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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Serperior  

- Legendary Treasures

Date Reviewed:
December 4, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.50
Limited: 3.25

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

Serperior (Legendary Treasures) 

Today’s reprint is brought to you from the very first Black and White set. Did we miss Serperior while it was gone? To tell the truth, we barely knew it existed. 

That’s because it is Seperior’s misfortune to be a healing-focused Pokémon during formats where healing is either utterly redundant (due to OHKOs) or needs to be spectacularly effective (Max Potion, Gold Potion) in order to be worthwhile. Oh yeah, and it’s a Stage 2 . . . the format hasn’t been very kind to those recently either. It’s kind of a shame really, as Serperior’s Royal Heal Ability is quite good. 10 damage from all of your Pokémon between each turn is more than decent. It’s stackable too, so in theory you could be taking off 40 damage off of everything. 

Do the recent rule changes make things better for this card? Well, at least Snivy can’t be donked first turn, and Serperiors can’t be dragged out and KO’d thanks to the Catcher nerf. The Leaf Tornado attack isn’t terrible either, with a nice Energy Trans effect, just underpowered in the current environment. 

It is possible to see a use for this card in preventing 2 hit KOs from something like a Darkrai EX, but then with Dark Claw and Hypnotoxic Laser available, even that is a long way from being a sure thing. It would likely be more economical (in terms of deck space) to run Potion for that job anyway. Meanwhile, it’s still as useless as ever if you find yourself staring down a Black Kyurem EX, Rayquaza EX, Kyurem PLF etc.  

Maybe one day there will be a place for cards like this, but that day is not today.

Rating 

Modified: 2.5 (clunky and unreliable way of attempting Prize denial)

Limited: 3.25 (healing is usually good here and cheapo attacks are always good)


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