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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Sudowoodo

HS Unleashed

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 2.25

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
Top 4 UK Nats

Sudowoodo (Unleashed)

 

Today’s card is Sudowoodo, that incredibly annoying Pokémon that blocks your way in the Gold and Silver video games. It’s a strange-looking thing that doesn’t ever seem to get made into a good Pokémon . . . and here it is as a Holo Rare. Should you be prepared for disappointment if this is the shiny in your pack?

 

In a word, ‘yes’.

 

Sudowoodo has a very solid (for a Basic) 90 HP, but that Water Weakness could be a problem if you run into Gyarados. Gyarados (and Water Pokémon generally) seem to be in a bit of a decline lately, though. The Retreat Cost of two isn’t something you are going to want to pay with actual Energy, so if you did put this in a deck (WHY???), then be prepared to let it fight to the death or include some switching cards.

 

Really, though, it’s the lacklustre attacks that condemn Sudowoodo to the binder for all eternity. The first, Push Over, does 20 times the amount of Fighting Energy attached. A damage ratio of 20 for one Energy is, if anything, below par these days (don’t believe me? Look up Jumpluff and Donphan Prime) so although you COULD accelerate a bunch of Fighting Energy on to a Sudowoodo (Regirock LA + Stark Mountain seems the obvious way), you aren’t really getting a good enough reward for all that effort.

 

Things don’t get any better with Sudowoodo’s second attack. For three Energy of any Colour, Rumble will do 40 damage and prevent the Defending Pokémon from Retreating next turn. I suppose you could use it to lock something like a Claydol and then KO it over two turns but . . . nah: there are much better lock strategies available (such as in the Gliscor/Spiritomb deck).

 

Basically, I’ve no idea why they made this card a Holo Rare when I’d rather pull almost any of the Uncommons that this.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1.25 (no way this should be a Holo)

Limited: 1.75 (Just because bad attacks are marginally better in Limited)

 

Combo with . . .

 

Regirock LA + Stark Mountain . . . but it’s still very bad

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia

Sudowood (HS Unleashed)
 
Sudowood is another card that doesn't see a lot of time in the games or anime. Seems to be an obscure start to the week. Adachi did a nice job of making the world's weirdest tree look good.
 
Vital statistics: 90 HP Basic Pokemon with x2 Water weakness, no resistance and 2 retreat. Being a Fighting type is good for hitting Weakness, but not a lot of combo support. So far, a bit above average.
 
Sudowood has no powers and 2 attacks, which mean it is either an attacker or a stall. No stall effects to be seen and, sadly, it's too energy hungry to be an effective attacker.
 
Push Over is the first (and only useful) attack. For F, it does 20 damage times the number of F energy on it. Nice damage for the cheap cost and it's boostable, but Sudowoodo is too squishy for you to risk more than 2 energy on it, so the damage caps out too quickly to be useful (not to mention other types of energy won't count). Nasty in Limited though, where you can risk far more energy, especially if you get Sudowoodo out quickly.
 
Rumble is the completely rubbish second attack. For CCC, it deals 40 damage and stops your opponent's Active from retreating for a turn. Too high a cost on such an easily KOed Pokemon, with a nearly useless effect.
 
All in all, Sudowood is another card that won't see anything but the binder after the Prerelease is over. Not quite set filler, but close.
 
Modified: 1.75 (Push Over is a good attack, but not on this Pokemon)
Limited: 3.5 (Here Sudowood is a fast Basic with good stats and a nasty potential for damage. Watch out for all of the Water in the set though)
 
Combos with: Fighting decks in need of a sacrificial lamb.


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