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Moltres EX  

- Plasma Storm

Date Reviewed:
March 19, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.00
Limited: 4.10

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

Moltres-EX (Plasma Storm) 

Remember the Zapdos-EX that we reviewed last Friday? Remember how it was a typical ‘released in a Japanese Structure Deck’ EX (i.e.: pretty mediocre and uninteresting)? Well today we get to look at its virtual twin, Moltres-EX. For some reason, the card designers decided that only Articuno was worthy of a set release and an interesting card. 

Moltres-EX is a 170 HP Fire Type Basic EX. Fire is only really good for dealing with Klinklang decks at the moment and, as they have protection from EX attacks, that doesn’t do much for this card’s chances of seeing play. Being a Plasma Pokémon, you can accelerate the Energy a bit with Colress Machine, which is nice I guess. The retreat cost of one is very acceptable and, although the Fighting Resistance is handy, that Water Weakness will be causing problems as long as Keldeo-EX is still a thing. 

For one Fire and one Colourless Energy, you get Destructive Flame. It does a poor 30 damage and gives you a coin flip to discard an Energy from the Defending Pokémon. The effect is ok as a bonus, but is too luck-based to form part of a strategy. If the flip goes your way, it might just buy you a turn. Moltres’ other attack, Power Flame, is the exact same thing we saw on Zapdos-EX, only with a different name and a Fire Energy cost instead of a Lightning one. It does a very mediocre 80 damage, or a barely adequate 120 if it has a Plasma Energy attached. Either way, it’s not enough to make this card a contender. 

If I’m rushing through this review, it’s because I have a massive sense of déjà vu right now. Pretty much everything I said about Zapdos-EX can be applied to this card (except Zapdos has better Typing). It’s not just me who is being lazy . . . the card designers could have put a bit more effort in themselves. 


Modified: 1.75 (very forgettable compared to what else the EX mechanic offers)

Limited: 4.25 (Any big EX is going to be highly effective here)

Jebulous Maryland Player

Moltres EX

Moltres EX is a Basic Fire Pokemon with 170 HP. It is weak to Water, resistant to Fighting, and has a retreat cost of 1. It gives up 2 Prizes.

'Destructive Flame' costs 1 Fire and 1 Colorless energy. It does 30, and if heads, you discard and energy off the defending Pokemon. The damage is low, but the effect potentially can be good. Against anything the doesn't accelerate energy from the discard, it is good. However, the big decks accelerate from the discard... Any other matchup and its very good.

'Power Flame' costs 2 Fire and 2 Colorless energy. It does 80, and if a Plasma energy is on it, it does 120. Not that great of an attack, especially with the requirement to do more damage.

So the first attack is the best attack. Sadly that doesn't cut it in this format. Not being able to hit big is a big disadvantage, and plus you give up 2 Prizes for this Pokemon. It had potential, but it fell short. Although this can intimidate Klingklang decks.

Modified: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
Combos With: ...

Questions, comments, concerns: jebulousthemighty@yahoo.com


Hello once again, Pojo readers! Today we're reviewing yet another new Pokemon-EX from Plasma Storm that has been seeing some play as a tech. Today's Card of the Day is Moltres-EX.

Moltres-EX is a Basic Fire Team Plasma Pokemon-EX. Fire-types aren't really all that common anymore in Modified due to the prevalence of Blastoise/Keldeo, although with the ascent of Klinklang/Cobalion and Blastoise's slight fall from grace, the type is starting to make a resurgence. As a Pokemon-EX, you'll need to make sure you get your money's worth out of Moltres-EX before it goes down, as your opponent will take two Prizes. Moltres has 170 HP, which is about average for a Pokemon-EX, and will allow the firebird to take at least one huge unboosted hit before going down. Of course, Moltres' Water Weakness is a major problem against Keldeo, who will easily Secret Sword for two prizes. Fighting Resistance is good against the likes of the common Landorus-EX, and the uncommon-but-still-played Terrakion. Moltres also has a single Retreat Cost which is easily paid.

This version of the Flame Pokemon has two attacks. Destructive Flame does 30 damage and can discard an Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon for a Fire and a Colorless, which is just about the standard "weak" attack we'd expect from a Pokemon-EX these days. Of course, the attack is rarely worth using in Modified (although discarding an Energy can be good) since the damage output is so low. In Limited, Destructive Flame will do a lot of early-game work for you, and discarding Energy is always good if the opponent is trying to power up a large attack. Power Flame is Moltres' big attack, starting off at 80 damage but dealing 40 more if you have a Plasma Energy attached for two Fire and two Colorless. 120 damage for four Energy is a bit expensive in Modified, although this attack does have the added bonus of being able to power up with help from Colress Machine. Of course, in a metagame filled with powerful effects, Energy acceleration, and even more powerful hits, Moltres may be left on the sidelines while other Pokemon with more devastating abilities take the center stage.

Modified: 2.25/5 Moltres-EX has a possibility of being decent in Modified, but probably not right now. Team Plasma support isn't quite where it should be yet, and Moltres does little except dealing heavy hits. Of course, Pokemon like Rayquaza-EX, Landorus-EX, or even Keldeo-EX can do more damage consistently without restrictive Energy requirements, meaning that Moltres is likely outclassed by these Pokemon. However, Moltres has been seeing some play as an anti-Metal-type Pokemon (though it sadly doesn't get through Klinklang's Plasma Steel). Overall, Moltres is an interesting Team Plasma Pokemon that may see more play in the future, but right now, the metagame isn't very kind to it.

Limited: 5/5 It's a Basic Pokemon-EX with damaging attacks. Of course you want to use it!

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