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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Scizor  #7/90

HS Undaunted

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified:  1.87
Limited:  2.87

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:

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Scizor (Unleashed)

 

Today’s card features another one of my favourite Pokémon.  I would like to think I made a case for Houndoom yesterday (sort of), let’s see if I can do the same today.

 

Unfortunately, Scizor is a card of contrasts. Look at the illustration: it’s beautiful, mysterious, and dynamic. Look at the card itself, however and it’s . . . well . . . boring. Very, very boring.

 

The card’s stats are pretty standard. A retreat cost of one and 90 HP is only decent, but being a Metal type means that Scizor can rely on Special Metal Energy to boost its defensive abilities. Weakness to Fire is probably going to be an increasing problem next format, but Psychic Pokémon always seem to be popular so the Resistance is a welcome bonus.

 

When it comes to attacks, Scizor isn’t exactly bad, just depressingly vanilla. Cut does 50 for [M][C], while Metal Claw ups the damage to 80 for [M][M][C]. Both are acceptable in a kind of mediocre way, but just really unexciting and fail to give you any motivation to play this card: you can do more damage and get more interesting effects for less cost elsewhere.

 

That is especially true when you consider the other Scizors in the format. Both Scizor Prime and Scizor MD have useful ways of countering decks which rely on Special Energy (which, to be honest, is most decks in the Format), while Scizor SF needs a deck built around it but has some clever offensive and defensive abilities.

 

So, while I highly recommend getting hold of one of these, it’s for artwork/collection purposes only. You won’t ever need a playset.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 2 (Great art, shame about the attacks)

Limited: 3 (straightforward cheap-ish attacks are fine here)

 

Combos with . . .

 

Too vanilla for combos

virusyosh

Happy midweek, Pojo readers! Today's Card of the Day is a Metal-type from the new HS Undaunted set. It has wings that aren't used for flying, but instead are flapped at high speed to adjust its body temperature. It also comes in a non-Prime and Prime version in this set. Today's Card of the Day is Scizor.

Scizor is a Stage 1 Metal Pokemon. Metal Pokemon aren't very common outside of Dialga G, but are worth a look because they get the bonuses from Special Metal Energy. 90 HP is fairly good for a Stage 1, as hopefully Scizor will be able to survive at least one hit or two (though in this metagame, it still may be a bit too low). Fire weakness is to be expected for a Metal-type, so keep it away from Charizard and Blaziken FB. Psychic Resistance is great, keeping Scizor alive longer against Gengar, Mewtwo, and the pixies. Finally, a Retreat Cost of 1 isn't too bad: perfectly payable if you must.

Now, when we usually review cards, a lot of cards have either really interesting attacks, Poke-Powers, Poke-Bodies, or some combination in between. Sadly, Scizor is very vanilla, with Cut dealing 50 damage for [MC] and Metal Claw dealing 80 for [MMC]. The good thing is that these attacks are fairly well costed, however they don't have any useful side effects either. Therefore, when constructing a deck in Modified, there are generally better options to use that have more powerful attacks, cheaper attacks, or useful Powers and Bodies.

Modified: 1/5 The attacks do passable damage for the cost, but chances are you will never see one of these in competitive play. There are simply too many better Pokemon that have better attacks or more interesting abilities. It's outclassed by Scizor Prime in pretty much every sense.

Limited: 3/5 The decent damage output of the attacks is actually really nice here. Sometimes reliability is a problem in Limited, as there are many more coin flip attacks. Scizor is great for a stable attacker that has a fairly high damage output once it is fully powered up, and can be made better through the use of Special Metal Energy. Fire Pokemon are also quite rare in this set, so there really shouldn't be that much to look out against. Plus, both Scythers in the set are quite good for Limited.

Combos With: Your binder

Overall, it's a card with nice artwork, but not much else going for it.

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia
Scizor (HS Undaunted)
 
This Scizor is incredibly boring, but it still has a chance to act as an okay card. Here goes
 
We get metal typing for the defensive effect, 90 HP, fire weakness, psychic resistance and a retreat cost of 1. Pretty fast for card wih tank potential, but otherwise average for the format.
 
There are 2 attacks, both dealing vanilla damage. Cut is 50 damage for MC while Metal Claw deals 80 damage for MMC, so nothing to report here. On the other hand, you can throw in an Expert Belt and a Special metal or 2 for a quick tank build with decent damage on this Scizor, something that metal decks are very rarely able to pull off which is why there are so few metal Pokemon in common use.
 
So very boring, but still with a purpose which denies me the pleasure of calling it binder fodder.
 
Modified: 2.5 (there are possibilites, but it won't make a deck alone)
Limited: 2.5 (Special metals in this set make Scizor a good pick, probably a better pick than the Prime)
Combos with: Expert Belt, Special metal energy


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