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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Grass Arceus
- Lv. 100

Arceus

Date Reviewed: 11.05.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.00
Limited: 4.00

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
Ah, the playable Arceus – the Grass one.

90 HP, weak to fire (not good) resistant to water (OK, will be better soon).

2 Retreat cost is no bueno, but this thing should NOT be your attacker!!!

The attack for 2 energy does 30 damage (not bad) and removes 30 damage from EACH of your Benched Pokemon! Wow!

For some of the giant grass decks developing out there, this could be a monster card. The benched Pokemon don’t have to be grass, they don’t have to be anything…just damaged.

This is a “game changing” Pokemon in draft as well. Send something up, get it damaged, then recover with this little beasty, and repeat.

Ratings…modified 3.5/5 I think this is one of the better Arceus in the set, as it can be very useful in both an Arceus deck, and a non-arceus grass deck!!!

Limited…4.5/5 This is the best of the Arceus for draft. If it had a 1 retreat cost, I would have gone “5” on it.

See you all soon! Cities announcements coming!!!

Vince
Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats
Arceus – Grass Type

Do we get to call this Pokémon Grasseus? No? Just wondering.

Anyway, 90 HP is good for a Basic Arceus. Water Resistance might be a little useful, though Gyarados and Kingdra will often find a way to OHKO anyway. Retreat Cost of two is a bit of a pain, and X2 Weakness to Fire is nasty unless Infernape and Blaziken magically disappear, but Levelling Up will fix those problems.

Grass Arceus’s attack, Leaf Refresh, is reasonably priced at [G][C], but does a mere 30 damage. It does come with a nice bonus though, and removes three damage counters from all of your Benched Pokémon. This does give an Arceus deck a handy counter to spread decks like Gallade 4 or Abomasnow, but they are rarely seen these days due to the presence of Nidoqueen RR in the Format.

The biggest drawback with the Grass version of Arceus, though, is that there are simply not many playable Pokémon that are weak to Grass. Claydol is very common, but it is very seldom active, Rampardos is rarely seen, and that leaves . . . ummm . . . Gastrodon decks? Sadly, Grass Arceus does not have an attack that you would want to use often, and the type coverage it supplies is largely irrelevant.

You COULD include one in your Arceus deck, for the sake of completeness, but that slot would probably be better used for an extra copy of a more effective version of the Pokémon.

Rating

Modified (Arceus Deck): 2 (Not an essential inclusion)
Limited: 3 (good HP, mass healing, cheap attack = decent for this format)
virusyosh Arceus Lv. 100 - Grass Type

Good day fellow Pojoers! I hope that your weeks are going well. Today we're continuing with Arceus week by reviewing the Alpha Pokemon's Grass form.

Grass Arceus is a 90 HP Grass-type basic with a double weakness to Fire, a -20 resistance to Water, and a Retreat Cost of 2. 90 HP is pretty decent for a non-evolving basic, but you should be careful when putting this Arceus up against opposing Fire Pokemon, since it probably won't last too long with the double weakness. Water resistance is good to have. The retreat cost of 2 is a bit high, but you can pay it if you're in a bind.

This Arceus only has one attack. For (GC), Leaf Refresh deals 30 damage and removes 3 damage counters from each of your Benched Pokemon. Doing 30 damage is average for the cost, but removing 3 damage counters from your entire bench is really great: you can deal damage to your opponent while keeping your bench safe from snipers and spread damage. This works especially well in the Arceus deck, as removing 3 damage counters from your benched Arceus can mean a lot when your whole bench has less than 100 HP.

Ratings:

Modified: 3.5/5 In an Arceus deck, this card can keep your other benched Arceus alive as well as dealing decent damage. Just look out for Infernape 4 and other Fire-types.

Limited: 4/5 Healing in Limited is always really nice, and a 90 HP basic with mass healing is excellent. Possible searchability with Beginning Door is another plus, but as always, look out for Fire Pokemon.
 


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