Hello and welcome to the third installment of this series. Hopefully, I will have several more of these to come. Also, do not be afraid to disagree with me (I doubt that most of you will) in the comment section. Good, thoughtful, and deep discussion is key to developing a healthy format.
Second, I know that some of the people in this community do not understand why these articles need to be published. To them these articles might seem like common sense. However, I guarantee that these articles will be helpful for players that are just coming into the game.
Today’s article will again cover two Pokémon. However, these two will not be completely exclusive.
Up first is Ninetales.
This card currently sees heavy play in Charizard decks. Actually, any Charizard deck without Ninetales is not worth considering. However, that is pretty limited usage. I know that some people have made Charizard run like a charm.
Yet, Charizard is the only deck that Ninetales sees heavy play in. However, next format could be a completely different story. Similar to Magnezone Prime, this card is going to be one of the very few draw engines that comes in Pokémon form. That immediately moves the card to “make sure to test this” status.
Well what is the verdict of that testing? This card is going to be very important next format. It will likely reach prominence due to the release of Reshiram. For those of you who have been under a rock lately, Reshiram is a massive basic Pokémon that is a fire type (I trust you can go look up more information if you need it). That means that Ninetales will see increased play for consistency and draw power in this fire deck.
Reshiram is being talked up as one of the early favorites for Tier One status and maybe even BDIF status. Personally, I think Reshiram will make Tier 1, and I have not decided on what I think will be BDIF.
So, this card will be around and make its way to the top tables often next year. I also think that the art work on this card is great. So, I’m glad it will see more play.
However, what will be Ninetales’s support partner in Reshiram?
The second support card in the Reshiram deck is, personally, a difficult decision. Most people in the community are just assuming that the ability Emboar will be in the Reshiram deck. This Emboar has the ability “Inferno Fandango” that allows the player to attach as many fire energy to his/her Pokémon as he/she would like per turn.
That is a great ability. Any people have purposed a partnership with the Shuckle Promo card to create a great draw engine. That seems like a perfect second supporter for Reshiram right? So, why would Typhlosion Prime even be an option?
Well Typhlosion Prime has a great Poké-Power called “Afterburner”. Afterburner allows the player to take one fire energy from the discard and attach it to a Pokémon. However, that Pokémon takes 10 damage.
So, why could this be a better option than Emboar?
First, this card let’s you reuse energy that is already in the discard. This frees up deck space that would formerly be taken up with Energy Retrievals or Fisherman. All I know is that Emboar is only useful if you have extra energy in your hand.
So if you run Emboar, not only will you have to run more Energy Retrievals or Fisherman, but you are also going to need more energy, more Energy Search, more Interviewer’s Questions, or more of something that guarantees enough energy in hand. That could be a lot of deck space dedicated to having multiple energy in you hand every turn.
Second, Typhlosion Prime works better with Ninetales because of the discard thing for many of the same reasons as above.
Third, Most of the energy recovery and searching techniques are trainer based. I think that decks are going to use so many trainers that someone will make trainer lock viable again. Typhlosion Prime is not affected at all by trainer lock.
(A side note: I do not really think that trainer lock is going to be hard to establish by turn two or three max. Just run four Rare Candy, two Oddish, two Vileplume, four Pokémon Collector, and 3 Professor Elm’s Training Method. Boom, turn two or three trainer lock).
Fourth, Typhlosion Prime’s Retreat Cost is only CC compared to ability Emboar’s CCCC retreat. It will be much easier to manually get out of the Active Spot.
Fifth and finally, Typhlosion Prime’s attack is much better than the ability Emboar’s attack. Emboar’s attack does 80 damage for FFCC. Typhlosion Prime’s attack does 70 for FFC. However, it also allows you to discard one energy from the defending Pokémon. That effect can really change a game and be extremely disruptive.
So what is the verdict? Too close to call right now. I really do think that Emboar’s ability is great but so is Typhlosion Prime’s. I know I’m certainly going to test both out extensively. Personally, I think that I would have to give a slight edge to Typhlosion Prime right now.
I know many, many people are going to disagree with me on that last statement. I strongly encourage cordial discussion in the comment section.