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Hydreigon #98

Dragons Exalted

Date Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.87
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

Hydreigon #98 (Dragon’s Exalted)

Yesterday’s Garchomp wasn’t too far behind its better version, but the same cannot be said of Hydreigon #98 (or ‘Badreigon’). There is a huge gulf between Dark Trance Hydreigon, with its fantastic Ability and more than useful attack, and this card.

As far as the basic stats go, the two cards are identical. 150 HP is a bit better than average for a Stage 2, Dragon Typing means that Weakness is only a factor against its own Type, and three Retreat is too much to ever pay in Energy, so you are going to need Darkrai’s Dark Cloak Ability, or a few Switches if you choose to ignore my advice and run this card.

Hydreigon’s first attack, Consume, costs a pretty hefty three Energy (Dark and two Colourless). For that you get just 40 points of damage, which is, by modern standards, a very poor return. True, you do get to heal the same amount of damage you do from Hydreigon, and this could help to keep it in play for an extra turn (against Darkrai’s Night Spear, for example), but the trouble is that it isn’t doing very much for you in the meantime. 40 damage is easily shrugged off by the big EX Pokémon, which often run Potions and/or Max Potions of their own anyway. Destructor Beam isn’t really any better. For Psychic/Dark/two Colourless, it hits for 90 and gives you a coin flip to discard an Energy from the Defending Pokémon. The luck-based disruption is a nice bonus, and 90 is a ‘magic number’ at the moment as it will two-shot any EX Pokémon. Eviolite kind of ruins those plans though, and Dark Patch and Eelektrik take the sting out of the discard effect. Running the Stage 2 Hydreigon for this attack seems kind of pointless in a format where we have Basic Dragons (Rayquaza DRV, Giratina-EX) that can hit for 90 with Shred and get to ignore Eviolite.

Compared to the other options we have in the format, this Hydreigon is just too slow and not hard-hitting enough to be worth playing.


Modified: 1.75 (doesn’t do nearly enough)

Limited: 3.5 (if you can set it up, it will be tough to KO)

Jebulous Maryland Player

Hydreigon (DRX 98/124)
Hydreigon is a Stage 2 Dragon Pokemon with 150 HP.  It is weak to Dragon and has a retreat cost of 3.  It is searchable by Heavy Ball.
'Consume' costs 1 Dark and 2 colorless energy.  It does 40 damage and heals the same amount done to the Defending.  The secondary effect can be be good and bad.  Hit weakness and you heal 80.  Hit Eviolite and heal 20.  For 3 Energy I would expect it to do more damage.  It's a good effect, but kind of useless when it only does 40.  You can hit a Dragon for 80, but that's not going to OHKO anything significant.
More than likely they will just use that Dragon to OHKO this one.
'Destructor Beam' costs 1 Psychic, 1 Dark, and 2 colorless energy.  It does 90 and if heads, you discard an energy from the Defending Pokemon.  Still too expensive for the cost.  It's not that great of an attack.  It'll OHKO any Dragon normally, and I'm not a fan of the flippy energy discard.
A comparison with the other Hydreigon is a must.  The other one is better.  We can all see that by the success the deck has had.  The other allows for Energy manipulation as well as a 140 damage attack (which OHKOs more than just Dragons).
Modified: 2/5
Limited: 2.5/5
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