Ratings are based
on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.
This Blaziken, while perhaps not as
powerful as it's non-holo cousin, is still a powerful card.
Firestarter is a great power. But since it is to the benched
pokemon, it may not be quite as good as Fire Recharge. Still,
it is an automatic power, and can help to quickly power up your
reserves and get a new pokemon rolling fast after your opponent
has scored a knock out on you main attacker. Fire Stream is
also good. 3 energy and one discard for 50 is a standard
Flamethrower like Arcanine has, but this is better, doing 10 to
each opposing bench pokemon. This coupled with 100 hp make this
Blaziken very playable.
Unlimited: It does decent damage
and speeds up your pokemon, but still not enough: 2/5
Modified: Nice. When
Entei/Cargo and Typhlosion is gone, the two Blazikens should go
up significantly in popularity: 3.5/5
Limited: If you can manage to
get one out, he will work really well for you: 3.5/5
The Bottom Line: 3/5
Well, here is Blaziken. Its
Poke-Power is practically a non-flip Typhlosion Pokemon Power,
with the important exception that it works only for Benched
Pokemon. Its attack is also quite nice, doing 50 to the Active
Pokemon and optionally doing 10 to your opponent's Benched
Pokemon by detaching a Fire Energy from Blaziken and discarding
it. For one Fire Energy and 2 Colorless Energies, that's pretty
Blaziken's Power can be comboed with
cards such as Uncommon Delcatty and Camerupt. With some thought,
the fact that you can only attach the Fire Energy card to a
Benched Pokemon can be circumvented by playing cards like
Switch, Warp Point and Warp Energy, or sometimes, by simply
Unlimited: In Unlimited it's good.
You could attack turn 2 by a Double Colorless and a Fire, then
attaching two Fire Energies per turn (one to Blaziken and the
other from the discard pile to a Benched Pokemon). Or you could
just use something like Juggler to discard the Fire Energies to
the discard pile and get something like Blaine's Arcanine going
quickly. The fact that Scizor and, to a lesser extent, Steelix,
are playable in this format and are weak to it, makes it even
Modified: Well, I'm seriously
doubting whether Nintendo will ever allow WotC-printed cards in
their format, but anyway. Still, Camerupt and Delcatty are
Nintendo cards, and they're pretty effective with Blaziken. I
still rate Blaziken highly in this format.
Draft: Here it's nice to have. If
you've drafted Combuskens and Torchics, then getting this is
obvious. Both Combuskens are actually not bad in their own
right, adding to the impetus of drafting them. Blaziken's
combination of attack and Poke-power is superb in any format,
not less this one.
Well it looks like Typhlosion has some competition =/.
Unlimited- I don't see it being played to its full potential here
as any stage 2 won't have their basic or Stage 1 survive
Modified- Not Bad. I wouldn't use it though, but with Delcatty
and Magcargo EX (in sandstorm) he can prove to be a new archetype
(practically the same thing over and over eh? RK9/Typhlo in MF1,
Cargo/Typhlo in MF2, and now CargoEX/Blaziken in MF3)
Draft- If you can draft a few torchics and combuskens, take him.
If not, let him slide for a good trainer or pokemon =/. If you
get him out though...I think you can guarantee a few prizes in
rating--- 3.75 (its hard to draft stage 2's!)
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