Skarmory (HS Undaunted)
I have to say that while Skarmory is a mean-looking
monster and a feared tank in the video games, the
appearances it has made in the card games have never
failed to dissapoint. Sadly this is no exception.
For playing this card you get 80 HP, fire weakness,
psychic resistance and 1 retreat cost. This is pretty
standard for a non-evolving metal-type basic in today's
meta, and nothing good when compared to Skarmory's
fearsome defense stat in the games. At least you can
reduce incoming damage for a little more survivability.
Metal Coat is the first attack, and for the cost of M
you can search your deck for a metal energy (Special or
basic) and attach it to one of your Pokemon. This attack
is marginally useful for setting up a metal-type tank,
but those types of decks don't do very well at the
current pace of the game. Also, there are other
non-attacking options for searching out Special energy,
so this attack gets the gong, especially because of the
energy cost requiring a specific energy to start with.
I really dislike the loss of free attacks in
HGSS-onward sets, that was a brilliant change to
gameplay, much the same as changing up the level of
weakness for different Pokemon. Why are they removing
these excellent additions from Diamond and Pearl? My
personal theory is Nintendo are trying to simplify the
game for younger players, but I really wonder if this is
the best way to do it.
Now that I have finished ranting, Razor Wing is the
second, over-costed attack that deals 40 vanilla damage
for MCC. This isn't worth the investment and should
never be used.
This Skarmory is an insult to the breed, even more so
than any other Skarmory card I have seen. Sign a
petition to have a decent 100 HP Skarmory introduced to
Modified: 1.5 (it can search and attach Special metal
energy, which is the only reason the score isn't lower)
Limited: 1.5 (even if you get some Special metal energy
to use, Raticate will take them away)
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