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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Sceptile  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
July 1, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.25
Limited: 1.67

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

Sceptile (Plasma Freeze) 

Hello, and welcome to a short week of reviews here on Pojo’s CotD. That’s because our American readers will be celebrating their 4th July weekend. More importantly (in the Pokémon world anyway), US Nationals will also be taking place, so I wish anyone who is attending the best of luck – you’ll need plenty of it to get through such a huge and difficult tournament. 

We kick off the week with Sceptile, a Grass Type Stage 2 with 130 HP, an almost irrelevant Fire Weakness and a handy Resistance to Water. The retreat cost of two isn’t much fun, but it’s going to have its work cut out to impress as the HP isn’t enough to keep it around for long, and Stage 2s are relatively slow and take up a lot of deck space. 

The first attack, X-Scissor, costs one Grass and one Colourless Energy and does just 30 damage which is poor. You do get a flip for an extra 40 damage, but even then I’m not really very impressed. All that effort to get Sceptile out needs a better reward than 70 damage: it really needs an attack that will be an unboosted two-shot on an EX at worst and a one-shot when hitting for Weakness (say, against Keldeo-EX). Unfortunately, even Sceptile’s second attack, Energy Bloom, can’t do that, even though it adds another Grass Energy to the cost. 80 damage for three Energy won’t wow anyone, and the bonus healing effect (20 from each Pokémon that has Energy attached) in no way makes it worthwhile running such an underpowered Stage 2 Pokémon. 

Although it’s always nice to see a Generation III starter get a TCG card, this one is strictly filler and not much use for competitive purposes. Now . . . where’s my Mudkip? (We haven’t seen one since Supreme Victors!) 

Rating 

Modified: 1.5 (another Stage 2 that doesn’t do nearly enough)

Limited: 2.5 (doesn’t really repay you here either)


Ness
Two-Time World Champion
Check out The Klaczynski Open. August 31, 2013

Sceptile

Sceptile is a terrible Stage 2 that may have been a nice counter to Kyurem's Glaciate attack, but Kyurem hasn't been popular since 2011. Maxing out at 80 damage for three energy all while requiring evolving twice makes Sceptile one of those cards that sits and collects dust. Sceptile even needs to flip heads to KO the weakest of basics!

If you're looking for options to heal all of your Pokémon, B&W Serperior and its Royal Heal Ability are a better bet.

Modified: 1/5
Limited: 1/5


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