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- Boundaries Crossed

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.5
Limited: 2.5

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

Celebi-EX (Boundaries Crossed)

Remember Celebi Prime? (Come on, it was only last format!). When that card was released players (including me) thought . . . ugh. The HP was tiny, the Power all but useless, and the attack a tragic waste of space. What we couldn’t know then was that Pokémon released over a year later would turn the most rubbish of all the Primes into the engine of a top notch deck.

Maybe that’s exactly what will happen with Celebi-EX. There is certainly a lot to dislike about it as a TCG card. The 110 HP is abysmally low for an EX Pokémon: one Darkrai-EX with Dark Claw attached and it’s a OHKO. The attack is pretty average (three Energy for 60 and a switch to the Bench), and while the Fire Weakness is irrelevant right now, and the Water Resistance even useful, there’s no getting around the fact that Celebi-EX gives away Prizes while it really struggles to take them. So, where is the potential in this card? It must be the Time Recall Ability. This states that, while Celebi-EX is in play, any of your evolved Pokémon can use the attacks of their pre-evolutions. Right away you can see that Celebi-EX (like the Prime) is only ever going to be as good as the pre-evos it has to work with.

What does that mean right now? Ummmm . . . not a lot. You could use it in a Flygon BCR spread deck to gain access to Vibrava’s useful Sand Pulse attack. If you really wanted to, you could pair it with Charizard BCR and use Charmeleon’s Rage-style attack that increases damage for each damage counter on the Pokémon, or even Charmander’s Energy acceleration attack. You know what though? I don’t think Celebi-EX does enough in either of those decks to justify the huge liability of a bench-sitting, low HP EX Pokémon.

So . . . for now I’m prepared to write off Celebi as being mostly useless. This time though, I’ll keep a look out for later releases that could unlock its potential. As Celebi Prime showed us, you never know what the future might bring.


Modified: 2 (I haven’t opened many BCR packs, but when I do, I pull Celebi-EX)

Limited: 2 (Very few ways to exploit t

Jebulous Maryland Player

Celebi EX
Celebi EX is a Basic Grass Pokemon with 110 HP.  It is weak to Fire, resistant to Water, and has a retreat cost of 1.  It gets you/gives up 2 Prizes.
'Time Recall' is an ability that lets all of your evolved Pokemon use attacks from their previous Evolutions.  This sounds like an awesome ability.  Unfortunately now is not a good time to be an Evolved Pokemon.  Basics (mostly EXs) are running around a lot.  The most seen Evolutions are Hydregon and Blastoise.  With those two decks, there is enough synergy that adding the Celebi EX would hurt more than help (at least I think so, I haven't tried it).  But that's the competitive side of Pokemon.  On the casual side, there is so many things that this guy can add.  I ran into a Charizard deck that used Celebi EX to allow Charizard to use Charmeleon's 'Outrage'-like attack.  This is definitely more of a fun card than a competitive one.
'Wind Whisk' costs 1 Grass and 2 Colorless energy.  It does 60 and switches it with one of your Benched Pokemon.  It's pretty much Ninjask's attack, only it costs an extra energy... that's not good.  60 damage for 3 energy isn't good...
So this card is definitely something to consider in a deck that runs evolution lines.  The biggest factor to take into account is how you can use the previous attacks to benefit the current stage of the Pokemon.
Modified: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
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