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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Persian #27/123

HGSS

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 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
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Persian HGSS

While Meowth is more popular, it is only the Scratch Cat Pokémon. Its evolution, Persian, is the Classy cat, and what’s more, Giovanni owns one. If you are looking for a pet, Persian is the choice of the discerning.

This particular card version is just simply a ton of fun to play. No, I don’t recommend that you turn up to a big tournament like States with a deck built around this card, but for casual play, you won’t find much that’s more of a blast to use, even though your opponent won’t feel the same way.

This is because of its Sharpen Claws attack: for one Energy, you get to flip three coins and discard a card from your opponent’s hand (without looking) for each heads. With a bit of luck, this can be a real problem for your opponent. Combined with a Power that fixes their draw for next turn (Chatot G or Slowking HGSS), it’s positively hurtful. Add in some other form of hand disruption (Weavile UD, Judge, Giratina ‘Let Loose’), and you can devastate their set up permanently.

Yes, Persian is pretty frail (80 HP), has a bad Weakness (Fighting), and a lack of attack power (although it isn’t hard to get Sneaky Attack hitting up to 80 damage with an Expert Belt), but none of that will matter if your opponent has no hand and can only draw into something useless every turn. It’s fast enough to form part of a viable strategy and it’s really only the heavy luck factor of Sharpen Claws and the presence of Uxie LA that prevents Persian being legit competitive in my opinion. As a result, although this isn’t a deck you will want to play in a tournament, it isn’t something you will want to face either . . . it is very capable of spoiling your day if your opponent has some moderate luck going their way.

Rating

Modified: 2.75 (Highly recommended for League and casual play)


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