Joseph Abela, winner of the Hobby Matrix Local Championships this past weekend, thought Namekian style deserved some preview love. We agreed with him, and so we have this interesting uncommon to preview.
Namekian continues its foray into stage damage beatdown with Namekian Empowered Charge.
On first glance, the effect and the damage on this card seem a little weak, and maybe out of place. But when you start to look at some of the cards it can team up with, it starts to make a little more sense.
Being an Energy Attack in a stage beatdown deck doesn’t seem all that great at first. But its low cost and potential to be used again during combat, it could help prolong a fruitful combat in terms of damage. If you’re focusing on more physical attacks, your opponent may be left holding onto a physical block instead of an energy block, which could create an opening for you to use this card to stage lock them.
It also has the benefit of being able to be searched out with a Namekian Overtime, so it can form part of a bigger chain of actions to help keep the pressure on your opponent.
The immediate effect means that you will have to rely on cards like Namekian Fusion, Namekian Face Crunch, Namekian Finger Lasers, just to name a few, who all have draw effects associated with them.
Teaming the card with Namekian Backhand in one combat can help generate five potential actions for the price of two cards. This may help more aggressive Cell builds who grab out allies like Turles to help buff their attacks.
Overall, the card could be impressive when teamed with the right strategy.
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