We’re just days away from a new Generation of Pokémon,
and somehow it’s nice to be doing a card review of one
of the original 151. That’s especially true because poor
Kangaskhan doesn’t get put
on a card too often: the last time was back in
Triumphant and there are only seven cards featuring this
Pokémon in the history of the game (compared to
approximately one billion Raichu).
This might even be the best
Kangaskhan ever printed too (though that really
isn’t saying much). It has a solid 100 HP and boasts a
nice Call for Family attack that allows you to search
out a couple of Basic Pokémon and put them on the Bench.
That’s a useful attack to have in the format to use with
decks that need to set up and
Kangaskhan provides a reasonable alternative to
using Emolga DRX if you
prize the higher HP over the latter’s free retreat cost.
The old school Comet Punch attack is sweet for people
who enjoy their Pokémon nostalgia, but not that great
for those who want reliable damage and dislike coin
flips. Oh well, at least it’s fairly cheap.
The big issue for this card is the change to the first
turn rules with the new Generation of X/Y Pokémon. From
8 November this year, if you go first, you will no
longer be able to attack on your opening turn.
Obviously, this makes set up attacks like
Kangaskhan’s a lot less
appealing, and it’s not as if they were used very much
in the first place (in this format anyway). Oh well,
let’s hope there a Mega Kangaskhan
card that is as awesome as the video game version.
Modified: 2 (getting less useful by the day)
Limited: 4.25 (CFF on a big-ish
Colourless Basic? Where do I sign?)