pokebeach.comHey guys, I know you haven’t been able to have a new Card of the Day for the past few days, so sorry about that. I can sit here for a minute, write about how I was too busy, had too much stuff to do, etc. OR, we could get straight to the review!
For today’s Card of the Day, I decided that today is as good as any to take a look at Azelf LV.X. For starters, 90 HP for a Basic Level Up is pretty low. Psychic type is pretty good, hitting Uxie LV.X and Machamp for Weakness.
Unfortunately, it also has a Psychic Weakness. The Retreat Cost of C is okay. One other thing I would like to mention, it is the Level Up of Azelf, which means you won’t have to make many changes to fit this card into any deck.
Azelf LV.X has the Poké-Body “Psychic Aura”, which eliminates the Weaknesses of your in-play Psychic Pokémon. This is actually a nice Poké-Body, acting like a more restricted version of Exploud. It can’t be used in all decks, but in the ones that can use it get a very nice advantage.
“Deep Balance”, which costs a low P, allows you to choose one of your opponent’s Pokémon. For each Energy attached to it, place one damage counter on it. Even if your opponent has a fully loaded Steelix Prime in play, the most you’ll be doing is 50 damage. In most match ups, you’ll be lucky to play two damage counters. However, it can still be a good way to place some needed damage counters.
But if you’re like me, you won’t be adding Azelf LV.X into your deck for the attack, but for the Poké-Body. This card hasn’t seen as much play as its Uxie counterpart, but it has recently seen a lot of attention for its potential use in LostGar, eliminating Gengar Prime’s Weakness and making it much harder for your opponent to run counters to.
pokemon-paradijs.comUnfortunately, it isn’t as effective as many were hoping it would be. First of all, having a low 90 HP means it can be easily KO’d by a multitude of Pokémon SP not to mention being shut off completely by Dialga G LV.X.
The other deck that uses this card is AMU, since it is necessary to have the Level Up forms of all the Pixies in play to hit for 200 damage with Mesprit LV.X. Unfortunately, AMU hasn’t really been competitive in a while, mainly due to it being a very fragile deck.
My Recommendation: Some LostGar lists might be able to use it better than others, but I’m not really sold on the concept yet.
My Rating: 3/5 (Not amazing, not terrible.)