S10a 'Dark Phantasma' Set Review!

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Hi guys, as always, I’m back on another set review. This time, I will be reviewing the latest set in Japan, Dark Phantasma. This set was released on May 13, 2022, in Japan where the set is having 99 cards (CHR, CSR, SR, HR, & UR included). The set itself also introduced 3 new radiant Pokemon, Gardevoir, Hisuian Sneasler, and Steelix.

 

Check here for the full Dark Phantasma card list and translation:

Let's start with the review. Enjoy!



Pokemon


Paras

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Looking at Paras, this is just a filler card. I won’t rate it. But, I somehow like its artwork and it looks fresh with the mirror foil pattern. 


Parasect

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Parasect’s ability is quite similar to Weepinbell’s ability from Battle Styles but this time it makes them Poisoned and Asleep. This is a very strong ability because you can easily combine this Pokemon with Salazzle. Yes, you still not getting through Mew VMAX but making your opponent Poisoned and Asleep is never a bad thing. But, I still do think that Butterfree is still better because you can easily evolve into stage-2 in a single turn. 

 

Its attack is also not that great where you need to flip a coin in order to increase your damage output. 

 

I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Hisuian Electrode V

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Next, we have our first Pokemon V, Hisuian Electrode. Its first attack is quite unique because its effect is quite similar to Salazzle from Battle Styles but the Special Condition that counts is from yourself. It can easily go up to 300 damage with no energy and I think it is a very powerful attack where you can knock almost every Pokemon in the current format. But because you need to apply yourself 3 Special Conditions, it is quite hard for you to achieve it. 

 

Then its second attack is only dealing 120 damage while discarding all energy from this Pokemon. I mean, come on, 120 and discard all your energy? It's just not there. Also, its HP is in range for Meloetta's first attack so I think it will be quite hard for you to survive many turns with Hisuian Electrode V. 

 

But, I do love the concept of this Pokemon. I will rate it 2.75/5.


Wurmple

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Its first attack is just a filler and I don’t want to talk about it. Its second attack, however, is actually good. You can easily set up multiple Wurmple next turns or even multi-evolve your board. But, Marnie and Judge are still here and its attack cost is just a big no for me. 

 

I will rate this card 2/5.


Silcoon

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Next, we have the first Wurmple evolution, Silcoon. Its first attack is actually quite nice because you can easily trap your opponent by making them can’t attack. But it is a flip coin attack and your opponent can also easily switch with another Pokemon to lose this attack’s effect.

 

I will rate this card 2/5.


Beautifly

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Then, we have our first Wurmple’s final evolution, Beautifly. Its ability is actually one of the best because it is basically Genesect V in a form of single-prize Pokemon. But because it is a stage 2 Pokemon, it will be very hard to set up and it will take up more space. But I think this card is really great in Gym Leader Challenge format because of its draw power. 

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Cascoon

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Then we move to the second Wurmple evolution, Cascoon. In my opinion, its first attack is nice because you can get immunity from damage that is 60 or less. Yes, in this current format 60 is very small damage. But if you play Gym Leader Challenge or another format, it can really help you because some formats have smaller damage output. 

 

I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Dustox

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Next, we have our second Wurmple’s final evolution, Dustox. Its first attack is quite scary because you can scale up pretty nicely with another Pokemon like Radiant Hisuian Sneasler. But because it is a stage 2 Pokemon, setting this Pokemon is very hard. I don’t think many people will play this over Beautifly.

 

I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Snover

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I won’t rate this card because this is just a filler. But this artwork is from Arita-san and it’s beautiful!


Abomasnow

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This card is also a filler because its attack cost is very high. Also, the attack damage and effect are nothing special even though it second attack can do 2-turn KO yet it still has a high attack cost. I won’t rate it.


Phione 

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We have Phione again! Its attack is useful if you play a Water-type deck where you can easily use Phione in your first turn to set up your board. You can even call a Pokemon V with this attack so I think it is great to have this Pokemon in your deck. But the downside here is that you still need the energy to attack and you need Water energy, not like Gossifleur where you can attach anything because it is Colorless. 

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Hisuian Basculin

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Next, we have another Hisuian Basculin. I think this card is just a filler and its attack is just straight bad because your attack can do nothing. But this card can evolve into Hisuian Basculegion so it serves as the base for evolving. 

 

I won’t rate this card.


Hisuian Basculegion

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We have a similar card to Volcarona V! You can potentially do damage over 300 if you plan it carefully. Yes, the process will be hard because you need to discard so any energy to hit quite high, but you are attacking with no energy so you don’t have to spare the effort of finding the energy to attach. Then, the catch of this attack is that you need to shuffle the energy in your discard pile back to your deck. You can be having no damage on the next turn just because you used your first attack last turn. But still, this card is very fun to play because of this attack. 

 

Then its second attack is also considered cheap because you only need 1 energy to attack and you also discard 1 energy from yourself so you can also prepare for your first attack. 

 

I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Pikachu

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Next, we have Pikachu! You should see the Character Rare of this card and it’s very cute. You should have one. Then, we look at its ability, I think this one is good because having no retreat cost is always great. But the hard thing is that we still don’t have a great Raichu in the format to evolve. So I think this card is quite a waste in terms of playability. 

 

I will rate this card 2/5.


Raichu

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Then we have Raichu. Its first attack is a no for me because you only deal 30 damage and you also need to flip a coin to make your opponent paralyzed. Then, its second attack is actually good because you can easily deal 220 damage on a single prize Pokemon. But its attack cost is quite high although you can use Twin Energy. Mareep can also help you but you need to be on your bench. I think this card has some potential because you can do an easy weakness attack to Origin Palkia VSTAR where it is still a dominant Pokemon in Japanese format.

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Magnezone V

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Next up we have our second Pokemon V, Magnezone V. its first attack is quite weird because you need to switch first and then deal damage after that. Also, 40 is low for damage to be significant. But its second attack has some potential because you can do an easy snipe to your opponent’s Bench Pokemon. However, its attack cost is high and I don’t think you will be using this card to attack because you will be relying more on its VSTAR.

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Magnezone VSTAR

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We have our first VSTAR card. Magnezone VSTAR’s first attack is quite similar to Sylveon GX attack but you are limited to Item cards and you can only take 2. This can be a game-changer if you manage to not get Marnie, Judge, Roxanne, or even meet Malamar VMAX. 

 

Then its VSTAR Power is a very strong VSTAR Power because 90 damage to 2 Bench Pokemon can easily knock 2 Drizzile and shut down your opponent's engine. You can also knock Galarian Zigzagoon or a damaged Pokemon because you can boost this attack further using Telescopic Sight. 

 

I will rate this card 2.75/5. It is quite refreshing to finally have a rule box Magnezone card. 


Rotom

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Then the last Lightning-type Pokemon in this set is Rotom. Its first attack is quite good because you can have a fresh hand. But because you need to attach energy in order to attack, I don’t think this card will see much play. Its second attack also has a high attack cost and you still have a retreat cost. But I think at some point people will try to play this card just because of its first attack. 

 

I will rate this card 2/5.


Clefairy

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Our first Psychic-type Pokemon is Clefairy. If you combine it with Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX, its ability can work very well. It can easily make your energy count to the roof in about 2-3 turns. however, the catch here is that you can only accelerate to Clefairy. You need to set up multiple Clefairy in order to maximize your ability's potential.

 

Then, its attack is quite similar to Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX. I think this can also be your alternative to attack besides Shadow Rider itself. But the downside here is that Clefairy can get sniped easily. You may want to bring Manaphy to your deck.

 

Otherwise, I think this card can be meet quite frequently in the Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX deck. I will rate this card 3/5.


Clefable

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Then we have its evolution, Clefable. its ability is good because damage reduction is always good. But right now, Duraludon VMAX or any other Dragon-type Pokemon is not that viable. You also can’t stack its ability which is bad. So, I think this card won't see much play. Its attack cost is also high and has no effect or even high damage.

 

I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Gastly

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Next up we have the Gengar evoline start with Gastly. Its attack is near to no damage at all so I think this is quite bad for damage. Also, I think this card's sole purpose is only for the base of the evolving it to Gengar. Gengar’s ability also helps you to cheat evolution so I don’t think that Gastly is useful in this case. So, I won’t rate this card.


Haunter

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Haunter also has the same case. It's even worse for Haunter because usually people only bring 1 copy of Stage 1 Pokemon if they play Stage 2 Pokemon. Gengar’s can also cheat evolution so I don’t think this card will see some play. I won’t rate this card.


Gengar

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Then we have Gengar itself. Its ability can easily help you to cheat evolution. You can also use this ability to increase Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR damage. Its attack cost is also cheap and can hit considerably good for only 1 energy. 

 

But, I still think that this card is easy to get sniped and that can mess your prize card calculation. 

 

I will rate 2.75/5 for this card. 


Mr. Mime

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Then we have Mr. Mime. its second attack is just weird because you need to play Rock-Paper-Scissors in order to get immunity to Mr. Mime. Its attack cost is also somewhat high and it’s just not good. 

 

But I think at some point people will try to play it just for the sake of Rock-Paper-Scissor. I will rate this card 1.75/5.


Misdreavus

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Then we have another Mismagius line. This card, Misdreavus is just a filler because its attack is not good where you only deal 10 damage and you need to flip a coin to make your opponent confused. 

 

I won’t rate this card. 


Mismagius

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Then we have Mismagius. Its ability is quite good because you can do a free 80 damage to your opponent if you get knocked. You can also search Mismagius using Level Ball because it has 90HP. But 90 damage is quite the HP where on some rare occasions you cannot get knocked in a single turn. Inteleon can also hurt you first before your opponent knock you out. If it happens, you can’t activate your ability. 

 

Then its second attack is spread damage but because its effect state that put 2 damage counter, you can’t boost it with Telescopic Sight or even apply weakness. 

 

I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Radiant Gardevoir

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Our first Radiant Pokemon in this set is Gardevoir. Its ability is quite good because you can at least tank some damage where this damage reduction may help you to survive another turn. 

 

Its attack also can be quite useful in some cases because you can make some finishing move with it to a damaged Pokemon without risking your multiple prize Pokemon. 

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Chimecho

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Next up we have Chimecho. I think its first attack can be quite good if you combine it with some control gameplay. Its attack cost is also easy to meet so I think some decks may try to bring Chimecho to their deck.

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Hisuian Zorua

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Then we have Hisuian Zorua and it's so cute! Its first attack can be quite good if you use it in your first turn because it is free to use and you can get an extra draw at the end of the turn. But I still think that this card only serves as the base for evolving into Hisuian Zoroark. 

 

I will rate this card 2/5.


Hisuian Zoroark

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Next up we have Hisuian Zoroark. Its first attack can be quite deadly if you face an opponent with only a few switching cards. Yes, your opponent can still switch to negate this attack effect. But that’s how the game works and you can try to catch your opponent off guard when attacking with Hisuain Zoroark. 

 

Its second attack can also be useful to recycle a card from your discard pile. This can be a game-changer if your opponent doesn’t have any disruption card left for them to play. Its attack cost is also cheap so it’s another benefit of playing this card. 

 

Some Zoroark decks have tried to play 1 copy of Hisuian Zoroark in their deck and some of them even win their local shop tournament.

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Enamorus V

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Then we have another Pokemon V, Enamorus! This is the first time that we have had Enamorus in Pokemon TCG. Its ability is actually quite good but because you need to be in the active spot, I don’t think that many people want to risk playing this. 

 

Its attack is actually good because you can try to recycle some energy in decks like Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX. But because its attack cost is quite high and you only deal 100 damage, I think people may only try to bring 1 copy of Enamorus V in their deck or maybe just bring more Training Court. 

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Hisuian Growlithe

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Then we have another Hisuian Arcanine evoline. Its 70HP is a great HP, to begin with because you can be safer in case you get sniped. Then its attack is not that great because you only ake your opponent Burned. But because it is a free attack, I have no comment on it. 

 

I still think this card is only a filler where it only serves as the base to evolve so I won’t rate it. 


Hisuian Arcanine 

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We have another Granbull and right now, it’s Hisuian Arcanine. Its first attack is quite similar to Granbull from Lost Thunder but because right now it's a free attack, I think this one can be more achievable. The damage itself can knock almost any Pokemon that is weak to Fighting-type so I think this can be a very great attack while we still have Arceus VSTAR in the format. I won’t talk about its second attack because I think people will try to play more with Hisuian Arcanine’s first attack.

 

Some decks in Japan try to combine Hisuian Arcanine with Zoroark and Peony. It turns out to be quite successful in some local shop tournaments.

 

I will rate this card 3.5/5.


Machop

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This is just straight up a filler card, I won’t rate it. But its artwork is quite cute though. 


Machoke

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This card is also just straight up a filler card because it is a Stage 1 Pokemon on a Stage 2 Pokemon where you may not use this card at all in the deck. I won’t rate it. But it's Arita-san artwork!


Machamp

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Then we have Machamp. Its ability is actually very good because you can use Machamp to tank some damage while being a single prize Pokemon. Then its attack can do an easy 200 damage and when looking at its Retreat Cost, you can easily pivot using Air Balloon. 

 

I think this card won’t see much play in Standard format but when it comes to Gym Leader Challenge format, I think this card has a chance to shine. 

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Sudowoodo

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We have another Sudowoodo card. This is just straight up a filler card, I won’t rate it. Its first attack can easily be done with Tool Scrapper, its second attack is too low in damage.


Gligar

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This is just straight up a filler card, I won’t rate it. I mean who wants to flip 4 coins in order to deal only 40 damage. 


Gliscor

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Then we have Gliscor. Its attack is actually quite good in terms of damage potential, but because you need to flip 4 coins, I think it is very hard to achieve. But the catch of its attack effect is that you can make your opponent Paralyzed if you meet the requirement. I think this can also be a great card if you want to try control gameplay. 

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Gallade V

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We have Gallade V! Oh boy, I’m getting tricked because I think we will have Gallade VSTAR in this set. Its first attack is a good finishing attack because the Prize Card that is being calculated is from your own. This can be a very good attack because you can hit Arceus VSTAR for weakness and any other Pokemon that is weak to Fighting-type. This may lead you to a potential OHKO and make you win the game. Its attack cost is also manageable with Gutsy Pickaxe or even manual attachment. 

 

I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Zubat

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Zubat is also a filler card here and its attack is just nowhere good. I won't rate this card. 


Golbat

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The same thing applies to Golbat where this guy is just a filler card and it's even worse because this is a Stage 1 Pokemon from a Stage 2 Pokemon. I won't rate this card.


Crobat

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Then we have Crobat. Its first attack is not that good because Crobat is a Stage 2 Pokemon and you only deal 50 damage while making your opponent Poisoned.

 

But the fun part relies on its second attack. its second attack is similar to the Greedent VMAX attack where you can take extra Prize Cards from your opponent if you manage to knock them out using this attack. 30 damage added with Telescopic Sight can be a deadly attack because you can knock damaged Pokemon V and take at least 5 Prize Cards with it. But because it is a stage 2 Pokemon, even achieving Crobat is still considered hard. But at some point, I believe that people will try to use Crobat in their deck just to have fun taking multiple Prize Cards.

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Murkrow

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Now we are on the Honchkrow evoline. Its first attack is actually good because you can instantly set up multiple Murkrow on your bench. But because we still don’t have good Honchkrow to evolve with, this attack seems to be unusable. 

 

I will rate it 2/5.


Honchkrow

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Then we have the evolution, Honchkrow. Its first attack is so-so because you only get to draw while not dealing damage. You also lose a turn because it is an attack. Then, its second attack is just bad because you switch to your Murkrow. If your Murkrow has any wall mechanism or something for defending itself, I think this can be a very good attack. But because Murkrow doesn’t have anything special, I will count this as a bad attack. Its attack cost is also quite high although you can use Dark Patch to accelerate. Let’s just hope that we have a good Murkrow in the upcoming set.

 

I will rate this 2.25/5.


Radiant Hisuian Sneasler

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We have another Radiant Pokemon and it’s Hisuian Sneasler! Its ability is quite good because you can boost Poison damage by 20 damage. This can synergize well with Galarian Weezing because you can get an easy 60 damage per turn. It can easily knock any Sobble or Dunsparce while shutting down your opponent’s ability. But the downside of this card is you can only have 1 Radiant Pokemon in your deck. However, I think that this card may see some play in some decks that rely on Poison. 

 

I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Spiritomb

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We have another Spiritomb! This time its ability is quite scary because you can have an instant search if your Spiritomb is knocked. I think this can synergize well with cards like Raihan or Shaymin V/VSTAR because you can easily do an extra sequence by using Spiritomb’s ability. But because you need to be knocked first, not getting hit only, achieving it may be hard for you. 

 

Its attack is also quite powerful because you can deal 190 damage to your opponent where it can knock Mew VMAX because of weakness. But its attack cost is 2 Dark energy where you need to have specific energy to attach. You can use Dark Patch to help you but I think at this point, you are better off using another Pokemon where you can attack harder and not get knocked easily/ 

 

I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Croagunk

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This card is a filler and nothing special. I won’t rate it.


Toxicroak

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This card is also a filler because these attacks are just bad where you can’t OHKO any Rule Box Pokemon and its attack effect is not that useful because single prize Pokemon tend to be knocked every turn. I won’t rate this card.


Radiant Steelix

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Then we have the last Radiant Pokemon in this set, Steelix. Its first attack is not that special because this attack effect is commonly met in some Pokemon. However, the main spotlight for Radiant Steelix is its second attack. You can use Radiant Steelix as a powerful finisher for your last attack because it instantly reduces your deck to only 1 card left. This means that you can easily do a powerful attack to knock your opponent out even in the late game. But the hard thing is that you need to bring some recycling items in case you didn't get the knockout. But still, I love to see this mechanic are back.

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Bronzor

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We have another Bronzong evoline. I think at this point we are getting too much Bronzor-Bronzong. This card is just a filler for evolving into Bronzong. So, I won't rate this card.


Bronzong

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Then we have Bronzong itself. Its first attack is nothing special. But its second attack has some dagame potential because you can knock some Pokemon V using this attack. But the 40 damage multiplier seems a bit low although I will still take it. Also, I still think the Battle Styles Bronzong is better.


Goomy

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Then we have Hisuian Goodra evoline. I think Goomy is a filler card this time because I don't see something special here other than being the base of evolving into Hisuian Goodra. So, I won't rate this card.


Hisuian Sliggoo

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Then we have the Stage 1, Hisuian Sliggoo. Its first attack is actually quite good because it is free and damage reduction is always good. But because this is a Stage 1 Pokemon from a Stage 2 line, I don't think this card will see much play.

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Hisuian Goodra

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Next, we have Hisuian Goodra itself, its ability is quite scary because you can do wall gameplay using Hisuian Goodra's ability. But the catch is that it only applies to your Basic Pokemon and you need to attach Metal energy to it. Hisuian Goodra is also a Stage 2 Pokemon which is hard to set up and its ability can still get through using Mew VMAX attack. But I think at some point in the future, some players will try to play this card alongside other cards to implement the wall gameplay.

 

I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Hisuian Goodra V

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Then we have the V counterpart. I think there's nothing special with this card other than its second attack where you can reduce your next incoming damage. Its first attack is quite bad because the one who chooses is your opponent, not yourself. I think this card won't see much play unless you want to evolve it to Hisuian Goodra VSTAR.

 

I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Hisuian Goodra VSTAR

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Now we are onto the VSTAR. Its first attack is just so good that it can almost guarantee you a third turn if you face decks that do damage less than 200. You can also boost its damage reduction by playing Lake Acuity. However, its attack cost is somehow very weird because it is a Dragon-type Pokemon. But, you can still meet it by having Arceus VSTAR as your main attacker and Hisuian Goodra VSTAR as your tank and/or secondary attacker. 

 

Its VSTAR Power is also a very good card where you can survive another turn because you can heal back to full HP. But, I don’t think people will try to play this unless they play a straight Hisuian Goodra VSTAR. Star Birth is just too good.

 

I will rate this card 3.25/5.


Snorlax

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Next up we have Snorlax. Its ability is quite good because it can block some annoying attacks like can’t retreat, increased attack cost, and so on. But because this is a single-prize Pokemon, I still think the Gormandize Snorlax is better because we get a good draw power from it. 

 

Its attack is also quite high in terms of attack cost. It also makes you asleep where you need to flip 2 coins first or find the Mechanical Arm to attack. But its damage is just good because you can 2-turn knock out any Pokemon. 

 

I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Aipom

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Next up we have Aipom. Its first attack is quite good because it can be a part of a control deck. Its attack cost is also colourless so it will be very easy to meet.

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Ambipom

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Then we have its evolution, Ambipom. Unlike Aipom, I don’t think that Ambipom has more impact in the control deck. Why? Because I think its first attack is easy to get Marnie’d and its second attack won’t allow you to see your opponent’s hand. But still, its colourless attack cost is just easy to meet so I think at some point people will try to play this card in their decks. 

 

I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Hisuian Zoroark V

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Our mascot for this set, Hisuian Zoroark V. Its first attack is good because you get a free attack and you can save this Pokemon in case your opponent can knock you out. Then, its second attack is just normal and I don’t think people will try to attack with this because usually, they will try to find a way to evolve this card into VSTAR.

 

I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR

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Then we have Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR. We finally have another rule box Zoroark! Its first attack is potentially one of the deadliest attacks in the format because it can do an OHKO to any VSTAR Pokemon and even some of the VMAX Pokemon with Choice Belt attached. However, the requirement to do so is quite hard because all of your Pokemon need to be damaged. This can be a double-edged sword where you can get instantly wiped if your opponent plays some sniping or spread deck. But still, the potential is very big with this card.

 

You can combine it with Gengar or Lucario so you can easily have damage on your board. You can also play Damage Pump from this set to move damage across your Pokemon. But, because this is a Colourless Pokemon, you need to beware of Fighting-type deck because they can easily knock you out using a single attack. 

 

Then its VSTAR Power is a Professor’s Research. It’s just good. I mean who doesn’t want a drawing power from an ability. Even though you can only use it once, it is still a draw. 

 

I will rate this card 3.75/5.


Trainers


Arc Phone

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We have our first trainer card and it’s Arc Phone. I don’t think that this card is great because you can use Peonia and Hisui Heavy Ball to ‘cheat’ your Prize Card. But still, it is good to have more cards that can manipulate Prize Card. 

 

I will rate it 2.25/5.


Damage Pump

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This item will work very well with Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR because you can manipulate damage across your board with this card. In Japan, people will bring at least 2 copies of this card in their Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR and I think that is the utmost minimum of copy that you need to bring in order to maximize your Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR’s damage. It is also an item card so it will be easy to use and dispose of. But other than Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR, I don’t think that many decks will use this card (unless I miss something).

 

I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Mechanical Arm

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Then we have Mechanical Arm. This is a very unique tool card because it allows us to attack even while Sleeping or Paralyzed. This can work well with Hisuian Electrode V in order to maximize its attack and allow Hisuian Electrode V to attack. I look forward to the future if Pokemon decide to maximize this card's potential by releasing another Pokemon that can use this card. But for now, I don’t think this card will see much play.

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Box of Calamity

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Then we have our second Tool card. This time it’s Box of Calamity. I think this card is worse than Spell Tag because you need to be full HP in order to activate its effect. But I can think decks like Mad Party may want to bring this card because it can easily boost their damage and their low HP means that they can fully utilize this card without being worried they might get damaged first before they got knocked. I look forward to how this card will be utilised in the future set. 

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Volo

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Next up we have our first supporter in this set and it's Volo! Who doesn’t love Volo when he helps us through the game *cough*. Its effect is quite unique because it helps us to ‘save’ our Pokemon V although you need to discard it. I think that Volo will get some chance if we have Giratina V/VSTAR because I think that they will synergize well as the game did. But right now, I don’t think we will see much play from this card although some people try to bring 1 copy of this card in their deck as a way to avoid gust or snipe.

 

I will rate this 2.75/5.


Iscan

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Then we have Iscan, its effect is just plain and I don’t think many people will play this card because we still have better drawing cards like Professor’s Research, Marnie, Cynthia’s Ambition, and so on. You also need to have a ‘Hisuian’ on your Active Pokemmon in order to maximize your draw potential.

 

I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Arezu

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Now we have the Waifu of this set, Arezu. Its effect is actually quite good because it will certainly help the non Rule Box deck to set up. It can easily help you in the mid-game stage so you won’t have to be afraid of your basic Pokemon getting sniped. Its full art is also beautiful so it's a win-win for you.

 

I will rate this card 2.75/5.

 


Miss Fortunes Sisters

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Then we have the Miss Fortune Sisters. Its effect is just too harsh because you will get hated by your opponent because of this card’s effect. Decks that play the Inteleon line will surely suffer because I think ¼ of their deck is consist of searchers and it will surely affect them if their searchers got discarded.

 

I look forward to how this card performs. I will rate it 2.75/5.


Lake Acuity

 

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Then we have our last card, Lake Acuity. This card will be a very good card if you pair it with Hisuian Goodra VSTAR because you can have more damage reduction. This card also works well with Fighting-type Pokemon because it may make them survive some attacks. Why? because right now besides Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX, the Fighting-type deck is struggling because Mew VMAX hitting them for weakness is just too hard to overcome. You can also use this card on decks like Origin Palkia VSTAR because it can help you to survive some of the attacks.

 

I will rate this card 3/5.


What do you guys think about this set? I think this set will open up a lot of chances for new cards to be a dominant force in the format. But, I don’t think it will topple Mew VMAX and Origin Palkia VSTAR in the long run because they are too broken. But seeing Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR potential, I think many people will try to play this deck. Hisuian Arcanine also has some chance as well because of its damage potential and with free attack cost, I think it can also be a powerful single prize deck. 

 

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