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 M Gardevoir-EX
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Date Reviewed:
Nov. 4, 2016

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3
Expanded: 3.5
Limited: 4.5

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

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So now we come to the last Dual-typed Pokemon-EX in the set here, and it's another Mega too! Similar to M Steelix-EX, but with less Special Energy to really take advantage of... 

M Gardevoir-EX does, however, carry some other interesting perks, and we're gonna take a good look at them! First of all, she's Fairy/Psychic, meaning that not only is she a great counter to Psychic Pokemon - think M Mewtwo-EX for instance - but she's also a big counter against Fairy-weak Dragon-types, which is pretty much all of them...hey, that's one version of M Rayquaza-EX and Giratina-EX! But even with those advantages, is there really enough she can do to push forward? 

Well for 2 Energy, she can unleash Despair Ray, dishing out a decent 110 damage out against Pokemon. Course this is still a good attack towards anything weak to her, but what else does it do? You can also add on more damage at the rate of 10 for every Bench Pokemon you discard. That's right, you're committing the most criminal act in all of Pokemon: sacrificing their friendship for POWER!! YOU FIEND!! 

Just kidding, but there's actually some interesting usage here to get out of Despair Ray. There are a lot of Pokemon with neat "come into play" Abilties like Shaymin-EX, Hoopa-EX, Hawlucha (STS), just to name a few. Ever think, "Man I wish I could just play these again or even get them off so my bench isn't vulnerable to Lysandre or something?" DESPAIR RAY AWAY!! Now get the advantage AND the damage! 

Still, there's not too much else she can do. Even assuming a full Bench, she's only delivering 160 (though that is boosted to 190 if you include Sky Field's extra 3 slots), and wiping out your whole Bench isn't exactly the best strategy. I mean, that's basically no back-up plan right there if you risk it for the biscuit - and keep in mind, you do lose if your Active Pokemon's KO'd and you've got nothing to replace it with, even if your opponent has Prizes to snatch up. 

It's not exactly Turn 1 Donk-ing, but it can be Self-Inflicted Donk-ing...yeahhhhhh, I'm not sticking to that term either. 


Standard: 3/5 (she'll be a pretty solid power against certain decks, but overall she's got a lot to work through) 

Expanded: 3.5/5 (that being said, access to Pokemon like Jirachi-EX and Audino (BCR) gives her a bit more leeway, shall we say) 

Limited: 4.5/5 (at least here in Limited though, the extra damage is well more than enough to deal with anything that's not an EX...or that could threaten outpacing her for damage like Volcanion-EX) 

Arora Notealus: Hey come to think of it, aren't all these Dual-Types Shiny? I mean with the notable exception of Volcanion-EX, every other Pokemon with Dual-Typing uses the Shiny variant this set! That's gotta be a neat touch! 

Weekend Thought: So what Pokemon from this week do you think have potential? Do you think there are some that were rated lower than others? Do you think a couple should be rated higher? Does Dual-Typing really change the game the way they've done it, or is it just another gimmick you're hoping will phase out pretty quickly? Personally, I'd rather see more Dual-Types in the next few sets. Maybe even have a whole set devoted just to Dual-Types - I mean if they can get away with swapping Types around on Pokemon, they can surely make a set for Dual-Types.

Coming Soon.

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