WHY AN ALTARIA-EX DECK, OF COURSE!!
Altaria-EX actually is a Colorless
EX, unlike M Altaria-EX - nice little mix-up on the part
of the TCG crew, since Altaria does change from a
Dragon/Flying to a Dragon/Fairy in the games. And with
the Colorless typing, Altaria-EX can also make use of
the Colorless support released back in Roaring Skies,
like Winona or even the Altaria released in that set!
On top of that, Altaria-EX has two
attacks, one of which is Powerful Gain. It's only a
2-for-30 hit, but if Altaria-EX was healed this turn, it
can deal an extra 60 damage and heal off another 30
damage. If Altaria-EX has Fairy Energy on it - an easy
task, if you're running a full M Altaria-EX deck - then
Fairy Drop can become a big boost to it, healing off 50
damage and then letting Altaria-EX deal 90 damage and
heal off another 30 all for 2 Energy. Not a bad deal,
all things considered.
Shining Wind then becomes a bit of
a back-up in the event Altaria-EX can't be healed for
whatever reason. At 3-for-80, its only boon is that it
removes Altaria-EX's Weakness to Lightning until the end
of your opponent's turn. It's a nice attack in the event
that you can't heal for Powerful Gain's effects, but
with such an aggressive format, it's hard to think when
that would be. Not to mention how many Electric decks
are you gonna run into anyway?
Still, not too bad for a
Mega-Evolving EX. I'd almost gotten used to them being
exceptionally terrible in lieu of their Mega form.
Standard: 2.5/5 (with the right set
of tools in hand, Altaria-EX can do pretty well for
Expanded: 2.5/5 (which is good,
cause we wouldn't want things to get all complicated
from not being able to do stuff)
Limited: 3.5/5 (I mean seriously,
how terrible would that be?)
And then there's M Altaria-EX.
Honestly makes me wish that Mega-Evos worked more
mechanically like BREAK Evos, letting you use previous
attacks, but details. If they were, Mist Purge and
Powerful Gain would probably work differently and become
super powerful. Heck, even just altering Powerful Gain
the way I'm thinking of would tear it apart.
But enough about that, what's Mist
Purge all about? Well, it's a little like Powerful Gain
in that if you fulfill a condition, the attack will do
more damage and heal M Altaria-EX for a certain amount.
The big difference is that the condition is a bit easier
to fulfill than healing yourself each turn, albeit at a
slightly higher cost. As long as M Altaria-EX has a
Special Energy attached - like, say, Wonder Energy -
Mist Purge goes from a 3-for-100 hit to a 3-for-130 hit,
and it'll even heal off 30 damage from M Altaria-EX.
Combined with M Altaria-EX's bulk,
Mist Purge is a pretty good attack. Having that Special
Energy attached means she can start 2HKO-ing any Pokemon
in the format, and if we've learned anything from cards
like Rough Seas, constantly healing off even 30 damage
each and every turn is a big boost to one's
survivability. This can make M Altaria-EX a pretty bulky
threat to deal with, even considering she's got 220 HP
to start with. Healing off 30 damage every turn simply
makes the effective score that much higher.
Of course, like all new Mega Evos,
M Altaria-EX also has the power of a Spirit Link card to
keep you from losing out on your turn, and since Mist
Purge doesn't require anything other than Special
Energy, you can get away with moving your Spirit Link
off and throwing down a damage boosting Tool like Muscle
Band or Fighting Fury Belt, the latter of which is
arguably better given M Altaria-EX's bulk. Outside of
that though, there's not a whole lot else in her favor.
Still, she's working with enough, so it's certainly a
doable deck to build.
Still wish Mist Purge could power
Powerful Gain. Man that'd be crazy.
Standard: 3/5 (a decently powerful
EX with a good amount of support can do a lot)
Expanded: 3/5 (and M Altaria-EX is
a great example of one that can do well with the
Limited: 4/5 (of course, Limited
limits her playability, but that doesn't mean she isn't
strong if you get the right pieces)
Arora Notealus: I think the only
other Pokemon-EX that can Mega Evolve into another Type
is Rayquaza-EX, since he's either Colorless or Dragon
who can become Colorless or Dragon. That's pretty
interesting, huh? I wonder if they'll try that with
Ampharos-EX at some point...or Aggron-EX?
Next Time: That's no
gemstone...THAT'S A FAIRY!!