85 (Emerging Powers)
I must admit, I really like the new Pokémon: Generation
V is the best one since Generation II in my opinion. One
of my favourites is the absolutely adorable
Cinccino. I’m so glad that
he has at least one playable card to his name already. I
guess it would be a bit much to ask for two?
is a 90 HP Stage 1 with Fighting Weakness, so don’t
expect him to stick around on the Field for too long.
His first attack, Captivate, enables you to switch the
Defending Pokémon with one of your opponent’s Benched
Pokémon . . . so it’s basically Pokémon Catcher in the
form of an attack. In a different format, this could
have been useful, but when we can do the same thing with
a Trainer card? Not so much. Of course, the attack does
have the advantage of being usable under Trainer Lock (Vileplume
and Gothitelle), but even
then it is inferior to the Mew Prime/Muk
combo when it comes to dealing with those Pokémon.
second attack is called Fluffy Tail. That’s just
awesome. I don’t really care than it is only a very
mediocre semi-stalling attack that does 30 damage and
inflicts sleep for [C][C]. I
care that it’s called Fluffy Tail. In a game full of
Pokémon doing apocalyptic-sounding attacks like
Earthquake, Bolt Strike, and Flare Destroy,
Cinccino can come along and
get the job done with Fluffy Tail. That’s just
I wish I could rate it
Modified: 1.75 (there are situations where the first
attack could work for you)
Limited: 3.75 (Absolutely I would play this.
A fast, disruptive, Colourless Stage
1? Every time)
Happy Friday, Pojo readers! Today we'll end our COTD
week by reviewing a Pokemon that has served me well in
Emerging Powers Limited at a few of the prerelease
events that I've attended. Today's Card of the Day is
Cinccino is a Stage 1 Colorless Pokemon. Colorless
Pokemon are always great to use because they can use any
type of Energy for their attacks, allowing them to fit
into nearly any deck. In fact, many Colorless Pokemon,
including Cinccino BW and Bouffalant BW, see some play
in Modified for this reason. This Cinccino from Emerging
Powers has 90 HP, which is fairly standard for a Stage
1, although it can't take many hits against heavy
hitters in the Modified (or even sometimes Limited)
metagame. Fighting Weakness is only really a problem
with Donphan Prime in Modified, but one has to look out
for things like the Gigalith and Krookodile lines in
Limited. Cinccino also has no Resistance and a
easily-payable Retreat Cost of 1.
Cinccino has two attacks: Captivate and Fluffy Tail.
Captivate has a Pokemon Catcher/Gust of Wind effect for
a single Colorless Energy: you switch your opponent's
Active Pokemon with one of their Benched Pokemon.
Disruption of this kind is always good in Pokemon, and
although Pokemon Catcher is better, there are still a
few situations where this attack can be useful, such as
under a Trainer/Item Lock situation. Therefore, if
Gothitelle and Vileplume are heavy in your area,
Cinccino may be worth considering as a tech against
those two Pokemon. In Limited, chances are you'll be
able to get great use out of this attack, forcing up an
opponent's bench sitter to get your opponent to either
waste Energy to Retreat it or get a few hits in before
it is fully powered up.
Fluffy Tail is Cinccino's only form of offense,
dealing 30 damage and automatically putting the
Defending Pokemon to sleep for two Colorless Energy (or
a Double Colorless). The attack isn't terrible, but
you'll generally want other options for Modified. In
Limited, 30 damage and automatic Special Conditions are
good, even if the opponent's Pokemon being Asleep is a
bit unreliable. Even still, Cinccino's Colorless typing
makes it easily fit into any deck that needs some more
Modified: 2.25/5 Cinccino doesn't belong in every
deck, but it can make a decent tech in Gothitelle and
Vileplume heavy areas. That being said, Cinccino's HP is
still rather low and Fluffy Tail doesn't do a whole lot
of damage, so you're going to want a way to get Cinccino
out of the Active Position to make sure your opponent
doesn't make quick work of it.
Limited: 3.75/5 Cinccino is really good in Limited
with Colorless typing and solid, disruptive attacks.
Captivate is amazing in this format, and even Fluffy
Tail can give your opponents problems with the automatic
Asleep condition and decent damage (for Limited).
Therefore, if you have a draft a Cinccino line, it's
probably worth considering in Limited unless you really
don't have the space.