Pikkdogs Pikks Three: Regice LA, Magmortar UL, and Legend Box

by Pikkdogs ~ June 8th, 2010.

Hey Guys, Im back to “Pikk” three cards for you guys to look over and discuss.  As always one will be a staple card, one will be a card I think is under-rated, and one will be a card from a new or un-released set.

I hope your Spring Battle Roads season is going well.  Unfortunately I had a bad showing at the first battle roads in my area, and I wasn’t able to make it to the other ones, so its hasn’t been a great season for me.  Thats alright though, there will be more tournaments in my future.

Up until this post I had been reviewing Unleashed cards for my third category.  But now since the new set, Undaunted, has been announced I can go ahead and start looking at some new cards.  Of course the set list hasn’t been announced and only a few cards have been confirmed, but by process of elimination I know what other cards will appear in the set.  So its time to look ahead.

The Staple: Regice LA

Description- Regice’s stats are average at best.  It has a decent 90 HP, a weakness to Metal, and a horrid three retreat cost.  Its Poke-Power is called “Regi Move,” this Power lets you discard two cards from your hand and switch your opponents basic Pokemon out. It also has one attack called “Ice Reflect.” For WWC you can do 50 damage and paralyze the defending Pokemon if Regice was attacked last turn. 

Analysis- Regice is one my favorite cards in the current format.  Discarding cards from you hand doesn’t seem that important, but when you think about it, what other cards can discard cards from your hand?  There is Felecities Drawings (which will be rotating out soon) and Engineers Adjustment, but those are both supporters.  So Regice will let you free your hand of some unwanted cards and provide some disruption.

Regice is used mostly in Gyarados decks to discard Magikarps, and in Jumpluff decks to get rid of Mr.Mime Mt.  But it can be used in other decks to make room in your hand for Claydol GE’s “Cosmic Power” or Uxie LA’s “Set Up.”

But Regice can also be a liability.  It has a very high retreat cost, this can be quite the problem when most decks only run 1 Warp Point.  It’s attack is situational to say the best.

But even with these problems, I still think Regice is amazing.  8.5/10

The Underdog: Magmortar Ul

Description- Magmortar is one Pokemon that currently has a lot of versions in the format.  But I think one of the best ones is from the Unleashed set.  It has 110 HP (decent for a stage 1), a 2 retreat cost, and a weakness to Water.  It has two attacks, the first is called “Hard Crush.”  To use the attack you must discard three cards from the top of your decks and then do fifty damage for each energy card you discard, it costs FCC.  Its second attack is called “Mantle Bazooka,” which does 100 damage for FFCC and you must discard FF.

Analysis– Magmortar is every-ones favorite creepy fat fire clown Pokemon.  It was one of the cards from the Unleashed Set that creeped by unnoticed.  While everyone was talking about Crobat Prime (who nobody plays) Magmortar was dropped to “Crap Rare” status.  But I think this card deserves a second look.

Its first attack is poorly named, but has a lot of potential.  It does 50 damage times the amount of energy in the top 3 cards of your deck.  Of course it wouldn’t be smart to just hope that you find energy at the top of your deck, so lets look at other cards that increase your chances.

The most obvious is Delcatty Pt. Its Poke-Power “Power Circulation” lets your bring two energy cards from your discard pile to the top of your deck.  Another combo is Ninetails HGSS.  Its Poke-Power “Roast Reveal” lets you discard a fire energy and draw three cards.  If you set up Ninetails and Delcatty on the bench, you are sure to get 2 energy cards at the top of your deck each turn. Another combo is Dialga Pt #5.  It has the “Reverse Time” Poke-Power which lets you bring three energy or Pokemon cards from your discard pile to the top of your deck once you lay him down.

7.5/10– I think this Magmortar/Delcatty/Ninetails deck could be a decent deck.  I dont know if its any better than the Charizard deck, but its not much worse.  It can use DCE but it does take 3 stage 1’s to set up, so it might be a little slow.

The Young Gun: Legend Box

Description: Legend Box is a trainer card that is expected to be released in the upcoming Undaunted set.  It has a simple effect, look at the top 10 cards of your deck and if there are two halves of the same Legend card there, you can put it onto your bench and attach any energy cards that were also in the top 10 cards that you revealed.

Anlaysis– Legend Box was one of the most anticipated cards from the Unleashed set, but it never made it for that set, so it will be even more anticipated when it is released in the Undaunted set.

A lot of people say that it will change the format and make Legend cards playable.  While I hope that is so, I dont know if this card is consistent enough to make it in next years format.  The fact that Claydol will be gone will hurt this card because your deck won’t be as thin then as it is now.  So there is less of a chance that those 2 legend cards will be there.

Using this card is a big risk, I know when people use this card they will reveal only 1 legend piece, or maybe no pieces, or maybe 2 of the same pieces.  So this cards effectiveness will be determined on how fast you can thin your deck and how lucky you are.

This card can be useless if there are no good Legend cards to play.  Right now the legend cards are not very flashy.  A lot of them have the dreaded lightning weakness, and all of them have high energy requirements.  Entei/Raikou Legend has seen a little play so far, and it will only get better once people use more Uxies.  Lugia Legend could also be a good card if you are lucky enough to reveal enough energy with Legend Box.  And this set will bring three new legend cards, perhaps one will be a good attacker.

6.5/10- It is hard to predict how well a new card will be, but Im looking at this card with pessimism.  How good this card will be will be determined on how lucky you are, and how good the new legend cards will be.  And I don’t know about you, but I don’t like my deck to be based on luck.  It can be a great card if your lucky, but if not it will be best to use Bebes Search and Pokemon Communication.

Well thats all I have to say about these cards, I hope you all will leave comments and tell us how good you think the cards are.  Also let me know if you have a card you would like me to “Pikk” next week.

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  • RA-FUCKIN-DU

    Maybe you should learn what the fuck a staple is before you write any more articles. In fact who the fuck reviews staples they literally shouldn't be getting less than 9.5/10 because they are well staples, the only deck really legitimately run Regice is fucking Gyarados, possibly jumpluff but even then its only useful in like one match up, and god for-fucking-bid you start with it because the you fucking lose simply fucking lose. Its a fucking retarded card to play anywhere else because fuck if you really have two cards you don't need in a deck, that you can toss away to draw more with claydol then your deck is built fucking stupidly.

    TL;DR Learn the difference between staple and tech dumb ass

  • Ed

    When I first read it, I thought like Radu. Why is Regice a staple? Then I thought it really depends on how you're using “staple.” I would think that a “staple” is a card that everyone could run in good portion of top decks.

    You could argue, though, that it's a card that could be used by or against you at any time and that sees enough play that everyone needs to be aware of it. It might not necessarily be in most top decks, but it's used enough in multiple top decks that you ought to consider it.

    I think Regice is a card that doesn't fit the first definition, but fits the second. In particular, I think Regice being in the staple slot is useful, because it gets a fair bit of play, but people still don't know how it works. I think I had opponents question and call judge on Regimove like 5 out of my 7 games in Regionals.

    So, let's get to the analysis.

    Regice: If you play Gyarados and don't know Regice, then you're not playing Gyarados. Any other low-energy fast attacking deck should at least consider using Regice. It gives you a way around Mr. Mime and Spiritomb. Otherwise, you have to sit around and wait until you can KO them (or draw some other non-reusable switcher). Of course, Luxray will give you an out, but then we start comparing a single-card tech versus the whole Luxray package with PokeTurns and all that. The other way Regimove helps your quick low-energy deck is by dropping unwanted cards to give you more draw power from Set Up or Cosmic Power. This can be important to speed decks when you need to find that Expert Belt, Plus Power, Poke Turn, etc.

    So, now Regice sounds like a wonderful card, but in reality its drawbacks really stop you from including it in most decks. I've tried it in decks where it seems like a really good idea. If you start with it active or get it gusted up, you're kinda screwed. Quick low-energy decks often will have a hard time dealing with the retreat. Gyarados will run other means of retreat, so Regice can use those. Otherwise, be prepared for a bit of inconsistency. Great in the right situation – Horrible in the wrong – Important to know – 7/10

    Magmortar: As often, the underdog needs to wait for someone else to come along and be his bodyguard. In other words, he needs to find a mate to team up with. These cards are hard to rate. If he never finds the mate, he's probably only good in limited formats. If he finds the mate that lets him effectively use Hard Crush, he could be hot. 5/10

    Legend Box: 10/10 for hype. Any card that makes an entire class of cards (Legends in this case) playable has to get a high rating. People WILL play this card. Just for that, I have to rate it 8/10.

  • pikkdogs

    Dont get your locks in a bunch there Radu.

    I define Staple as a commonly used card, nothing more. Since Regice is commonly used in Gyarados, Jumpluff, and sometimes Shuppet it is a commonly used card.

  • RA-FUCKIN-DU

    Sure I guess, I mean I could make a site in which I rate dicks from around the world, the catch is that I define dick, to be big tits. I mean once you know what I define dick as it makes more sense. But that doesn't stop me from being both wrong and fucking retarded for not knowing what the word means and using my own definition i pulled out of my ass.

  • RA-FUCKIN-DU

    On regice, the problem with your analysis is that regice is useless as a tool against Tomb past turn 2, and totally useless against mime. Because honestly every deck that does play mime plays two simple because you cant warp or ice your way out of it. Its the same concept with tomb, few decks play only one. Its only real purpose is in gyarados, and even the as we discussed on sunday the power itself can be a liability against decks like sp.

  • RA-FUCKIN-DU

    Also Legend box is trash, in pokemon a general rule of thumb if the masses hype it and its not completely obvious they are right, they are wrong. Because lets face it the vast majority of Pokemon players are fucking dumb.

  • Ed

    The main deck that uses Regice as a tool against Tomb is Jumpluff. It generally needs it on turn 1 when the opponent would have a low chance of having a second Tomb. It also depends on what deck is using the Tomb. The top decks that use Tomb now will use it to slow you down and evolve. If you can negate the slowdown even for one turn, it's worth it. Then you can rely on Cosmic Power, and Regice is then useful to drop cards.

    Decks that play 2 Mime usually need to give it a free retreat. If they rely on a stadium, then you can play your own to get rid of that. If they rely on Unown Q, then they now need 2 Mime AND 2 Q to stop Regice. That's a lot to get set up quickly. Often they won't get all that right away. It will be more important to get 1 Mime+Q than 2 Mime without Q. Even if they do get 2 Mimes and only 1Q, you can Regimove out the free retreater to make them burn cards for the retreat.

    It's all very situational, and yeah, there's no sure thing. With your inclusion of the word “useless,” you might want to refer to the post above discussing “not knowing what the word means and using my own definition i pulled out of my ass.” All that banter aside, though, I have used it against dual Mime/Spiritomb. It's still an uphill battle, but at least it gives you a battle instead of a scoop.

  • Ed

    There are an overwhelming majority of Pokemon players that are human. I've found humans to be of average intelligence at best. Yeah, I guess your assertion would then follow.

  • Pikkdogs

    You dont like how I define a “staple”.

    Well I dont like how you define a good hair style.

    So we're even.

  • RA-FUCKIN-DU

    average to would be a compliment for most players

  • RA-FUCKIN-DU

    Pitch two cards a turn to force me to retreat, ill take that trade off anyday

  • RA-FUCKIN-DU

    So you've run out of arguments. Now you are attempting to change subject to my hair. Also, I don't recall me ever defining a good hairstyle but ok. If you want ill admit that i have bad hair but if you admit you are fucking idiot.

  • pikkdogs

    I didnt change arguments, the argument is over. You asked for clarification on the term I used, and I gave you my definiton, then you called me stupid.

    But if Im the stupid one, how come you have a family of birds in your afro?

  • RA-FUCKIN-DU

    I just saying your definition is wrong and stupid, you refuse to acknowledge that it is wrong and stupid therefore I can only assume that your are in fact stupid.

    Also there's a cool thing about hair, you can cut it, and it'll only take about 20 mins. Now when it comes to making your IQ go up… well lets just say its much more of a hassle than a haircut.

  • Pikkdogs

    My definition is not wrong, because definitions can't be wrong. I had this discussion with my roomate in college for about a year. Words aren't defined in a dictionary (its just a suggetion) or by other people. Each person has their own unique definition of words. Language is a popular thing, people control it not executives at Merriam-Webster.

    I'll admit that the way I use “staple” in this article is different from how I sometimes use the word, and how other people use the word. I just used it because it kinda fits and there is no other word that fits better.

    That category is meant to highlight popular cards for the begginer, thats it.

  • RA-FUCKIN-DU

    WHAT, YOU ARE SO FUCKING STUPID. DO YOU SOMETIMES FORGET HOW TO BREATH?

    BIG DICKS SUCK EAT BIG FAGGOT FUCKER

    Big = You
    DICKS = Are
    SUCK= Fucking
    EAT= Stupid
    FAGGOT= Little
    FUCKER= Bitch

    Yea your argument totally makes sense. God damn ass clown

  • Guesticles

    This article was well written but a waste of time. A staple to me is a sick ass piece of metal that holds shit together, Regice does not hold my deck together he sits there as a liability cause his fat ass takes 3 NRG to retreat. Magmortar is a terrible card by itself and because much worse in the current metagame which is something to be taken into heavy consideration when writing a card review. Legend Box fails horribly there are much better and more diverse cards to replace the box.

  • Guesticles

    becomes* instead of because. I'm tired.

  • Ed

    http://www.sixprizes.com/tips-and-strategy/ener
    It seems that someone else also thinks Magmortar is worth discussing.