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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Vaporeon  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
June 13, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.78
Limited: 3.00

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

Vaporeon (Plasma Freeze) 

Welcome back to the conclusion of our week in which we take a look at some of the Team Plasma Eeveelutions in Plasma Freeze. Today we are reviewing Vaporeon, which always struck me as being the strangest of them all . . . a kind of weird dog/fish/cat/mermaid thing which nevertheless seems to be quite popular as a Pokémon. 

Vaporeon is a Water Type Stage 1, all ready to benefit from that lovely Team Plasma support. Whether he can make the most of it or not is another issue. The 110 HP is fairly solid, so for practical purposes, not hard to do in one attack for most decks. Grass Weakness is virtually irrelevant right now (Genesect-EX pending), so for the moment the Typing is good. The retreat cost of two isn’t, however. 

Refreshing Rain is Vaporeon’s first attack. It’s as cheap as you like (one Energy of any Colour), doesn’t do any damage, but does heal 30 from each of your Pokémon. So it’s kind of like Potion for everyone. This seems like a good thing, especially with those 30 snipes from Darkrai-EX, Landorus-EX, and Kyurem PLF being so popular, but really it’s not worth a Stage 1 and an attack in Modified. Compared to anything else you can do, it doesn’t really advance your position much, but as a low cost attack to use early game . . . you could do a lot worse.

The second attack is called Gold Breaker, and that name should be familiar to you, because it is the same as the one that has made Bouffalant DRX a decently playable card. Vaporeon’s version is slightly cheaper (one Water and a Colourless Energy), but it also does less damage: 30 plus another 50 if the Defending Pokémon is an EX. This is unfortunate, because the total damage against an EX is just 80, which falls short of a two-hit KO on most of them. Of course you can always increase the damage output with Deoxys support or Hypnotoxic Laser, but why should you when there are cards that don’t need that to happen (like the Afrobull)? 

In Modified, Vaporeon is not one of the better Eeveelutions. His attacks are much less effective than they would need to be. Even a fun deck that focused on the Evolution Pokémon has better options to run that this. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.75 (attacks seem ok, but really don’t do much)

Limited: 2.75 (Refreshing Rain can be good, but Gold Breaker is useless most games) 


Otaku

Hello readers!  I am still gearing up for a move… which may come as a surprise if I only mentioned it in one of the many articles I was unable to finish in a timely manner.  As such, it will be an “abridged” review lacking most of the structure I prefer, though this may come as a relief as I will actually not feel the need to explain every little detail.

 

Today we look at Vaporeon (BW: Plasma Freeze 20/116), part of the new Team Plasma flavored Eeveelutions.  While it is the largest of them, that mostly means you can’t use Level Ball to snag it; 110 HP is okay for a Basic Pokémon but not much else in the current format.  When not getting hit by its Weakness, plenty of decks will still score OHKOs (or effective OHKOs) though your odds of survival are of course a little better.  The Grass Weakness is currently fairly safe, though that probably won’t hold true after the next set when we get Genesect EX and Virizion EX.

 

The rest of the stats are “meh”, so let us just move onto what Vaporeon [Plasma] can do.  Its first attack requires just (C) but it is a purely healing based attack.  This rarely work out well, as you need to heal more damage than your opponent is regularly dealing out over a turn, and often in a specific manner to ensure you come out ahead.  Giving up an attack usually isn’t worth it, and healing 30 from each of your Pokémon is no exception.  The second attack is Gold Breaker, and is an inferior version to that of Bouffalant (BW: Dragons Exalted 110/124).  You pay (WC) for 40 (80 against Pokémon-EX), which sounds good… until you remember it is no a Stage 1 Pokémon.

 

Now, if you are already running other Eeveelutions, this Pokémon is still worth considering.  Colress Machine/Plasma Energy plus a Water Energy or Blend Energy WLFM allow for a freshly Evolved, formerly no Energy Eevee to a ready to Gold Breaker Vaporeon [Plasma]… though even that might be too steep for some Eeveelution decks.  It is a solid pull for Limited, though.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1/5

 

Modified: 1.8/5

 

Limited: 3.25/5

 

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