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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Slowking

HeartGold & SoulSilver

Date Reviewed: 02.09.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.25
Limited: 2.75

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

Slowking (HGSS)

 

Seeing as HGSS seems to hark back to the old Neo sets, players who remember those days might feel a bit worried (or excited) at the appearance of a Slowking card. The one from Neo Genesis (thanks to a mistranslation) had a ridiculous Pokémon Power and eventually got banned from competitive play.

 

This new Slowking also has a Power: Second Sight. Once per turn, this lets you look at the top three cards of either your, or your opponent’s deck, and arrange them how you like. While nowhere near as broken as the old Slowking, this is still a useful Power which combos nicely with several other cards. Simply being able to manipulate your next drawn card is decent enough, but using the Power to put the hurt on an opponent is much sweeter. Playing a Lock-style deck (like Gliscor/Spiritomb)? Then use Slowking to prevent your opponent drawing into that Warp Energy they desperately need. Using Flygon LV X’s Wind Erosion to try and discard crucial cards from your opponent’s deck? Slowking can help you hit the ones you want to get rid of.

 

Slowking’s stats are the kind that mean you will only ever want this Pokémon on the Bench to use Second Sight. A mediocre 80 HP, a double Psychic Weakness, and a heavy Retreat cost mean you don’t ever want this active. You certainly won’t be using Slowking’s Psyshock attack, except in an emergency: 30 for [P][C] and a flip for Paralysis is very mediocre indeed.

 

Slowking is a card that would be at least useful in most decks. However, with the amount of draw and search in Pokémon, just tossing it in to mess with your opponent’s topdecks isn’t going to be effective enough to justify the deck space. Slowking is the kind of card which will appeal to rogue deckbuilders, though, and in the right deck it could form part of some very annoying and disruptive strategies.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 2.75 (a potentially useful tech . . . if you can work out how to use it)

Limited: 3.5 (better topdecks for you is a good enough reason to run it here)

 

virusyosh

Good day, Pojo viewers! Today we continue reviewing new cards from the new HeartGold and SoulSilver expansion. Today's review is of the Royal Pokemon, Slowking.

Slowking is a Stage 1 Psychic-type Pokemon. Being a Psychic-type is pretty good right now, but watch out for Gengar and other Psychics and Darks. Slowing has 80 HP, which is relatively low for a Stage 1 that doesn't evolve any further. Weakness to Psychic (x2) is very bad, no Resistance is unfortunately standard, and a Retreat Cost of 2 is a bit expensive if you have to pay it.

Slowking has a Poke-Power and a single attack. The Power, Second Sight, allows you to look at the top three cards of either player's deck and put them back in any order if you aren't afflicted with a Special Condition. While looking at the top cards of your opponent's deck can provide a form of some sort of deck disruption, chances are your opponent will probably just search for any cards they need, or draw more than the three cards you've looked at using Claydol or Uxie.

Slowking's only attack, Psyshock, deals 30 damage for the price of [PC] and has a chance to paralyze if you flip heads. While the attack is fairly priced, it has a seriously low damage output for a fully-evolved Pokemon. However, Paralysis is a very underrated Special Condition, and can be really awesome if you are lucky with your coin flips.

Modified: 1.5/5 The power is of limited use and the attack is fairly weak. Unless there's some very broken combo that I'm missing, I can't see Slowking seeing much play here.

Limited: 2/5 If you get some Slowpokes it's probably worth running, as the attack can work decently as a stall tactic. The power is also somewhat useful here as well, because there is slightly less draw power. Still, the HP and damage output is somewhat low for a fully-evolved Stage 1.

BoDragon

Slowking
HeartGold & SoulSilver, #12

Today's card is the Psychic-type Pokémon Slowking from the HeartGold & SoulSilver expansion. (The Royal Pokémon makes it first appearance in eight sets previously appearing in Diamond & Pearl--Great Encounters.)

Its Poké-Power is Second Sight, allowing you to choose either player's deck to look at the top three cards and put them back on top of that player's deck in any order. This is a minor realignment of top cards in someone's deck that may or may not help them in a battle.

Its only attack, Psyshock, deals 30 damage for {P}{C}, and has 50% probability to paralyze the Defending Pokémon. I am disappointed the attack cost does not correspond well with the base damage. Two Energy for 30 damage seems like overpaying for little damage being done by an evolved Pokémon. I would prefer the base damage would be higher, or the attack cost reduced to one Energy. It is an average attack at best.

Its two Energy Retreat Cost is a drawback for a Pokémon lacking many abilities. Its Psychic weakness and 80 HP are typical for this Pokémon.

Ratings:
Modifed: 2/5
Limited: 3/5


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