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Buck's Training

Legends Awakened

Date Reviewed: 10.07.08

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.25
Limited: 4.25

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 10/7 Buck's Training (LA)

So, the second day of trainer week, and we have a great supporter today, Buck's Training. Now, if it wasn't for the other effect, it would be as good as Mom's Kindness in drawing only 2 cards. However, if it's next to your active Pokémon, then your next attack does 10 more damage. Now, that sounds fantastic, but you have to remember a couple of things. first, it doesn't add damage to attacks that place damage counters, and secondly, it doesn't add damage to bench hitting attacks. Still, if you don't care about either and thus care more about hitting stuff hard with your beat down deck, then this essentially adds 4 more Plus Powers to your deck and 4 Mom's Kindness is just 4 slots. Not as though getting 4 Mom's Kindness is a good thing, but still, it's nice to draw those 2 cards in addition to dealing extra damage.

Actually, that brings me to my only minor complaint about the card. That is, you are going to be using it for the extra damage, and thus cannot be used as a main drawing supporter, so more spaces will have to be dedicated to drawing cards. Admittedly, with Claydol (GE) or Uxie (LA) in almost every deck, it's not such a big deal. Also, to get the +10 damage at the right time, you have to keep Buck's Training in your hand until the right time. Admittedly, it's not that much of a hindrance, but it's just that it takes up a a space in your hand which, if you are using Claydol, could be quite bad. Still, you should find a use for it quite quickly really.


Modified: It's fantastic, it's unique, there has been no other card in history that has the same sort of effect (I think), and will almost always be useful. To get the most out of it though, it will have to be timed well for when you need the extra damage, and thus shouldn't really be used as a main drawing card, but really, it doesn't matter that much. However, the only major downfall is that it can only be used effectively in beat down decks, but that still isn't exactly a bad thing. 4/5

Limited: Drawing power (even if it is only the equivalent of Mom's Kindness) is great here, but really, the extra damage is the main attraction of the card, allowing you to get more 1 or 2HKOs. However, don't expect to get too many, but it's still great. 4.5/5
Trainer week continues with Bucks training. This card is huge it is one of the best supporters in the format not only do you draw cards you do extra damage what a great card. When you combine this card with Gyarados you can do some serious damage or you can use it in combination with Leafeon LV X for even more damage and these are just some of the decks you can use it in. In conclusion Bucks training is probuly one of the best new supporters besides Cynthias feelings and Team Galactics wager from the Diamond and Pearl sets. But in all a great card with so much potential in the format.

Modified: 4.5/5- drawing cards and free extra damage whats not to love

Limited: 4/5

Art: 3/5

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