Pokémon TCG: Next Destinies EX Review Part Two
The Pokémon TCG expansion Next Destinies introduced the EX Pokémon. These are game changing Pokémon, with their high HP, hard-hitting attacks, and horrible risks. Playing the right Pokémon in your deck and using it at the right time will require lots of skill and strategy. In this second part, we will look at the remaining EX cards in Next Destinies, some of which helped Pokémon Trainers win their State Championships!
Regigigas-EX is a heavy hitter with a big weakness. Its first attack does 60 damage with an option to do 20 more at the cost of hurting itself. However, this does power up its second attack, which does 50 damage plus whatever damage is already on Regigigas-EX. However, since fighting Pokémon are still somewhat popular, playing this card may be a bit risky. However, it does have a nice spot in a Vileplume trainer lock and Reuniclus damage swap deck.
This card is the talk of the town and people don't even care about its second attack! It's Mewtwo-EX's first attack, X Ball, which makes this card super valuable. X Ball does 20 damage for every energy card attached to Mewtwo-EX and the defending Pokémon. This means, if your opponent went first and attached an energy and then you go second and attach a Double Colorless energy, you can do 60 damage on the first turn! That's enough to KO a lot of Pokémon. Also, since X Ball can be powered up with any energy type, you can run Mewtwo-EX easily in almost any deck. Finally, the fact that Mewtwo-EX is weak to its own type means that the best way to counter your opponent's Mewtwo-EX is with your own Mewtwo-EX. Whether you want to or not, you almost have to run at least one Mewtwo-EX in your deck if you want to win a tournament.
Shaymin-EX is a high risk, high reward card. With only 110 HP, it will suck to start with a lone Shaymin-EX. However, late in a game, Shaymin-EX becomes incredible. Revenge Blast does 30 damage plus 30 more for each prize card your opponent has taken. This means that, when they have one more prize left to take, Shaymin-EX can do 180 damage with only two energy cards! Combine this with the Supporter card N, which forces your opponent to shuffle their hand away and draw cards equal to the number of prizes they have left to take (which, in this case, is a lonely one), and you can come back from way behind to win almost any game.
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