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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Gothitelle #48

Emerging Powers

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.75
Limited: 3.40

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Gothitelle #48/98 (Emerging Powers)

After yesterday’s card, I suppose this was bound to be an anti-climax . . .

This version of Gothitelle is inferior to the other one in just about every way (except for the lower Retreat cost). It has less HP (meaning it gets one-shot by the Dragons), it has no Ability, and the attacks aren’t very inspiring either. I guess the card designers put all their efforts into the other Gothitelle.

At least Smack is good value and low cost: giving you 30 damage (but no effect) for just the one Psychic Energy. At two Energy of any Colour and you get the doubtful benefit of being able to use Mental Shock, with its sub-par damage output of 60, and a coin flip for a mediocre effect. Flip heads and you inflict Confusion (a Weak Status Condition that the defending Pokémon will likely Retreat or Switch out of); get tails and you can discard an Energy attached to the defending Pokémon (while not bad, the impact of this in a format full of low Energy attackers and Energy acceleration decks is less than it might be).

What you have here is a Pokémon that is typical of the cards that the Japanese get as Promos, but which we get incorporated into sets: it’s a non-essential and clearly worse version of the ‘real’ thing.

Rating

Modified: 1.5 (boring sub-par Stage 2. Play the other one)

Limited: 2.75 (probably superior to the other one in this format, thanks to the cheap attack and the fact that Status Conditions work better here)

virusyosh

Happy Friday, Pojo readers! Today we're going to end our COTD Week by reviewing the other Gothitelle from Emerging Powers.

Gothitelle is a Stage 2 Psychic Pokemon. As I've said all week, Psychics aren't too common, although the ability Gothitelle may end up changing that, as Magic Room is quite a good Ability. Will this Gothitelle be able to make a splash in the deck as a one- or two-of? Let's see. 120 HP is on the lower side of average for a Stage 2, but given that Psychics don't usually have that much HP anyway, it's expected. Even still, Gothitelle should be able to take at least one weaker attack, but sadly falls short against Reshiram, Zekrom, and other common attackers that hit the magic number of 120. Like the other Gothitelle, this one has a Psychic Weakness and no Resistance, but only a Retreat Cost of 1, which is fairly nice.

Unlike the Ability Gothitelle, this one only has two attacks. Smack deals a vanilla 30 damage for a single Psychic Energy, and is only really useful in Limited. I suppose it could be used to finish off a weakened Pokemon or a Basic with low HP in Modified, as well. The second attack, Mental Shock starts off at 60 damage for a Psychic and two Colorless, and when you flip a coin, the attack either Confuses the Defending Pokemon if you flip heads, or discards an Energy from the Defending Pokemon if you flip tails. These attacks that provide a beneficial effect regardless of what you flip is very nice, but it's kind of unfortunate the attack only deals 60 damage, and being a Stage 2, there are probably better options in Modified. In Limited, Mental Shock is great, as both effects will strongly hinder your opponent, and 60 damage is fairly good for that format.

Modified: 2/5 In terms of competitive play in Modified, the Ability Gothitelle is much better than this one. While Mental Shock is fairly decent in terms of what you get, being able to block Items is simply amazing. 120 HP in a format where 120 damage attacks are easily obtained doesn't help this Gothitelle's case, either.

Limited: 4/5 Much like the other Gothitelle, if you can get this one out, you'll probably win, if not come very close. Smack is great in order to pick off weakened opponents, and Mental Shock deals decent damage with useful secondary effects. Just be careful for all of the Psychics in Emerging Powers - there are quite a few of them.


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