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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Froslass Lv. 45

Arceus

Date Reviewed: 11.24.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.87
Limited: 3.87

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

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Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Froslass (Arceus)

Froslass has to be one of the strangest looking Pokémon. I mean . . . what IS it exactly? . . .Weird.

Stage 1 Pokémon have a hard time finding a place in this format. They don’t have the speed of Basics, nor the big hits and HP of Stage 2s. This means that Froslass is going to have to bring something special to the table if it is going to see much play.

Its stats don’t get it off to a great start exactly: 80 HP is very low and is eclipsed by most playable SP Basics, so don’t expect Froslass to stay on the Field too long. Metal Weakness is one of the better Weaknesses to have, and the single Retreat Cost is neither good nor bad.

The attack is kind of underwhelming too. Sure it’s cheap for [W][C], but 50 damage, while reasonable for the cost, is not going to put the fear into your opponents, especially as the attack does nothing if a Stadium is in play (and it often is: Broken Time-Space, Moonlight Stadium and a few others are fairly common). Obviously, Froslass was designed to be paired with Glalie from the same set, an alternative Snorunt Evolution which does 70 for [C][C] when a Stadium is in play, and then discards that Stadium, leaving the way clear for Froslass.

But . . . Froslass DOES have one thing going for it: The PokePower Snow Gift. This is a coming-into-play Power that lets you search your deck for ANY one card and put it into your hand (provided you are not Power Locked or Sprayed). Clearly this is a very useful Power, giving you a way of searching out those key cards that you can’t usually search for (such as Rare Candy, a second Poke Blower, or a Stadium).

The question is, is the Power good enough to make Froslass worth running as a tech? The answer I feel is ‘no’. Considering the resources necessary to get a Stage 1 into play, the fact that it occupies Bench space, and that it is a one-off use, it just isn’t going to be worth it. If you have the space, I would suggest adding another Claydol GE line to your deck, as you can use Cosmic Power every turn to draw into the cards you need.

If Froslass was a Basic, it would probably see some play as a tech. If it were an SP Basic that you could PokeTurn, it would be close to broken. As a Stage 1 with a mediocre attack . . . it just isn’t worth the effort.

Rating

Modified: 1.75 (useful Power can’t save this sub-par card)
Limited: 3.75 (attack is OK here, and ANY kind of search is brilliant)

Guy

Today we examine the Froslass from the Arceus set. The best thing about Froslass is that its pokepower allows you to search your deck for any one card and put it into your hand. Unfortunately, not much else about Froslass is too attractive. 80 hp is weak for a primary attacker and a 50 damage attack that doesn't even work if a stadium is in play sound pretty shabby to me. So obviously he would be a bench guy that would help search out a card that you desperately need. Here's the question: how many one-time-use, 80 hp, iffy attackers do you want taking up bench space? If Mr. Briney's Compassion were still around or this froslass were an SP pokemon it would be AMAZING, but unfortunately its just below average for now.

Modified: 2/5 (The power is a 5/5, but its a once a game thing unless you are good at flipping heads with super scoop up.....I'd rather Bebe's Search or something)
Limited: 4/5 (I'll give it some props here. If you can get it out, you can search for anything you want, and we all know that this is critical in limited play)


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