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Articuno #27

Next Destinies

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.00
Limited: 4.00

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
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Articuno (Next Destinies)

So, we come to the last of the Legendary Birds from the Next Destinies set. Ironically, it’s Articuno, so technically it should have been the first.

Articuno is a Basic Pokémon with 120 HP. These are both pretty good things: being a Basic means that it gets the benefit of easy searchability (Collector and Dual Ball) and the support of cards like Prism Energy. True, the HP, though very good for a Basic, still leaves it in range for an unboosted Zekrom or Reshiram KO, but there is always Eviolite to help with that. One thing that really stands out about this card is its excellent Typing. Being a Water Pokémon is decent enough (hitting popular cards like Donphan, Reshiram and Landorus for Weakness), but what I really like is the Metal Weakness (only the rarely played Cobablion threatens) combined with the Fighting Resistance (making an Articuno with Eviolite a really tough KO for Terrakion among others). In fact, the only thing I don’t like about this card’s stats is the Retreat cost of two which, as usual, seems inappropriate for a Pokémon that can actually fly.

Of course all that means nothing if Articuno can’t back it up with a couple of decent attacks, so let’s see what’s on offer. The first, Ice Beam, costs one Water and two Colourless Energy, does 50 damage, and offers a coin flip for Paralysis. Hmmm . . . that’s a little expensive for what it does, even if you can improve chances of hitting Paralysis with Victory Star Victini. Without a Vileplume lock to prevent Switch, and with such massive HP Pokémon dominating the game, you would have to get very lucky to keep Paralysing your opponent until you took the KO. Articuno’s second attack, Ice Wing, is much less interesting: [W][C][C][C] is a pretty hefty cost for just 80 points of vanilla damage. In combination with Ice Beam, though, it does hit the ‘magic number’ 130. Trouble is that, since the release of the –EX Pokémon, 130 has become a lot less magic.

It’s really hard for me to face up to the fact that Articuno is not a really competitive Pokémon, as there is so much to like about the card: decent HP, fantastic Typing, and even the attacks aren’t too bad. In the end though, it’s just too underpowered to be truly viable in today’s format, which actually says more about other Pokémon being overpowered than it does about Articuno being bad. This is yet another card which could have been absolutely stellar in a previous format, but is sadly outclassed in the one we have now.


Modified: 2.5 (I like the card but the format doesn’t)

Limited: 4 (high HP Basic with Status Condition attack and decent damage for this format)


Hey there, Pojo! Today we're reviewing a legendary bird from Generation I that many people really like. Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Articuno from Next Destinies.
Articuno is a Basic Water Pokemon. Water isn't common at all in Modified right now, but Articuno's being a Basic may allow it to see some play, given that it has good enough abilities and attacks. For starters, 120 HP is quite nice for a Basic, allowing Articuno to take a few weak hits. Unfortunately, the dragons and other heavy hitters still OHKO in Modified (though it's not OHKOed by Terrakion, which is notable). Metal Weakness is great as Cobalion is quite rare these days, Fighting Resistance is amazing against Terrakion, and a Retreat Cost of 2 is payable, even more so with Skyarrow Bridge.
Articuno has two attacks. Ice Beam deals 50 damage for a Water and two Colorless, Paralyzing on a coin flip. Paralysis is great regardless of format, but 50 damage for three Energy really won't cut it in Modified, especially when you can do 120 damage for the same cost. In Limited, however, this attack is fairly good. Likewise, Ice Wing's vanilla 80 damage for a Water and three Colorless really won't cut it in Modified, but the attack is strong in Limited with a consistent damage output. Overall, Articuno has nice top and bottom stats, but very, very mediocre attacks.
Modified: 1.5/5 Articuno is below average in Modified. Both attacks cost way too much for the damage output, and having 120 HP isn't great. There are simply many more options in Modified.
Limited: 4/5 On the other hand, Articuno is awesome in Modified. 120 HP is great in this format, being able to stand up to most assaults aside from the Pokemon-EX. Even though they are uninspiring in Modified, both Ice Beam and Ice Wing are good in Limited. Colorless Energy requirements make splashing Articuno into decks even easier, although it does require a single Water Energy (or a Prism, if you're lucky enough to draft one). Overall, Articuno is a strong Basic that could easily see play in your Limited deck.

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