M Salamence-EX, Salamence Spirit Link, Karen Promos!

Japan’s Blastoise Mega Battle tournaments have revealed more new cards! Thanks goes to Jake C. and Sean T. for the translations!

Karen from Gold and Silver‘s Elite Four (256/XY-P) will be given out in Japan’s Night Battle tournaments this August and September, which are the tournaments that gave us the All-Night Party and Umbreon promos last year. M Salamence-EX (257/XY-P) and Salamence Spirit Link (258/XY-P) will be given out during CoroCoro Ichiban‘s Mega Salamence tournaments that will take place sometime later this year.

M Salamence EX And Spirit Link Promos M Salamence-EX – Dragon – HP230
Mega Evolution – Evolves from Salamence-EX

When 1 of your Pokemon becomes a Mega Evolution, your turn ends.

[R][W][C][C] Savage Wing: 100+ damage. You may discard as many basic Fire Energy attached to this Pokemon as you like. For each Energy discarded in this way, this attack does 40 more damage.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fairy (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Karen PromoKaren – Trainer
Supporter

We’re sorry about Night March. Each player shuffles all Pokemon in his or her discard pile into his or her deck.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

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  1. Chrswrites Aspiring Trainer
    Chrswrites

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    OMG Karen is ending Night March
     
  2. SharKing I won't bite... much.
    SharKing

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    Thank goodness that Salamence is nowhere near as absurdly broken as it is in the video games. I mean, the card is kinda good-ish if you pair it with Reshiram (or Emboar in Expanded), but... yeah. At least it's better than any other promo Mega I've seen.

    And it looks like Pokémon Card Lab has been listening to the widespread complaints about Night March, especially in Standard. Karen is going to really hurt that deck, as well as Vespiquen. In both cases, I think it'll be more devastating than Lysandre's Trump Card used to be because you're not shuffling their Battle Compressors back in.
     
  3. Buyo Aspiring Trainer
    Buyo

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    The fact that Karen is likely gonna hit the states AFTER Night March leaves Standard is so tragic... Crossing my fingers that it'll end up legal before Worlds somehow, unless PHF somehow ends up staying in?

    I'd LOVE for PHF to stick around actually, as long as Karen would be in the format.
     
  4. TheFlyingPidove Aspiring Trainer
    TheFlyingPidove

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    Oh, wow! Mega Salamence looks awesome! the Spirit Link looks great too :p
    And Karen is great against Night March!
     
  5. Robin Aisaga Creativity and ingenuity are the key to success
    Robin Aisaga

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    Karen is even worse of a nightmare for Night March than Lysandre's Trumph Card. All the Battle Compressors, Ultra Balls and Trainers' Mail would stay behind. But this counter is so incredible specific I'm not sure if I feel comfortable putting it in my decklists :/
     
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  6. Hydrocrush Aspiring Trainer
    Hydrocrush

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    na na na na

    na na na na

    hey hey hey

    screw you night march

    i have been saying there would be a trump card for only pokemon
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2016
  7. Quala Aspiring Trainer
    Quala

    Member

    Karen is really interesting! Pretty much confims that this set was created after the decision to ban Trump Card. Hope to see it being used more than just to counter other decks.
     
  8. Rocket The Shellos Aspiring Trainer
    Rocket The Shellos

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    Hey night march, hey vespiquen, back to the shadows please and thank you

    Praise to karen, ironically the dark type user who brought light to our meta
     
  9. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    That m-Salamence is really good especially for a promo. Fire has a lot of support and there are a ton of energy switching cards. Worst case you 2HKO something.

    Karen I have mixed feelings on. I feel that is too hard a counter for Night March and related decks. I've never been a fan of such hard counters without some kind of cost. I'm glad it exist because I hate Night March but this is another example of bad card design.

    The Night March player can't do anything about this card being played against them and no one deserves to lose to a single card drop, no matter how toxic the deck is.
     
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  10. Pinecone A Pinecone on the Beach
    Pinecone

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    Late as usual with important counters. Night March was never intended to exist without Trump Card.
     
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  11. DaGod503 Aspiring Trainer
    DaGod503

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    Thank you I hate night march
     
  12. fleshrum April in Kalos...
    fleshrum

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    wow. Hint at depth of rotation ?? ...wow.
     
  13. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
    Dark Espeon

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    M Salamance is actually decent and can ohko with ease. Karen is a great counter to Night March and Vespiquen. In addition it also tends to benefit evolution decks such as Greninja Break. It is a hard counter to these decks but the deck could recover with a sufficient amount of draw supporters and Puzzle of Time to retrieve discarded Battle Compressors. I assume that XY04 will remain in format with a supporter card like this. Love the art on this card.
     
  14. Rocket The Shellos Aspiring Trainer
    Rocket The Shellos

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    How about Lysandre forcing you to switch into a KO? There's literally nothing you can do about it and it's toxic against ANY opponent. This is something that counters 2 decks that have run rampant due to an oversight from TPCi and countering it diversifies the meta. If this is broken things like Lysandre are broken tenfold.
     
  15. Robin Aisaga Creativity and ingenuity are the key to success
    Robin Aisaga

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    I don't think Mega Salamence is decent enough. It can't use blacksmith or burning energy. So you can only power it with Double Dragon Energy and Reshiram. And to hit the right numbers you need to discard 2 or 3 basic fire energy.
     
  16. Xan Aspiring Trainer
    Xan

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    The new Volcanion can be used along side Reshiram to start building up 2 Salamance in the early turns and it run on a single fire energy
     
  17. RealSlim Dragons Breeder
    RealSlim

    Member

    Yeah, Karen I love you, but you're so damn late. Night March will rotate before we could see her in our decks.
     
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  18. bbninjas Squid or Kid?
    bbninjas

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    They're very likely getting reprinted if the Japanese reprint set can be used as data.
     
  19. Sturm Aspiring Trainer
    Sturm

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    Now if only it had Omega Barrage ...
     
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  20. In this case I wouldn't put too much stock into it. CP4 only has four new cards, and Wobbuffet BREAK will be in the second break box in July. How we're getting M. Beedrill EX, it's base EX and its spirit link is unknown. To devote a whole set just to reprints outside of Japan would be just foolish. As already noted before they might as well not bother with a rotation next year if that's the case.

    I guess if those like me who think that are proven wrong though then Karen is always a really good option. Or this could be a sign that more Pokémon with Night March are coming, or something similar is on its way.

    Speaking of wondering how we get things, I wonder how we'll get M.Salamence EX. I guess if Mawile can get a box then Salamence should definently qualify for one. To that end, where is Salamanece EX?
     
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