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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Ledian - #25/123

HeartGold & SoulSilver

Date Reviewed: 04.22.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 3.25

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

Ledian HGSS

 

After all the excitement of getting to review some new (and pretty good) Primes, we return to finish the week with a couple of Grass Pokémon from HGSS.

 

The first, Ledian, is an 80 HP Stage 1, so it better be offering something good if it wants to see play. Fighting Resistance and free Retreat are a nice start, and even the double Fire Weakness is not the worst at the moment.

 

Ledian has no Powers or Bodies, but it does have two attacks. The first, Quick Draw, does 10 damage for a single Grass Energy and lets you draw three cards from your deck. The damage isn’t anything more than a very minor bonus, but the card drawing looks very nice at first glance. However . . . setting up a low HP Stage 1 to draw cards with an attack is just not the way to go in this fast and disruptive format. Just think about how much better Furret SW is . . . for a NO Energy attack you get to CHOOSE any two cards from your deck. Now try and remember the last time you saw Furret SW being played. I’ll give you a clue: it was right before Claydol GE got released. (And that is not a coincidence. Claydol and Uxie Power-based draw is just so much faster and more efficient than wasting an attack).

 

Ledian does have another option in the shape of its second attack, Swift. This is one of those attacks that bypasses any Powers, Bodies, or effects that might stop it, so it can hit Mr Mimes without needing three Energy attached, and Donphan Prime’s PokeBody won’t reduce the damage (for example). Unfortunately, it’s a pretty weak attack, doing 40 damage for [C][C]. Not too bad in terms of value, but still not much use when it comes to taking Prizes.

 

Despite the description under the picture, Ledian is no five star Pokémon in modified. It’s a low HP Pokémon that only offers players an inferior draw option and an underwhelming attack.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1.5 (not completely worthless in itself, but nowhere near tournament standard)

Limited: 3.25 (Different story here. Any draw is invaluable in limited)


Otaku

Ledian from HeartGold & SoulSilver is a Stage 1 Grass Pokémon with 80 HP (a bit low), Fire Weakness x2 (not the worst), Fighting Resistance -20 (any is welcome), and a free Retreat Cost (the best).  It has two attacks and if this were a Basic Pokémon, they might almost be worth playing in a mono-Grass deck.  Unfortunately, this is a Stage 1 so being able to draw 3 cards with a single Grass Energy, even while doing 10 damage, isn’t going to cut it.  Swift likewise doesn’t do enough to warrant running: yes it ignores pretty much everything about the Defending Pokémon to ensure it does 40 damage… but 40 doesn’t cut it.

 

It’s a shame, like so many cards a little more fleshing out could have made it worthwhile.  Enjoy it in Limited where it actually becomes a good card.

 

Ratings

 

Modified: 1.5/5

 

Limited: 3.25/5


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