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"Ancient Origin Set Review"- Which Cards Nailed It and Which Cards Failed It

Prereleases for Ancient Origins are fast approaching, and you may be wondering which cards from the new set are worth ordering and holding onto, and which cards aren't. I'll be going over some of cards from XY: Ancient Origins that are underrated and overrated, and give my opinions on them.

Credit for all images go to The Charizard Lounge. You can see all of the scans here! A big thanks goes out to Andrew for collecting all those scans for the community.


The Pokemon Card Laboratory has a tendency to print cards that are reminiscent of older cards. The Vileplume from the new set is no exception. Those of you who played the game in 2010 might remember Vileplume UD, whose Allergy Flower Ability shut off all Items. The card saw play in the popular "VileGar" deck in the 2010-2011 season, and continued to succeed until the mid-season rotation at the end of that year.

VileGar in particular succeeded because the deck ran a high count of Spiritomb AR, which shut off a…

"The Best Way to Burrow"- A Look at Decks That Mill in Expanded

Durant NVI
Durant is a card so old that it was at its most popular when I was still in the senior division. I never did play with Durant myself, but I have many fond memories of beating it. Durant NVI has an attack called Devour that reads, "For each of your Durant in play, discard the top card of your opponent's deck." This means that if you had one Durant in play, your opponent would discard the top card of their deck. If you had two Durant in play, your opponent would discard the top two cards off of their deck, and so on. Allow me to share a blast from the past in the form of a Durant list circa 2012:
4 Durant NVI 1 Rotom UD
4 Pokemon Collector 4 N 4 Twins 4 Professor Juniper 2 Pokegear 3.0
4 Junk Arm 4 Crushing Hammer 3 Eviolite 3 Pokemon Catcher 3 Revive 2 Level Ball 2 Lost Remover 1 Super Rod 2 Victory Medal
5 Metal 4 Special Metal 3 Prism 1 Rescue
(Source: SixPrizes)
The format at the time was HeartGold and SoulSilver through Black & White: Next Destinies, w…