The choice of illustration for today’s card is a bit
odd. Sometimes those plasticky
models can be quite cute, but isn’t
Bronzong supposed to be made out of metal?
Sure enough, it’s a Metal type: a Stage 1 with an ok
Weakness, and a nice Resistance. None of that is as
important as it would be on an attacking Pokémon though,
because this Bronzong is
designed for themed support purposes.
And what theme is it supporting, you ask? Well, the
answer to that is Legends. You
remember, those pretty cards in two halves that
you see in binders but not tournaments (except for
Entei/Raikou)? If any card
needed some support, then Legends most definitely do.
You know what would be nice though? Support that was
This is where Bronzong falls
flat on its weird-looking face. Legend Ceremony is cheap
(costing a single Energy of any Colour) but it’s
basically useless. Yes, you can search your deck for
both halves of a Legend and put them in your hand, but
this does almost nothing to address the real problems of
trying to play them: by the time you set up a
Bronzong and waste an attack
you could most likely have got the Legend pieces by
other means (Collector/Communication combo,
Bebe’s Search, Luxury Ball
etc). Then of course there is the fact that you are
leaving yourself open to cards like Judge and
Looker’s Investigation which
will shuffle those pieces right back in the deck.
The worst part? Even if you
do manage to play down the Legend next turn AND get
enough Energy on it, you will then have to burn a
switching card just to get Bronzong
out of the active slot, as no-one in their right mind is
going to pay the ridiculous Retreat cost of three.
Don’t even get me started on the second attack. [C][C]
for 30 damage and you move an
Energy from Bronzong to one
of your Benched Pokémon. If that’s an attempt to provide
Energy acceleration for the Legends, then all I have to
say is one word: pathetic. I mean, why even attach the
second Energy to Bronzong in
the first place?
I don’t give out the worst possible score very often
because most cards have at least
they can do. This is such a massive missed opportunity
though. I’m going to mark it down out of sheer
Modified: 1 (fail support for cards that deserve a lot
better than this rubbish)
Limited: 1 (first attack useless, second attack
Combos with . . .
Nul Points. Do
not put this card in a Legend deck.