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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Leafeon #6

Dark Explorers

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.00
Limited: 3.67

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

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Leafeon (Dark Explorers)

We finish our week of Grass Pokémon with a real fan card. It doesn’t matter how terrible Leafeon is, for some reason there will always be people out there who want to play him. (Actually, I will admit the old Leafeon LV X was extremely cool and generally awesome). So, just how much competitiveness will players be sacrificing if they put this in their deck?

Leafeon is a Stage 1 with just 90 HP, so we have an uphill struggle to begin with. The card will need some amazing attack or Ability from this point in. The rest of the stats are pretty average and unsurprising: Fire Weakness, Water Resistance, and a Retreat cost of one. Nothing there to make or break the card.

Quick Attack has always been around in the TCG and it’s always been a bit of a staple/filler attack. That is also the case here, but at least this version isn’t too bad. It’s cheap for a start at just one Energy of any Colour and it’s also capable of doing 40 damage . . . if you flip heads. If not, then you are stuck with a very ordinary 10 for one attack. It’s ok for what it is, I guess, but it’s not an attack you would ever want to use exactly. Energy Assist, on the other hand, is at least a little more interesting. For the reasonable cost of [G][C], Leafeon will do 40 damage and it will also attach a basic Energy card from your discard pile to one of your Benched Pokémon. Any Energy acceleration is nice, obviously, and I like the fact that Leafeon’s effect isn’t limited by Type (it isn’t just for Grass). However, using an attack and setting up a Stage 1 to do it, just doesn’t really seem worth it: not when we have cards like Eelektrik NVI, Dark Patch, and even Typhlosion Prime in the format.

You know, after I started writing this review, I had another look at the flavour text on this Leafeon card and this is what I read: ‘It basically does not fight’. Couldn’t have put it better myself, really: Leafeon is not much use as an attacking Pokémon, and it doesn’t have anything else to recommend it either. Put it in the binder, where it can look pretty along with all the other Leafeons.

Rating

Modified: 2 (even the most dedicated Eeveelution fan would find it hard to play this)

Limited: 3.5 (a very nice card here. Cheap attacks, and useful acceleration in a format where there are no better alternatives)

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Happy Friday, Pojo readers! Today we end our COTD week by reviewing another Grass-type from Dark Explorers. Today's Card of the Day is Leafeon.

Leafeon is a Stage 1 Grass Pokemon. As I've been hammering home all week, Grass types are very rare in Modified, so they have to do something really special in order to see play, like Vileplume UD. 90 HP is average for a Stage 1, and Leafeon should be able to take a weak hit, and this Verdant Pokemon is also searchable with Level Ball. Leafeon has the standard Grass-type Fire Weakness and Water Resistance, meaning it will fall quickly to Reshiram and friends, but will be able to hold off assaults from Kyurem and other Water-types. Finally, Leafeon's single Retreat Cost is easy to pay.

Leafeon has two attacks. Quick Attack starts off dealing 10 damage for a single Colorless Energy, but can deal 30 more if you flip heads. 40 damage for a single Energy is pretty good, but keep in mind that you need a favorable coin flip, and coin flips are almost always unreliable unless you use something like Victory Star Victini. Energy Assist is an interesting move, dealing 40 damage for a Grass and a Colorless while attaching a Basic Energy from your discard pile to one of your Benched Pokemon. Energy acceleration is always great, however it tends to work best in the form of Abilities or Poke-Powers (Rain Dance, Afterburner, Inferno Fandango, Dynamotor, and so on) that don't require taking up your attack for the turn. Additionally, Energy Assist's 40 damage is quite weak for our high-powered Modified format full of huge Pokemon, so Leafeon will likely be outclassed by faster and stronger options.

Modified: 2/5 Energy acceleration is good, but there are better options for it in this format. If you want to run Energy acceleration, you'll be better off sticking to something like Eelektrik, Celebi Prime, Emboar, Typhlosion, or Dark Patch.

Limited: 3.75/5 Leafeon is very solid in Limited. Quick Attack is fairly nondescript, but Energy Assist can be really useful in spite of its disappointing damage output, especially if one of your heavy hitters was KOed or you discarded many Energy with something like Professor Juniper. Energy acceleration wins games in any format, and Leafeon in Limited is no exception.


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