Blaziken and Cheer Yell Horn from ‘Infinity Zone!’

Blaziken and Cheer Yell Horn will appear in S3 Infinity Zone! The set will be released on June 5th in Japan, and will then be a part of Darkness Ablaze on August 14th. Thanks goes to Bangiras for the translations!

Blaziken – Fire – HP170
Stage 2 – Evolves from Combusken

Ability: Double Type
This Pokemon is both [R] and [F] type.

[R][C][C] Turbo Drive: 130 damage. Attach a basic Energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your Benched Pokemon.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2


Cheer Yell Horn – Trainer
Item

Each player’s Active Pokemon is now Confused.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

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  1. Kenatta_tcg Aspiring Trainer
    Kenatta_tcg

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    Gotta disagree with you on this one. This card is just straight trash. No one will play this card except maybe in stall decks, and even then I can't see it. Let me provide a few reasons why it is bad. If you disagree that's totally fine, just providing my observations.

    First, it isn't the new hypnotoxic laser. Hypnotoxic laser gets poison, which can add relevant damage, as well as the possibility of sleep. Also, let's consider that hypnotoxic laser is being played in a format (expanded) where everyone doesn't have 4 switch cards and scoop up nets in their decks.

    Second, let's consider the phases of play. You play this card before you enter your attack phase, meaning that you have to immediately play a switch card or something else like scoop up net (assuming the Pokémon is not GX/V, which most decks play) to mitigate the effect. Your opponent however gets a draw phase to have 1 more change at drawing a card to remove the condition, meaning they have more chances then you. And of course that assumes they don't already have switch. If you look at the most recent Limitless tournament deck lists from top decks look how many switch cards and scoop up nets are played in all those decks. This card clearly makes it more difficult for you than for them.

    Third, is the space required for a card that, while burnable, isn't a guarantee. You have way better cards that are burnable that you could play that players don't - like Pokémon Catcher for example. People don't like the chance. When you play this card you need an extra card to mitigate its effect on you, whereas your opponent can just heads flip in the check up phase and totally mitigate the effect. Japanese players might like this because they are highly flip oriented in their playstyle, but I don't see it really catching on for the rest of the world.

    Even in stall decks I wouldn't see this being played as you still need to attack (for example with Oranguru's Resource Management). Just don't see any relevant use for this card.
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2020
  2. Clam Almost decent
    Clam

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    OK so are stage 2 pokemon consistent? I know they are slow to set up and are somehow worse then V pokemon, but are there cards that make them consistent enough to see play or are there to little support cards so they are not consistent.
     
  3. Merovingian Dead Game Enthusiast
    Merovingian

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    Are you talking about Asleep from Laser from the first point? Or Confusion from Cheer Yell when you're referring to Checkup?

    If it's referring to Laser, then I agree. If not, Confusion doesn't get a flip to retain Confusion
     
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  4. SableyeGuy Aspiring Trainer
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    i agree with this, it sucks

    not really. the only good one rn is obstagoon.
     
  5. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun
    AngryBokoblin

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    I hate that horn being a thing.
    It just adds more randomness into the game did not need to exist.
    Oh, you are holding the switch? Here, stamp to 2, now you have a 50/50 chance of winning have fun.
    Stamp and N can be played around but this along with stamp just seems hideous.
    The game is already too luck-based with super scoop up and crushing hammer and stadium nav and constant marnie.
    And then that turbo patch is coming, too.
    It is not healthy, IMO, to have cards like these in the game.
     
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  6. ShaunTheBoufflant Like No One Ever Was
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    Budget "welder every turn" weakness deck for new players. I see what you did here TPCI...
     
  7. Kenatta_tcg Aspiring Trainer
    Kenatta_tcg

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    Sorry I didn't make that clear, I edited my original post to try to clarify the confusion based on your comment, but yeah in the end it doesn't really matter because in standard almost every deck plays 4 switch and a lot of decks play 2-4 scoop up nets on top of that. So easy to get out of confusion. In Expanded no one plays Switch, only Guzma and VS Seeker, so hypnotoxic laser has much more power.
     
  8. Animegamer420 Aspiring Trainer
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    Why would you get to Marnie’s when you use one it would just put the other one back into your deck
     
  9. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
    Yaginku

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    True, I was just making comparison to cards like "Looker's Whistle".
     
  10. Mora Don't Panic
    Mora

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    Stage 2's are inherently less consistent. Consistency isn't really an issue with Obstagoon because if you miss it turn 2, who cares. Not the case with Blaziken when it's I'm assuming your main attacker.
     
  11. johnwick Aspiring Trainer
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  12. Toni Kensa Playing and Collecting
    Toni Kensa

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    Wish something like what happened with Kadabra happens with that monkey trio.
     
  13. jamashawalker Ikouze!
    jamashawalker

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    I would say stage 2s are as consistent as they've been in a long time. Issue though is that the majority of them are just bad attackers even without the power difference between Vs and stage 2s. For them to be "good" they have to some gimmick ability/attack...aka Obstagoon
     
  14. steffenka Miss Vaanjie
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  15. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer
    Poke_collector

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    That item card could be a great disruptor
     
  16. Kaizaac Aspiring Trainer
    Kaizaac

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    Kangaskhan is meh, we’ve seen it before, mountainous smoke is kinda cool.
     
  17. The Fish 0.o
    The Fish

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    Kangaskhan will be decent in Theme decks (if it makes it). A basic that can swing 120 for 2 energies is pretty good. KOs Thundurus and Rapidash.
     
  18. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
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    Mountanious Smoke looks nice in control decks but I amnot sure whether it is better than current alternatives such as Giant Bomb and Cursed Shovel.
     
  19. FourteenAlmonds NTernetttt ERXploerer
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    Mountainous Smoke is just the Coronavirus Air of the Pokemon world, change my mind.
     
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  20. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior

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    • Kangaskhan - ehh. 2
    • Smoke Stick - Great for Prize denial. Its just basically discar one of your opponent's prize cards. If Jirachi * is legal once this came out, this will hate it. Anyways, it can be fit in some decks. (Mill decks are ded) But, Tool Scrapper saw play. As long Tool Scrapper is there, Tools like this will be short lived. 3-4