WELCOME ONE AND ALL TO THE ROARING
SKIES EXPANSION, SOMETHING THAT WAS PRACTICALLY TEASED
ALL THE WAY BACK SINCE PRIMAL CLASH WAS REVEALED!!
Seriously, if you didn't call a set with Rayquaza at the
helm, I don't know what to tell ya. Needless to say,
this is an interesting set! Not only do we tap into the
Dragon-type a bit more, but Colorless gets a fair bit of
support too! Way to keep us on our toes!
Now technically, the set comes out
May 6th - the middle of the week here - but we wanted to
be on top of the good stuff before it came out. So for
what it's worth, think of this as the Top 10 Predictions
for the best cards in the set!...okay, so that's pretty
much every Top 10 List of ours, but we're still gonna be
in the dark about how good some of these may or may not
be till Wednesday at LEAST!!
Take Hydreigon-EX here for example.
He's once again a Dragon-type card and has finally been
elevated to EX status...where he's an okay EX. His
attack Shred is 3-for-80 and works like earlier Shreds,
only it's that slight bit weaker to not be able to 2HKO
without boosting. Not to say that's a bad attack, just
weaker than what we're used to seeing with other EXs.
But then there's his Ability,
Dragon Road. Dragon Road takes the Stadium aspect of the
game and uses that to its advantage! With the mighty
powers of...being a...dragon, I guess, Hydreigon-EX
forms the mighty Dragon Road, allowing his fellow
Dragon-Types to traverse its path and lower their
Retreat Cost by 2!! Which is...actually really big, when
you think about it.
Just looking at Hydreigon-EX on his
own, he goes down from 3 to 1 as long as a Stadium's in
play. The scary thing is, most Dragon-types only have 2
or less for a Retreat Cost - so essentially, with only a
couple minor exceptions, Hydreigon-EX gives Dragon-types
a Free Retreat Cost. You know how I've said switching
stuff around isn't that big of a deal? IT'S BECAUSE OF
GUYS LIKE THIS THAT THAT'S THE CASE!!
Granted, Dragon-types don't have a
dedicated Stadium of their own at the moment to call
home - their best bet is going to be stuff like Virbank,
Silent Lab (less so with Hydreigon-EX), and other
commonly used Stadiums - but by capitalizing off of your
opponent's Stadium, Hydreigon-EX becomes a powerful ally
to have! And consider this: having two Hydreigon-EX
gives ALL of your Dragons free retreat.
Hello Lance, how are you?
Standard: 3.5/5 (not that great
without a Stadium himself, but once there's one in play,
he's fantastic support)
Expanded: 3.5/5 (think of the
earlier Dragons that benefit from Free Retreat!!)
Limited: 4/5 (Shred's a lot better
here, and cheaper retreat is still a powerful option to
have, but be wary that there's only one Stadium in the
Arora Notealus: Hydreigon, buddy ol
pal, you continue to be one of my favorite
Dragons...even if you are 4x Weak to Fairies and have
since fallen from the grace of OU into UU...WHATEVER,
YOU'RE STILL AWESOME AS THE MOST BRUTAL POKEMON TO EVER
Next Time: A familiar friend to