All it wanted was a bit Legendary assist.
Whereas Charizard playing cards will at all times have a particular place within the hearts of Pokemon followers in every single place, they often disappoint on the subject of the precise Pokemon Buying and selling Card Recreation. They sometimes do a variety of harm however are far too sluggish and dear to constantly assault. Issues began to vary for the fiery lizard again in February when a quick and environment friendly Charizard card got here out, sparking a little bit of hope for followers of the Hearth-type Kanto starter. Nonetheless, despite the fact that it was the most effective Charizard the sport had ever seen, it barely noticed any aggressive use. It appeared like Charizard was by no means going to get a competitively viable card… till this month’s Solar and Moon: Unbroken Bonds enlargement set launched what isn’t solely the most effective Charizard card ever printed however the most effective playing cards within the recreation, interval.
Meet Reshiram & Charizard Tag Staff GX. You possibly can see the brand new card under together with its alternate rarities and assist playing cards that we’ll be discussing within the article.
This factor is one beast of a card. With 270 HP it might tank fairly a bit of injury, however opponents should suppose twice earlier than hitting into it as a result of with Outrage it might dish all that harm again to the opposing Pokemon.
What actually makes it so good is it’s Flare Strike assault. For 4 Hearth Power, it might assault for a frankly ridiculous 230 harm. That’s sufficient to take out each popularly used Primary like Tapu Lele GX (170 HP) and Extremely Necrozma GX (190 HP) and Stage 1 like Zoroark GX (210 HP) and Lycanroc GX (200 HP). Equipping a Selection Band provides+30 harm so it might attain 260, which is sufficient to take out opposing Tag Groups like Pikachu & Zekrom GX (240 HP) and the brand new Gardevoir & Sylveon GX (260 HP). And whereas Venusaur & Celebi GX beforehand noticed some use with its 270 HP and therapeutic assist, it’s x2 Hearth weak spot just about makes it unplayable going ahead.
Flake Strike does have the draw back of not with the ability to be used two turns in a row, in order that’s the place its Double Blaze GX assault is available in. It does 200 harm for a mere three Hearth Power, and that may be elevated all the best way as much as 300 harm and acquire Shred by attaching three further Fires. The boosted model will probably hardly ever be utilized in favor of simply doing a clear 200 harm on a flip once you’re not ready to make use of Flake Strike. On the finish of the day, the draw back to Flake Strike isn’t a lot of a trouble given how you should use considered one of Reshiram & Charizard GX’s alternate assaults or simply activate a switching card (Guzma, Swap, Escape Rope, and many others.) to reset the impact and permit it to assault once more.
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Whereas these assaults could seem prohibitively costly at first look, Unbroken Bonds consists of some severe Hearth-type assist that makes the fee a non-issue. The brand new Supporter Welder allows you to connect two Fires from hand and draw three playing cards, whereas Hearth Crystal recovers three Fires out of your discard pile at hand so that you’ll at all times have power to burn. Add in beforehand launched playing cards like Fiery Flint which helps you to seize 4 Fires out of your deck and Kiawe which attaches 4 Fires from deck and also you’re starting to see why Reshiram & Charizard GX has turn out to be such a severe contender. It has quite a few methods to entry Fires, shortly get them on the board, after which begin lighting up the opponent as shortly as Flip 1 of the sport.
Now, Reshiram & Charizard GX could also be extremely highly effective, however it’s not with out its weaknesses. Being a Tag Staff GX, it lets the opponent take three Prizes for knocking it out, which is half of the six Prizes required to win the sport. Additionally, its x2 Water weak spot makes it simple prey for Slowking’s Psychic assault, which any deck enjoying Triple Enhance Power can toss in and make use of through Ditto Prism Star.
Nonetheless, even within the face of those points Reshiram & Charizard GX is at the moment probably the most dominant deck in Japan, the place it has already been authorized for months now. The newest large match was the Champions League in Kyoto with 1489 individuals and Reshiram & Charizard GX not solely took first place (piloted by Ryoya Kanagawa) however comprised 25 of the highest 64 decks.
As you may think about, Charizard playing cards are already value loads on the secondary market as a result of they function such a preferred Pokemon, however being a tremendous aggressive card makes that worth soar up even increased. As of this writing, TCGPlayer.com costs the common model at $37.58, the complete artwork at $43.59, and the rainbow full artwork at a whopping $177.72.
So after over 20 years, Charizard is lastly having fun with some success. It simply took a bit assist from a Hearth-type Legendary to get there.
Try the remainder of the Pokemon GX popping out in Unbroken Bonds under.
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