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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day



- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
July 8, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2
Limited: 2

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

Walrein (Flashfire) 

What an awesome concept for the artwork on this card! Normally, Walrein just seems to be a fat Dewgong with a moustache (which is admittedly pretty cool), but here he just looks awesome and extremely fierce. 

But people don’t play cards for their artwork, which is a shame because it’s probably Walrein’s best hope of getting some use. As a big Stage 2 with decent HP, horrible retreat cost, and no Ability, he would need some pretty spectacular attacks in order to be good, but unfortunately both Powder Snow and Big Tusk commit the double sin of being underpowered and over expensive. 

Powder Snow does inflict auto Sleep I suppose, but that isn’t exactly the most reliable or effective Status Condition. Much more annoying is Big Tusk: when I have a Stage 2 that does 120 for four Energy (which is not that great anyway), I don’t expect it to come complete with a damage-reducing drawback if Walrein has damage counters on it (which it will). The card wasn’t playable anyway, but that’s like the mouldy cherry on top of an already inedible cake.



Modified: 1.5 (nice art, shame about the card)

Limited: 1.5 (too slow even for this) 


Hello friends and welcome to another card review! This time we're going to chill out with the mighty Walrein! Maybe Wulfric takes some inspiration off of him, they do look very similar! Can Walrein bring the pain and shatter the opponent's dreams, or does he blubber out and just end up on the frying pan with the others? Let's find out!

Right off the bat, Walrein has two high-cost attacks at 3 and 4 Energy each, and if he weren't a Water-type that might have proven a problem, but luckily he's got synergy with our old friend Blastoise (BCR)! But are either of these attacks worth running two Stage 2s in the deck? Especially when both have Retreat Costs of 4, mandating cards like Keldeo-EX and Switch?

Powder Snow might, seeing as it deals 60 damage and puts the opposing Pokemon to Sleep. Being Asleep is an interesting condition, causing a player to flip a coin to see if the Pokemon remains Asleep or not; problem is that unlike other Status Conditions like Poison or Paralyzed, Asleep has a 50% chance inbetween turns to just *poof*, which isn't good. Never mind that Keldeo-EX or Switch exist and can erase the condition instantly - just the idea of dealing damage and hoping the opponent doesn't wake up to strike back is a bit of a risk.

Big Tusk isn't much better. Don't let that impressive 120 damage fool you - there's a reason there's a minus sign next to it. That's always been an interesting thing to see on a card when most others have pluses or multipliers (+ and x respectively), and then all of a sudden you see a card that's got a nice number attached to it but with this weird "-" next to it. This is a Karate Chop from OG Machoke Base Set kind of attack that says, "Hey, you can do a lot of damage - but only if you've not taken any."

And that's just not happening these days where 90's a good number to be hitting. Sure, if you set-up a Walrein for a surprise attack (in Pokemon, ah ha, ah ha, ah ha), you could land a powerful smack-down with Big Tusk before any damage occurs and finish them off with Powder Snow, but that's still 2 turns to try and KO another Pokemon. You could work with Hypnotoxic Laser to add some extra damage, alongside Virbank City Gym, but that's going to be a casual deck more than a tourney deck. Walrein can do damage, that much is for sure, but the set-up to make him work will either happen or not. Know his limits, and Walrein could take you far.


Modified: 2.5/5 (we've got better options than running 2 Stage 2s)

Limited: 2.5/5 (set-up is going to take longer without Blastoise, but he should still be able to hit hard)

Arora Notealus: You'd think his thick blubber would repel enemy attacks well enough to get an Ability that, I dunno, repels an enemy attack?

Next time: 'ey, dis mighty lissard can generate so much electricity, it's more dan enough ta power a skyscraper! (...sorry, no more Brooklyn accent)

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