Is it weird that this is the second
Avalugg card printed ever? I think it's a little weird.
He comes in and gives us a Happy
Labor Day "AAAAAHHHHHH" with his 2-for-30 Crunch attack,
coming in with a coin flip for Energy snacking goodness.
That's pretty decent, and the effect is balanced out by
the fact that it can target any Energy instead of just
say Basic or Special. I could see him getting played for
that a little in casual decks, though nothing really
mainstream will want it.
Nothing mainstream, that is, but
Avalugg also comes in with Melting
Floe, which costs 3 Energy. And what does it do? Well,
it self-mills 3 cards from your deck, and for each one
of those that was a Water Energy, it mills out 3 cards
from your opponent's deck. You can sorta see the basis
of the deck - throw out as many cards as you can to
crush your opponent's deck into nothingness. Course
Night March is now no longer in Standard, so that's one
less deck to worry about - but it won't help against the
likes of any Vespiquen decks!
Avalugg will probably end up
getting used in some deckout builds as an attempt to go
rogue, but it won't end up anywhere neatly. The fact is
that it relies on you having lots of Energy in the deck
to mill, and it requires you to be milling out your
opponent faster than they're, say, KOing your Pokemon.
And trust me, it's a lot easier to go through 6 cards
than it is to go through 20+ cards.
Cause you're gonna need to mill
that much to keep up, the way I figure.
Standard: 2.5/5 (not exactly a high
profile deckout option)
Expanded: 2/5 (but Crunch does give
some viability to him)
Limited: 3.5/5 (if anything, the
two compliment each other in a strange way)
Arora Notealus: Basically Avalugg's
main purpose is disintegrating the Energy on your
opponent's Active Pokemon and milling out their
resources until they've got nothing left. The problem is
that both attacks are chancy in their own right, what
with Crunch's coin flip and Melting Floe's self-mill
proponent, but if it all comes together, there are gonna
be some salty foes everywhere.
Next Time: Sometimes you just gotta
get the right tool for the job...and the right Pokemon
to get the right Tool for the job...