Hello once again, Pojo readers! Today we are
continuing our week of Undaunted reviews by reviewing
this set's prerelease promo, Leafeon.
Leafeon is a Stage 1 Grass Pokemon. Grass types have
lots of support right now, so there are many different
types of Grass decks. However, most of the time you will
probably end up seeing Leafeon in an Eeveelution-type
deck. So, how does this one fare? 90 HP is somewhat
average for a Stage 1 nowadays, but still low enough to
be KOed in one hit by some of the game's top hitters.
Weakness to Fire isn't very good, especially if you run
into a Charizard deck or Blaziken FB. Water Resistance
is excellent, making it more difficult for Kingdra to
take you out (Keep in mind that Gyarados and Blastoise
still can, though). Finally, a retreat cost of 1 is
decent and fully payable.
Leafeon has two attacks. The first, Miasma Wind, costs a
single Colorless Energy and does 50 damage times the
number of Special Conditions that the Defending Pokemon
has. While potentially quite damaging for the cost, it
is fairly difficult to have multiple Special Conditions
on the same Pokemon. The most (I believe) is 3, with
Poison, Burn, and either Asleep/Confused/Paralyzed. This
means that the attack can max out at 150 damage.
However, how to get these conditions? The second attack,
Soothing Scent, automatically puts the opponent to sleep
in addition to dealing 30 damage for [G], but you would
also then be relying on your opponent to not switch and
that they flip tails twice. Not very good odds. There
are, however, a few better ways to stack the Special
Conditions odds in your favor. Skuntank G immediately
comes to mind, as it can Poison the Defending Pokemon
from your Bench. Gliscor Lv. X also comes to mind for
its ability to Paralyze and Poison when it levels up.
However, all of these Special Conditions may require a
lot of switching on your part too, so keep that in mind
as you construct your deck.
As for this Leafeon in an Eevee build, there are a few
other Eevee evolutions that inflict Special Conditions,
making this Leafeon a good choice if you are choosing to
go that route for your Eevee toolbox. This Leafeon is
also a decent choice for Leafeon Lv. X, although Leafeon
RR is still probably a better choice for that.
Modified: 1.75/5 Special Conditions are generally too
hard to make effective in the current metagame, and the
attacks don't do enough damage to make a splash. Leafeon
RR is generally better in terms of getting Leafeon Lv. X
Limited: 2.5/5 Miasma Wind won't be very useful here
unless you get lucky, but Soothing Scent can be really
annoying for your opponent, as it is cheap and does
decent damage. Decent HP and low energy requirements are
Combos With: Skuntank G
Mad Mattezhion Professor Bathurst League Australia
Leafeon (HS Undaunted)
Before I get into it, I'd just like to wish Baby Mario
all the best at Worlds. You go man! With any luck, more
members of the review crew will be able to earn an
invite next year!
This here is the promo card for the prerelease, so you
should all be quite familiar with it. Like me, you also
may feel a little (or a lot!) disappointed with this
card after getting Pichu and Blastoise in the last 2
prereleases, unless you are an Eeveelution fan.
Leafeon is one of the many Eeveelutions in this set
(though for some reason Glaceon didn't make it) and is
one of the less brilliant versions we've seen (though
the RR version is a very tough act to follow). As a
stage 1 with 90 HP, fire weakness and no Poke-bodies or
Poke-powers, the attacks had better be brilliant. And
while they look that way to begin with, it quickly
becomes apparent they are not.
Miasma Wind looks great, dealing 50 damage per Special
Condition on the opponent's Active Pokemon. At a maximum
150 damage for C, this attack could be devastating in
the right circumstance but the fcat is it is really
difficult to put more than 1 Condition on a Pokemon at a
time without using an attack (Venusaur SW is being
rotated out, Skuntank G doesn't fit in and Blaziken PT
doesn much better in a Heatran/Blaziken Burn deck). Even
if you do use an attack, your opponent has plenty of
opportunites to remove said Conditions before you can
retreat and get a shot off.
Soothing Scent does 30 damage and causes Sleep so
it improves the situation a little, but Sleep is too
easily removed with coin flips (let alone cards) to
provide reliable damage for Miasma Wind. It costs G so
it makes a cheap stall, but why would you use Leafeon in
the first place?
Modified: 1.25 (I really don't like this card, which is
worse because it was the promo. It even looks terrible
in the binder)
Limited: 3 (cheap stalls are good especially if you get
a lot of grass in your cards)
Combos with: the back end of your binder that noone ever
Fan Addendum ... added a bit later the same day we
When I read the Card of the Day review for the HS
Undaunted Leafeon, I was VERY surprised to find no
mention of a very good combo with it: HS Unleashed
Attaching a Rainbow Energy to Roserade will trigger both
special conditions (Poison and Confusion). The
result? 100 damage (120 damage with Expert Belt),
which becomes 110 damage with the poison tick (130
damage with Expert Belt, the magic number for OHKOing a
number of stage 2s). Skuntank G can also help
early game since you don't have to burn an energy
attachment on it and it's easily searchable via Pokemon
Collector. It's easy to get a stadium in play,
Poison Structure, then evolve your active Eevee into
Leafeon to erase the poison that it got.
While it's true that these combos are vulnerable to
Power Spray and any form of power-locking, UD Leafeon
doesn't deserve ratings this low.
Steelix Prime, if such a deck ever ever truly arises
in the competitive envornment, will completely wall
off this Leafeon due to its Poke-Body making it immune
to special conditions, and it's Soothing Scent attack
for just 30 damage (50 damage belted) just won't cut it
against a steel-type tank that is next to guaranteed to
have special Metal energies attached to it, thus further
reducing the damage.
Leafeon also faces a possible problem with its fire-type
weakness should fire-type decks gain popularity due to a
Ninetales draw engine. Luckily, there's not many
fire-types that will make a decent deck at the moment.
The only common fire-type threat is Blaziken FB Lv X.
Even more lucky for Eeveelutions in general is that they
have all the Eeveelution support that MD gave them,
including Umbreon MD, which nullifies weakness and
"zero-fies" its retreat cost.
Modified: 2.75 I really wanted to give it a higher
rating than this, but it faces a number of problems that
bogs it down and puts it at a disadvantage in today's
format. Powerspray and power-locking decks will
shut off Roserade's and Skuntank G's powers as mentioned
before. Without those powers, Leafeon is nothing
more than a blade of grass waiting to get chopped up for
a free KO. Leafeon can't be splashed into any
Eeveelution deck and be expected to work, either.
It needs to have a deck built around it. However,
Leafeon + Roserade will be around for a good while, and
its presence shouldn't be ignored, as it will definitely
be a tried deck.
Limited: 2.75 It's not so great by itself in
here, but then again, the pokemon in Undaunted aren't as
great, either, so it's even playing ground. It's
still inferior to the many other Eeveelutions in the
set for the Limited format and there's few, if any,
pokemon with a grass weakness, so its grass-typing isn't
useful here. But it's auto-sleep effect with a
lucky coin flip between turns may cause your opponent to
scream in frustration. Fire weakness isn't too bad
here, either, as Macargo and Flareon are the only two
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