05/15/2019 by Jimmy Pendarvis
Hey everyone and welcome back to 60cards! I am Jimmy Pendarvis, and today I am excited to talk about Unbroken Bonds! I probably mentioned it in a previous article, but I was not the biggest fan of the Standard format before this set's release. It offered little to no comeback potential, consistency was at an all time low, Marshadow (SLG; 45) gave everyone nightmares, and games were often blowouts.
None of that was particularly fun, and the format seemed to lack options as well. However, no need to focus on the dark past, Unbroken Bonds is here to save the day! Not only is it very refreshing getting to play with different cards, but the new cards have done a great job of balancing out the format and making games feel more skillful and more fun. I have been playing quite a bit over the past few days, shortly after I sacrificed an arm to get four Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20) on PTCGO, and I have been really pleased with what I have seen thus far. Without further delay, let's take a look at all the juicy cards to come out of Unbroken Bonds and what they have to offer.
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I don't feel like sitting here and reviewing every card in the set is the best use of anyone's time, so today I am going to be reviewing cards that might make a difference in the meta. These are either cards that have been getting hyped, cards that caught my eye when I went through the setlist, or cards that I have already been playing with myself. Get ready to read because the list is somewhat long and I have a lot to say!
To kick things off, we have what is essentially an upgraded Buzzwole GX (CIN; 57) , except it is Grass type this time! As you probably already know, Grass Pokemon are in quite the pickle right now due to the ton of Fire support to come out of Unbroken Bonds. That didn't appear to stop it in Japan though, which has lead to some hype in the United States. It might need to wait until the meta is ideal for it, but the card does have some great attacks that allow you to progress the game pretty quickly. In the early turns you are able to start softening up your opponent's Pokemon with Jet Punch. Everyone knows what that attack does, as we saw Buzzwole GX (CIN; 57) using it to dominate nearly an entire season of Pokemon.
Moving on to Pheromosa & Buzzwole GX (UBO; 192) 's other regular attack, we have an upgraded Knuckle Impact. Not only does it hit for a whopping 190, up from 160 before, but it can even hit for some damage the following turn with no need to switch. The drawback to the attack is that it only does 60 damage the following turn, so it is like Knuckle Impact in the sense that a switch effect is being incentivized. To wrap things up, the GX attack is actually where this card shines! Beast Game-GX is actually a very fighting name because the attack is usually attempting to end the game, but it is all about surviving until the point where you can use it, and then getting enough energy in play to do so. For just one Grass Energy, you are hitting for 50 damage and taking an extra prize if you take a knockout with the attack. Where things get exciting is the bonus effect that the attack offers, letting you take 3 extra prizes if you have 7 extra energy attached to Pheromosa & Buzzwole GX (UBO; 1) . This obviously allows you to end games relatively quickly once you start attacking, and it should be interesting seeing players attempting to get this strategy working.
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