw. Note: The following review was made under the influence of personal bias. Proceed with caution.

In unlimited, Arcanine can be used...somewhat. Energy removal is a big Rain(Dance) on it's Sunny Day.</Gameboy referrence> I don't have any problem with playing it, but, Arcanine happens to be my favorite Pokemon =\. So I give it a 2.5/5

In modified, though, Big Fire is going to be better. Feraligatr is losing power faster than California. Metal Arcanine in a No-Removal-Enviornment...

Mmm...THAT's Privatek. 3.9/5

In limited, ijnfs,,,=.... sorry. Drooled on the keyboard. Judging from the reported pack dispersal from Legenday Collection, You should be able to get Growlithes and Arcanines pretty easily. And a 100 HP Uncommon Stage 1 that does 50 + discard, and 80 + 30 self in limited... that's good stuff.

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