Hello to all members of Omar Nation. This is your buddy Pikkdogs here to tell you about three cards; one which is a card commonly played, one which I feel is under-rated, and one from a new or un-released set.
It is that time of the year, when the players who’ve had a great season pack up to go to worlds, and when the rest of us test our new post-rotation decks. I hope all of you out there who are not going to worlds are having a better time at building post-rotation decks then I am. I’m getting tired of all my decks starting really fast and then stalling out on turn 4 or 5. But, I guess if success was easy it wouldn’t be as sweet. So I hope that those of us who are having problems will soldier on and eventually find something that works. Maybe you will find something while I “Pikk” three.
The Staple- Machamp SF
Description: Machamp is a stage 2 Pokemon with 130 HP, a +30 psychic weakness, a 2 retreat cost and 3 attacks. His most popular attack is “Takeout,” which does 40 damage for 1 fighting energy and knocks out the defending Pokemon if it is an unevolved Pokemon. His second attack is called “Hurricane Punch”, costs CC, and does 30 damage times the number of heads once you flip 4 coins. His final attack called “Rage”, costs FFCC, and does 60 damage plus 10 more each damage counter on Machamp.
Analysis– Well if you want some versatility and brute force Machamp can give it to you. Machamp has been a very important card ever since the Platinum series came out and introduced SP Pokemon. This is because Machamp can knock out every SP Pokemon (except Toxicroak G Pt) for just 1 fighting energy. Talk about a good SP counter!
Machamp decks, with Flygon RR, did very well at Worlds last year and in this years Fall Battle Roads. But Machamp had fallen out of favor around Cities last year because of the popularity of Unown g, which can cancel out the effect of “Takeout”. But now Unown g is getting rotated out of the format, so Machamp is once again a Pokemon to be feared.
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