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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Grumpig - Deoxys

 

Date Reviewed: 02.21.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 2
Modified: 3.5
Limited: 4.25

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

Cardzmaster
2004
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Grumpig (P)
80 HP
Stage 1 (Evolves from Spoink)

PokéBody: Carefree
Grumpig can’t be confused.

(P*): Hypnoblast (20)
The Defending Pokémon is now asleep.

(P**): Extra Ball (50)
If the Defending Pokémon is Pokémon-ex, this attack does 50 damage plus 30 more damage.

Weakness: P
Resistance:
Retreat: *
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Well, from the looks of things, this week is going to focus on new cards that will make an impact on the future of gameplay. The first card this week is Grumpig (DX).

Top Stats: 80 HP for a stage on is pretty decent. It’s not the greatest, but it works out well in most situations. Spoink isn’t the greatest basic, but what one is that evolves. If you sue this card, use any Spoink you’d like with the exception of the Psybeam one from Dragon. It’s the worst of the three, while the other two are on a more level playing field.

PokéBody: Carefree: Well, Confusion isn’t a very often used status effect in today’s modified environment, but protection from ANY status can never be a negative, if not always a slight positive on a card.

Attack No. 1, Hypnoblast: Nothing new here. We’ve seen attacks like this for quite some time. Sleep is one of the lesser status effects IMO, although it can be rather deadly at times of your opponent is having a bad flipping day. 20 damage appears to be what this attack is normally set at, so again, nothing new to see.

Attack No. 2, Extra Ball: This attack is the reason this card will be making a big impact on the way we play today. Being able to deal 80 damage to an ex more or less cripples them if not KOs them. If they survive and you’ve planned right, you should get the KO next turn for two prizes. And 50 for (P**) is almost steal too.

Bottom Stats: Weakness to (P) is to be expected from a (P) Pokémon, as is no resistance. And (*) is good on any evolved Pokémon.

Comparison to other cards: Well, there only one other Grumpig (Dragon, FYI) and it’s not great. So forget him. However, I’m not sure if running a 2/2 line of Grumpig is going to help you in any and every deck. Sure, he’s going to cripple and OHKO most Pokémon-ex, but I’m not sure if he’s your best candidate for –ex stoppage. Wobbuffet (SS) has been stopping Pokémon –ex from hitting you for some time now. And his pre-evolution can help you out a LOT early in the game (i.e. Alluring Smile for some rather key TecH pokémon such as Delcatty, Pidgeot, etc.). I’m not so sure I wouldn’t run Wobbuffet over Grumpig. The only thing that has the jury out for me on this is that Grumpig can OHKO the ever evil Blaziken ex, but even it can stop Grumpig before it gets to start. So I’m not so sure that Wobbuffet still isn’t the best –ex stopper.

Point System:

Unlimited: 1.5/5
He’s a bit too slow here with a three energy attack. Try and find other ways to stop Pokémon-exs, such as Ancient Tomb.

Modified: 3.5/5
It’s a fact he’s going to see play here. It’s a format ridden with each deck running approximately 1 Pokémon-ex, if not more. With the ability to OHKO Blaziken-ex, why not run him? But I think his slow speed will be his eventual downfall. I’d stick with Wobuffet (SS) personally, but I play rather defensively.

Draft: 4.5/5
Protection from a status, ability to give a status, and very little coloring in his attacks. This is almost a dream draft pick. A definite first pick if drafting Psychic as either a main type or supporting type.
 
ZachEX Name: Grumpig
Set: Deoxys
Number: 32/107

Combos: Try it with Gardevoir EX, Gorebyss or Metagross (DX).

Unlimited: 2/5

80 HP, stage one not bad. 3 for 50 is nice here but you won't be getting much of the +30 for the EX.

Draft: 3/5

In the pre-release tourney, I wen't up against this and it was pretty nice although again its bonus wasnt coming to many times.

Modified: 3/5

We will see a lot of this card. Just my guess but GardyEX's return may be halted by a wooping 160 damage to it from Grumpig. ;)
-Zach "ZachEX" Reif
 

Johnny Blaze
Grumpig – The answer to many ex problems such as Gardy-ex, Vileplume-ex, and all the new Deoxys-ex. Grumpig has 80 HP with a Psychic weakness and a retreat cost of one and each of his attacks take only 1 Psychic and the rest colorless. Grumpig also has a Poke-body called Carefree that makes him immune to Confusion. Sounds like a pretty good card to splash in for some fun depending on your area’s metagame.

Unlimited: 2.5/5 – Like I said before a great counter to Vileplume-ex as it ohko’s Vileplume-ex in one shot. Unfortunately a lot of good Plume decks also run ER so it will be difficult to pull off but nonetheless very interesting.

Modified: 3.5/5 – I see this card making a nice impact on the current Metagame. I mean 80 to any ex for only 3 energy and lets not forget if you are behind on prizes, Scramble Energy works great on Grumpig. Certain Psychic weak Pokemon are ohko with Grumpig’s Extra Ball attack.

Hypnoblast with auto-sleep is a nice one too. But Extra Ball and the ability to counter Confusion is what gets this Pig in Hog Heaven.

Limited: 4/5 – With a huge amount of Psychic types in this set for draft, Grumpig is actually good to use but also susceptible himself. Hope that your oppoenet drafted and played that Deoxys-ex and you will be in good shape.
 


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