Hello, and welcome to yet another new card from the new
Supreme Victors set, and one that absolutely no one has
talked about, yes, it's Roserade C! So why hasn't it
been hyped? Well, we'll have a look, but first, the
basics of the card. 90 HP on an SP Pokémon is I think
slightly above average, so it's going well there., and
should survive hits. There are plenty of Psychic Pokémon
running about, who will be able to take advantage of
it's x2 Psychic Pokémon, so could be annoying. No
Resistance is no Resistance, so I'll skip over it. 2
Retreat Cost for a flower is a bit steep, but there are
ways round this, like Moonlight Stadium, if you want to
reduce the cost. Finally, in case you haven't guessed,
it's an SP Pokémon, so gains all the usual support.
So, after solid but unspectacular basics, this card will
need some really good abilities to be playable, and, I'm
afraid to say, this card doesn't. It's Poké-Body,
Natural Cure, isn't very good. When you attach an Energy
from your hand to Roserade C, you get to remove all
Special Conditions from Roserade C. Now, there really
aren't that many Special Conditions being played at the
moment, and thus you probably won't be using this very
often. Depending on the timing, you may end up being
inflicted with a Special Condition after getting
Roserade C being fully powered up, meaning you will have
to attach extra energies to heal it, which really isn't
As the attack will probably show. Magical Leaf costs PCC,
and for that, you do a base 40 damage. For that cost,
I'd hope to be dealing a lot more damage. It does have
an effect though. You get to flip a coin. By this point
of reading the card, I was already uninterested, but I
kept going anyway for you who are reading this review.
If you get heads, you do an extra 20 damage and heal 20
from Roserade C. That still isn't enough to make me want
to play this card. Essentially, you are dealing 50
damage per turn. Unless you get lucky, that's only
enough to 2HKO the weakest of SP Pokémon. The healing is
worthless as well. Unless you are facing something
really weak, removing 2 damage counters is going to do
very little most of the time. They have to do 50 damage
or less per turn to increase the amount of time it'll
take to KO Roserade C, and very few top Pokémon deal 50
damage or less most of the time. It really is a
Combos? I really can't say there are any. How do you
make such a poor card any better in a combo? By using it
with a folder or better yet, shoebox, and that's it.
Counters? Please, just tickling it with your main
attacker is likely to make it scared. So long as you
aren't weak to Psychic, have at least 110 HP and can
deal 60 or more damage, you are in a good position to
take out Roserade C. Speaking of Take Out, so long as it
hasn't been Unown G'd (GE), Machamp (SF), despite the
weakness, with KO it in one turn. Also, due to it
suffering from one attack syndrome, Amnesia is quite
good against it as well. Relicanth (SV) will be teched
into many decks, and is a prime example of a Pokémon
that can stall Roserade C and threaten to KO it as well.
And it's not even Relicanth main use either.
Modified: I has an awful attack, and Pokémon with very
little use in this format, a hideous Weakness, and a
dreadful Retreat Cost. Not even the SP support can save
this card from ending up in shoeboxes over the world.
It's only saving grace is it's HP, and that isn't enough
to see it played. 1/5
Limited: Better here, though Amnesia wrecks it still.
Special Conditions are helpful here, so getting rid of
them with an attachment is nice. Still, best not to go
overboard and attaching too many. Magical Leaf should be
able to deal enough damage to 2HKO most of what you find
here, and healing is nice as well. Still, the uncommon
Relicanth is a big threat, so it might not be worth it.
Welcome back to the Pokemon COTD!
Today's card is Roserade C, one of the new SP Pokemon
owned by Cynthia. Let's check out the basics. 90 HP on
an SP Pokemon is average. A x2 Weakness to other Psychic
Pokemon hurts against Gengar and Gardevoir, especially
the Platinum one. No Resistance is usually expected,
anda Retreat Cost of 2 is a bit heavy. It's an SP, so it
can utilize all of that support.
Roserade C has a Poke-Body: Natural Cure, which removes
all Special Conditions from it when you attach an Energy
to it from your hand. It woudn't be bad if people
inflicted more Special Conditions... Maybe Blaziken FB
would justify its use...
Roserade C has one attack: Magical Leaf. for 3 energies
(or 2 with Energy gain), one which must be Psychic,
Magical Leaf does a base 40 damage. Pretty
underpowered... oh wait, there's more? Oh, okay. You
also get to flip a coin; heads nets you an extra 20
damage and a Potion-like recovery on Roserade. I suppose
it's not bad, but there are better cards that can be
used for healing.
Modified: 2/5 The Poke-Body isn't as useful as it may
seem in competitive play as of right now, and the attack
can be better. It's still better than a majority of the
Psychic SP Pokemon released in Rising Rivals.
Limited: 3/5 Being able to heal Special Conditions and
health is a great ability in Limited.