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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Sandslash

HGSS

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 2.50

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

Sandslash (HGSS)

 

In a set full of extremely prettyful artwork, Sandslash HGSS stands out as one of my favourites. I just love the pose and the beautiful colours in Yukiko Baba’s picture.

 

But if great art made a great card, then we would all be playing Ho-Oh Legend and Arcanine HGSS decks. And we’re not.

 

Sandslash is a Stage 1 Pokémon, so it needs to work hard to get any attention in a competitive environment. Not having a Power or Body is not a good start, and neither is that mediocre 80 HP and double Water Weakness. On a more positive note, Lightning Resistance might well be the best possible one to have right now (even if its only -20), and no Retreat cost is always welcome, even if it is a bit bizarre to see a 65lb porcupine skip back to the Bench for free while something like Zapdos always seems to get lumbered with a Retreat cost of two.

 

Poison Sting costs [F][C] and is Sandslash’s first attack. For that cost you get to do 30 damage and auto Poison. That’s not a good return on your Energy investment: the Poison is a bonus, but Status Conditions are too easily shrugged off to count for much in this format. Add another [C] Energy (or use Double Colourless Energy) and you can use Sandslash’s second attack, Fury Swipes. For that three Energy cost, you get to flip three coins and do 30 damage for each heads. Even assuming you were lucky, 90 for three is decent at most, and when 30 or 60 for three are just as likely outcomes . . . well, what you have there is a pretty poor attack.

 

Underpowered, flippy, and unable to stand up to much. My RH Sandslash all look very nice in my binder, which is where they will stay.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1.5 (I want to play it because of the art but the rubbish attacks won’t let me)

Limited: 2.5 (rubbish attacks are . . . well, less rubbish in Limited)


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