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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Umbreon  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
June 18, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3
Limited: 3

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

Umbreon (Plasma Freeze) 

Everyone knows that Umbreon is the coolest and the best of all the Eeveelutions (they do, right?), so it’s only fair that he also gets the best TCG card. In fact, you could make a good case for saying that this Umbeon is the best supported card in the format. It has support for being an Eeveelution (Signs of Evolution Eevee); support for being Team Plasma (Deoxys-EX etc); and support for being a Dark Type (Dark Patch, Dark Claw). Of course I’m not suggesting that you should use all of these things with Umbreon, but you certainly could if you wanted to. 

If a card is basically rubbish though, all the support in the world won’t make it playable. This is where it looks as though Umbreon counts itself out. The retreat cost of one is fine, the Resistance to Psychic semi useful, but the 100 HP is a touch low and the Fighting Weakness not too good in a format where we still see Landorus-EX and the occasional Terrakion NVI. Even the Darkness Fang attack is mediocre at best. One Dark and two Colourless Energy for just 70 points of vanilla damage won’t have anyone rushing to put this card in their deck. 

But Umbreon has something else to offer: his Dark Shade Ability which gives +20 HP to all of your Team Plasma Pokémon in play. The best news about this Ability is that it ‘stacks’, meaning that you get that +20 for every Umbreon in play. You can have some fun times thinking up ridiculous possibilities for this: a Lugia-EX, for example, with four Umbreon benched, Aspertia City Gym in play, and a Giant Cape attached, will have a ridiculous 290 HP! That kind of thing only happens in theory, but there are still some attractive, more practical scenarios, such as Snorlax PLS with three Umbreon and Aspertia having a massive 210 HP. Of course, Umbreon benefits from his own Ability, so unless Garbodor DRX’s Garbotoxin is in effect, he will always have at least 120 HP itself, making him a bit harder to deal with than you would think. 

So, does this mean that Umbreon can be part of a competitive Team Plasma deck? One that uses a strategy of tanking with high HP attackers, rather than using Deoxys-EX to boost their attack? Hmmm . . . such a deck would be fun to play, and hilarious when it works, but this is a format that generally favours fast, high damage decks over slower, stronger ones. Getting and keeping multiple benched Umbreon out may also be a problem. I wouldn’t count Umbreon out completely though: I think he can be used as a basis for something semi-competitive which can be very difficult for an opponent to play against once it gets set up. I don’t believe the deck can be as outright powerful as the more conventional, Deoxys-based Plasma decks, but if you are looking for something a bit different, or if you are turned off by the sky-high price of Deoxys-EX, then you could do a lot worse than some kind of Umbreon/Snorlax deck. 

Rating 

Modified: 3 (very nice Ability, but there are maybe better things you could bench in a Plasma deck)

Limited: 3 (lots of Plasma Pokémon in the set that would benefit from the boost. Shame the attack isn’t a bit better) 


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