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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Nidoqueen  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
July 16, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.45
Limited: 2.67

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

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2010 UK National
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Nidoqueen (Plasma Freeze) 

Today’s Pokémon is one of the original 151, which is always nice to see for long term players/fans of the franchise. A lot of the time, Nidoqueen cards tend to have some kind of Ability or attack which combos with her partner, Nidoking. Not this time though . . . for this card she has to stand on her own two feet.

Unfortunately, both of Nidoqueen’s attacks are pretty mediocre (although not actually bad). Poison Horn costs a Psychic and a Colourless Energy and does 50 damage plus Poison: not bad value, but nothing that is likely to really swing a game either. Add another Energy to the cost and you can do Double Stomp, which has a horrible base damage of 60, but gives you two coin flips, each with the chance of adding another 30 damage if heads. Really then, the attack will do 60, 90 or 120, depending on how Arceus feels about your coin flipping. Again, there’s nothing there that’s good enough to build a deck around.

And that is Nidoqueen’s problem. She’s not offensively terrible, she just doesn’t offer that something really special which a Stage 2 needs to be offering to see play these days. Everything about the card, from the standard 130 HP to the predictably heavy retreat cost, just screams filler. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.75 (not close to good enough)

Limited: 3 (solid enough, I suppose) 

virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo viewers! Today we're reviewing a new Stage 2 from Plasma Freeze that could be pretty good in Limited. Today's Card of the Day is Nidoqueen.
 
Nidoqueen is a Stage 2 Psychic Pokemon. Psychics are somewhat common right now, although Deoxys-EX does see a lot of play in Plasma variants, and Gothitelle also sees play in its own deck. That being said, as a Stage 2, Nidoqueen is going to have to do a lot in order for it to see Modified play, so let's see if it measures up to the competition. 130 HP is a decent start, as Nidoqueen should be able to survive at least one hit before going down. Psychic Weakness is to be expected, and will be problematic against Deoxys (but not terrible otherwise), no Resistance is unfortunate but expected, and a Retreat Cost of three is obnoxiously high, so you better have a Switch, Escape Rope, or Float Stone handy.
 
Nidoqueen has two attacks. Poison Horn does 50 damage and Poisons for a Psychic and a Colorless, which is pretty mediocre in every sense. While Poison is better now due to the popularity of Virbank City Gym, Hypnotoxic Laser makes the secondary effect of this attack wasted (in addition to 50 damage not being all that much to begin with). Double Stomp isn't much better, starting at an expensive 60 damage for a Psychic and two Colorless, but you also flip two coins and deal 30 extra damage for each heads. 120 damage isn't bad for three Energy, but you'll average 90, which once again, won't quite cut it. On the other hand, both attacks are very usable in Limited, so if you pull a full Nidoqueen line there, you can play it nicely there. 
 
Modified: 1.5/5 Unfortunately, Nidoqueen's attacks are too weak to be of any real use in Modified. If you're looking for a Stage 2 Psychic in this format, go with Gothitelle.
 
Limited: 4/5 Nidoqueen is a great addition to any Psychic-based Limited deck you may build. Poison Horn is pretty good for its cost (as the extra Poison damage actually makes a difference here), and while Double Stomp still isn't great, it's still definitely usable. As with most Stage 2s, if you are able to get Nidoqueen out, you should win most of the time.


Jason Klaczynski
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Two-Time World Champion
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Nidoqueen

It's been a while since 130 HP Stage 2 Pokémon without abilities were good. Nidoqueen's damage output is mediocre, and if you're going to dedicate all the spots to a deck that Stage 2 Pokémon require, you're going to want a lot more than that. If you're looking for a better 130 HP Psychic Stage 2, go with Emerging Powers Gothitelle, which prevents your opponent from playing item cards.
 
Modified: 1/5
Limited: 1/5
Combos with: Virbank City Gym


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