Another day, another
and anyone who remembers yesterday’s
card’s flavour text, implying that
like to sink ships and leave no
survivors, will probably be
by the artwork of
Jellicent hovering in the
vicinity of a ship. The flavour text on
this card doesn’t help much either . . .
apparently this Pokémon’s favourite food
is ‘life energy’. I have no idea what
that means, but it doesn’t sound like
good news for anyone on that boat.
Back in the (relatively) real world of
the TCG, Jellicent
offers a much less ominous prospect for
anyone who encounters him. He has a
little more HP than the previous one,
but at 120, it still falls into Dragon
OHKO range, and the Lightning Weakness
still does him no favours. The Retreat
cost is a slightly improved as well, but
it’s still not exactly good.
That relative lack of durability comes
back to bite
Jellicent when you look at its
first attack. Vengeful Wish costs just a
single Energy of any Colour and it does
the same damage as was done to
the previous turn (kind of like Outrage
suppose). Problem here is that no
opponent with any sense is going to do
significant damage to
short of a OHKO. They will either
Catcher around it until they can
one-shot it, or (much less likely) set
it up for a KO by doing a small amount
of damage. Either of these strategies
makes Vengeful Wish practically useless.
So . . . you then have to fall back on
the second attack, Absorb Life. This
costs a pretty hefty [W][W][C]
(the same as
Kyurem’s Glaciate!) but does a
mere 30 damage. It does have the effect
of healing 30 from
Jellicent itself but, as
described above, it does not have the HP
(or the Typing) to soak up hits in this
might be a danger to shipping, but he’s
no threat in the card game.
Modified: 1.5 (not strong enough to
benefit from his own attacks)
Limited: 3.75 (can be somewhat
and nowhere near as easy to one-shot)
Happy Friday, Pojo viewers! Today we're going to end
our COTD by reviewing another version of the Pokemon we
just reviewed yesterday. Today's Card of the Day is
Jellicent from Next Destinies.
Jellicent is a Stage 1 Water Pokemon. As I said
yesterday, the only Water Pokemon that see any real play
are Kyurem and Kyurem-EX, and even then, those aren't
all that common. 120 HP is fairly good for a Stage 1, as
Jellicent should be able to take at least one
decent-sized hit before going down; however, it sadly
still falls to the assaults of the dragons and most of
the Pokemon-EX. Lightning Weakness is terrible with all
of the Zekroms running around the format, no Resistance
is to be expected, and a Retreat Cost of 2 is a little
pricey, but can be paid if absolutely necessary.
Jellicent has two attacks. Vengeful Wish deals damage
equal to the amount of damage dealt to Jellicent last
turn to the Defending Pokemon for a single Colorless
Energy, which would be simply great if Jellicent had
more HP. If Jellicent had somewhere in the realm of 130
or 140 HP, it could soak up a Blue Flare or Bolt Strike
to deal a decent amount of damage for a single Energy.
However, with all of the Pokemon-EX running around, this
is still a moot point, as Reshiram and Zekrom-EX still
OHKO regardless with their big attacks. That being said,
Vengeful Wish can be great in Limited, as attacks are
somewhat weaker . Too bad Jellicent only has 120 HP.
The second attack, Absorb Life, deals 30 damage and
heals 30 from Jellicent for two Water and a Colorless.
Absorb Life is WAY too expensive for the cost in
Modified, although it can work in Limited as either a
great stall tactic or a way to heal off damage.
Modified: 2/5 Jellicent would be usable in Limited if
it had more HP and was without that terrible Lightning
Weakness. As it stands, there are way too many things
that can OHKO Jellicent in the format, making Vengeful
Wish unlikely. In addition, Absorb Life is really bad
for the cost here, so there are better options.
Limited: 3.25/5 Jellicent is decent in Next Destinies
Limited. Vengeful Wish can be great against both small
and medium attacks, and Absorb Life can be good here
even in spite of its enormous cost. 120 HP isn't too bad
here for a Stage 1, either. However, just like in
Modified, watch out for Pokemon-EX, as they will make
quite work of Jellicent.