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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Rayquaza

- XY64 Promo

Date Reviewed:
August 21, 2015

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.5
Expanded: 1.25
Limited: Promo

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being horrible.  3 ... average.  5 is awesome.

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aroramage

AND WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH AIRPLANE FOOD?! :D 

So we've got YET ANOTHER Rayquaza to look at, and surprise surprise, it's NOT an EX this time! Now it's just a regular one with a nifty Ability that could land it a spot in some Rayquaza decks - though perhaps it's too slow? Too unrelated? Let's see about that! 

Dragon Pulse isn't the interesting part, though dealing 130 damage for 4 Energy sounds oddly familiar...oh right, cause Rayquaza-EX did the same thing. Twice. And this one discard 3 cards from your deck, just like the old Dragons used to do! So yeah, that ain't gonna be an attack you're using no matter what. So why have Rayquaza in the deck at all then? 

I mean the Ability's nice - Ozone Wall prevents any damage from hitting Rayquaza while he's on the Be-ohhhhh...there's a thought! With Ozone Wall protecting himself, Rayquaza won't have to fear any repercussions aside from being dragged out - snipe damage is something he doesn't fear! Which in a way makes him the ideal Bench-sitter for M Rayquaza-EX to profit off of with Emerald Break! Combined with Shaymin-EX and Sky Field, the set-up is almost completely flawless to have M Rayquaza-EX deal an uninhibited and exorbitant amount of damage! 

...onlyyyyyy, there's one problem: if Rayquaza gets dragged out, he'll probably be a sitting duck. And aside from being protected on the Bench, he serves no greater purpose other than to be Emerald Break fuel. And in that regard, there are much better options to pick from and utilize in your deck - actually supportive Pokemon that could do MORE than just sit there and wait. Most of them also tend not to have a self-destructive attack that's overly expensive to boot. 

So Rayquaza's nice in concept, but fails in execution due to there being superior options to run. Shame, and here I thought we'd see more Rayquaza. 

...nah, we've got plenty. 

Rating 

Standard: 1.5/5 (a meager Ability for one purpose does not a good card make)

Expanded: 1/5 (you've already got better Rayquaza-EX to run, you've also got better Rayquazas to run too) 

Limited: It's a promo card, ya know :P 

Arora Notealus: WOW, SO MUCH GREEN DRAGON!! Just can't get enough of you lately, huh? Well don't worry, we're gonna have bigger and better options soon enough, YOU'LL see!! 

Weekend Thought: Any promos you'd wanna run from this batch? See a combo we might have missed? Maybe potential yet untapped, power yet unseen? Or maybe you just like the art - if there's one good thing about promos, it's the art! Can't get enough of that :3


Otaku

Our final promo reviewed this week is Rayquaza (XY: Black Star Promos XY64).  This one is a Dragon-Type, allowing it to tap their (relatively) recently augmented Type support like Double Dragon Energy, and while it doesn’t have to worry about Resistance, it unfortunately can only tag BW-era Dragon-Types for Weakness.  Still at least a “solid” Type, if not flat out “good”.  No ambiguity about its Stage: being a Basic is still the best, just like I have stated time and again this week.  The 120 HP is pretty good; as I have been stressing even with the much larger cards this week, nothing is safe.  120 is within OHKO range of plenty of decks but not all decks and certainly not at all times.  As so many decks focus upon Pokémon-EX, having a regular Pokémon at 120 results in decent odds and usually less of a problem if it is KOed.  The Fairy-Type Weakness seems like one of the safer ones; yes there are some solid Fairy-Type decks but not many and most hit hard enough that at worst you’re saving something a Muscle Band or extra Energy.  No Resistance is the worst Resistance, though as the Resistance mechanic doesn’t offer a lot of protection it isn’t overly significant and having no Resistance is quite common.  The Retreat Cost of [CCC] is kind of chunky; you don’t want to have to pay it so pack an out.  It is also a little more annoying as it is one over what a lone Hydreigon-EX can completely cancel out via its “Dragon Road” Ability. 

Speaking of Abilities, Rayquaza has one called “Ozone Buster”, which protects it from damage done by attacks while Rayquaza is on your Bench.  For [RRLC] it can use “Dragon Pulse” for 130 points of damage, with the drawback that it also forces you to discard the top three cards from your own deck.  The Ability can be handy but the attack is tricky to pay; even with Energy acceleration four total Energy, two of which need to be [R] and one of which has to be [L] isn’t easy.  It can be done, even on your first turn if you can draw into what you need at the right point in the turn: use Reshiram (XY: Roaring Skies 63/108) and its “Turboblaze” Ability to attach two Fire Energy from hand and then a Double Dragon Energy as your manual attachment for the turn (or a source of [L] and a third usage of Turboblaze).  As Turboblaze on a particular Reshiram can only be used once per turn, while it is Active you’ll need a means of changing out multiple Active Pokémon in a single turn and you’ll need a Fire Energy in hand each time you Turboblaze.  Still, technically possible… but that self-mill just seems too risky for a lot of decks, and where it would be welcome, the Energy cost on Dragon Pulse is prohibitive. 

There is one other currently legal Rayquaza, released three times: BW: Dragons Exalted 128/124, BW: Dragon Vault 11/20 and BW: Legendary Treasures 93/113.  Differences between this version and today’s CotD are that it Dragon Weakness (instead of Fairy) and two attacks instead of an Ability and attack.  The First attack is… Dragon Pulse!  This time though it only requires [L], hits for 40 and discards two cards from the top of your deck.  Still risky, but the speed has made it worthwhile at times.  The second attack is “Shred” for [RLC] to hit for a solid 90 while bypassing all effects on the opponent’s Active.  We’ve reviewed this card twice before: once as our seventh place pick of the Top 13 Cards of BW: Dragons Exalted and then again here… basically just because.  It is a solid card and if I feel I need a regular Rayquaza, I’d go with it over today’s card, and if I just need an attacker that uses [R] and/or [L] Energy, there are many other options.  Given that it isn’t the best choice in the most narrow category or one of the broadest I can have, it isn’t doing any better in between those extremes.  I also don’t see rotation mattering, though technically it would be the only choice for a Basic Rayquaza.  If it were Limited legal and I had enough cards that could use Fire Energy and Lightning Energy, then I would use it in a Limited deck: not a “+39” but a properly fleshed out one. 

Ratings 

Standard: 1.5/5 

Expanded: 1.5/5 

Limited: N/A
Summary: Rayquaza has a solid Ability but unless we get a combo that can’t make use of an alternative like Mountain Ring to block damage to your own Bench while also doing massive amounts of damage to something on your own Bench and does enough to your opponent to justify the hassle, this isn’t a card to run.


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