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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Top 10 Cards of 2011 Countdown - #6

Eviolite

Noble Victories

Date Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.75
Limited: 5.00

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: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

#6 Eviolite

To end the week, here is the first Trainer card to make our Top Ten of 2011. No prizes for guessing that it won’t be the last.

In a format where the new first turn rules and the Rare Candy errata made playing Pokémon that Evolved a less and less attractive prospect, Pokémon decided to release a whole load of Basics whose HP and damage output rivalled, and in some cases exceeded, that of most Stage 2s. Then they went and gave us this: Eviolite. A card that gives exclusive protection to those same big powerful Basics by reducing any attack damage they take by 20.

With an Eviolite attached, it now takes 150 damage to OHKO a Unova Dragon, with a huge Outrage attack awaiting the Pokémon who fell short. Eviolite reduces Zekrom’s self-damage from Bolt Strike to the point where it is barely a drawback any more. A Tornadus with Eviolite attached simply laughs in the face of the one-mighty Donphan Prime. With Eviolite, a Durant NV can hope to survive long enough to mill through an opponent’s entire stack of cards. Six Corners (a deck that basically works by hitting for Weakness with Outrage attacks) becomes not only feasible, but top tier thanks to Eviolite . . . need I go on? This card has only just been released and already it has had a massive impact.

Unlike the other cards we have looked at this week, which probably have their best days behind them, Eviolite is only going to get better and better. In case you have been living under a Geodude recently, you will know that 170+ HP Basic EX Pokémon like Mewtwo, Groudon, and Zekrom are just around the corner. Yep, the days where you will need to hit for 200 damage just to OHKO a Basic Pokémon are almost here, and Eviolite is going to have a big part to play in that future.

Rating

Modified: 4.5 (This card will be making life difficult for opponents until the day it rotates)

virusyosh

Happy Friday, Pojo readers! Today we're going to finish off our COTD Week with our #6 Card of 2011. Today's card is a new Pokemon Tool from Noble Victories that has seen tons of play since its release, and will probably see even more play once Next Destinies comes out. Today's Card of the Day is Eviolite.
 
Eviolite is a Trainer - Item card, and is also a Pokemon Tool. Therefore, you can play as many of them as you like during your turn (unless you're under the effects of Allergy Flower or Magic Room), and you can attach it to a Pokemon that doesn't already have a Pokemon Tool attached to it. Eviolite's effect acts as a "permanent Defender" for Basics, causing any damage done to the attached Basic to be reduced by 20. This is very handy on Reshiram and Zekrom, as neither can be OHKOed by an opposing Blue Flare or Bolt Strike + PlusPower, instead requiring three PlusPowers for the OHKO. Likewise, it also adds to the survivability of the main attackers in Six Corners, as well as making Durant a stalling force to be feared. When using Eviolite, just remember that it doesn't work on non-Basics (so LEGENDs and Evolved Pokemon won't get the effect).
 
Modified: 5/5 Eviolite is really, really good. While it doesn't belong in every deck (Evolution decks don't really have much of a use for it), it definitely belongs in any deck that is built around powerful Basic Pokemon. Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Tornadus, Cobalion, Virizion, Terrakion, and Durant all greatly benefit from the use of Eviolite, turning some would-be OHKOs into 2HKOs, giving you an extra turn to Super Scoop Up/Switch or get a KO of your own. Additionally, when the new Basic Pokemon-EX come out in Next Destinies, Eviolite will be ridiculous with them as well. Expect this card to continue to see a lot of play until it rotates, as it should be a tournament staple.
 
Limited: 5/5 Most Limited decks rise and fall depending on how powerful your Basics are, and Eviolite makes your Basics even more powerful. Since Limited is a low-damage format, chances are Eviolite can help you tank with your Basics as long as possible, as any 10- or 20-damage attack won't do anything with this Tool. Definitely worth a deck slot here.

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia

Top Card #6: Eviolite (Noble Vitories)
 
Noble Victories has been a raging success so far, and one of the biggest reasons for that success is that many cards were released that either created new archetypes (Vanilluxe, Virizion and Cobalion for example) or cemented the old ones (Kyurem, Eelectrik and N to name a few). Eviolite is of the latter category, making the Zekrom Rush deck (I like that name better than Zekrom Donk) even better than it was before.
 
Eviolite is a lovely Poke'mon tool that reduces incoming damage from attacks by 20 for the Poke'mon it is attached to (including self damage), provided that said Poke'mon is a Basic. Poke'mon Legend are left out in the cold (yet again!) but there are plenty of viable Poke'mon who just love this little treasure!
 
Zekrom is the first Poke'mon that comes to mind, since the synergy with Bolt Strike is obvious. Equally terrifying is Tornadus, who will now make Donphan and Landorus cry like little children, since their attacks will now be doing more damage to their own team than they are to the cloud monster!
 
Less obvious but equally important targets are Kyurem (living long enough to get in another Glaciate makes Eviolite well worth the deck space), Cobalion NV (if Magic Gothitelle isn't out yet, this will make your opponent cry!), Mantine HGSS (getting one more Water Poke'mon to complete your setup) and Shuckle Promo (protect your card drawing sources!)
 
The there are the evolving Basics like Magnemite TM, Hoppip HGSS, Tynamo NV, Cyndaquil HGSS, Totodile HGSS, Gothita EP, Zorua EP and Horsea UL. All of these fragile Poke'mon and more evolve into powerful forms but they need prtoecting if they are going to get there, so Eviolite is a worthwile investment purely to ensure your support gets set up.
 
The only problem with Eviolite is that it doesn't have a discard clause, so if you evolve a Poke'mon who is holding one then you lose the effect but you can't replace it with another Poke'mon Tool unless you scoop up the Poke'mon and evolve it all over again (admittedly Rocky Helmet is the only other current option, but it's still annoying). Also, you can't get your Eviolite back with Junk Arm until the target Poke'mon is Knocked Out, but the reason you played Eviolite in the first place was to prevent that from happening, so run multiple copies for the best results.
 
There are very good reasons to include Eviolite in any build and it is a must run in any deck with self-damaging Basics. Pretty much the only acceptable reasons not to use it are lack of space, a preference for Rocky Helmet and not having them in your collection!
 
Modified: 4.75 (the competition with Rocky Helmet is tough and the lack of usefulness on Evolutions is a problem but Eviolite is an awesome card to play and you will definitely come up against it)
 
Limited: 5 (between Landorus, the Musketeer Trio, Kyurem and Druddigon you have absolutely no reason not to run this!)
 
Combos with: any Basic will benefit, but Eviolite becomes a must run if youR little critters have attacks with recoil damage.


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