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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Cofagrigus #57  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
July 23, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.38
Limited: 3.50

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

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Cofagrigus #57 (Plasma Freeze) 

It’s one of the unwritten rules of Pokémon that when you get two versions in the same set, one will be worse than the other. Yesterday’s Cofagrigus was quite good, so I think we all know where this is going. 

Like the other one, this is a Stage 1 Pokémon with 100 HP, so it isn’t remaining on the field for very long. Unlike the other version it has no Ability to work with, just two attacks. The first, Elongating arms, costs just a single Colourless Energy and does 30 damage to any one of your opponent’s Pokémon. Now I’m not going to complain about a cheap 30 snipe attack, but I will point out that you can do even better elsewhere (Landorus-EX, for example). I wouldn’t mind so much if the second attack wasn’t so luck-based, but the aptly-named Crazy Slap costs a substantial amount of Energy and gives you four coin flips, each doing 40 damage if they end up heads. 

So, the potential is there to do a huge 160 damage, but that’s a very unlikely prospect and one that competitive players will shy away from. You pretty much want to know what damage output you can manage in the TCG, and leaving it all in the hands of Arceus (the god of Pokémon) is a long way from ideal. Average luck only gets you 80 for three, and that just isn’t good enough. 

Yep, this is a card that lives up to its billing. If you want sniping plus a hard-hitting second attack, then Kyurem PLF is your guy. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.5 (the second best Cofagrigus in Plasma Freeze)

Limited: 2.5 (the snipe is nice, and why not chance your luck in a casual format)

virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo readers! Today we're reviewing another set counterpart to yesterday's COTD. Today's Card of the Day is Cofagrigus (#57) from Plasma Freeze.
 
Cofagrigus is a Stage 1 Psychic Team Plasma Pokemon. As I've mentioned over the past week, the commonly played Psychics are Deoxys-EX and Gothitelle, with Cofagrigus (#56, yesterday's COTD) seeing play in the currently fringe Flareon/Cofagrigus build. Seeing as one Cofagrigus sees play, it's possible that this one could act as a tech in that deck. 100 HP is still not amazing for a Stage 1, so care will have to be taken in order to make sure that Cofagrigus isn't Knocked Out too early. Darkness Weakness is still a problem against Darkrai; no Resistance is equally unfortunate; and a Retreat Cost of two isn't too bad - you can pay it if necessary.
 
This version of Cofagrigus has two attacks. Elongating Arms does 30 damage to one of your opponent's Pokemon for a single Colorless Energy, which is a decent snipe attack. You'll likely want more mileage out of your attacks in Modified, but it's great in Limited for finishing off your opponent's damaged Pokemon, or taking out their weak Basic. Crazy Slap is your standard flip attack, allowing you to flip four coins, dealing 40 damage times the number of heads for a Psychic and two Colorless. You're never going to use an attack this unreliable in Modified, although averaging 80 damage in Limited is nice. Therefore, Cofagrigus seems like a Pokemon tailor-made for the Limited format, as its Modified prospects aren't great.
 
Modified: 1.5/5 Elongating Arms is decent, but 100 HP, Darkness Weakness, and Crazy Slap are all pretty bad. Therefore, if you're looking to play a Cofagrigus, consider playing the one we reviewed yesterday.
 
Limited: 3/5 Cofagrigus is decent in Limited, but not great. Elongating Arms is good, as it allows you to snipe your opponent's Bench on the cheap, but Crazy Slap is a very expensive flip attack, even if it has the capability of OHKOing most of the format. I'd recommend running Cofagrigus as a secondary attacker in a Psychic deck if you need another Pokemon line, but it's probably not worth building a deck around. At least it gets Plasma support.


Jason Klaczynski
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Two-Time World Champion
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Cofagrigus 57

Unlike its fellow Cofagrigus, this card is never making its way into a winning deck. Hitting a benched Pokémon for 30 or averaging 80 for three energy is simply not putting enough damage in play to be effective in modified.

In limited, its ability to finish off a damaged benched Pokémon that retreated to safety as well as the perks of being a searchable Plasma Pokémon make it an outstanding Stage 1 choice.

Modified: 1/5
Limited: 5/5


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