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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Slaking - Deoxys

 

Date Reviewed: 02.23.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.85
Modified: 2.5
Limited: 3.15

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

ZachEX Name: Slaking
Set: Deoxys
Number: 15/107

Combos: I can't think of a big combo for this guy right now =/. DX Grumpig?

Unlimited: 2/5

OK here. Nothing special, nice HP and it's attacks could be nice especially with Double Colorless.

Draft: 1/5

I wouldn't use him here. 4 energy is a lot in a draft, it's Body won't see much use. It is also a stage 2 which means it is hard to use unless you get about a pair of Slakoth and a Vigoroth.

Modified: 2/5

Helpful pokebody. Amnesia will help a lot against pokemon that only have one attack. Slaking will not be used in the upcoming big tourneys as far as I see.
 
Cardzmaster
 2004
Slaking (C)
120 HP
Stage 2 (Evolves from Vigoroth)

PokéBody: Lazy Aura
As long as Slaking is your Active Pokémon, any damage done by attacks from your opponent’s Pokémon-ex is reduced by 30 (before applying weakness and resistance).

(**): Amnesia (20)
Choose one of the defending pokémon’s attacks. That pokémon can use that attack during your opponent’s next turn.

(****): Lazy Headbutt (70)
Slaking is now asleep.

Weakness: Fighting
Resistance:
Retreat: ***
-----------------------------------

Well, this is our second format changing card for the week. Let’s delve into this thing quickly, shall we?

Top Stats: Colorless is great versus the many rampant dragons in today’s modified. 120 HP is the best you can get on a current Stage 2 without it becoming an ex Pokémon. On top of everything else, its stage 1 and basic forms are both very well rounded. So, at least we know he looks great on the top.

PokéBody: Lazy Aura: Reducing damage before weakness and resistance is good thing for this card since it doesn’t have a resistance to anything. But damage is only reduced when attacked by Pokémon-ex. Now, normally Pokémon-ex will do more than 30 damage, so you’re not preventing all of it. But preventing some is usually a good thing. It’s a decent power overall, not great and not bad either.

Attack No.1, Amnesia: At first, this attack doesn’t look to great. 20 damage is expect here due to the cost, but preventing an opponent from using an attack doesn’t seem overly great. That is, until you consider that many pokémon today have one attack and a Pokémon Power of some sort. This attack not only shuts down many Exs with a power and attack, but shuts down such staples as Blaziken, Dark T-Tar (Sand Damage), and Gardvoir (still around some). A very situational attack, but it comes in handy when facing pokémon such as those listed above or when you know your opponent can’t possibly be able to use any attack other than a certain one next turn.

Attack No.2, Lazy Headbutt: 70 for ****=Good. And sleep is one of those conditions you have a high probability of getting out of. To be exact, you have a 25% chance of being asleep the next time your turn rolls around if your opponent does decide to use another status on you. And not many will. On top of this, his PokéBody keeps working even after he’s asleep. Sleep is a great sacrifice here for 70 damage to anything, 140 versus dragons and other colorless weak types.

Bottom Stats: Weakness to (F) is expected here and I’m still mad after all this time that many (C) pokémon do not have (P) resistance. But after all this settles, the common three colorless retreat cost on high HP pokémon remains, as has been seen on other Slaking. Which leads me to…

Comparison to other Cards: Is Slaking (DX) a viable card to play on its own. In my humble opinion, no. While a deck based around taking down Pokémon-ex sounds tempting at first, its not really viable. Someway or another, these ex-centrtic decks will get their non-ex parts up and running and thrash you. Now, should this card be played at all, yes. In a Slaking deck, I think TecHing one of this card in and some Surprise! Time Machine could make for a nasty twist in some rouge Slaking deck (which can work quite well). However, if you’re trying to counter Pokémon-ex, there are better cards out there (Ancient Tomb, Wobuffet (SS) to name a few). While this card helps a bit, I don’t think it helps enough.

Point System:

Unlimited: 1.5/5
Too slow here. The .5 is for the off chance that you need to counter a Pokémon-ex in this environment where your should have killed off whatever you feared anyway.

Modified: 2.5/5
I thing the Slaking decks in this environemt would only run this guy as TecH, and even then he wouldn’t be a big player in the deck. So he can partially stop Pokémon-ex. So what? RS Slaking takes out most ex and Dragons in one hit. Not to mention, he can keep dealing a constant 100 every turn when played correctly. The DX Slakinig is only TecH, and not great TecH at that.

Draft: 3/5
Better here, but not very high due to the fact that he’s a stage two. But being colorless and having two solid attacks are very beneficial if you could get him running. If only he weren’t so difficult to get out…
 

Johnny Blaze
Slaking – This new version of Slaking is playable in all formats but mainly Modified and Limited is where it shines.

Like its R&S version, Slaking has 120 hp. This Slaking has a nice Poke-Body Lazy Aura which reduces attacks by Pokemon-ex by 30 damage that in combination with its 1st attack Amnesia and you can have a nice lock on your opponents Pokemon-ex.

Unlimited: 2/5 – Watch out for Tyrogue, Unknown N, Energy Removals, and Sprout Tower. After all that if you can get a couple of Recycle energies on Slaking and then you can go to work with Lazy Headbut and DCE. Just pack in a method for Slaking to wake up after he uses Lazy Headbutt.

Modified: 3/5 – Nice combo is to use R+S Slaking and Surprise Time Machine with this Slaking. Also Meteor Falls with Slakoth that has Flail attack and Slaking can hit for a surprise 90-110 a turn for only 1 energy!

Limited: 3.5/5 – With Dragon’s colorless weakness Slaking is a good pull if you can draft the entire line. Also Amnesia is just a great attack to stall and do 20 damage at a time in draft because many Pokemon only have 1 decent attack anyway.
 


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