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Top 10 Cards of 2011 Countdown - #3

Reshiram #113/114

Black & White

Date Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary


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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National

#3 Reshiram (Black and White)

Time to move into the Top 3 now, and it will be no surprise to anyone to see a BW Dragon making an appearance.

Very powerful Basic Pokémon have been a part of the game right from the very start. They might look kind of weak now, but Base Set Hitmonchan and Electabuzz, and Scyther from Jungle were absolute monsters in their day. Sneasel NG was the only card ever to be banned for being too good (Slowking NG was a mistranslation). More recently, of course, we have seen the incredibly powerful SP Pokémon dominate for two years straight.

These Dragons, however, take things to a whole new level. They don’t compete with Evolved Pokémon by being faster, they compete with them by being equal or better in terms of HP and damage output. Take Reshiram for example. This is a 130 HP Basic Fire Type Pokémon that dishes out 120 damage per turn, as long as it has the appropriate Energy acceleration (and hey, you have not one, but two options for that!). Compare him to successful big-hitting Stage 2 Fire Pokémon of the past like Blaziken ex (100 snipe for two Energy and discard), or Infernape DP (90 damage for two Energy and discard), and you will see that Reshiram stacks up pretty well. Then you remember that it is a Basic and . . . well, you can see why it has been such a force this year. Oh, and it also has Outrage: an attack which punishes any opponent for not taking it out in one hit, plus Eviolite to make that task next to impossible for most decks.

Reshiram was part of David Cohen’s Magnezone/Emoboar deck that won Worlds in 2011. It was the star of the Reshiram/Typhlosion decks that have been such a force in the HGSS-on format. Since its release, Reshiram has kept every potentially good Fire-Weak Pokémon (with the recent exception of Cobalion NV) out of the metagame.

This card has been a format-defining Pokémon and well deserves its place in the Top 3.


Modified: 4.25 (The reason you never see Grass or Metal decks at tournaments)


Happy midweek, Pojo readers! Today we are reviewing our #3 Card of 2011, and it's a card that most of you are probably quite familiar with, as it has been tearing up top tables in tournaments for quite some time now. Today's Card of the Day is Reshiram from Black and White.
Reshiram is a Basic Fire Pokemon. Basically, if you play Fire in today's Modified metagame, you're playing Reshiram. 130 HP is amazing for a Basic, and will easily be able to survive most assaults, except look out for opposing Blue Flares and Bolt Strikes with a PlusPower. Water Weakness is understandable, making Kyurem and Vanilluxe a bit of a problem for Reshiram, although it can still deal with both effectively given the right set up. Sadly, Reshiram has no Resistance, and a Retreat Cost of 2 is what we'd expect for this giant fire dragon, and that cost is payable if necessary, but chances are you'll want to use Switch.
Reshiram has two attacks, Outrage and Blue Flare. Outrage deals 20 damage plus 10 more damage for each damage counter on Reshiram for two Colorless Energy (often a Double Colorless). This attack works incredibly well with Typhlosion Prime's Afterburner, as that Power loads both Fire Energies and damage counters onto Reshiram. After using Blue Flare a few times, the weakened Reshiram can then sweep with Outrage. Blue Flare deals 120 damage for two Fire and a Colorless, discarding 2 Fire Energy in the process. This attack is excellent for its cost, and pairs incredibly well with Typhlosion Prime and Emboar BW.
Modified: 4/5 Most of you should be familiar with Reshiram's power in the Modified metagame, as Reshiphlosion is a deck archetype that has been both popular and effective over the past few months. With monstrous HP and good attacks, Reshiram will likely be a fixture in Modified for quite a bit longer. While Kyurem and other powerful Water-types have slightly weakened Reshiram's presence in the format, Reshiram is still a dragon that everyone needs to be prepared for.
Limited: 5/5 Reshiram is a Basic with huge HP and destructive attacks. Even if you only use Outrage, chances are Reshiram will get you a few KOs by itself. Add that to the fact that many Water-types in Black and White are fairly weak (look out for Samurott, though!), Reshiram should easily fit into any deck, especially those willing to splash a few Fire Energy.
Combos With: Typhlosion Prime, Emboar BW

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia

Top Card #3: Reshiram (Black & White)
We are nearing the end of the Countdown, and today's card is one of the most popular of them all. The Flame of Unova, the saviour of the Afteburner archetype, the great Reshiram!
This card made my personal #1 because it has the most cherished attribute: inevitability. Once Reshiram gets rolling, there is no way to get rid of it permanently and if you are running a ReshiPhlosion deck, your opponent doesn't even  a chance to regroup between one Blue Flare and the next.
I'm sure all of you are familiar with Reshiram's stats to the point of having them permanently burned onto your retinas, but for the sake of professionalism I'll go over the important points. Reshiram is a Fire type non-evolving Basic with that massive 130 HP, the retreat cost of 2 and the iconoc Outrage attack, as well as the signature Blue Flare move. All of those stats rock and are significantly improved by the presnece of Ninetales HGSS, Ability Emboar and most importantly Typhlosion Prime.
Outrage is awesome, and since there are now a few Poke'mon with Fire Weakness being tested out (Durant, Cobalion and Virizion from Noble Victories come to mind), Reshiram is being tested in more diverse builds to exploit that resurgence. The reason they weren't popular prior to the release of Kyurem (who is slowly balancing out the massive Fire presence), ReshiPhlosion builds were so common that a Fire Weakness on its own was usually enough to deem a card unplayable, and they are still a mainstay of the tournament scene.
The reason for that is that popularity is that Blue Flare has been beautifully exploited by the combination of Engineer's Adjustments, Ninetales HGSS and Typhlosion Prime. With a turn 2 Ninetales to draw all of the cards you need for the rest of the game and Typhlosion to power up each and every one of your Reshirams faster than your opponent can take them down, there is now way to survive the midgame onslaught of Reshiphlosion.
With the incredible consistency offered by having three heavy Poke'mon lines and nothing else, you can fit all of the other toys you want into a ReshiPhlosion build. Did your opponent just KO a Reshiram? Promote the spare and drop a Revive. Did they pull back a severely damaged Poke'mon? Use Roast Reveal until you get that Poke'mon Catcher you need. Is the target just out of range? Your large hand size will support a lot of Pluspowers and Rocky Helmets. Want to make your opponent cry? Judge away the Double Colourless Energy and Rare Candy they just drew and restock your deck at the same time!
Once you see Reshiram and Cyndaquil hit the table, the only hope is to stop the Typhlosion or you will never know peace. Taking down Reshiram is pointless as there is always another waiting to take its place and get a return KO to stay ahead in the Prize race, while you will run out of resources sooner or later and submit to the inevitable conflaguration of defeat!
Due to the heavy cost of Blue Flare outside of a dedicated Typhlosion build, it is hard to tech Reshiram into another build (not that there aren't people trying with decks like Six Corners relying almost solely on Outrage) and so I expect it won't be as powerful next year when it will have to rely on Ability Emboar and Energy Retrieval instead. But while we have the HGSS block, Reshiram is the card to fear!
Modified: 5 (you can play with Kyurem, you can fill the world with Rain Dance, you can even bring in ridiculously powerful Poke'mon EX that can take 200 damage but you cannot stop Reshiram, king of the Prize Exchange!)
Limited: 4.5 (outrage is beyond awesome here, and with Simisear BW provideing a solid line with great spread it is easy enough to make sure that all targets will die to Blue Flare. However, the discard cost is much more of a drawback here, so you won't get as much work out of Reshiram as you willl from Zekrom)
Combos with: Typhlosion Prime, Ninetales HGSS

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