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Basculin #30

Next Destinies

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.00
Limited: 3.25

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

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Basculin (Next Destinies)

Hello, and welcome to a shorter week than usual here on Pojo’s CotD. We’ve still got some of the older cards to cover before the next set hits, so let’s crack on with it.

Basculin is an unevolving Basic with an unimpressive 80 HP and a scary Weakness to Lightning which makes it an easy target for all those Zekrom and Thundurus out there. The Retreat cost of one is decent and pretty much what you would expect from a card like this: it won’t make or break it either way.

Seeing as this Pokémon can’t be relied on to hang around for too long, it’s going to need some very good, low-cost attacks to attract the interest of players. The first attack, Bite, is certainly as cheap as it gets these days, but that one Energy of any Colour will only get you 10 points of effect-free damage, making it little more than a token, really. The second attack, Bared Fangs is somewhat more interesting. For just a single Water Energy it does 40 damage . . . providing that the Defending Pokémon has no damage counters on it (if it does, the attack does nothing). That 40 damage is enough to OHKO any Tynamo, any Baby Pokémon, and a few low HP Evolving Basics like Solosis and Oddish. Oh, and it also knocks out Cyndaquils, thanks to Weakness.

So . . . does this make Basculin a viable weapon against decks that run these low HP Pokémon? Well, it does have some serious competition from Tyrogue GS/CL. Unlike Basculin, the Baby Pokémon has no Retreat cost, nor does it need Energy to attack. On the other hand, it is more vulnerable to KOs itself, can only hit 30 damage, and Sweet Sleeping Face is a bit of a double-edged sword. In the end though, I suspect that it’s the specific Energy cost that will keep Basculin from taking over its role as a searchable ‘donking’ Pokémon. Needing to run Water Energy, or draw into something like Prism, really cuts down on the number of decks it can be used in.

Basculin is an incredibly situational card that could give an opponent a nasty shock. I can’t really recommend its use though, even in a primarily Water Type deck (ummm . . . Kyurem?), simply because it is so situational. The space will almost always be better devoted to another consistency card, or thickening up the main attacker line.


Modified: 2 (I still feel Tyrogue is the better choice)

Limited: 3.25 (can pick up a cheap turn 1 win here)

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