pokebeach.comHey guys, Captain here with another Card of the Day. This one has been requested in the request thread, and a few people on the forums have been giving it a bit of hype. It’s Audino from our newest set, Emerging Powers.
As I just said, the card has been receiving a bit of hype but I can’t imagine why. It’s a Colorless Basic with a fair 90 HP, awful Fighting weakness, the fairly standard no resistance, and a rather hefty Retreat Cost of 2. So far, things aren’t looking too great.
It has two attacks and the first is the one that’s been receiving hype. It’s called Powerful Slap and requires you to flip a coin for every energy (note that this is “energy” and not “energy cards”) attached to it. For each heads, you deal 40 damage.
This means that it could technically 1-shot anything in the format. Combined with DCE, Pachirisu, and Shaymin, it can even deal massive Turn-1 damage, possibly donking. There are a few problems with all this, though.
1. Audino requires a very large energy investment. Even when “Fliptini” is around, it will still be risky. Reshiram and Zekrom can deal 120 damage for 3 energy. Audino is less bulky and averages 6 energy needed to do that. Then what happens when Audino gets discarded? You lose a lot of energy, that’s what. Even if you have acceleration (really just Emboar and Pachirisu), you’ll still need to recover your energy, which requires cards like Energy Retrieval and Fisherman, which take up valuable deck space.
2. Audino will get steamrolled by Zekrom, Reshiram, and especially Donphan. The fact is, all of those Pokémon are bulkier, generally hit harder, and have notable type advantages (not quite as much for Reshiram, though that nerfs Kingdra), so they also happen to be better plays for the most part.
3. Audino’s Turn-1 potential damage is a 160 and that’s with perfect flips (Double Colorless Energy + 2 energy on Pachirisu + Shaymin to move those energy around). Zekrom runs on the same engine and would hit a consistent 120. The self-damage Zekrom would take is irrelevant in this comparison because Zekrom would end with 90 HP- the same HP that Audino has when fully healed.
4. There’s always a chance that you will get very unlucky and deal very low damage despite having a lot of energy on Audino.
Anyway, the other attack is called Heal Pulse and heals 50 damage off any of your Pokémon for the cost of CCC. Honestly, this is very mediocre as there are plenty of better ways to heal, but this attack has been mostly ignored anyway.
So overall, Audino is not too good. The only potential I really see in it would be as a finisher in Reshiram variants, but Magcargo already does a good job of that even though it’s a stage 1 (and even then you’re taking a risk with Audino). Basically, I can only see this card being useful in Prereleases, as it’s simply outclassed and has only decent recovery once a large amount of energy is discarded. So for these reasons, I give it a 1 out of 5.
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