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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Emolga EX  

- XY

Date Reviewed:
March 7, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.13
Limited: 3.00

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
Seniors
Champion

Emolga EX (XY) 

After giving us Legendary-exclusive EXs for the last couple of years, Pokémon has made some random choices for the first batch of non-Legendaries: Chandelure, Excadrill, and now . . . Emolga? Really? Showing the cutemons some love (and the Full Art treatment), I suppose. 

It’s kind of an interesting card too, at least as far as the attacks are concerned. Energy Glide costs a single Energy of any kind and allows you to search your deck for Lightning and attach it to Emolga before switching him back to the Bench. This accomplishes two very useful things: it gets a vulnerable low HP EX away from immediate danger, and it helps power up Emolga’s second attack, Electron Crush. This isn’t a bad attack either: for three Energy it has a base damage of 60, but you do get the option to discard an Energy and add another 30 damage. It’s probably not a coincidence that this means the attack hit the magic 90: the number you need to two hit KO any EX, or take out one that is Weak with just a single attack. 

Despite the attacks being ok, it’s hard to see a place for Emolga in the current format. The fact that it only has 110 HP and gives up two Prizes means that it is not suitable for trading KOs. As a tech against Lightning Weak Pokémon, it’s a little slow and vulnerable. There isn’t a lot of choice for that role, but I suspect that most decks would prefer to use Zekrom EX or Raichu XY (even though they aren’t exactly ideal either). 

Rating 

Modified: 2.25 (a low HP EX has to offer a bit more than this)

Limited: 3 (giving up two Prizes is a very big deal here)



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Unlimited 150
Emolga EX.
Standard.
In a more sensible game this card would be around the right power-level for a Basic Pokémon EX but unfortunately we have regular Basics that outclass this card. In fact, it’s nearly identical to Thundurus (Emerging Powers, Legendary Treasures) but with the whopping drawback of being an EX! No one even plays Thundurus anymore so Emolga EX stands very little chance of seeing competitive play.
I’m guessing it was included in the set as a possible counter to Yveltal EX, Emolga EX’s attack doing just enough to 1 hit KO after applying weakness. Throwing away 2 prizes on such a frail EX just doesn’t seem worth it especially seeing as Raichu can do the same job without having to tech any other energy types.

Unlimited 150.
Things look better for Emolga EX in this format where its main comparison from above, Thundurus also counts as an EX. Thundurus sees play as a highly aggressive attacker in Lighting decks that can apply pressure before the opponent can set up properly, easily 1 hitting all popular starters such as Spiritomb and Sableye, the EX errata only serves to make it possible to recover from in this much slower format. Emolga EX can serve a similar purpose, assuming you have either no benched Pokémon turn 1 (risky!), a free retreater or some sort of Switch effect. This extra criteria is counteracted by having a choice to discard an energy for additional damage. Electron Crush is enough to KO both starters mentioned above, allowing you to use your energy attachment on another Pokémon.
In the end it will come down to either personal preference or just whether your deck can support switching Emolga EX back in for the turn 2 KO.

Ratings.
Standard: 2
Unlimited 150: 3.5


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