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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Top 10 Flashfire Cards:

#7 - Miltank

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
May 15, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3.5
Limited: 3.5

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

#7 Miltank 

How ironic that a non-evolving Basic Pokémon which has never been any good before could be the thing that makes Stage 2 decks competitive again. 

Yes, very low cost attackers like Empoleon and Garchomp have enjoyed the odd success here and there, but the problem that all Stage 2 decks face is the difficulty of streaming replacement attackers turn after turn in the face of Basics that can OHKO. Even up against EX decks where the Prize trade is 2-1 in their favour, Stage 2 decks really struggled to keep up. Now they have Miltank, a card that can solve that problem.  On the face of it, there’s nothing that great about Miltank, it is a Colourless Pokémon with only moderate HP and an inconvenient retreat cost. Its Hammer In attack is actually bad . . . but take a closer look at Powerful Friends and you will start to see what make this card good. 

For just one Energy of any Colour, Powerful Friends does a pathetic 10 damage. However, if there are any Stage 2 Pokémon on your Bench, this is increased by 70! Yep, this thing can do 80 for one. Stick a Muscle Band on it and that’s 100 for one: enough to two-hit KO anything short of a Mega evolution (which no-one plays at the moment anyway). You can pair Miltank with Empoleon DEX, Greninja XY, Infernape PLS or any of the Chandelures, it’s perfectly splashable because it’s Colourless. What you get is an attacker that can go and do work while you set up or when you need to recover from a KO. It will only give up one Prize and uses minimal resources within the deck. 

If you feel the urge to play a Stage 2 attacker, then you need to find room for 2-3 of these in your deck: you’ll be glad you did. 

Rating 

Modified: 3.5 (the cheap support attacker that Stage 2s need to compete)

Limited: 3.5 (if you get a viable Stage 2 line of anything then this is a no-brainer)


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Miltank has never really had a good card and now all of a sudden it gets this monstrosity! By U150 standards this is one of the scariest cards in Flashfire. Using Stage 2s isn’t a calculated risk in this format, it’s just regular play, so a card that can 2 hit KO just about any Pokémon used in the format for just 1 energy is obviously going to be good!

 

It has a nice bulky 100 HP, good for a non-EX Basic and even a reasonable backup attack with Hammer In if you’ve got stuck without a Stage 2. It’s quite nice because it won't often be too aggressive in the first few turns of the game, allowing players to set up. But once you get a Stage 2 online it’s doing 80 damage for very little investment in itself. 80 is an important number as no Pokémon go over 160 HP other than Megas and Wailord and many staple cards have around 80 HP such as Claydol and Uxie.

 

The decks that get this biggest boost out of this card are Stage 2 swarm decks like Beedrill, Empoleon and Nidos as it fits into their strategy of setting up Stages 2s for the benefit of doing cheap damage. That said, any deck that runs even just a few Stage 2 cards can probably find room for this if they’d benefit from a cheap, efficient beater.

 

Rating: 4.5 (Any deck with Stage 2s should consider freeing up a slot for this card!)


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