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Top 10 XY Cards

#2 - Yveltal EX  

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Date Reviewed:
February 20, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary


Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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#2 Yveltal EX 

Remember back to the very first EX set, Next Destinies? Remember the howls of disapproval that greeted the release of Mewtwo EX? I bet if I told you back then that we would see a card that was similar to, but better than Mewtwo within two years, you would either not believe me or think that the card designers had gone a bit mad. 

Yeah, well, that’s what has happened and that is why Yveltal EX is the #2 card on our top 10 countdown. 

What makes Yveltal better than Mewtwo? Well for a start it’s a Dark Type, and that means it has access to Dark Patch Energy acceleration and Dark Cloak free retreat from Darkrai. It also has Evil Ball, which is basically Mewtwo EX’s X Ball, but it does an extra 20 damage! That’s right, it does 20 plus 20 damage for each Energy on both active Pokémon. As for the second attack, then Yveltal is arguably superior here too. Y Cylone may do less damage than Mewtwo’s Psydrive (90 vs 120), but they both two-shot EX Pokémon, and while Mewtwo must discard an Energy, Yveltal can actually preserve one by moving it to a Benched Pokémon. This is a great way to keep your DCE in play if Yveltal will be KO’d next turn. Another crucial difference is that Yveltal is not Weak to itself, so countering it is not just a case of splashing in a couple of copies with some DCE (the Dark Energy requirement makes this more difficult too).  

Yveltal EX brings two things to existing Dark decks that they really lacked. Firstly, it diversifies Weakness. In fact it actually resists the Fighting Type that most Dark Pokémon are Weak to, so dealing with Dark decks is no longer a case of just adding in some Terrakion LTR or Landorus EX. Secondly, they bring genuine OHKO ability to the table. In the past, Darkrai has had to work hard for its KOs, with careful sniping and use of Hypnotoxic Laser, together with disruption strategies like Garbodor and Hammers. Yveltal EX gives Dark decks sheer brute force which they have missed up to now, and that is why you can expect to see a lot of this card in the coming months. And when I say ‘a lot’, I mean it will be everywhere: like Mewtwo this card can fit into a lot of decks. 

Yveltal EX is the one truly overpowered Pokémon in a set which otherwise seems very well balanced. A serious contender for the title of best EX ever. 


Modified: 4.75 (they upgraded Mewtwo. May Arceus help us all)

Limited: 5 (play Yveltal, attach Energy, win) 

Intro to
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Yveltal EX

If there’s one thing Darkness decks lacked, it was the ability to 1 hit KO Pokémon with high HP, with Darkrai EX’s Night Spear attack “only” doing 90 base damage. While this is enough to two hit KO almost any Pokémon, sometimes you really need to one hit KO something! Enter Yveltal EX, bringing the power of Mewtwo EX to the well-supported Dark type!  Evil Ball follows in the footsteps of Mewtwo EX’s X-ball doing more damage for each energy attachment. Though Yveltal EX can’t abuse Double Colorless Energy like Mewtwo EX can, it does do an extra 20 damage for the effort. On the plus side, Y Cyclone helps with the “strategy” of piling energy on it by allowing you to rescue an energy from Yveltal EX onto a waiting benched Pokémon if you think it’s going to get knocked out soon.
Regular Yveltal can help power up Evil Ball by piling huge amounts of energy onto a benched Yveltal EX, so a deck utilising both versions will be very good at conserving energy. To succeed in Modified today, acceleration and conservation of energy are key so you can expect to see plenty of Yveltal joining the already highly playable Darkrai EX and Sableye.

Unlimited 150.
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Modified: 4.5
Unlimited 150: N/A

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