Garchomp from Dragons Exalted

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Garchomp (Dragons Exalted DRX 90)

Text // Rating: 94% // Proxies // Rulings // Discussion: 14

- Dragon - 140 HP
Stage 2 - Evolves from Gabite

[F] Mach Cut: 60 damage. Discard a Special Energy attached to the Defending Pokémon.

[W][F] Dragonblad: 100 damage. Discard the top 2 cards of your deck.

Weakness: Dragon x2
Resistance: none
Retreat Cost: 1

Illus.

- 90/124 - Rare Holo

It is said that when one runs at high speed, its wings create blades of wind that can fell nearby trees.

Cumulative Rating: 93.75% (112 impressions)

Set and Format Breakdown:

  • Dragons Exalted: 100.00% (3 impressions)
  • BLW-on: 94.12% (17 impressions)
  • BLW-on (Expanded): n/a (0 impressions)
  • NXD-on: 100.00% (1 impressions)

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  • Will Whiteside

    Unlike Hydreigon, this card is far from elegant.
    If you’re wondering why this is so much better than the free-retreat garchomp, keep in mind that the other garchomp (as well as the other hydreigon) was a reprint from a half deck. This is definitely intended to be the more awesome one-”Dragon Blade” is the name of the japanese expansion that it’s from!

    Onto the card itself, I really don’t see any water flavor here at all. Ingame ground types have historically used mill effects(whether self inflicted, mutual, or aimed at the foe.) So we have that down perfectly…but where is the water flavor, here?

    Whatever the case, should you manage to rare candy into this, you’re going to have a monster on your hands.

    • Ziggmiceter

      Maybe it’s a homage to MTG?

      • mantidactyle

        We can clearly see Garchomp using its draw power or casting a counterspell here :P

        • Ziggmiceter

          As in it discards the top 2 of your deck, even if it’s your own :P

    • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pokemon-TCG-150/231210296918627 HEZ

      I think the secondary type was chosen like… “it looks like a shark… WATER!”

      I wouldn’t try too hard to get your head around B&W design, it’s usually simple.

  • micah smyth

    This thing is my decks backbone. I LOVE IT!!

  • skanadian69

    I think the water falvor could come from Milotic.

    • coolestman22

      Which has to do with Garchomp how?

  • Hamfood Lufan

    And I thought this was over-rated… I was so wrong!

    • Ziggmiceter

      You were so right. It has been VERY overshadowed by Darkrai/Hydreigon, Eels and Garbodor variants based on the BR results I’ve seen so far.

      • coolestman22

        That’s true. I think after enough testing people realize that the deck is easy enough to beat by KOing Altarias.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000138685249 David Sun

        it’s funny cuz BR results are so messed up right now with different websites doing their own tallying. the first BR I’ve been to in North York, Ontario there were 3 garchomp/altaria in the top 4 (1st, 2nd and 4th) and obviously it wasn’t reported anywhere.

        • Ziggmiceter

          Tell the Top Cut (www.thetopcut.net) and that’s the one that has the most BR results.

  • Ziggmiceter

    Garchomp is going to be the BDIF….
    Aaaaand it’s gone