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Lapras #26

Next Destinies

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.25
Limited: 3.00

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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Lapras #26 (Next Destinies)

Seems like we’ve been waiting a while for a Lapras (since HGSS), and then two come along at once, just like buses. Oh well, Lapras is the ‘Transport Pokémon’ so that probably suits it.

This version comes with 10 less HP than the one we reviewed yesterday, which is a bit unfortunate as it is easier to KO for those attackers hitting 80 damage (Tornadus and Thundurus just need a PlusPower). On the other hand it has a much better Weakness: attacking Metal Pokémon are very rarely seen these days. The Retreat cost is still two however, and that’s a pain for anyone wanting to play Lapras.

Lapras’ first attack, Water Arrow, costs [W][C] and will do 20 damage to any one of your opponent’s Pokémon. Sniping for 20 is nice enough, and can be used to finish off damaged Pokémon, or set up for easier OHKOs but . . . like it or not, we are in a format where unaided OHKOs dominate, and in any case, Water Arrow is too expensive for what it does. Elekid TM will give you the same attack for no cost whatsoever. Lapras’ second attack? Eh, it’s just a standard generic Surf that does 60 for [W][W][C]. Overpriced and underpowered, just as you would expect.

If they had somehow combined the best bits of both Lapras cards (Metal Weakness, 100 HP, CFF, Water Arrow) and cut the retreat cost, then we could have had a playable card on our hands once Pokémon Collector is rotated. As it is, the good stuff is spread too thinly over both cards and neither of them are going to see life outside of the prerelease and the binder.


Modified: 1.5 (verging on set filler, really)

Limited: 2.75 (you could get some use from this, but it’s not exactly a game-winner)


Happy midweek, Pojo viewers! Today we're going to review the Uncommon counterpart of yesterday's COTD. Today's Card of the Day is Lapras (#26) from Next Destinies.
Lapras is a Basic Water Pokemon. Since Water isn't a commonly played type right now, Lapras will have to do something amazingly well in order to see Modified play. 90 HP is fairly good (though not amazing) for a Basic, as it's enough HP to take a weak attack, though not a huge hit. Metal Weakness is good in both Modified and Limited, as Metal is somewhat uncommon aside from the random Cobalion you'll still see every now and again, and Durant, which won't be dealing damage to you anyway. Lapras also has no Resistance, and a decent (though not easily payable) Retreat Cost of two.
Unlike yesterday's version of Lapras, this one has two attacks. Water Arrow is your standard snipe attack, dealing 20 damage to one of your opponent's Pokemon for a Water and a Colorless. This attack doesn't deal enough damage to warrant Modified play; you're better off with numerous other snipers, including Zebstrika and even Kyurem. Surf does 60 damage for a two Water and a Colorless, which will work in your Water-based Limited deck, but not really anywhere else.
Modified: 1/5 Lapras has good HP, but that's about it. Neither of its attacks are really worth using at all in this format, and there are generally better options.
Limited: 3.25/5 Lapras has great top and bottom stats matched with average attacks, making it slightly above average in Limited. 90 HP is good for this format, and Metal Weakness probably won't be anything to worry about too much. Water Arrow is good at sniping your opponent's bench as well as picking off damaged hitters, while Surf deals solid, consistent damage. Overall, Lapras is solid, but not spectacular, in Limited.

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