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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Swanna #36

Dark Explorers

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.0
Limited: 4.0

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

Swanna (Dark Explorers)

Our final card of the week is Swanna – one of the more ‘realistic’ Pokémon. It’s a lot easier to imagine Swanna existing than Spoink, for instance. It’s quite an interesting card in its own way too, so let’s take a look.

Swanna is a Stage 1 evolution with a low 90 HP and horrible Lightning Weakness. The Retreat cost of one is ok, and the Resistance to Fighting is nice enough I suppose, though it will rarely be a factor. Nothing special or notable here though, so it all comes down to the attacks.

The first, Healing Pirouette costs just one Water Energy and heals 30 damage from all of your Pokémon. I’m sure we can all think of situations where this would be very useful – say, against Kyurem’s Glaciate, or a Groudon using Tromp – but generally speaking, healing is not something that is worth using an attack for (that’s why we have Max Potion and Super Scoop Up), and spread damage isn’t massively popular in the game right now. It’s not that Healing Pirouette is bad exactly, more that Pokémon has been very offensive-based for a while now, and it’s difficult to see how it can be part of a winning strategy.

Swanna does have an offensive attack too. The cost is a bit impractical on a low HP Pokémon (two Water, one Colourless), but the damage output could be decent. Incessant Peck has a mediocre base damage of 60, but you get to flip a coin until you get tails and do an extra 20 for each heads. In theory this means that you could hit for . . . well anything, really, and OHKO every Pokémon ever printed. In practice though, you are investing a lot of Energy in a weak Pokémon to do 80 or so damage on average (probably).

It’s a bit more than your generic filler Stage 1, for sure, but in the final analysis, Swanna doesn’t offer enough to be worth playing in Modified. In Limited though, Prize denial through healing and potential big damage all on the same card makes Swanna an excellent pick.

Rating

Modified: 2 (a 90 HP Stage 1 attacker would have to be spectacular to get a send look, and Swanna isn’t that)

Limited: 4 (does a lot for your deck in this format)


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