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Garchomp Lv. X

Diamond & Pearl
Majestic Dawn

Date Reviewed: 08.04.08

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.75
Limited: 1.00

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

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Jigglypuff13 8/4 Garchomp Lv.X (MD)
Hello, and welcome to a new week. Now, for some unknown reason, when reviewing the MD cards, we managed to leave out 3 of the sets 4 Lv.X's, so we are reviewing them this week, along with another LA preview card (again, another one was revealed after the weeks cards were sorted out, so we've only got one LA preview card). Today's card though, is one of the Lv.X's, and an eagerly awaited one, Garchomp Lv.X. Now, the reason it was so hyped up was for it's attack and Poké-Power, but I'll start with the basic stats of the card. First, it has a 140HP, which is about average for a Stage 2 Lv.X, so is alright, but not brilliant. Next, it has a x2 Colorless Weakness, which is massive, but not very annoying since so few people are playing Colorless. There may be the odd Blissey (MT) about, or rival Garchomp, but otherwise, it has to fear Crystal Shard, which just isn't teched into anything now, so there's nothing to worry about from it. No Resistance is expected. I wish t had a Resistance, but you can't give a card everything. However, it does have a brilliant Retreat Cost; nothing. This means that, if you need to bench it for any reason, you have no cost or punishment to do so.
Now, it's Poké-Power, Dragon Pulse. Rather than aid the normal Garchomp's attack, or fit in with the theme, it's more of an icing on the cake Poké-Power. When you level it up, you flip 3 coins, and do a 10 spread for each heads. This is just so nice if you get a couple of heads, since it softens the bench up for the normal Garchomp's Dragon fang attack (which is of course powered up by Rainbow Scale if you've got the right energy on it). Obviously, Dragon Fang is going to be Garchomp Lv.X's attack, but it's own attack, is just nice for support. Restore costs no energy, and has an absolutely fantastic effect. You can get a non-Lv.x Pokémon from your Discard Pile, and put it on your bench, and attach up to 3 Discarded Basic Energies from your Discard Pile to that Pokémon. This basically allows you to power up some of the games greatest attacks, in just one attack. Because of this, there are often single Stage 2 techs in Garchomp decks, most notably Gallade (SW) and Flygon Ex (DF). There are others, but they are the 2 most common techs. The only downside is, well, it's an attack, which means your opponent is likely to take advantage of this and damage Garchomp Lv.X.
Mind you, even if your opponent does attack Garchomp Lv.X during one of these turns, chances are, they will not KO Garchomp Lv.X. GG decks 3HKO it with Psychic Lock from Gardevoir (SW), or need to flip 4 Prizes and get a OHKO from Psychic Cut, though I don't see many GG players being able to do that. Empoleon (MD) could get a OHKO with Surf Together, but only after a couple Dual Splash's weakening it. Eeveelutions can only get a 2HKO with Glaceon Lv.X (MD), though with enough energies attached to their Pokémon, Leafeon Lv.X (MD) could get a nice OHKO. Skittles will struggle to get the 7 required different energies attached to Ho-Oh (SW) for a OHKO, but chances are will get a 2HKO if not. Chances are, any other deck that may get played will only be able to 2HKO's at best. However, no matter what, being KOed is not Garchomp Lv.X nor normal Garchomp's weakness. In fact, it's facing something without a Weakness, or having it's Poké-Body turned off. That's why some people are or have teched in Lati-Lock, Blastoise d (CG) or Cessation Crystal into their decks, even ones that rely on Poké-Powers themselves for the latter. Why? Because it stops Rainbow Scale, and thus stops Garchomp's main attack power. However, Garchomp's Lv.X's Restore should be able to counter them, and get some good techs out, but they are still annoying to the Garchomp player.
Modified: It's has average HP, a good Weakness, and perfect Retreat Cost, a nice Poké-Power and an attack that allows for almost infinite techability in Garchomp decks. Some techs ruin this and the normal Garchomp, but they aren't played that often. This is a brilliant card, and has brilliant potential (it got second in Masters division in the National Championships over here, so must be able to work).  The only slight reservation I have about the is how hard it is to get the normal Garchomp deck to work, and since this card should be used as a tech in normal Garchomp decks... 3.75/5
Limited: If only there was a Garchomp here. 1/5

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