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The RaNd0m Report

The Saga of Sets: Part 2/9 (Jungle)

Well, here we dig into the Jungle! This set was a surprise to all pokemon players… and to the world of TCG’s. Usually, you’ll find out if a TCG is successful if it has an expansion. This one did, meaning it would become great. This is when the majority of players entered the scene. Jungle was a comparably small set, but had a huge effect on the game.

So here we go… The Saga of Sets: Part 2/9 Jungle (no colors this time ¬_¬)

Clefable 1/64 – This guy is a hitter. Ash2000, a person from online, makes great use of this. In a 4/4 ER/SER with electabuzz, and scyther, this guy is a CHAMP. I have a lot of problems with that deck of his…

Electrode 2/64 – Um… Base 0wnz this one by FAR. Don’t see any uses.

Flareon 3/64 – Nice actually, a rare low retreat fire pokemon. Didn’t see a LOT of play, but was used. Flamethrower was quite economical at the time.

Jolteon 4/64 – Love that Pin Missile! This guy was used… a lot. You’d see him with Scyther and Electabuzz to form a nice deck.

Kanghaskhan 5/64 – Fetch is very nice… the ultimate staller of the time.

Mr. Mime 6/64 – Blastoise just died. This guy was elite… used in a lot of anti evolution decks… became a popular Haymaker pokemon.

Nidoqueen 7/64 – Boyfriends is just flat out odd… and mega punch is expensive. Thanks, but no thanks.

Pidgeot 8/64 – Oh sure, it can win the game with hurricane, but are you willing to go through pidgey and pidgeotto to do it?

Pinsir 9/64 – Nice card. Used as a solid basic in many grass decks.

Scyther 10/64 – What can we say about this? At the time, the most versatile card out. Period.

Snorlax 11/64 – Well, this guy tries to be like scyther, only he weighs about 900 more pounds. A 4 retreat makes this guy not look adorable.

Vaporeon 12/64 – Nice, but too slow for a raindance.

Venomoth 13/64 – The randomness of this card has many possibilities… and was a nice card to use in grass. Grass sure saw a lot from this set.

Victreebel 14/64 – And this wasn’t what it saw. Ew… possibly the worst stage 2 EVER to exist. Ick, I can’t look at that ANY more.

Vileplume 15/64 – Decent, but chancy. Personally, I think Nidoking is a better stage 2.

Wigglytuff 16/64 – A revolutionary. This set formed the Wigglymaker, which dominated standard until Neo Genesis came out.

(17-32, same cards as 1-16)

Butterfree 33/64 – Decent, but the 70 hp and the high cost for mega drain steered many people away.

Dodrio 34/64 – Nice… helps lower retreat, and rage isn’t too shabby.

Exeggutor 35/64 – This guy, is unbelievable. Throw on the energy and watch your opponent cry…

Fearow 36/64 – Nice anti-hitmonchan, but that’s why you play scyther. =/

Gloom 37/64 – Status effects are good, which makes this card great.

Lickitung 38/64 – Great staller, like Kanghaskhan. Tongue wrap is just fun.

Marowak 39/64 – Nice fighting pokemon… but call for friend for 3 energy o_O That is odd…

Nidorina 40/64 – Decent pokemon… decent evolution… but bland.

Parasect 41/64 – Decent, yet bland. Spore is sick though…

Persian 42/64 – Nice pokemon. An anti-Promo Mewtwo. If Meowth was a bit better, it would’ve been extremely popular.

Primeape 43/64 – This is nice… I still see decks made around this at League. Primeape with Miracle Berry is very good.

Rapidash 44/64 – Flat out good. Agility is 0wnage, and stomp is good economically.

Rhydon 45/64 – Nice pokemon… but not worth evolving.

Seaking 46/64 – Ok… that’s just not even funny. Only good for teaching the game.

Tauros 47/64 – An ultimate no-rares tourney candidate. One of the solidest colorless basics IN no-rare tourneys.

Weepinbel 48/64 – Looks to me like a seaking.

Bellsprout 49/64 – Ok, DUDE! Who did that? That’s SICK. I’d play base GASTLY over THAT! =/

Cubone 50/64 – Nice basic to a nice evolution. Anti-Buzz.

Eevee 51/64 – Nice basic to get to the 3 eons. Commonly played at the time.

Exeggcute 52/64 – Decent… a Jigglypuff that takes colored energy.

Goldeen 53/64 – The famous quote from Scott Gerhardt says it all. “Magikarp, with looks.”

Jigglypuff 54/64 – Great anti- Mr. Mime. And also a great pokemon.

Mankey 55/64 – Although peek is comical, this pokemon is NOT good. Evolution ONLY.

Meowth 56/64 – 2 for 10? And a chance to draw a card? Sorry, I’ll just play Kanghaskhan.

Nidoran Female 57/64 – Very solid grass basic.

Oddish 58/64 – Nice staller, but for what reason? Personally, Vileplume isn’t all it was cracked up to be.

Paras 59/64 – What is up with these guys and spore? Geez… who’s going to play 2 grass for sleep? =/

Pikachu 60/64 – A decent pikachu, and one that would be played until the movie promo comes out a few weeks later… with the raichus.

Rhyhorn 61/64 – Decent staller.

Spearow 62/64 – Well… it doesn’t look like much, and it isn’t.

Venonat 63/64 – An evolution to a powerful stage 1. Venomoth is worth this lowlife.

Pokeball 64/64 – Flip a coin to search your deck? Um… nice… but just computer search, or oak, or pokemon trader.

That was the Jungle set… pretty tiring to review since its 1:45 AM… ¬_¬ Happy New Year’s EVERYONE! May you have a great 2002! I’m sure I will ^_^

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