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Greninja (Kalos Starter Set) 

Date Reviewed:
February 5, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.38
Limited: 1.67

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
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Greninja (Kalos Starter Set) 

Yep, today’s Pokémon was a pretty predictable choice considering we had already looked at the other two video game starter Pokémon. This one though is easily the best of the three. Note that when I say ‘best’, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any good. After all, Delphox and Chesnaught were just dull, anonymous cards. Greninja doesn’t offer anything more spectacular, but at least he offers it for cheap. 

Actually, Mat Block is a decent attack and offers pretty good value for just a single Water Energy. 40 damage and a coin flip to discard an Energy from the Defending Pokémon is a nice option. Unfortunately, it really isn’t worth the effort of setting up a Stage 2 for, not unless it has something really good to follow it up. Unsurprisingly, this is where Greninja lets itself down: three Energy for an effect-free 80 damage is just . . . so mediocre it hurts, and frustratingly short of the 90 needed for two-hit KOs on an EX. 

If I was forced at gunpoint to play one of these Kalos starters, then Greninja would easily be my underwhelming weapon of choice. Luckily, I will never have to do that, and even if I was dead set on using the ninja frog (he is pretty cool), I have a much better option that was released officially just today. 


Modified: 1.75 (best of a poor bunch)

Limited: 2.25 (not enough payment for the effort of getting it into play)

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Unlimited 150


Poor Greninja, the best of the new starters in the video game but the worst from these decks. Playing the starter decks against each other it’s actually not too bad. Mat Block deals decent damage for just 1 energy with the chance to discard an energy from your opponent’s Active. Considering their rather high energy costs you could cripple them with a little luck.
The second attack is dire though. So many Basic Pokémon can do better from Terrakion (NVI) doing 90 for 3 and even unremarkable Pokémon like Throh (B&W) doing the same 80 for 3.

Unlimited 150.
Nope, still unplayable here, there’s so many better options for Stage 2 Water Pokémon. The XY set Greninja remains highly playable in this format though, even as a 1-1-1 line. Just being able to have it bench-sit and add extra damage with Water Shuriken is amazing. Just don’t be tempted to make it a 2-2-2 line as the Starter deck version lets the Greninja side down.

Modified: 1
Unlimited 150: 1

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