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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day


 Blastoise EX

- XY

Date Reviewed:
March 18, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.50
Limited: 3.75

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

Blastoise EX (XY) 

It’s always nice to see the Kanto starters make an appearance in the TCG, though of the three Blastoise seems to be the only one who ever makes a significant competitive impact, and even that only happens when he gets Rain Dance. 

I don’t think that Blastoise EX will be the card to break that pattern either. Yes, it is a big powerful EX with a couple of good things going for it such as having 180 HP instead of 170 (it makes more difference than you think), and an attack (Splash Bomb) which does 120 damage (and therefore OHKOs one of those 170 HP EXs with Muscle Band and Laser/Virbank – told you 180 HP was better!). It also has a fairly cheap, disruptive punch-and-run attack in the shape of Rapid Spin. 

So, why won’t this be competitive? Simply because it exists in a format where there are tons of even bigger and badder EXs. If you want to hit and run, then Palkia EX is better. If you want to commit a lot of Water Energy to a Pokémon for some massive hitting, then you would use Black Kyurem EX, which can one-shot anything less than a Mega Evolution without the need for Bands and Lasers. Cards don’t exist in a vacuum: they are only good or bad relative to what else is out there. When it comes to Blastoise, you can do so much better. 


Modified: 2.5 (by the standards of the format, another meh EX)

Limited: 3.75 (not the best EX for limited either, due to the potential for self damage. Still solid though)

Intro to
Unlimited 150

Blastoise EX.

For some reason Blastoise doesn’t need Squirtle and Wartortle anymore, it can do this all by itself these days! Apart from you can’t can you Blastoise? Despite being a 180 HP Basic, the Stage 2 version is so much better largely due to its incredibly powerful Deluge Ability. The EX’s attacks are both quite lacklustre for an EX, the 2nd one being reminiscent of regular Basics like Zekrom or Kyurem.
Of course, this card isn’t made for attacking any more than a Squirtle is, its only purpose in life it to Mega Evolve into a M Blastoise EX. But with format all-star Keldeo EX still around, the need to Evolve and skip a turn just doesn’t seem to be worth it. Just like last year, you’re better off using regular Blastoise to Deluge huge amounts of Energy onto a Keldeo EX.

Unlimited 150.
N/A (Banned)

Standard: 2.5
Unlimited 150: N/A

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