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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Whimsicott

- Boundaries Crossed

Date Reviewed:
January 8, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 3.10

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

Whimsicott (Boundaries Crossed) 

In the competitive video game scene, Whimsicott is a techy little thing full of annoying tricks. They do seem to make an effort to translate this into the TCG by giving it some interesting attack effects, but so far it hasn’t really worked. Hasn’t worked at all, in fact. Let’s see if they can pull it off this time. 

Well, they are going to have to come up with something good to counter the fact that Whimsicott is a very low HP Stage 1 (albeit with a nice Resistance to Water). At least the first attack is cheap (one Colourless Energy) has an amusing name: Fluffy Tag. It doesn’t do any damage, but it has the effect of switching Whimsicott with something on your Bench and increasing the attack of the new active by 40 on your next turn. The only practical benefit of this attack is to get Whimsicott out of the active slot: the attack boost is rarely going to be significant (even assuming you have something ready to use it) and your opponent can work around it by using Pokémon Catcher, or simply KOing the new Pokémon. Stun Spore is a little better I guess: one Grass Energy for 20 damage and a flip for Paralysis is good value. Paralyse lock is diminishingly effective these days though, thanks to Keldeo and its Rush In Ability, and the fact that most non-Keldeo decks run plenty of Switch. Meanwhile, 20 damage is nothing to an EX . . . they could easily just sit back and wait for the flip to fail. 

So, this Whimsicott is really no different to the others. It has a unique attack effect that isn’t really very good in the TCG. Cute, but ultimately useless. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.5 (adorable, but not cut out for competitive play)

Limited: 2.75 (easy to use, and Paralyse works a little better here) 

Jebulous Maryland Player

Whimsicott

Whisicott is a Stage 1 Grass Pokemon with 80 HP. It is weak to Fire, resistant to Water, and has a retreat cost of 1. It is searchable by Level Ball.

'Fluffy Tag' costs 1 colorless energy and switches Whimsicott with a Pokemon on your Bench. On your next turn, that Pokemon's attacks does 40 more damage. In theory, this could be a good attack. The main problem is that Whimsicott is a Stage 1. So that means itll be at least turn 2 before you can do this attack. The way the game is going now, people have their Pokemon attacking by turn 2 at the latest. So that means whatever you put up will most likely get attacked. So that means your best bet is putting up a high HP Pokemon. If not, it could be a wasted attack.

I would have like this attack on a Basic Pokemon, and, I know it'd be asking a lot, that the extra damage was 50. If a Basic Pokemon had this attack, you could use it on your first turn to power up your attacker next turn. Turn 1 now mostly consists of 'Call for Family', 'Junk Hunt', 'Blowthrough', 'X-Ball', or 'Hammerhead'. Two of those require 2 energy, so you need a DCE. Another two are setup attacks, like this one would be considered. Sadly, it isn't as good as those other setup attacks, but it's better than a lot of attacks out there.

'Stun Spore' costs 1 Grass and does 20 damage. If heads, they get Paralyzed. It's a cheap attack, but I'd expect it to do more damage since it's on a Stage 1 Pokemon (and Landorus puts 60 on the board with 1 Energy).

Modified: 1/5
Limited: 2.5/5
Combos With: ...

Questions, comments, concerns: jebulousthemighty@yahoo.com

virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo readers! I hope that all of you had wonderful New Years and that you all have done well at your local City Championships and beyond! Today we're reviewing another card from Boundaries Crossed that could be pretty interesting if used properly (but probably wouldn't work on a competitive level). Today's Card of the Day is Whimsicott.
 
Whimsicott is a Stage 1 Grass Pokemon. The Grass-type isn't totally dead anymore due to Shaymin-EX and Virizion seeing some play to counter Blastoise and Keldeo, 80 HP is slightly below average for a Stage 1, but even still, Whimsicott won't be able to take a strong hit before going down, making it somewhat frail. Therefore, it needs to have fast attacks or disruption in order to be a viable threat. Fire Weakness isn't too big of a problem right now (Ho-Oh isn't that popular anymore), Water Resistance is great (though Blastoise and Keldeo still probably OHKO), and a single Retreat Cost is easily paid, but I can't help but think it could have been free.
 
Whimsicott has two attacks. Fluffy Tag allows you to switch Whimsicott with one of your Benched Pokemon, and gives the new Active the effect of having their attacks deal 40 more damage during your next turn for a single Colorless Energy. This is quite an interesting attack, as 40 damage is a large boost, however your opponent can easily disrupt Fluffy Tag with a well-timed Pokemon Catcher or something similar. Even still, Fluffy Tag can be quite powerful, especially in Limited, where Pokemon in the slower format will graciously accept the power boost.
 
Stun Spore is Whimsicott's other attack, dealing 20 damage and Paralyzing on a coin flip for a single Grass Energy. You probably won't be using this attack outside of Limited (or even very much at all there), but it does a serviceable job for its cost there.
 
Modified: 2/5 Whimsicott probably won't make a huge splash in Modified, but it seems like it could be a fun card to build around in a casual deck. Fluffy Tag's power boost is pretty significant, but is too easily disrupted and requires an attack to use. While there are generally better options, it could be fun to play around with.
 
Modified: 4/5 Whimsicott is fairly good in Limited, despite its fairly weak HP stat. Both Fluffy Tag and Stun Spore are quite usable here, and for cheap. While you should still pair Whimsicott with a powerful attacker, Stun Spore can be used in a pinch to potentially disrupt the opponent. It's not a great attacker on its own, but it can be great support, for sure.


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