Pikkdogs Pikks Three: Yanmega Prime, Pidgeot Tm, and Beartic EP

by Pikkdogs ~ July 21st, 2011.

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with another Pikk Three article.  I haven’t done one of these in a while, so I’ll explain some stuff.  These articles are like a big card review.  One card is a card that is used a lot, one is a card I feel is under-rated, and and another one is a card that is from a new or yet un-released set.

Before we get to the article, just wanna let you know the contest is still going on.  I have explained the contest in the last couple articles, so go to the last couple articles and read up on what it takes to enter.  The contest will end at the start of the day on Monday, so the time you have to enter is slowly passing away.

The Staple- Yanmega Prime

Description: Yanmega Prime is a 110 HP Stage 1 Grass Pokemon.  It has free retreat, a lightning weakness, and a resistance to fighting.  It’s Poke-Body”Insight” lets you ignore the cost of all attacks if you have the same hand size as your opponent.  It’s first attack, “Linear Attack”, does 40 damage to any of your opponent’s Pokemon.  Its second attack. “Sonic Boom”, does 70 damage and you don’t factor in weakness or resistance.

Review: Yanmega was a great card for a fun deck a couple of months ago.  But now hand sizes are easy to equalize and sniping for free is an amazing ability.

When Uxie left the format, people decided to go for a better setup with Cleffa.  Yanmega is good because it can kill a Cleffa no matter if it is active or not, and if Cleffa is asleep, Yanmega can just hit something else for 40.  The emphasis on Supporter based draw has also given Yanmega a boost.  Yanmega has turned into a very fast disruptive card.

The one drawback for Yanmega is that it cannot hit hard.  70 just doesn’t cut it any more its not 1999, we kinda want to get to around 110 damage.  That is why Yanmega is usually paired with the hard hitting Magnezone Prime.  Yanmega Prime is also paired with Kingdra Prime to maximize Sniping damage.  Another knock on this card is that the format is changing because of Pokemon Catcher.  It is likely that the baby Pokemon will not be as useful.  Because of this there will be less things to snipe and to snipe around.  Yanmega once owned the Indiana Convention Center at U.S. Nationals, I think it will continue to be a great card in the Catcher era, I just don’t think it will be quite as good.

Rating: 8.5/10– Yanmega Prime is an average card that just happens to fit the format perfectly.  It will be great with Pokemon Catcher, and have enjoyed a great run in the past month or so. 

The Underdog: Pidgeot Tm

Description: Pidgeot is a 120 HP Stage 2 Pokemon.  He has a free retreat cost, a lightning weakness, and a resistance to fighting.  His first attack, “Headwind,” does 20 damage and increases the energy cost of any of your opponent’s Pokemon by CC.  His second attack, “Quick Attack,” does 40 damage for CCC and you may flip a coin, if it is heads you can do 30 more damage.

Review: This card was brought to my attention by an article of sixprizes.com, and I’ve been in love with it ever since.  No its not an over powering card, but it is very interesting.  The ability to add CC to an attack cost is pretty crazy, it would even drive a Reshiboar deck crazy.  It is a great walling Pokemon and can stand up to Donphan very easily. I could see this in a disruption deck.

The bad things about this card are easy to pick out.  It’s a stage 2 that doesn’t really jump out at you.  It can’t hit hard and can be easily shot out of the sky by Magnezone, Zekrom, and Reshiram.

Rating: 7/10– This card kinda reminds me of a mix of Yanmega Prime and our next card, Beartic.  It’s like Yanmega because at first glance it looks like an average card, but when used right it can be a great card.  It’s like Beartic because it makes attacking next turn difficult for your opponent.  I think this card is very under-rated and could be great soon.

The Young Gun- Beartic EP

Description: Beartic is a stage 1 130 HP Water Pokemon.  It is weak to metal and has a 3 retreat cost.  Its first attack, “Sheer Cold,” does 50 damage for WCC and prevents the defending Pokemon from attacking next turn.  Its second attack, “Icicle Crash,” does 80 damage for WWCC.

Review: The stats are great for a Stage 1.  130 HP is great, and can hit for weakness on Reshiram and Emboar without being weak to Zekrom and Magnezone.  Having the ability to stop a Pokemon from attacking next turn is really great.  If your opponent is running a tanking deck, they would have to use a switch and have another tank ready to go.

This card has had a lot of hype, but I’m just not drinking the Kool-Aid.  If you want to delay the Pokemon from attacking, I think Pidgeot works a little better.  For a tanking Pokemon like Beartic, he just does not push out a lot of damage for the amount of energy he requires.  He can be used with Floatzel/Shaymin and Feraligatr Prime, but bench sitters will be all but eliminated with Pokemon Catcher.

Rating: 7/10– A lot of potential and a lot of hype here, so people will try to make it work.  But, I think I might want Pidgeot in my deck a little more than Beartic.

So there is the first Pikk Three article I have done in a while.  Please tell me your thoughts on these cards by leaving a comment.

So long and thanks for all the fish!

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