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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Toxicroak Lv. 44

Arceus

Date Reviewed: 10.29.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.00
Limited: 4.13

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
Toxicroak. OK, I am going to close my eyes….let’s see…I am going to have a Toxicroak that for its attack does 60 and poisoned right? Right?

What, is that the maximum capabililty of EVERY Toxicroak out there?

Let’s go into it a bit…90 HP, weak to psychic…not horrible, but not great for a stage 1.

1 Retreat cost, acceptable. 0 is preferred, but 1 is acceptable.

Attack for 1 fighting that does 20 and your opponent can’t retreat. Remember those “corner” decks that trapped players who did not play warp point? Those were fun. Unfortunately, this also damages, so you are just delaying if you trap a claydol, or some other pokemon in this manner. This may give you the time to set up a big hitter behind you (read machamp, gengar, or a combo of them in a fighting deck), or get your fossils ready to roll in a fossil/lock deck.

Second attack for 2 colorless energy (yeah right) does 30 damage. Plus 30 more if a fighting energy is attached, and plus poison if a psychic energy is attached.

Yeah, you with the Dragonite shirt in the back with your hand up a question? What if you use a multi energy?

If you use a multi energy and a different basic energy, yes, you get the effect of BOTH effects for the 1 multi energy. Now, if you use a multi energy and a special energy (or 2 multi energy) then remember, the “multi” effect of the multi turns off, and you have only a single colorless energy. Be careful of that trap.

I can see this being used experimentally in some decks, but just not enough force to fire, when compared to the other fighting hitters of the day. The corner effect may be fascinating for some decks.

Ratings…not going to trash it COMPLETELY here…has its uses 3/5

Limited…very playable here…4/5 Stage 1 with a relatively easy basic to find, and until this article, not many people looking at it!!!

There you go. Remember, Prerelease in Rolla at Eclipse on Saturday, registration at 10:00 am…crack packs at 11 in the morning so we can all go “play pumpkins” Sunday, Fantasy Books, registration noon, crack packs at 1 pm…say the work “Shinx” while registering for a chance to win the Pojo prize on Sunday!!!

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Also, the Evansville, Indiana Prerelease is ON for Friday October 30th in Evansville, Indiana! Great location, great leader, go support that cool event if you are in the area…the really good Halloween parties do not take place until Saturday, right?

See you soon!!!

Vince
Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Toxicroak

 

Toxicroak always seems to be made into an interesting  Pokémon with some nice effects and good metagame potential. Think of the Toxicroak that was in the Junior Worlds winning deck of 2008, or either of the Toxicroak Gs.

 

This new Toxicroak carries on that trend. Its basic stats are all pretty mediocre. 90 HP is not impressive on a Stage 1 these days and Weakness to the popular Psychic type is not going to win this card any fans. The retreat cost of one is very workable though.

 

Corner, Toxicroak’s first attack, does 20 damage for one Fighting Energy, and stops the Defending Pokémon from retreating. That’s a useful, cheap attack and can be used to lock and disrupt the opponent, if only temporarily. It’s the second attack, Convert Blow, is where things get really interesting. For [C][C] the attack does 30 damage, which isn’t brilliant, but effects are added according to the type of Energy attached. With a Fighting Energy you add 30 damage, turning it into a very efficient 60 for two attack. With a Psychic, you get auto-Poison on the Defending Pokémon.

 

The mixed Energy requirements are a bit of a downside, but it is worth noting that both effects will apply if either Multi Energy or Rainbow Energy is attached. Unfortunately, those cards are not searchable and come with their own drawbacks, but they are worth considering in a Toxicroak deck. The Energy demands also make it very difficult to run Call Energy in a deck which is focused on Toxicroak.

 

Nevertheless, a fast Stage 1 deck built around Toxicroak is definitely possible. Its damage output and its HP may be just a little low for it to be truly competitive, but it is certainly worth trying out. Just bear in mind that Stage 1 decks not called Gyarados have not had much success for a while now as they lack both the speed and great support cards of SP decks and the big hits and staying power of stage 2s.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 3 (Has possibilities, but Stage 1 seem to struggle at the moment)

Limited: 4.25 (Great card for limited, hits hard and cheap!)


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