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Base Set 2
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Ratings are based
on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.
One of my most favorite cards of all time. ^_^
Thundershock is a decent attack for just one energy. 10 damage and
a possible status effect is really nice.
Thunderpunch is simply not balanced. 2 Energies for a possible of
40 damage is a bit too good. Considering, of course, that Base
Buzz is a 70HP Basic. Thunderpunch with a couple of PlusPowers was
one of the quickest ways to win back in the old days...
In Unlimited, still really amazing. One of the best BBPs ever
printed. It's fast and it quickly recovers from ERs. 4.5/5
In Modified, although it's good, we no longer have good ERs and
PlusPowers. Haymaker is not really good in this format. On the
other hand, you can easily use it to support Lightning decks like
Ampharos or Light Lanturn. 4/5
In Draft, you can only get it in Base and Base Set 2. A really
high pick. If I get this in a pack, I would definitely take it
considering it's very splashable and fast and big. 4.8/5
Best of Game Promo Electabuzz
Potpourri, Sponge, Metal Rocket Zapdos. These are just some of
the decks that Base Set Electabuzz has splashed it's way into.
Wizards of the Coast is either out of their mind or has received
every letter I sent them demanding a reprint of this classic
card. The only person I know who is mad about this decision
would have to be our resident self-titled Blastoise otaku
himself: Satoshi. This is payback time for recommending Dark
Blastoise and Steelix for my trip to the Origins Convention in
Ohio. Pokemon Battlezone's Website has a small picture of the
reprint but it is hard to make out the new symbol being used. Do
note that there is a goldish stamp in the right bottom corner of
the card that says "WINNER". DMTM (WotC Customer Support and
Webmaster) states that "The new (promos) will be the best of
game promos, that will also be released later in the year but
not with the cool foil stamp. Later on in the year we will be
alternating new promo's with reprinted cards like Electrabuzz."
Apparently there will be no more "Black Star" Promotional Cards.
Onto the Card of the Day:
Electabuzz offers an amazing
combination of status effects and cheap power to it's owner. The
first attack, Thundershock, is an awesome first turn attack with
ten damage and chance of paralyzing your opponent. Thundershock
can be used as an effective attack to stall for several turns,
so you can retreat or attack with Thunderpunch. For one electric
and one colorless, Thunderpunch undoubtedly has one of the
cheapest attack costs to do up to forty damage in the game. Yet
with all good attacks come some side-backs. Half of the time
Thunderpunch will do ten less damage to the opponent and ten to
yourself. Hit points for this BBP (Big Basic Pokemon) are at a
medium seventy and retreat cost is not outrageous enough. Only
flaw with this card is the weakness to Fighting Pokemon.
At one time Hitmonchan was one of
the top played cards in the game. As new sets were introduced,
more and more Pokemon had resistance to Fighting. Unlike it's
Haymaker companion, Electabuzz has continued to be played in
Unlimited. Although lacking the power of Sneasel or disruption
of Slowking, this card still stands, but not on it's own. Heavy
Trainer support like Energy Removals or other disruption/lock
cards are needed. This card is not used much as a heavy hitter
anymore but should still be considered deadly with less and less
Fighting Pokemon being played. 4/5
It is very nice to have a Big Basic
Electric Pokemon in Current Modified. Last year we had support
from Rocket's Zapdos, although was barley played seeing as
how Neo Revelation Ampharos was overlooked and still underrated.
Too much Espeon and Tyrouge supposedly. As well widespread
use of Tyrouge in almost every deck weakens Best of Game
Electabuzz. Electabuzz shines as early support for decks however
so does Tyrouge. Additionally there are not too many viable
mono-Electric decks in Modified other than Expedition Raichu
(Swarm) and Ampharos. Placing this card in another colored
deck will need Rainbow Energy to pay for Electabuzz's attack
costs. With ten damage on it from the energy, it results in
Tyrouge bait. Hitmonlee in most Kabutops decks also is a
problem. Little disruption cards in Modified results in
Electabuzz's demise. However dealing eighty damage to a Kingdra
or Pojo.com Staff Worker Named Satoshi's Blastoise should be
considered a good advantage in any deck. 3/5
Draft! Wow this is the card to
draft! Incredible attacks for early and late game in this
limited play is so very cool. Finding this card however might be
a challenge seeing as it is rare. Do also note that both Base
Set and Base Set 2 has no uncommon Electric Pokemon and very
weak common Electric basics. The evolutions are only Rare or
Holographic! If you are lucky, the other set you do end up
drafting has some Electric to compliment your rare pull. Take my
advice: do not try looking for the promotional reprint of this
card in packs, you will only draft him in Base Set or Base Set 2
Electabuzz(Best of the Game Promo)
The haunting of electabuzz, now available in modified. That's
modified. This is the SAME buzz from base set, with thunder shock
This is one of the cards that started everything. 70HP basic makes
this buzz good. That extra 10 from 60 really does help. Weakness
to fighting, no resistance, and 2 retreat... O well, that jus
proves that nothing come perfect =/. Thundershock is a good
starter, and then finish the poke off with a possible 40! This
buzz is speed. Nothing to it but speed.
Unlimited- Well times have changed, so a buzz is different now
then it was back when it was jus base, jungle, and fossil. Like
good times, buzz really wasnt hurt by SER, took out Raindancers,
and wiped through small basics. Unlike the good times, there are
some new cards that could be a possible threat to buzz, such as a
tyouge+plus power. But overall, its very good in unlimited. 4.25/5
MMF- I really couldn't believe TPC would actually allow this to go
through. Available in MMF, itll destroy mostly all waters, now
since they are weak to water. This includes expedition Poliwrath,
for those of you think this card it good *cough*pokemaster*cough**.
HAHA jus kidding. Well, fighting has made a strong comeback, so i
guess this balances the field. Still, this is on pretty strong and
fast hitting pokemon. 4/5
Draft- You will rule in draft with this. If you happen to get a
buzz, you're almost guaranteed to win. Speed, power, the best 2
combinations that is draft, or the game itself. Being a basic also
helps too, unlike stage 2, 4
energy attacker =D. 4.5/5
Electbuzz in Base Set :
Sorry for not reviewing latley, been busy with my own website and
school work. Anyways, I am back for reviewing.
Overlook: Electabuzz is finally coming back to play! 2 retreat is
pretty bad for a basic pokemon. 70HP is absolutley incredible for
a basic pokemon. Weakness to fightning makes it a bad target for
Rouge. For 1 Lightning energy does 10 and a chance to paralyze.
For 1 Lightning and 1 colorless energy does 30 automaticly, with a
chance of doing an extra 10 damage or 10 to self. Add a metal
energy and the self damage is no problem.
Modified: 4.5/5(Would have made it 5/5 but Tyrogue causes a
Sorry that I keep forgetting to do
reviews. I did Dragonite two weeks ago, but Pojosama put
Ninetales up twice instead. (Actually Freak, I had the
link going to the wrong page. All of them were about
Ninetales. The link went to the 9tales page.Profpoke
filled me in, and the link was fixed. ;-)
This is the one decent Electabuzz.
I didn't realize how good it was untill I started playing MMF
and got clobbered by a unlimited deck. Electabuzz works wonders
helping you do lots of damage for relatively low energy cost.
This allows you to build up your bench. He can also take out
babies in one shot. If they're bringing this guy back, are they
going to bring back Chansey, Blastoice, Hitmonchan, and Scyther
too. I could really use Scyther in my current deck .
: ) The first attack is average for one
energy. And for anyone out there thinking of a Metal Energy/
Electabuzz combo, it won't work. An electric and a metal energy
just aren't worth 20-30 damage. THis guy might work with broken
ground gym, allowing you to mercilessly slaughter all Basics and
Babies in your path.
Unlimited: 4/5 (Haymakers are out
MMF: 5/5 (the quickest thing
Draft: 5/5 or N/A ( whether or not
this review is on Base Set or the Promo)
Hmm. Electabuzz. This card has always seen play. And rightfully
so. It's a great card, almost broken.
Unlimited: In this format, it's still very playable. Not too
and has 70 useful hit points. Sometimes, its weakness to Fighting
gets it in trouble, however. Tyrogue can OHKO it with a PlusPower.
That's NOT cool. But... there's Rocket's Zapdos to cover its
weakness. Its retreat cost lets it down, but that's why you play
Switch (besides other reasons ;x). Overall, it's still an amazing
Modified: ...and thanks to WotC, it can soon be used in this
format. :O I'll admit that when I heard of this announcement about
5 days ago, I was very surprised. Probably WotC wants Lightning to
be played more in this format, and brought in this card.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, Electabuzz won't aid the Lightning
Pokemon much. Tyrogue is too much, even for Electabuzz. A Tyrogue
with Strength Charm can again OHKO the Buzz =\ (Strength Charm is
awesome with Tyrogue because it gets
discarded only when Tyrogue deals damage, i.e. flips heads. ;x) So
does that mean that Electabuzz won't be played? Yes, it will.
Lightning-weak Water decks must start fearing this card. Even
Kingdra. It can be splashed easily too, since it only requires one
Lightning Energy to attack, maybe giving rise to some
Modified-style Haymaker decks. :o Well, I guess this card WILL
affect this format. 3.5/5
Draft: Well, I'd draft this. Too good. I'd say broken. And, it's
splashable too, as already remarked. Its only problem is that it's
rare. Another possible problem is that you might not find anymore
Base Set booster packs to draft in the first place. (ROFL) But...
that's another matter ;x
Kinda off topic, but whenever buzz
is mentioned, my mind suddenly goes back to a battle with my
friend, Michael when I KOed 2 Buzzes with a Tyrogue with a D.
This is a very interesting card. It
has the best 2 energy attack in the game and can attack cheaply
on the first turn. 70 hp is very solid for a basic. The
weakness is no prob since so many pokes are resistant to
fighting. These are usually not good later in the game, their
mainly for the first 3-4 turns. I just can't give it a rating
lower than 4.
Modified 4/5 (arn't they gonna come
out with a promo one?)
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