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Sceptile ex - - Team Aqua & Magma


Date Reviewed: 4.02.04

Ratings & Reviews below

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

Thundachu Sceptile ex

Overview: One of my favorite ex Pokemon for no reason really ;/. For 1 grass energy, Green Heal lets you remove 4 damage counters FROM ALL YOUR POKEMON. Instant Healing ;/. Only problem is, those Pokemon have to have Grass attached ;x. Then for 1 Grass and 2 colorless, Poison Ring poisons the defending pokemon, and makes it unable to retreat until end of next turn. Plus on that, it does 40 solid damage. Then for 2 grass and 2 colorless, Slashing Strike does a solid 100 damage, but you can't use it next turn. Being an ex, it has 2 weaknesses which keeps it down, but a resistance to water is pretty nice. Blaziken ex ownz it automaticly. 150HP is KILLER for any Pokemon at all. And a 2 retreat isnt very bad either.

Unlimited: 2 prize Ko bad. SER bad. Typhlosion, bad. This card in Unlimited, bad. 2/5

Modified: Blaziken ex will own it with a snap, but it does prevent Feraligatr from Expedition from killing it to soon, plus 100 is pretty decent even if the energy is WAY too high. 2.5/5

Draft: Being a stage 2 evolution, and an ex, it will be hard to draft. If you're able to draft both it and it's previous stages, play it. The ability to do 100 damage is nice, plus damage removal as well will keep it in play for a pretty long time.

Sealed Deck: As much as I wish you could sealed deck an ex and play it in Team Magma Vs Team Aqua, it isnt possible because the previous stages arent in the set. N/A
 
Jermy101 Sceptile ex is pretty good.  Weakness to fire hurts with all the Blaziken around.  Combo him with the RS Sceptile for some energy trans fun and pokemon nurse to heal him when heavily damaged.  Since his 3rd attack does 100 for 2 grass and 3 colorless, it is Boost Energy usable.  You can also use the RS Sceptile's energy trans, move an energy to each of your pokemon, and heal 40 damage from each of them with his 1st attack!  Switch/Warp Point/Warp Energy can take care of the "Can't use Slashing Strike next turn" clause.

Unlimited - No.  ER and SER tear it up. 1/5

Modified - A little better here.  Blaziken eats it for breakfast but Sceptile ex does pwn Gardevoir pretty bad, so as long as you don't play against Blaziken you have a pretty good chance of winning. 3/5

Draft - You can't use this in draft unless you draft it with RS or DR.  But he is an ex...a shiny ex...worth a lot of dough. 1/5
 
pERfeCt0nE Sceptile ex

Unlimited- If you try to work him into an alakazam deck, he can really wipe off the damage. Other than that, he is very weak to removals and can be gusted easily as a treecko and OHKOed.
rating--- 2.5

Modified- In the next set, there will be a Ninetales with Wobuffets pokebody so it gets weaker. He cant stand a Bex attack and needs a bit too much energy for its 100 damage attack. Ray, Wob, Bex, and Ninetales would shut it down.
rating--- 3

Draft- You can't draft it- nintendo decided to waste treecko and grovyle in ex Dragon.
rating--- N/A
 

Hedge
 
This card is soo broken. It ownz in Scepticenter. It can easily boost for 100.

It has a locker just like Typhlo ex. This card 0wnz!

            [{(Of course, I am Obv. speaking as if Blaziken does not exist.)}]

AND SINCE IT DOES………

This card stinks. =/


Otaku

Name: Sceptile ex

Set/Card#: Team Magma Vs Team Aqua, #93/95

Type: Grass

Stage: 2 (Evolves from Grovyle)

HP: 150

Weakness: Grass, Fire

Resistance: Water

Retreat: CC

Attack#1: (G) Green Heal

Remove 4 damage counters from each of your Pokémon that has (G) Energy attached.  If that Pokémon has less than 4 damage counters, remove all of them.

Attack#2: (GCC) Poison Ring [40]

The Defending Pokémon is now Poisoned.  The Defending Pokémon can’t retreat until the end of your opponent’s next turn.

Attack#3: (GGCCC) Slashing Strike [100]

Sceptile ex can’t use Slashing Strike during your next turn.

 

Attributes: The only Sceptile ex, it is a Stage 2 Grass Pokémon that evolves from Grovyle just like a normal Sceptile does.  As such, it faces steep competition from itself, as it is already common to run both normal Sceptile in the same deck.  As far as which Grovyle and Treecko to Evolve from, the only real preference I have is the Dragons Treecko, and that’s just because it has 50 HP.  Rare Candy is also a good option.  Being a Grass-type is pretty good: Weakness is not unheard of, but Resistance is confined to just the bulk of Metal Pokémon.  150 HP is not too bad for a Pokémon ex, but remember, this gives up two Prizes when KO’d, so it’s not unlike having two 70-80 HP Pokémon that share Energy.  It gets a double Weakness: Grass and Fire.  Grass will not cause too much of a hassle-it gets used, but not everywhere, but Fire matches up to one of the biggest decks (for Modified-both are easy to add to a deck in Unlimited).  Water Resistance is solid (though I am just happy to see any Resistance at all).  Finally, the retreat is two, which is low enough to be manageable but high enough that it can’t be paid without a thought.

 

Abilities: Sceptile ex tries to earn it’s “ex-dom” by having three attacks (in addition to the higher HP).  The first attack, Green Heal, looks good to me-if a Pokémon of yours has a Grass Energy attached, then bam-free Super Potion without the discard.  It’s inexpensive too.  Poison Ring looks pretty good as well-you pay for 35 but do 40, and Poison, and keep them stuck up front to take damage form the Poison.  The last attack is Slashing Strike.  You do 100, but can’t use the attack during your next turn.  So it essentially averages 50, which is about 20 less than you paid for (15 per Grass, 10 per Colorless, and an extra 10 for being more than four Energy).  Still, it serves its purpose as a finisher.

 

Uses/Combinations: Another card for Sceptile TecH.  This thing is nasty, capable of sitting up front for a long time.  With Energy Trans Sceptile, it will be hard to keep damage on any of the Pokémon you team this with, and a combination of Poison Ring and Slashing Strike will fell a lot of opponents.  Just watch out for Fire.  Oh, and for a Stadium, I’d go with Low Pressure System (the ones that prevent retreat don’t matter since Poison Ring stops retreating anyway).

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 2/5-Too slow and unwieldy for this format, and OHKOing big things bye a Basic is not uncommon here.

 

Modified/2-on-2: 3.75/5-The only thing I see blocking this bringing Sceptile-TecH decks to the top is that Firestarter decks dominate here.

 

Limited: 0/5 if only team Magma Vs Team Aqua is used, 4/5 if a set containing Treecko and Grovyle is included-it will be hard to draw the full line, but if it gets set up, your opponent is in real trouble unless they are already set up or running Grass and/or Fire.

 

 

TMP: 3.85/5-Using two decks, you can accommodate just about all the Sceptiles you need to get really, really sick.

 

Summary

A great card that only is being held back by the brokenness of another deck.
 

 


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