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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Eelektrik #40

Noble Victories

Date Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.13
Limited: 4.38

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

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Eelektrik 40/101 (Noble Victories)

So, after our look back at the cards of last year, it’s back to normal reviews. We kick off the week with a card I listed in my ‘honourable mentions’ last Friday, and it could easily have earned a spot in the Top 10. Eelektrik is also a highly unusual card: an evolving Stage 1 that is not only really good but actually miles better than the Stage 2 that it is meant to evolve into (not that anyone is likely to do that with the current Eelektross).

So, what makes this not-very-prettyful eel so special? It’s not the mediocre HP, nor the fairly heavy Retreat cost, and it most definitely isn’t the attack, which does a vanilla 50 damage for [L][L][C]. Nope, we are going to have to look elsewhere to find out why Eelektrik is one of the most sought-after non-Trainer uncommon since . . . oh, I dunno . . . Unown G?

Obviously it doesn’t take much looking to discover Eelektrik’s Dynamotor ability. This allows you to attach a Lightning Energy from your Discard pile to any of your Benched Pokémon. As we know getting Energy into the discard pile is no hardship these days: Junk Arm, Prof Juniper, Sage’s Training, or even just paying a Retreat cost all work fine. So . . . what can you use Dynamotor with then? Well, virtually any Pokémon that benefits from Energy acceleration and requires either Lightning or Colourless Energy. Note that the Ability ‘stacks’ so that if you have more than one Eelektrik in play, you can attach more than one Energy per turn. This makes it a great card to use with Magnezone Prime, which needs a constant supply of Energy to fuel its Lost Burn attack; it also goes well with Lanturn Prime, which does more damage for every Energy you have on the Field; and of course it can be used to power up the usual suspects like Zekrom and Tornadus, or even something a bit more out there like Haxorus or Hydreigon (for fun deck purposes, mainly).

True, Eelektrik is can only attach Energy to the Bench. (anything else and I suspect it would be broken) but this isn’t really much of a drawback to Magnezone or Lanturn decks though, and even Zekrom and Tornadus don’t mind using it to get another attacker ready. You can also pull off some tricks with Shaymin UL, Dodrio UD, or just plain Switch to make it work for you as well. In fact the only real downside to the card is that fairly heavy Retreat cost, which makes it vulnerable to being dragged out, so making sure you have Switch, or an Energy attached to Eelektrik is usually a pretty good idea. Even so, as we all know, any form of Energy acceleration that doesn’t require an attack is normally pretty good news. When you get it on a Stage 1, and when it works with some of the most powerful Pokémon in the game, then you can guarantee you will be seeing a lot of it in tournaments.

That is already proving to be the case with Eelektrik.

Rating

Modified: 4.25 (Lightning didn’t really need any more support . . . but it got it anyway)

Limited: 4.75 (Brilliant here, and no Catcher to worry it either)

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Welcome back, Pojo readers! I hope that all of you had great weekends, and performed well at any City Championships you happened to attend. Now that we're done with our Top 10 Countdown of the Cards of 2011, we're going to go back to reviewing new cards from Noble Victories. Today's Card of the Day is an Uncommon from that set that has been seeing tons of tournament play lately. Today's Card of the Day is Eelektrik.
 
Eelektrik is a Stage 1 Lightning Pokemon. Lightning Pokemon are very common in Modified, with Magnezone Prime, Zekrom, and the occasional Thundurus and Lanturn Prime making many appearances in many Modified decks. As a support Pokemon, Eelektrik sees a lot of play with these big hitters, but more on that later. 90 HP is fairly decent for a Stage 1 that evolves again, although Eelektrik will usually be sitting on the bench instead of taking a direct part in trying to get KOs. Fighting Weakness is unfortunate against Donphan and Terrakion, but is largely manageable; Eelektrik sadly has no Resistance; and a Retreat Cost of two is just small enough that you can pay it without feeling too bad, but using Switch is generally a better option if possible so that you don't burn resources.
 
This Elefish Pokemon has an Ability and a single attack. Dynamotor, Eelektrik's Ability, is the primary reason why Eelektrik sees play. Once per turn, you may attach a Lightning Energy from your discard pile to one of your Benched Pokemon. Energy acceleration is always good in the Pokemon TCG, and Dynamotor is no exception to this rule, as one can power up Zekroms and Magnezones very easily with multiple Eelektriks all using Dynamotor during the same turn. A slight drawback to the Ability is that the Energy must be attached to your Benched Pokemon, but this isn't even a problem when considering Magnezone Prime's Lost Burn. Additionally, if you really need to get the Energy onto your Active, you could consider running it with Shaymin UL to move the Energy around. All in all, this Ability is incredibly versatile, and is a cornerstone of the current Modified format in decks with Magnezone and Zekrom.
 
Electric Ball, Eelektrik's single attack, deals a vanilla 50 damage for two Lightning and a Colorless. Considering Zekrom deals 120 damage for the exact same Energy cost, you'll probably want to stick to bigger attackers like Zekrom and Magnezone while letting Eelektrik stay on the bench for Dynamotor.
 
Modified: 4/5 Eelektrik is a perfect example of the idea that you don't always need to fully evolve a Pokemon to have a great effect. Energy acceleration wins games, and Eelektrik's Dynamotor is no exception. With Dynamotor, you'll easily power up your Zekroms, Magnezones, and even Tornadus and Thundurus in no time at all. While you can only Dynamotor to the Bench, Eelektrik is only a Stage 1, making multiple copies relatively easy to get out (when compared to something like Typhlosion Prime). Overall, Eelektrik is a very powerful Lightning-type support Pokemon that should always be in consideration when building your Lightning-type decks, and is definitely something you will see on the tournament circuit, probably paired with Magnezone Prime, Zekrom, or Lanturn Prime.
 
Limited: 4/5 While it's more difficult to get Lightning Energy into the discard pile in Limited, Eelektrik still allows you to recycle and accelerate Energy in a very effective manner. While Electric Ball isn't great, it's a serviceable attack in this slower format.
 
Combos With: Electric-types, but most notably Magnezone Prime, Zekrom BW, and Lanturn Prime


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