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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Eelektrik #46

Dark Explorers

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.25
Limited: 1.75

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

Eelektrik (Dark Explorers)

Hello and welcome to a new week on Pojo’s CotD. I hope all US readers enjoyed their 4th July Holiday and aren’t suffering too much from the heatwave.

We kick things off with a look at Eelektrik from the Dark Explorers set. The last time the Eel appeared on a card (Noble Victories), it came complete with an amazing Ability which laid the foundation for a new and dominant archetype (Zekrom/Eelektrik). Surely Lightning isn’t going to strike twice? (Please excuse the pun).

Well, there’s no Ability this time around, so what we are left with is a 90 HP evolving Stage 1 with an inconvenient Retreat cost of two and a Weakness which leaves him vulnerable to Terrakion and other Fighting Pokémon. Eelektrik NVI had the same stats of course, but was completely redeemed by Dynamotor. This card will have to rely on its attacks to make an impression.

And, unfortunately, they are pretty generic and weak. Headbutt will do 20 damage for a single Energy of any Colour: not terrible value, but not much of an impact either. Shock Bolt does ramp the damage output up to 80, but at a cost of [L][L][C] and the discard of all attached Lightning Energy. The upshot of this is that Eelektrik falls into the category of ‘Stage 1s you only play in order to evolve’, which in turn means that you will always choose the NVI Eelektrik because it offers you everything that this card does, plus the huge bonus of Energy acceleration.

Outclassed to a ridiculous extent by its predecessor, you can safely put this wherever you store your unplayable cards and forget about it.

Rating

Modified: 1.25 (might as well not exist)

Limited: 1.75 (still wouldn’t play it unless I needed a Lightning attacker for filler purposes)


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