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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Fan Rotom Lv. 46

Rising Rivals

Date Reviewed: 06.19.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.00
Limited: 2.50

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

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Meganium45
OK, we are now to the ONE and ONLY Rotom with any helpful presence at all.

Of course, it only has 70 HP, but it has a FREE RETREAT COST! Wow!

Attacks are overpriced, but what do you expect from a Rotom??

Type shift to Colorless can really be effective, countering the Colorless weak Flygon, Garchomp and others.

Problem is,,,there are more effective counters!!

2 energy to flip, if heads, return the defending Pokemon and all cards to your opponent’s hand. Boy, if it were one energy, there would be a WHOLE NEW donker in the room!!

2nd attack, 3 for 60, good, but may discard an energy. This card is powered OK.

Ratings…Modified 2.5/5 Best of a weak bunch.

Limited…3.5/5 All colorless attacks, and covering 2 weaknesses make this a more effective play here.

See you all next week at US Nationals is the STL!!
Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats
Fan Rotom

Now this is the Rotom that has actually been getting some hype, as it may have some use as a counter to the popular Flygon deck. Is it as good as it seems? Let’s find out.

PokePower: Fan Shift

It hits Flygon Weakness, and Flygon will be played, so this is useful, I guess.

Attack: Spin Storm

Ummm . . . I suppose you could win on your second turn if you flip heads and the opponent has no bench. A potentially disruptive attack for a reasonable price, but risky.

Attack: Air Slash

Ok, for 3 Energy you get to do 90 damage to a Flygon and KO it in two hits. The trouble is that with only 70 HP, Fan Rotom won’t be around long enough to attack a second time, so you need Lake Boundary or Lucario GL to make it work. Even then, the cost of 3 Energy (one of which you may have to discard) makes it too slow. Add to that the fact that it cannot OHKO if your opponent levels up their Flygon, and you have a pretty ineffective tech.

If you are really worried about Flygon, then Ditto LA is a better choice, even though it too is slow and vulnerable itself. You are better off just sticking with your main attackers.

Overall this card is okay if you’re lucky with its first attack but its second attack is pretty awful. Is this card the answer to Flygon? Well despite the hype from some people I am going to have to say absolutely 100% NO!

Like all of the Rotoms, Fan Rotom suffers from low HP and weak, overcosted, damage output. Even when used as a tech, in every case there are better options elsewhere. If you are lucky enough to have playsets of all the Rotoms and Charon’s Choice, then by all means make a fun deck for League, but please leave them out of your tournament lists.

Rating

Modified: 1.5 (overhyped, sub-par tech)
Limited: 1.5 (Can be annoying for the opponent if you’re lucky)


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