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 Aegislash #86

- XY

Date Reviewed:
May 7, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.75
Limited: 1.25

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

Aegislash #86 (XY) 

Few things get Pokémon Players as excited as the prospect of an unbreakable lock (a playable Charizard, maybe).  That is what this Aegislash seemed to offer . . . except it doesn’t. At least not in any practical way. 

The prospect of this lock comes from Aegisash’s attack, King’s Shield. For four Energy it does a pathetic 50 damage, but the effect prevents all damage done to Aegislash during your opponent’s next turn. The drawback is that it cannot be used on consecutive turns, but it seems as though the Stance Change Ability might offer an answer to that problem: simply use it to swap in another Aegislash, then rinse and repeat for continuous immunity! 

Unfortunately, there is a crucial bit of text in Stance Change which means that this approach won’t work: ‘any other effects remain on the new Pokémon’. This means that using the Ability DOES NOT re-set the attack – you still can’t use King’s Shield next turn. The only way around this is to set up another Aegislash on the Bench and switch between them. You’ll needed switching Trainers or Keldeo EX/Float Stone to do this, but that isn’t the problem: the problem is setting up two Stage 2 Pokémon with FOUR Energy. Remember, there isn’t really any viable acceleration for Metal. I suppose you could try and do something with Aromatisse XY and Rainbow Energy, but that requires even more set up and your opponent just won’t allow that to happen. 

Factor in the poor damage output and the fact that King’s Shield will not protect against Status Conditions, Hypnotoxic Laser, or Shred-style attacks that ignore effects on the defending Pokémon (such as you get with Rayquaza DRX and Genesect with G Booster), and you can see that Aegislash decks are incredibly clumsy and slow, and don’t even offer the kind of total immunity that they would need to even stand a chance of working. It’s an interesting concept, but it’s never going to make it out of the realms of fun/casual play. 


Modified: 1.75 (actually, probably more frustrating than fun)

Limited: 1.25 (not worth the massive bother)

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Unlimited 150

Aegislash #86.

Unlimited 150 review. 

Today we look at the shield form of Aegislash, another interesting card. It has the same HP, retreat, everything apart from the attack is the same. Again we have the slightly prohibitive 4 energy cost but with the powerful effect of it being immune to damage the following turn! There’s a drawback of course, it can’t use the same attack the following turn. Obviously, this is where you’re supposed to use its Stance Change Ability to attack the following turn with the other form’s attack.  

Using Stance Change does leave your Aegislash open to damage for a turn though, but there’s ways around this. In Standard you could use Keldeo EX’s Rush In Ability and Float Stone to reset Aegislash’s effect and attack with King’s Shiled turn after turn, but such a powerful Ability doesn’t exist on any Basic Pokémon in this format, they tend to be on Stage 2s like Dragonite’s (Fossil) Step In. 

Just like yesterday’s card, the main problem is the prohibitively high energy cost with no other, cheaper attack to back it up. Hopefully in the future we’ll see more Stance Change Aegislash with a variety of energy costs to choose from so if you get hit with Super Energy Removal you could change into a different form with cheaper attacks rather than just be totally crippled. 

Rating: 3.5 (Another interesting, powerful card. High energy cost. More varied forms could make Aegislash better in the future.) 

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