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Bah… Toned-down Defender.
I guess they had to make strength charm’s brother… Well, it
doesn’t reduce dmg from your own attacks, so stuff like
Selfdestruct and Double Edge doesn’t work. You also can’t
attach more than one because it’s a tool.
I guess what I’m trying to say is I don’t
like this card. -__-
Modified: 2/5 –
Really, what will you use it for? There will never be
room for this
card in a good deck.
Unlimited: .2/5 –
You REALLY deserve to loose here if you play this card.
Unless you started playing Pokemon from Dragons on, and have
never ever heard of Defender (‘course, who plays that here
either? -____- ) I will cut you no slack for using this card
in unlimited. 20 dmg off of a Sneasel’s Beat Up is like -$20
from Bill Gate’s Bank account.
2 on 2: 1/5 – You
play this on one active, and it gets wasted when the other
is attacked. -___________-
Team: 1/5 – hmmmm…..
I think it since it only lasts for one enemy attack,
it kinda stinks…
Draft: 3.5/5 –
Take all of your trainers here. In this format this card
becomes good when compared to the junk you usually get,
like Energy Switch, for example.
Written JANUARY 1ST,
2004. HAPPY NEW YEARS EVEYONE!!!!
Thanks for posting Pojo.
What a year! '03 is already over?! I still can't believe
it...Well, one way or another, we end the year on a rather
interesting note: With Buffer Piece, the new defender!
Unlimited (1.5/5): The problem with unlimited is that there's
room for so many BETTER trainers. Ask yourself what will help
you in the long run: a slight bit of prevented damage, or a
full, new hand?
Modified (2.75/5): Now, this tool is quite worthless for some
decks, yet vital in others. If you are playing any dragons, then
Buffer Pieces are a must, as you'll probably be targeted by some
heavy-hitting colorless dude, or even worse, Wobbuffet! However,
decks like Gardevoir are pretty straightforward, and many of
their effects damage themselves, like Psy Shadow.
Draft (4.25/5): This can make or break games, folks! If you play
this at a decisive moment, then you'll secure many a game for
you. Unless you get draw power or a VERY solid Pokemon, then
Buffer Piece is a 1st pull.
Attach Buffer Piece to 1 of your Pokémon that doesn’t
already have a Pokémon Tool attached to it. If that Pokémon
is Knocked Out, discard this card.
done to the Pokémon Buffer Piece is attached to by an
opponent’s attack is reduced by 20 (after applying
Weakness and Resistance). At the end of your opponent’s
turn after you played Buffer Piece, discard Buffer Piece.
It is a Trainer. So the upside is you can put as many of them
into play (presuming you have the Pokémon for them) as you got
per turn. Of course, there are many things that can foil
Trainers: Chaos Gym and Neo Genesis Slowking will make you have
to flip, and Dark Vileplume prevents their play completely.
This is a Pokémon Tool, so the upside is that you can have it in
play to get around these things. Of course, an Aerodactyl ex
would still ruin it then anyway. Being a Pokémon Tool (as
opposed to an attached Trainer) is very limiting: using one
prevents the immediate use of another, and you can’t “stack”
like you can with attached Trainers.
Well, simply put, after you have been hit by an attack and
applied Weakness and Resistance, you then drop the damage by
20. Not useless, but there is a catch: it goes away at the end
of your opponent’s next turn (after having played Buffer
Piece). It also only blocks opposing attacks.
If you have absolutely no Pokémon Tool you think could benefit
you, then, early game, this can actually help a bit. For
example, say you do a common opening move: having a Wynaut use
repeated Alluring Smiles to set up. With this, those early
attacks by opposing Pokémon won’t hurt as bad, and you can
probably sneak in an extra Alluring Smile. Yes, you could just
use a different search Trainer, but most of those are Supporters
and even do less than Smile does. Much as a well timed Strength
Charm can win you the game, a well timed Buffer Piece can wreck
an opponent’s plans and yes, win you the game, by making them
pursue the wrong Strategy. If a big attack isn’t flip based, it
usually includes some other detrimental effect, like Energy
discards or self damage. So, with this dropping after they have
“gone for broke” and burned up these resources so that their
last attack will be a guaranteed kill… well, it makes a comeback
slightly easier. Of course, pulling that off is probably less
likely than getting SER2 to work. Oh well, I tried.
1/5-Use Defender. It lasts as long and can stack with itself.
Defender even blocks self damage, something Buffer Piece doesn’t
do. You can then attach Gold Berry or Focus Band as well.
1.75/5-Like I said, an incredibly slight chance it can buy you
the turn you need, but in the long run, 20
damage isn’t much, and your Pokémon Tool slot is better
used for something else.
1.5/5-Even worse here, since if you don’t play one on each of
your Pokémon, then your opponent will
just hit the other. While you could use this to deter your
opponent from attacking one of your actives, but its doubtful
that it will often save something: like I said, it’s
just 20 damage.
or less the same as above-too bad it doesn’t last until the
beginning of your next turn; it’d be pretty good then.
3/5-Finally, a place it can do some good! Here, that 20 damage
will often matter, enough to give whatever big (or not so big)
attackers just one more shot. Here, that can be enough to give
you the game.
One of those “take an old Trainer and ruin it” cards. If it
didn’t get discarded at the end of the turn, it would be a good
Tool, maybe on par with Gold Berry. But as is, it’s more a joke
Sorry about the long layoff in
writting reviews again, filming for Thriller, a skate vid
dropping in a store near you soon, has been tough, but I
messed up my knee, so it looks like I'll be writting reviews
more often now.
Buffer Piece is a card that I
think can see some play in the current environment. But this
card sound a lot like a previous card, but I can't quite put
my finger on it...
Unlimited- Don't play this here,
use Defender. It is more or less the same thing, and it
doesn't prevent you from using Focus Band of Gold Berry. 1/5
Modified- As far as I can tell,
there is no Defender in Modified, unless it was reprinted in
a serect set of promos or something. Not a bad card to use
it you must put out a 50 HP basic, so you can prevent damage
to get out it's big bad 100 HP+ evos. Also a good card to
use to keep your Ex Pokes from getting knocked out like
Tyson. Especially those Ex basics with low HP. I like that
this card adds some extra defence for my Wailord Ex deck
that plays almost every kind of healing imaginable. All
jokes aside, there aren't too many good Pokemon Tools as of
yet in Modified, so Buffer Piece can be easily tossed into
any deck without any major drawbacks. 3/5
Limited- Preventing damage is
good in any format, most importantly the limited format.
Your not going to see too many great Pokemon Tools anyway,
so take a chance on Buffer Piece. 3.25/5 here.
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