No, you haven’t fallen into a wormhole that propelled you 3 months into the future, I am indeed reviewing a pretty interesting card from the upcoming Triumphant set, Machamp Prime.
Machamp Prime is a Stage 2 Pokémon with a very respectable 150 HP, the same as its Level Up form. It has a x2 weakness to Psychic, meaning that the usual Machamp SF counters will still hit you for weakness. It has a disappointing, but expected retreat cost of 3.
Machamp SF was known as the “SP” killer due to it’s “Take Out” attack that can knock out any Basic Pokémon. Take Out gained even more strength when Unown G, the only thing that can protect a basic from it, was rotated out of the format.
Machamp’s Poké-Power, “Fighting Tag” lets you move all Fighting energy attached to your active Pokémon to Machamp. Then, you switch Machamp with your active Pokémon. This is a very potent Poké-Power because it can be very useful for saving your Pokémon from being KOed.
Its first attack, “Crushing Punch,” does 60 for FCC and also discards a special energy card attached to the defending Pokémon. 60 for 3 is extremely low damage in today’s Format, but its effect helps make up for that. In the current modified format, special energies are very common, so being able to discard them will be very helpful. Call, Warp, Double Colorless, SP Energy, Rainbow and the upcoming Rescue Energy are all cards that will be Crushing Punch food.
PokeBeachMachamp’s second attack, “Champ Buster,” for the huge cost of FFCC does 100 damage plus an additional 10 for each damaged Pokémon on your bench. This attack maxes out at a massive 150 damage, but on average you’ll be doing about 120, which for 4 Energies, is good, but just too slow for the format.
I think that Machamp Prime will be able to give Machamp decks the power it needs to be able to face all decks in the format. Also, one other thing to note is that the typical Machamp SF counter in SP decks is to use Lucario GL with Uxie Lv.X or with Toxicroak and Skuntank. None of those counters will be able to OHKO Machamp Prime, as they won’t reach 150 damage, it’ll take 2-3 “Flash Bites.”
Rating 4.5/5 (I think this card can make Machamp decks a tier 1 or tier 2 deck.)