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Dragon Vault

Date Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 1.50

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

Latias (Dragon Vault)

We end the week by looking at this card, featuring the female half of the Eon Duo. The two Latis are pretty popular Pokémon, so were a natural for inclusion in a shiny collectible set like Dragon Vault. Will there ever be a need to take her out of the binder and spoil the mint condition of the card through play? Let’s find out.

Latias is a Dragon Type unevolving Basic with 100 HP. All of those things are pretty good. Dragons are only Weak to their own Type, and the 100 HP means that she will survive an unboosted Dragon Pulse from Little Rayquaza and an unboosted Night Spear from Darkrai as well. Rayquaza-EX, Hydreigon, and Garchomp will all laugh in her face though. The Retreat cost of one is fine and could be negated altogether with Skyarrow Bridge.

That’s a fairly solid start, then, so I guess it comes down to the attacks. The first, Energy Assist, costs one Colourless, does no damage, but does allow you to attach a Basic Energy card from your discard pile to a Benched Pokémon. Sort of useful? Yes. Worth giving up an attack for? No, not really. You have to attach to Latias in the first place to even use the attack, so you would have to get it off twice just to see a net gain. Chances of Latias surviving that long are not good, even when you factor in Sky Heal, her second attack. For the awkward cost of one Fire and one Psychic, Latias does a mere 40 damage and heals 20 damage from herself . . . but only if you have the mostly useless Latios on your Bench. What to say about this? 40 damage isn’t going to impact the game much, healing 20 will rarely (id ever) save Latias from a two-hit KO, and having to run her male counterpart may make for a nice on-theme gimmick, but it does absolutely nothing for this card’s playability.

If this card looks familiar . . . well it should. It is extremely similar to the Latias HGSS Promo that was released a while ago, but has now rotated. In fact the Promo is arguably a better card, thanks to all Colourless attack costs and the ability to heal all Benched Pokémon, not just itself.

Ever seen the Promo Latias in a competitive tournament deck though? Me neither. Expect this one to share the same fate.


Modified: 1.5 (too many better options when it comes to Energy acceleration)

Limited: N/A (mini set)

Jebulous Maryland Player

Latias is a Basic Dragon Pokemon with 100 HP.  It is weak to Dragon and has a retreat cost of 1.
'Energy Assist'  costs 1 Colorless energy and lets you attach a Basic energy from your discard to one of your Benched Pokemon.  I guess this attack is good depending on the situation.  If you need more energy on the field and don't have a way to get it, this is it.  The biggest problem is that it is an attack.  Dark Path and Eelektrik are not, so they can be used within the turn and you can still attack.  Energy acceleration is good, but giving up an attack to do it, and no damage, isn't worth it in my opinion.  Though I have to give it credit in the fact that it can be splashed into any deck (minus one with no Basic energy).
'Sky Heal' costs 1 Fire and 1 Psychic and does 40 damage.  If Latios is on your Bench, it also heals 20 from Latias.  This isn't good, especially for the strict energy cost.  Unless you build the deck around keeping both out, you won't get the full (little) benefit of the attack.  I'm sure you can find another Pokemon with a better 2 energy attack.
The weakness to Dragon and low HP also hurts this card.  What good is giving up a prize to attach an extra energy?  There are just too many things going wrong for this card.  It sucks when a Pokemon gets a card and it isn't that great (I don't remember seeing Latias in the last format).
Modified: 1.5/5
Limited: 1.5/5
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