pokemon-paradijs.comHello 6P Nation!!! Today our CotD is Kyurem EX from Next Destinies. Before we get started on the analysis, though, I’d like to thank RisingDawn and David for requesting today’s card.
Kyurem EX is a 180 HP Water-type Pokémon with a x2 weakness to Metal and a Retreat Cost of three. It has no resistance. The Water typing is OK, as it can make Reshiphlosion and the occasional Reshiboar and Donphan decks a very easy matchup, but those decks aren’t played as much as they used to be (well, I guess Reshiboar never really was played a lot, but that’s aside from the point).
Metal weakness isn’t all that bad, unless you live in a Cobalion NVI-filled area. The three Retreat Cost used to be a killer, but Darkrai EX can negate that. I suppose the only really good thing about it is the 180 HP; the rest is meh.
Kyurem EX is equipped with two attacks: Frozen Wings and Hail Blizzard. Frozen Wings, for the cost of WCC, does 60 damage (stupid power creep… that used to be good!). The attack does, however, have a very interesting effect that discards a Special Energy attached to the Defending Pokémon.
While that is outclassed by Lost Remover (big time), it does mean that you can discard opposing DCE’s and (soon to be popular) Special D Energies while under Item lock. Not only does this weaken CMT, it also weakens Dark.dec (as it will use Special Darkness energies); its entire Energy acceleration is using Trainer-Items!
…It’s not. Hail Blizzard does a low 120 damage (well, low considering its Energy cost). To make things even worse, you can’t use the attack next turn! Ugh. But while this does sound like a very, very mediocre attack, believe it or not, it actually can be useful! Hitting hard while discarding Special Energies every other turn is actually very effective. But what would you use it with?
pokemon-paradijs.comFirst off, the underestimated KyuGatr. KyuGatr uses Kyurem NVI, Kyurem EX, and Feraligatr Prime. It’s basically like ReshiBoar, but with Water Pokémon. KyuGatr actually made two different top cut spots at Regionals: Top 16 in Ontario, Canada, and Top 32 in Pleasanton, California.
The Californian KyuGatr also ran Magnezone Prime, both as a form of draw, and to pound hard when you need to. Either way, KyuGatr is highly overlooked, and, if played right, can actually do quite well.
Secondly, Kyurem EX was used in Myles O’Neill‘s EX Corners. Myles did a great job explaining all the intricacies of the deck, so you should definitely take a look at the article if you haven’t already. Basically, the deck is a complete anti-meta deck, running plenty of Mewtwos, Terrakions, Kyurem EXs, and a full playset of Prism Energy, as well as the singleton Reshiram-EX for hard hits and Zapdos NXD for sniping.
Now, I’d like to post a list, but I haven’t played a Six Corners variant since before States. By the way, since Dark Explorers is coming out soon, so you might want to make some room for Darkrai EX and Tornadus EX.
[Editor’s Note: Kyurem EX/Mewtwo EX/Terrakion NVI made Top 4 at Philadelphia Regionals in Masters, so that’s another deck to look at too, which abuses its high HP using Super Scoop Up and Exp. Share to speed it up.]
I wish I could say more about this card (this is kind of a short article, even if it is a CotD), but really, I can’t. Those pretty much are the only two uses for Kyurem EX I’ve seen/used/heard of. Most of the Kyurems you’ll see being used are Kyurem NVI, as it outclasses its EX counter-part by far. However, I think this card deserves a 6.5 out of 10 (Decent/Good).
This card does have its purposes, and has done well in tournaments before. Who knows? Maybe this is only the very beginning of the rise of Kyurem. :P Anyway, thanks for reading, and make sure to comment if you have any deck ideas using Kyurem EX.