Draw a Card #4: Bronzong

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Today I think we should have a look at Bronzong PHF. The stats on the fellow is interesting, lots of pros and a few cons. 90HP is a blessing to be hit by Level Ball, as well as the 50HP Bronzor. The major attraction to this card is the ridiculously powerful ability, Metal Links, which allows you to attach a metal energy from your discard to one of your benched Pokémon once per turn per Pokémon. This is the cheapest and most reliable energy acceleration available per card inclusion ever, due to the multiple amount of potential uses.

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The Bronze Bell has been in the format for around a year now, and I’m sure we’ve all seen it played in a few decks, starting with the straight Metal Aegislash/Dialga/Heatran builds. But with the banning of Trump Card, running out of energy became a concern again, and discard-based energy acceleration is a powerful option in a Trump Card-less format. Following the LTC ban, any time extra energy was needed to power a Pokémon, it looks like Bronzong is the guy to go to.

Bronzong saw success powering Toads and Aegislashs with Chase Maloney’s straight Metal Canadian Nationals win, and helped Ben Sauks Metal Mega Rayquaza score a top 8 at US Nationals. I even played Metal Ray myself at Worlds last year.

Now, Bronzong can be splashed into anything that has a slightly-too-high energy cost for metal or colourless energy, or as a way to pad out precious Double Colourless Energy. This extra energy cost paying definitely makes up for the unfortunate three retreat cost.

In the interest of brevity, here is a list of cards and strategies that benefit from Bronzong (feel free to add to these. I definitely can’t think of them all) ;

  • Heatran
  • Aegislash EX
  • Dialga EX
  • Mega Rayquaza EX
  • Raichu
  • Night March
  • Vespiquen
  • Level Ball
  • Battle Compressor
  • Getting around Giratina’s Chaos Wheel
  • Fan Club

Bronzong can also fit in parts of other strategies, like filling out the bench for Sky Field decks, and a cute move you can keep in mind is that Bronzongs attack with weakness can one hit Regice. Use that as you will.

Bronzong is definitely a well positioned card currently, and well worth owning a playset.

But what have I missed? What other benefits can Bronzong offer? What decks can benefit from what Bronzong has to offer? What competes with Bronzong in some decks, like Flareon with Stage 1 decks?
Let us know what you think!

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