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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Cryogonal  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
July 10, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.67
Limited: 4.25

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

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2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Cryogonal (Plasma Freeze) 

Today’s card features that weird and obscure Pokémon Cryogonal. I don’t know about you, but I find that the Pokémon without clearly defined faces seem to lack a bit of personality. But that’s not really very important. What does matter is that Cryogonal is a non-evolving Basic with a couple of nifty tricks up its sleeve (not that it has sleeves, you understand). 

First of all, the 80 HP is good because it will most likely mean that Cryogonal is surviving a turn one attack from the likes of Thundurus-EX and Kyurem, backed up by Hypnotioxic Laser. The retreat cost of one is nice too: Cyogonal can do his thing and then make his way back to the bench without causing too much of a problem. 

But what is his thing exactly? Well, Cryogonal has two attacks. The first, Call Sign, costs a single Energy of any Colour and allows you to search your deck for a Water Type Pokémon and put it in your hand. I guess this could be handy in a Water deck and could help you get that second turn Blastoise, which is the goal of every Blastoise/Keldeo deck. The second attack has some use too: Cryofreeze only does 10 damage for a single Water Energy, but you also discard that Energy and prevent the Defending Pokémon from attacking next turn. Of course, escaping from a soft lock like this is as simple as retreating your Pokémon for another, but it’s possible that Cryofreeze could cause some minor annoyance to an opponent. 

This Cryogonal is basically intended to fulfil the role of starter Pokémon in a Water deck, but in reality, most players will prefer to use Tropical Beach in a deck which has no significant first turn attacks. Cryogonal joins a very long list of Pokémon cards which, although not bad in themselves, go unplayed because there are just better options out there. 

Rating 

Modified: 2.25 (who needs starters when you have Beach?)
Limited: 3.5 (solid Basic, especially if you run a lot of the relevant Pokémon)


Ness
Two-Time World Champion
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Cryogonal
 
Cryogonal is one of those cards that's almost good. Looking at it, it seems like the perfect basic to start with to help your Blastoise or Empoleon deck set up. However, the reality of today's game is that trainers are more efficient for setting up our Stage 2 Pokémon. Rather than use Call Sign for an Empoleon, you're better off playing cards like Skyla and Tropical Beach to retrieve and find the cards you need to evolve your Pokémon.
 
Cryofreeze can buy you a turn at the price of an energy, which may seem decent, but again, you're probably better off fetching more cards with Tropical Beach and letting an active get KO'd. You see, the more cards you draw, the better your chance of setting up your Stage 2 and winning, even if you give up an early KO or two.
 
In limited, where search cards are limited, this 80 HP Pokémon is an absolute beast, and will allow you to get evolutions in play and dominate.
 
Modified: 3/5
Limited: 5/5


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