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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Jellicent #35

Next Destinies

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2012

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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2010 UK National
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Jellicent (Next Destinies)

Another day, another Jellicent and anyone who remembers yesterday’s card’s flavour text, implying that Jellicent like to sink ships and leave no survivors, will probably be creeped out 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 Jellicent on the previous turn (kind of like Outrage lite, I suppose). Problem here is that no opponent with any sense is going to do significant damage to Jellicent 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 format.

Jellicent might be a danger to shipping, but he’s no threat in the card game.

Rating

Modified: 1.5 (not strong enough to benefit from his own attacks)

Limited: 3.75 (can be somewhat tank-ish, and nowhere near as easy to one-shot)

virusyosh

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.


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