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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Dewgong Lv. 40

Supreme Victors

Date Reviewed: 10.21.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.00
Limited: 3.50

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, what an interesting Pokemon. To have an advantage over 3 of the 9 types in Pokemon has got to be good.

Top stats 100 HP stage 1 with a weakness to metal, really good right now. 3 retreat cost…you aren’t retreating him. Period. Switch, Warp Point or KO…nothing else.

Attack, 2 for 30, 80 if it is a fighting Pokemon (which are pretty common), so not bad!

4 for 70, average, and overcosted. Not holding my breath for this one.

This may be an elite draft card, that has very little use in the format today, unless you run into a mono-fire deck after AA is released. Fire still outhits this far too much to be effective in modified.

The 2 for a one-hit knock out (1hko) of Claydol after a Luxray trick would be cute, but may be too much to do in a turn.

Ratings…

Modified…2/5 Not complete junk, just not up to snuff today.

Limited…I would HAVE to grab this and try my darndest to play it. Advantage over 3 types in a slow format is TOO cool to pass up. Who knows, you may use the 4 for 70 here before you fall!!! If this were an uncommon, we would be talking 5/5 here!!! Rating 4.5/5

See you all this weekend at the Prereleases. This is a cool, cool set!!!

Vince
Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats
Dewgong Lv 40 SV

Unlike so many Pokémon in SV which just have poorly costed vanilla attacks (*looks at Arcanine*), Dewgong actually has some interesting features.

100 HP is decent for a Stage 1, Weakness to Metal is very acceptable, as it is an uncommon type, especially now that Dialga G is being played mostly as a rarely-attacking tech. A Retreat cost of three is completely horrible, though, and is a major drawback. Anyone playing this card will need to run Warp Points, Switches, or Super Scoop Ups to get it out of trouble.

What Dewgong does have going for it is a very nice PokeBody, Thick Fat, which reduces the damage it takes from Fire and Water Pokémon by 30. That means that popular cards like Blaziken FB, Infernape 4, Kingdra, Gyarados, and Palkia G are going to take an extra turn to KO it. Survivability is good, but it only really becomes useful if a Pokémon has the kind of attack that makes you want to keep it around in the first place. Sadly, this is where things go downhill for Dewgong.

Dewgon’s first attack, Ice Shard, does a mediocre 30 damage for [W][C], unless it is attacking a Fighting Pokémon, in which case the damage climbs to an impressive 80. If only it got that attack boost against Water and/or Fire Pokémon, it would be have good tech potential. Unfortunately, it can survive their hits only to deal out very little damage in return. Fire and Water Pokémon won’t often mind taking another turn to KO Dewgong . . . it’s not as if it can hurt them much in the meantime. To be fair, Dewgong does have a harder hitting attack, but at the cost of [W][W][C][C] for 70 damage, Aurora Beam is extremely slow and expensive, while still not dealing enough damage to make the investment worthwhile.

As a Stage 1 wall, Dewgong pales in comparison to Abomasnow SF, which reduces damage from all Pokémon by 20, including any done to the bench. It can also take advantage of the extra turn or two that it buys by spreading a lot of damage to your opponent’s Field.

Rating

Modified: 2 (Great PokeBody, let down by horrible attacks)
Limited: 2.5 (could be ok if you get lucky with match ups)

 


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