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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Sableye

EX Crystal Gaurdian

 

Date Reviewed: 10.31.06

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1
Modified: 2.41
Limited: 2.6

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


Jason
Klaczynski
"Ness"
2006 World
Champion
Sableye (CG)
Modified
Sableye (CG) is one of those basics that you look to find a combination with.  Some of its obvious uses are with Banette ex and Nidoqueen d, putting supporters and Pokemon (respectively) in the discard pile.  Unfortunately, most times you will end up whiffing, and by the time you do get a few cards in the discard pile, you will have reached the maximum damage for these attacks. 

You can also use the power to decide whether or not you can benefit from drawing a card on top of your deck.  For example, if you plan on using a card like TV Reporter, you can check to see if the top card of your deck is useful.  If it isn't, you can discard it, giving you a better chance at drawing something with TV Reporter that you could use.

Disable obviously works well against any Pokemon with one attack (ironically including Banette ex), but decks usually find ways to work around it.  Because it only does 10 damage, the best you can hope to do is maybe stall a few turns and end up giving a prize.
3/5

Unlimited
With so many free retreating Pokemon and attacking options, Disable will rarely hinder an opponent.  There are obviously multiple cards that can benefit from having cards in the discard pile, but Sableye only gives you a small chance of getting this.  If you're looking for a good combo, there's over 100 better ones that don't involve Sableye.
1/5

Limited
In limited, Disable can sometimes put your opponent's in a difficult situation for a few turns, or limit some other basics attack so that they are slowed down, perhaps dealing 10 damage back and forth with you.  If you have more evolutions in your deck, you will usually end up benefiting from the time stalled with Sableye, as you will end up overpowering your opponent eventually.
3/5
 

Alex
"Chuck" Brosseau
5th place Worlds 2006 (Also current "best looking player")
Sableye – CG

An interesting card. Sableye’s Power allows you to discard any card off of the top of your deck. This can be combined with things like Banette to get Supporters in the discard, or Dragonite d to get lightning energy in the discard. His attack isn’t bad either. 10 damage and shutting off an attack for 1 energy can be devastating against a lot of the new EX Pokemon that only have one attack, like Flygon ex d or Gardy ex d, and also against some of the old ones, like Banette ex. In general though, Pokemon is not a game where you want to discard things from your deck, so I don’t see this card being that helpful.

Unlimited: Not very useful. I can’t think of any combos using this card. Seems like a waste of a bench spot. 1/5

Modified: Useful in certain decks. Average power, average attack, and average stats make for an average Pokemon. 3/5

Limited: I can’t really see someone drafting well enough to come up with a combo to make use of the power. The attacks quite bad in draft, seeing as most basics have multiple attacks, and 10 damage isn’t going to add up fast. 1/5
 

William
Hung
My reviews and ratings are for Modified only.

Sableye CG

Modified 2.5/5 - It is useful for decks that takes advantage having specific type of cards in the discard pile. One of the obvious combinations is with Banette ex, where filling up the discard pile with 6 or more Supporters have serious value. Other potential combinations (but probably less attractive) would be with Delcatty ex, Nidoking delta, etc. In terms of building up a discard pile with Energy cards, you can simply use Holon trainers to do the job, and use Mantine delta and Tyranitar delta for energy advantage. Sableye CG isn't the best Pokemon for that job.

Since the Pokemon is very deck specific, and it's very hard to make it game-breaking, I can't give it a huge score.
 


Raichu88
My name is Sableye
Don’t be affraid
I discard your topdeck
With my excavate

Unlimited: We have better Basis Dark Pokemon. You don’t really need his Power
in this Format. Disable is nice and resistance for Colorless is good against Clefable.

Rating : 1/5

Modified: This is a nice add up for Yesterdays CotD. Because of it’s Power you have a chance to do more damage with Shadow Chant. And it’s Resistance is kinda nice.

Rating : 2/5

Limited: It can Disable and do damage, this can be very annoying in Limited.

Rating: 2/5
 
Kempley05 Sableye CG

Not a bad card, excavate has a lot of abilities in terms of deck thinning and allows you to control a little more of your game. Possibly he could be used in decks that like discard, I'm thinking Metanite possibly. Apart from that he's a possible card in Mewtric as his attack can stop Pokémon with one attack right in their tracks (Charizard d, Metagross d) however most have 2 or more. Has potentially and could make it into several decks, however the decks that use him won't be great in number.

Unlimited - 1/5
Modified - 2/5
Limited - 3/5
 
Espeon Sableye CG:

Unlimited: 1/5
Woah its a 60 hp dark Pokemon with no weakness =O sounds an awful lot like another card in Unlimited eh?
Not quite... they wouldn't need to ban this one from the STS if it was out back then because nobody in their right mind would of played it there.

Modified: 2/5
Theres way better powers out there that actually let you draw the card.
Possibly could see play with Banette ex but in any other deck, its like this card WANTS to fail. And it does.

Limited: 4/5
No weakness! Alot of Pokemon here have 1 attack so hitting them with disable means they can't attack! The power is actually pretty useful here.
 


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