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Top 10 Plasma Blast Cards

#3 - Genesect EX  

- Plasma Blast

Date Reviewed:
Aug 28, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.13
Limited: 4.87

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

#3 Genesect-EX 

As the poster boy for both this set and the latest Pokémon movie, it’s no surprise that Genesect gets a pretty powerful card in Plasma Blast. 

He has the high HP you would expect, an easy-to-work-with single Retreat cost, and a very nice Ability, Red Signal, which basically functions as a Pokémon Catcher if you attach a Plasma Energy from the hand to the card. For two Grass and one Colourless Energy, you also get a pretty great attack too. Megalo Cannon does 100 damage (so virtually guarantees a two-shot on any EX), plus 20 to a Benched Pokémon (to set up future KOs or finish off something that is badly damaged). This is almost, but not quite, as good as Darkrai-EX’s Night Spear. It doesn’t end there either: for those situations where Megalo Cannon isn’t enough, Genesect-EX can use the G Booster Tool we looked at last week to pick up unblockable OHKOs on . . . well, anything really. 

No surprise then that this card was hyped in advance of release, but recently opinions on it have cooled somewhat. Unlike Darkrai-EX with Dark Patch, Grass Pokémon like Genesect have no real non-attack based Energy acceleration. Sure, you can use Colress Machine/Plasma Energy for the Colourless attack cost, but that doesn’t fix the Grass issue and it means Red Signal won’t trigger. This is a problem, as G Booster requires a double Energy discard to work, making it difficult to chain on successive turns. 

This fact, combined with the rotation of Energy Switch (which could have helped to an extent) and the lack of any really good secondary attackers of the same Grass Type means that Genesect hype has really died down in the last few weeks, and it is no longer reckoned to be the dominant attacker of the upcoming format. Make no mistake though, this is still a very powerful Pokémon with excellent damage output and it should never be written off: especially (as seems likely) if Energy Switch gets a reprint in the next set. 


Modified: 4.25 (even if its time is not right now, it will surely come)

Limited: 4.75 (big bad EX Pokémon are game-winners here.

Jason Klaczynski
Three-Time World Champion
Check out The Klaczynski Open. August 31, 2013

Genesect EX

Red Signal makes benched Pokémon even more vulnerable than before. And it gains the benefits of being a Team Plasma Pokémon!


Happy midweek, Pojo readers! Today we're reviewing a new Pokemon-EX that is probably going to see quite a bit of play this tournament season, in both Plasma decks as well as a deck build around it. Today's Card of the Day (and #3 on our countdown) is Genesect-EX.
Genesect is a Basic Grass Team Plasma Pokemon-EX. As a Grass-type, it gets nice support from Virizion-EX, and these two together form the foundation of a new deck that is thought to be popular with the release of this new Plasma Blast expansion. As a Team Plasma Pokemon, Genesect gets all sorts of support, including Plasma Energy effects, Shadow Triad recursion, and Colress Machine. However, it is also important to note that being a Plasma Pokemon makes Genesect susceptible to Silver Mirror, so that's definitely something to keep in mind, as well. Finally, as a Pokemon-EX, the opponent will take two Prizes upon Knocking Genesect Out, so be sure to plan accordingly with your plays.
Now, for stats. Genesect-EX has 170 HP, the standard value for Pokemon-EX, and it should be able to easily take a hit or two. Fire Weakness has the potential to be problematic, but isn't too big of a deal right now, as most common decks don't run a Fire-type Pokemon. Genesect also has no Resistance, but it does have a Retreat Cost of 1, which is easily paid for even if you don't have a Switch, Float Stone, or something of that nature.
The Paleozoic Pokemon has an Ability and a single attack. Red Signal forces your opponent to switch whenever you attach a Plasma Energy to Genesect from your hand, acting sort of like a repeatable Pokemon Catcher. Any Catcher-like ability is obviously excellent (remember Luxray GL Lv. X or Ninetales?), and the fact that this one can be repeatable is even more awesome. However, with only four Plasma Energy allowed in decks and a whole host of other Plasma Pokemon to play, this ability is not as readily abusable as Bright Look was. However, Genesect still has very good Team Plasma support, and as such, expect this ability to see quite a bit of use at the tournament tables this season.
Megalo Cannon is Genesect's attack, dealing 100 damage for two Grass and a Colorless while also dealing 20 damage to one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. 100 damage for three Energy is great, and the extra snipe damage is also very good. However, if you find Megalo Cannon somewhat lacking and want a few more options, Genesect also has two exclusive Pokemon Tools, G Booster and G Scope, which also grant the prehistoric metal bug more attacking power. G Booster gives Genesect frightening power, making it deal 200 damage while ignoring any of the Defending Pokemon's effects. In contrast, G Scope allows you to go the full sniping route, dealing 100 damage to any of your opponent's Pokemon. Both of these additional, Tool-fueled attacks cost the same as Megalo Cannon, but keep in mind that both are ACE SPECs, so you'll have to decide which one you want to use and if it's worth giving up the ACE SPEC slot.
Modified: 4/5 Genesect has the potential to be a format-defining card. Red Signal seems to have finally fixed the brokenness of Bright Look and other related abilities, while still offering great power. In addition, Genesect has a solid body, great typing, good attacks, and a myriad of support options available to it. Expect to see Genesect at tournaments for quite some time to come, as it's a very powerful card built specifically to change the current tournament environment.
Limited: 5/5 It's a huge Basic with major disruption potential and damage output. Genesect-EX could likely be the only Pokemon in your deck and you'd win a fair amount of your games, but even if you decide to go another route, it's definitely worth using (and splashing Grass) for.

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