o Hello and welcome to all you poke-reviewer-readers out
there (a strange breed indeed...hehe)! Today's card is
really the Cinderella fairy tale card of the Pokemon TCG.
And....well, Politoed has ALWAYS kinda been like that,
ever since it's introduction TO the TCG. Instead of
being a balancing option to the earlier, seemingly more
natural evolution (basically like Gallade is to
Gardevoir) Politoed always seems to offer some crazy
Poke-Power if you have the rest of his family present.
I've always thought that the stage 2's that branched
were kinda weird though. They remind me of Digimon (I
was ten RIGHT when those came out, and people had
arguments of whether Pokemon or Digimon was gonna fizzle
first....I think we know who won), where they could
evolve into several things, and every now and then they
would become something totally out of pattern (like the
dinosaur that become a bigger dinosaur and then become a
bigger dinosaur with missiles suddenly becomes...a
SKELETON!?? What!? Anyway, I'm drifting clear past the
card now, so before I start ranting on Transformers or
whatever, let's get to the card!!
Stage Two: Politoed is of the powerful Stage two
variety, and while it might not matter for other Stage
Two, Politoed's necessity of having a basic Poliwag
underneath it plays a significant role in the power of
120 HP: Haha, this little part is like the quiet before
the storm. I KNOW when I get to the poke-power I'll go
berserk. This is a leetle less than the average 130 HP
but not at all bad for our webbed friend.
Enthusiasm: Alright here we go haha. This Power says
that if you have one each of ALL of the types of Polis
('member you need the Toed out also, which means ALL
Poliwags must be on the field), the other Polis attacks
do 60 more damage! Wow this card really does reinforce
(AGAIN) Politoed's image as the super-powerful
cheerleader of all things Poli. So if you can get all of
one tyoe of basic out, two stage twos, and one stage one
(THAT'S why it's Mr. Cinderella), all of their attacks
become HUGE! Poliwag will do 70 for one energy (make
sure you don't lose the little guy though or it's
Maintenance Roseanne's for you), Poliwhirl will do 80
for two, and 100 for three with a chance of Paralysis,
and Poliwrath will burst in with 120 for one on the turn
it's played (you'll have to evolve 'Toed and 'Wrath same
turn) and if you can keep it from getting attacked, and
150 for three while taking twenty. Whew! As you can see,
HUGE risk leads to HUGE reward if you can reach it.
Frog Hop: I guess Politoed did need an attack. It's not
bad, really. It's about 60 for two energy, so good if
you lose a single Poli. I guess you could say it's an
efficient sweeper for the end game.
Weakness: This is some good change, as all the other
Polis are Electric weak. I don't see this thing taking
down any Luxrays for them, though, but if you have THEM
out, it really shouldn't matter what the 'Toed can do
Retreat Cost: Delightfully small, it's faster than it's
Poliwrath brother. Easy to retreat on a Stage Two is a
good trait to have.
Combos: The main card I can see this being combined with
is Garchomp LV. X, and that would definitely be a fairy
tale, myth of the Giant Poliwag type of deck. The LV. X
would Restore, many Poliwags would not be neccesary, and
Phione would be a great starter and evolve the HELL out
of everything. The Evoluter TM would also find a home.
Other than that, the whole inner-Poli combo just
requires to many cards to fit into anything else. No
tossing Lucario with it and calling it a deck here.
Modified: 3/5 It's a deck I'd like to see work, even
though it's complicated and probably unpopular....taking
70 from one energy is just LUDICROUS though
Limited: 3/5 You won't be building the family here, but
60 for two is still just mathematically good
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