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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Liepard #65

Emerging Powers

Date Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.75
Limited: 3.50

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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Liepard 65/98 (Emerging Powers)

In my opinion, Liepard is the most beautiful of all the cat Pokémon. Not as iconic as Meowth, not as cute as Skitty, but better than Purugly in every conceivable way. The artwork on this card really brings out what a great design Liepard is. But (sadly) being prettyful doesn’t get you any playtime in tournaments, so I guess I will just have to look a bit deeper.

Liepard is a Stage 1 Pokémon, which has become a pretty good thing since the Rare Candy errata. For a couple of years, none were playable outside of Donphan and Gyarados, and now you see Yanmega, Cinccino, Zoroark, and even Lanturn, and Weavile getting some love as well. Unfortunately, Liepard has a very low HP and a pretty bad Fighting Weakness (yes, Donphan is still around). The Psychic Resistance is nice and all, but when a Pokémon has only 80 HP, it isn’t often going to be relevant.

Feint Attack is something you see a fair bit on Dark Pokémon. This version is very nicely costed at one Dark Energy for 30 damage to one of your opponent’s Pokémon. Snipe is always a good thing to have (and this attack will OHKO Baby Pokémon), but has become somewhat less useful since the release of Pokémon Catcher. Besides, if you want a Stage 1 that snipes, you can do better by going the obvious route and using Yanmega Prime (10 more damage for no cost if you match hand sizes). At least Feint Attack does have some synergy with Claw Rend: this attack costs [D][C][C] and does a subpar 50 damage, unless the Defending Pokémon already has damage counters on it, in which case it will do 80.

I guess the idea is to snipe first, and then use Claw Rend. The trouble is that Liepard is so frail, it will seldom be on the Field long enough to make that happen. Even if it was, it would still need two Special Dark Energy to pull off a two-hit KO on a standard Stage 2 or a fresh Unova Dragon. Attractive as it is, Liepard just doesn’t have either the durability or the damage output needed in this format of OHKOs.

Rating

Modified: 1.5 (even the BW Liepard is slightly better)

Limited: 3.5 (I would most probably play this. Sniping is very useful as people will retreat damaged Pokémon for Prize denial)

 

Hello, hello, Pojo readers! Today we're reviewing a new Darkness-type Pokemon from Emerging Powers. Today's Card of the Day is Liepard.

Liepard is a Stage 1 Darkness Pokemon. Dark-types aren't terribly common in Modified right now, only with the random Tyranitar Prime and Weavile UD seeing much play at all. 80 HP makes Liepard rather frail for Modified and only slightly better in Limited, as most high-powered attacks will be able to OHKO. Fighting Weakness is bad news against Donphan Prime, Psychic Resistance is great against Gothitelle and Mew Prime, and finally a Retreat Cost of 1 is decent and payable.

Liepard has two attacks, Feint Attack and Claw Rend. Feint Attack deals 30 damage to one of your opponent's Pokemon for a single Darkness Energy, ignoring Weakness, Resistance, or any other effects on that Pokemon. This attack is fairly good for its cost, and the ability of picking off Benched Pokemon and sleeping Babies is always really good in this format. Claw Rend starts off at 50 damage for a Darkness and two Colorless Energy, and it does 30 additional damage if the Defending Pokemon has any damage counters on it. Claw Rend works very well with Feint Attack and other snipers, and also can benefit from the damage increase of Special Darkness Energy. In Modified, a maximum of 80 damage for three Energy is a bit expensive, so there are probably better choices there. In Limited, Claw Rend is excellent and can easily pick off a previously damaged attack, or more generally, can 2HKO everything in the format.

Modified: 2/5 Feint Attack is very good for its cost, but Liepard's disappointing HP and high cost of Claw Rend let it down. There's a possibility of Liepard working with Tyranitar Prime, but chances are that Mandibuzz BW is a better option for that as well.

Limited: 3.5/5 Although Darkness-types are relatively rare in Limited, Liepard can be worth using a few of them. Feint Attack allows you to snipe anywhere without drawback, and Claw Rend deals strong consistent damage for the format. Just make sure to watch out for any Fighting types your opponent may be running, as Liepard's low HP can't really survive many assaults from them.

Combos With: Tyranitar Prime


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