Hey guys, and welcome to my newest article. Today I’ll be reviewing my opinion of the top five cards from our new set: Black and White – Emerging Powers. The new set consists of ninety-eight brand-new cards. However after looking through them myself, only about five really stood out. I’ll start with number five and work down. Enjoy!
Liepard is kinda like Yanmega Prime. I has a nice little snipe attack to Knock Out babies like Cleffa and Tyrogue. It’s called Feint Attack and does 30 damage to any of your opponent’s Pokémon. It’s fast because you only need one darkness energy. It’ll see play in dark toolbox decks like in Tyranitar.
It also has another okay attack that I think would work well with Tyranitar. It’s called Claw Rend and does 80 damage if your opponent’s active Pokémon has any damage on it. That’s pretty heavy for a Double Colorless and a darkness so I think the card overall deserves an honorable mention.
Bianca – Uncommon 90/98#5 –
Bianca is a card that reminds me of Volkner’s Philosophy, but you don’t get to discard a card. It reads: “Draw until you have 6 cards in your hand.” That sound pretty good, I think it is anyway. It can give you a nice save if someone used Weavile to get rid of your hand and it’ll really be good if someone got rid of your entire hand with Sharpedo Triumphant’s attack: Strip Bare. I think there should be at least one in every deck because it’ll help a lot of the time. It can help in situations and be clutch at times.
Max Potion – Uncommon 94/98#4 –
Max Potion is like Blissey Prime but you choose only one of your Pokémon. You heal all damage from it and then discard all energy attached to it. This could be really good with Yanmega Prime because you barely ever attach energies to it. It could also be really good with the already tanking Donphan Prime. You’d have to discard one energy, and then heal all it’s damage off.
I think that’s going to be huge because Donphan already has a tanking Poké-Body of Exoskeleton which reduces all damage done to Donphan by 20 which is already great. I think this card will be really good with pretty much any Pokémon that uses zero to one energy for it’s attacks. Look out for it and choose your attacks right. The damage could be gone in a heartbeat. Expect about one in almost every deck.
Gothitelle is like Vileploom from Undaunted. It reads: “As long as this Pokémon is your Active Pokémon, your opponent can’t play any Item cards from his or her hand.” It has a positive and a negative compared to Vileploom, though. The negitive is that only if it’s your active it’s Ability works. So now you have a Pokémon out that can’t really hurt opponent as far as damage goes because its attack is pretty bad.
Madkinesis does 30 plus for three colorless energies. The plus is 20 more for each psychic energy attached to Gothitelle. The the positive about this card is that you can still play Items, unlike Vileploom where you and your opponent can’t play Items. I think that part of the card is really good, but having it have to be active is bad.
I think that Vileploom is still the better option because you can have other things attack for you. Gothitelle could be used as a started though. I think it might see play in a few decks. You can set it up and then keep it active while you set up. Once you’ve stalled enough, retreat or use a Switch and pound your opponent because they’ll already be at an advantage because they wouldn’t have set up very fast. I think this is one of the best cards in the set.
#2 – Beartic – Rare 30/98
Beartic has received some hype with the partner Vileploom. The two paired together will be a double-edged sword with the power to Trainer-lock and stop your opponent from attacking with Beartic’s attack Sheer Cold which reads: “The Defending Pokémon can’t attack during your opponent’s next turn. That’s really good, but they can retreat out of it or use a Switch. Well, with the Vileploom out, they can’t Switch out of it because Switch is a Trainer or Item.
Retreating will be hard because they won’t be going through their deck that fast without Trainers and Items. Beartic’s first attack takes a water and a Double Colorless so it won’t be incredibly hard to set up. It also has another nice attack that can be used as a Donphan Prime Counter. It’s called Icicle Crash and does 80 for two waters and a Double Colorless. It says the attack isn’t affected by Resistence so that’s a positive too. I think the Beartic/Vileploom deck will have troubles against Donphan and ZPS, but we’ll need to see what the new season brings. Watch out and be prepared for Beartic!
Pokémon Catcher – Uncommon 95/98#1 –
You: So I hear you lost a ton of games in the HS-On format on Pokémon Reversal flips? Them: Yeah, I hate that card. You: What if you didn’t have to flip? Them: Pokémon would never release a card that broken. You: Oh yes they they will and already have. Them: Jaw drops. (Astounded.)
Yeah. That kid is right. the card is really broken. It’s going to tear up the format. Zekrom was already really good with Pokémon Reversal flips. Now it doesn’t have to flip. Same goes for Donphan. Look for the two of those cards to be the most played cards in the format. Already they are very fast and now you give them built in disruption with Pokémon Catcher. This card is going to be the bomb for ZPS and Donphan players.
I would definitely suggest you watch out for it because it’s going to be big. If you know how big Luxray GL LV.X was then you should know how good this card is going to be. It’s a Luxray GL LV.X without having to Level Up. It’s to the point of being broken so watch out, you’re gonna be catchered.
Should I Go to the Prerelease?
If you want my personal opinion, I say to not go. There are not enough good cards to spend the twenty-seven dollars. Save your money, and if you really want any of the good cards from the set, just order them online. You can always go to the prerelease and trade after play is over. Pre-orders on most of the cards in this set are up so if you really want them and decide to not spend money at your prerelease, just but them online. It’s usually a good investment. In the end, it’s up to you, but this is just me. Choose wisely!
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-The Purple Pro