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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Slowking #85/90

HS Undaunted

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.75
Limited: 3.00

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Combos With: See Below

virusyosh

Happy midweek, Pojo viewers! Today we are going to look at one of the new Primes from the HS Undaunted set: Slowking.

Slowking is a Stage 1 Psychic Pokemon. Being a Psychic isn't too bad nowadays, especially if you're a support Pokemon like Uxie or Azelf. Slowking generally also fits into more of a supporting role, but we'll get into that later. 100 HP is pretty standard for a Stage 1 Prime, but could afford the be a little higher, as many things in this metagame can easily get to 100 damage quickly. Weakness to Psychic isn't the worst, but it certainly isn't great. No Resistance flat out sucks, and a Retreat Cost of 2 is relatively average and to be expected, but you probably won't want to pay it outright.

Slowking Prime has a Poke-Power and an attack. The Poke-Power, Opponent's Choice, allows you to show your opponent the top two cards of your deck. They choose one, and it goes into your hand while the other goes to the bottom of your deck. Draw power is always a good thing, especially when you aren't losing any card advantage when it happens. This is one thing that Slowking has going for it. However, having your opponent choose the card you get is really bad for two reasons: 1.) this is very unreliable and your opponent will generally pick the weaker of the two cards drawn; and 2.) your opponent will know the contents of your hand and plan their counter-strategies accordingly. For these two reasons alone, it may be better to use other forms of draw like Trainers/Supporters, Uxie, Ninetales, or even Noctowl.

Slowking's single attack, Super Psy Bolt, does 60 damage for [PCC]. Kind of disappointing, especially considering the type of power some of the other Primes offer.

Modified: 2/5 It is free card draw every turn and cycles through your deck, but it is very unreliable in both of these aspects. Pitiful attacking options are somewhat unattractive as well. This may find a niche somewhere as a support Pokemon though, as it isn't completely useless.

Limited: 3/5 Super Psy Bolt may actually be pretty good here, as vanilla 60 for 3 isn't terrible in Limited. The Power can also be used to great effect, but it really sucks to have that Stage 2 you really wanted to get out go to the bottom of your deck because your opponent didn't choose it and you have limited searching options.

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia
Slowking (HS Undaunted)
 
Here we have another Prime, and this time it is the braniac with a venomous shellfish on it's head! I wonder, did the Neo Destiny version get banned all those years ago for using illegal performance enhancing drugs?
 
This Prime isn't brilliant but since it looks so funny I really can't find it in myself to call it a bad card. I'll just do the review and let you decide. Slowking gets 100 HP (way below par) and a horrible psychic weakness, so don't expect it to survive a hit if it becomes Active. The retreat cost of 2 also means that being dragged Active spells doom for our Shellder-junkie friend. However, the attack and power may make up for that. Actually they won't, but the picture still looks so funny to me.
 
Opponent's choice is a horrible idea for a power, allowing your opponent to loom at the top 2 cards of your deck and put one into your hand, while the other goes to the bottom of your deck. Essentially it does the same thing as Uxie Lv X's Trade Off, except that with Uxie you choose the cards instead of your opponent.. Therefore, this power is a truly horrible form of draw power and we will all continue to use Uxie, which is so much better as the basic Uxie LA is also the best draw card we currently have and is available as a League Promo, while the Level X has not only a better power but a better attack.
 
Speaking of which, Slowking can hit for 60 vanilla damage if you have PPC attached. In a nutshell, if you get to use this attack you are in a prerelease game. No way in any univers will you ever be tempted to try this in a Modified game.
 
Just to reiterate, this is a funny looking card based on a funny looking Pokemon that you should definitely collect, but should never play. If I am being in any way unclear, USE UXIE!
 
Modified: 1.5 (just for laughs)
Limited: 3 (draw is good, no matter where you get it in Limited)
Combos with: all those funny comic strips you have lying around
 
 


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