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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day


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Politoed - Skyridge


Date Reviewed: 05/27/03

Ratings & Reviews below

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

espy87
Politoed - Skyridge
 
110HP/Water/Stage2
Resistance: None
Weakness: Lightning
Retreat: 2
 
[1] Sudden Growth () Attach any number of Basic Energy cards from your hand to Politoed.
[2W] Frog Hop (30+) Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 20 more damage.
[3WW] Energy Splash (70) If you have any Benched Pokémon, take 2 [W] Energy cards attached to Politoed (or 1 if it has only 1) and attach them to your Benched Pokémon in any way you like.
  
Modified: This is where this card can do best. It is splashable and works really well with breeder.  Lets look at its attacks:  Sudden Growth is a very nice attack which lets you to attach ANY basic energy cards from your hand to Politoed, so it doesn't just have to be water. Frog Hop is an alright attack for its cost, It can easily knock out a baby and most basic pokemon on a heads. Energy Splash is a Nice attack if you get this thing running.  Do 70 charge your bench, then start using Frog Hop next turn while charging.  Now lets look at its HP: 110. w0w. that is good for a stage 2. There are not that many pokemon with higher HP than this in modified. I think that a deck with this in has more potential than the EX Feraligatr (Holo).  And finally for its weakness: Lightning.
Now if you were playing me, you would be dead. Since I'm hardcore Ampharos and all, but lightning is easy to beat. Just throw in 2 Tyrogue and your set unless someone pulls out a Zapdos which OHKOs this. BTW. You can just play rainbow energy and charge up doing 70 every turn.  I have done it. It works. Anyways here is the rating.
Rating: 3.9
 
Unlimited: This card is not that good in this format. There are faster things that can set up to do 70+ damage without really worrying about ER/SER.  I recommend playing other decks than this here.
Rating: 2.0
 
Limited: Unless you have good luck like I did at Origins Professor Draft last year.  I don't think you should go for a Stage 2. Both Poliwag and Poliwhirl are common and have _good_ attacks but I think their is still better things to go for here.
Rating: 1.5
X- Act
Skyridge Politoed
 
This is undoubtedly one of the best cards in Skyridge. Of course, what makes it better than average is its first attack, Sudden Growth. You attach as many Basic Energies from your hand to Politoed as you like. That makes it theoretically possible for Politoed to use its third attack (which requires a massive WWCCC) in the third turn by Breedering Politoed and use Sudden Growth turn 2, without resorting to Boost Energy. Its second attack averages 40 damage for WCC; pretty average. Its third attack does a sure 70 damage and forces you to detach 2 Water Energies from Politoed and attach them to your Benched Pokemon in any way you deem fit. (Note: even if you attach Rainbow energies to cater for the Water energy requirement, you must still move them. Refer to May 8, 2003 WotC Chat, Q1512. [Does it show that I'm writing a thesis? ;x]) A sure 70 damage is quite good, and you are also automatically powering up your bench. Plus, you can resort to the second attack for one turn, which will probably KO the Defending Pokemon (receiving 70+30 damage in two turns isn't easy to withstand, unless it had a Gold Berry or Focus Band attached). I daresay this card has a good chance to beat even Scizor.
 
Unlimited: Well, in Unlimited it actually does pretty well. You can Breeder turn 2 and use Sudden Growth. You also play Chaos Gym to fend off Energy Removals, and if you do get SERed, you Sudden Growth again (using Fisherman if you want :o). This thing does 70, which with a Pluspower, KOs almost anything (Rocket's Zapdos, Scyther, Slowking, Muk, Sneasel, Wigglytuff et al.) Just watch out for an Electroburn or a Steelix. If it is quick enough, this can even beat Scizor.
3/5
 
Modified: Here it's also good. Pokemon Breeder is thankfully still available, and thus you can power this thing up by turn 3. This will probably be an archetype here.
4/5
 
Draft: Well, if you get this in Draft, together with a plethora of Poliwags and Poliwhirls, grin to yourself. It might be difficult to get it out, but when you do, you basically win. Unless your opponent has drafted a Raichu (which is a force to be reckoned with in Draft) or some other good Lightning Pokemon from Skyridge, I can't see you lose. But the fact that it's a Stage 2 and a Rare ensures that its rating is not higher than 3.
3/5
TR Shadow Politoed
110hp is nice for a stage 2 Pokemon. There a few with more, but I must admit, it's good. Sudden Growth is also good for late in the game if you don't have the energy to attack with him. Frog Hop isn't much god. It's probably not worth the costs. Energy Splash is ok. It does a nice amount of damage, but has a pretty bad effect. I really don't think 70 damage is worth five energy.

It needs a resistance. A resistance to steel would really help against Scizor and Steelix. The weakness shouldn't hurt it too much. It has a bit of a high retreat cost too.

Unlimited 3.5/5
Modified 3.5/5
Limites 3/5

~TR Shadow~
Thundachu Skyridge Politoed:

Overlook: Ohhh I love reviewing pokemon with 3 attacks. 110HP for a stage 3 is 0wnage. Weakness for Lightning is normal for most water pokemon. 2 retreat is ok. I love the 1st attack. For 1 colorless attach any number of basic energy cards from your hand to Politoed. This attack is 1337 because it can power up Politoed in 2 turns if you only have 1 energy on him. 1 Water and 2 colorless can get you 50 if you flip a heads. 30 if tails. Kind of a powered up quick attack I guess. Final attack is my favorite. Does 70 for 2 water and 3 colorless and you move 2 water energy from Politoed to any of your benched pokemon. Get them powered up while attacking. IMO, this card is broken.

Unlimited: 3/5

Modified: 4.9/5

Draft: 3/5(Not to good in here)
Meganium45 Got to see this guy in action on Saturday at the SBZ.  It did pretty well, for a toed.
Good job Stephen!

On with the review!

HP - 110 Great number for a stage 2!  Only Amphy decks and Electrocube decs will really threaten to OHKO this Pokemon.

Weakness - Lightning, nothing a little Tyrogue cannot protect you from!  Just glad it isn't Grass in this envio!

Retreat 2 - not bad for this pokemon, and given the number of colorless attacks, warp is truly and option!

Now for the attacks (the real reason we are here)
Sudden growth.  One colorless to dump all of the energy out of your hand onto Politoed.  Must be basic energy, so no cute Warp energy combos here, but a great way to power up on turn 2 if the breeder trick works.  Seems like a new age Raindance (Base Blastoise).  Problem is it is an attack.  It leaves you sitting there for a turn, not damaging your opponent.

Frog Hop - Water and two colorless for 30 and flip for 50!  not bad.  Good value, and this is the attack that could really go off on turn 3.

Energy Splash - ah, the rotating Politoeds.  Late game, object is to have a Politoed on the bench with three energy (or no energy on it) Use this atttack and do 70, then switch for the other Toed, add a boost, and do 70 right away again.  Not much in this game can stand up to 140 over two turns, metal or not!  If you have no bench (may be a late game strategy against non-electric decks) then you keep all the energy on Politoed.  My problem is yes, it is 70 damage, but unless you get that first attack to really help you, it takes far too long to power up.

The fact that it is a water type could hurt it in this game, given the amount of Jumpluffs, Chikoritas and Bayleafs which I saw on Saturday which were resistant to Water.  We even had an electric deck make top 8, so another strike against this card!

Definitely worth experimenting with!

Ratings - Unlimited 1/5 Base Blastoise is here and a power is always better than an attack.  Stoise can use the power on turn 2 and be attacking for 60 on the same turn

Modified - 3/5 Definitely worth experimenting with here.  I think he falls short of the other big water pokemon of the day (Gatr, Kabutops, Kingdra), but heh, we may see a "Toed Center" Deck where you center the damage off of your active Toed, dump the water in the discard, play a recycle on Toed, use Fisherman to get 4 enery to your hand, and Sudden Growth, fully pumping him up! HMMM - there's an idea for you Toed Deck builders.

Limited 3/5 - I might draft him just to take him out of the game.  The Skyridge Wgs and Whirls are pretty weak, so you just might get to put a line together.  Beingg a stage 2, could be a risk, so definitely have a backup plan.

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