Machamp is, of course, a Stage 2, but his ability is more than worth it to play him. Plus he has 150 HP, making him fairly durable. His own attack is also pretty solid. It’s only 80 base damage for 3 Fighting Energy, but during your opponent’s next turn, any damage done by attacks from the Defending Pokemon is reduced by 40 before Weakness and Resistance are applied. That’s a huge difference. Also consider that his attack actually does 20 more damage due to his ability alone, really making it a base 100 damage.
Lucario EX is not the only fighting type that he helps in this set. Landorus #58, another holo rare from Furious Fists, also greatly benefits from this Machamp. It’s great to see such a classic Pokemon like Machamp be a strong factor in the competitive game again, and he should be a very important component to Fighting Pokemon centered decks for quite some time.