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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Plume Fossil

Noble Victories

Date Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.67
Limited: 2.13

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
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Plume Fossil (Noble Victories)

Hello and welcome to another week of Pojo’s CotD. I hope that US readers enjoyed their Thanksgiving break and managed to pick up some Pokémon-related bargains on Black Friday without getting injured (I heard about that on the news).

We kick things off with Plume Fossil, which is the card you will have to use if you ever want to get Archeops into play. Would you ever want to do that? Well, yes. It has an amazing Ability: it prevents either player from evolving their Pokémon.

I won’t go into detail on how useful Archeops might be because I suspect that will be the subject of a future review. As for Plume Fossil itself, I made my feelings clear on how utterly horrible the new Fossil mechanic is in my review of Cover Fossil last week. To summarise, you have to run a whole bunch of cards (a playset of the Fossil Trainer, the Stage 1, and Research Records) to even stand a chance of getting Archeops on the Field, and even then it’s a real gamble as to whether the Stage 1 you need is in either the top four, or bottom seven cards of the deck. What’s more, the strategy is useless against arguably the most powerful deck in the format (Zekrom/Tornadus), and is shut down entirely if your opponent can get Vileplume or Gothitelle out first.

They can make these new Restored/Fossil Pokémon as powerful as they like really, because unless we get either another method of getting them out, or a reliable way to send cards to the bottom of the deck, no-one in their right mind is going to use them in a tournament.

Rating

Modified: 1.25 (the worst Fossil mechanic ever. And that’s saying something)

Limited: 1.25 (smaller deck = more chance of working . . . but you won’t pull enough of the needed cards in six packs)

virusyosh

Welcome back, Pojo readers! I hope that your Thanksgiving holidays in the US went well, and that all of you did well at your local City Championships. We're going to review more Noble Victories cards this week, and we'll kick things off by reviewing Plume Fossil.

Plume Fossil is a Trainer - Item card, meaning you can play as many copies of it as you would like per turn, and it will be blocked by Gothitelle's Magic Room and Vileplume UD's Allergy Flower. Plume Fossil, much like the Cover Fossil that we reviewed last week, is one of the two new cards in Noble Victories highlighting the new Restored Pokemon mechanic. When you play Plume Fossil, you look at the bottom seven cards of your deck. If you can find an Archen in those seven cards, you can put it onto your Bench, shuffling your deck afterward. This is currently the only way to get an Archen into play, and therefore is totally necessary if you wish to play Archeops, Archen's evolution. That being said, Plume Fossil is incredibly difficult to use, as there aren't too many ways to stack the bottom of your deck. Research Record comes to mind immediately, but even that isn't a sure thing.

Modified: 2/5 Plume Fossil is difficult to rate, as it only will be in decks that utilize Archeops, and those decks will run 4 copies. Archeops' Ancient Power, an Ability that blocks Evolutions, isn't quite as useful in this format as one might initially think. With so many powerful Basic Pokemon commonplace (with more to come), Rare Candy being unaffected by the Ability, and the sheer difficulty in getting the Pokemon out, Archeops (and therefore Plume Fossil) probably doesn't have a place in Modified.

Limited: 3/5 Plume Fossil is slightly better in Limited than it is in Modified, but is still difficult to use. With a smaller deck size, it is easier to find an Archen in your seven bottom cards, but there are no bottom-stacking cards in Noble Victories, so you are pretty much stuck with the random configuration in this format. Archeops can be pretty good here, though, so if you pull an Archeops and a few Plume Fossil, it could be worth running, though there are generally better, more consistent options.

Combos With: Research Record

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia

Plume Fossil  (Noble Victories)
 
Hey Pojo fans, we start the week with the other Fossil Trainer, Plume Fossil! I'd say we covered the pros and cons (mostly cons) of the new Fossil mechanic, so the only question we have to answer today is if Achen and Archeops can rise above the drawbacks.
 
Suprisingly, I think Archeops could see play but I won't go into further detail until we review that card further down the line. For now, I'm going to say that if you run Plume Fossil then you had also better run a full set of Poke'mon Communication, so you can put Archen back into your deck if it ever winds up in your hand. I'd recommend Research Record as well to increase your odds, but you have to ask yourself if the cost in deck space is really worth it.
 
Although I think Fossils have been getting the short end of the stick for some time now, I can understand why they've changed the rules. Having Item cards that are also Poke'mon when they are in play (but not when they are in the deck, hand or discard pile) is always confusing for the newer players. However, I think it could have been handled better by simply allowing players to search their deck and/or discard pile for Archen and then putting into play immediately, completely avoiding the roasting we've given the Fossil cards.
 
It's been a lousy year for Fossils and I fear it is only going to get worse. Oh well, maybe they will be reworded to be even marginally playable?
 
Modified: 2 (Archeops could be playable, but if there was a way to avoid using Plume Fossil then you can bet that everyone would take it)
 
Limited: 1.5 (smaller deck sizes make your odds better but you still need a decent number of Plume Fossil and Archen to make it work and Archeops is nothing special in Limited)
 
Combos with: an apology to the Fossils and a major rewrite.


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