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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Weavile  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
June 3, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.88
Limited: 4.00

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

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Combos With:

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Weavile (Plasma Freeze) 

Hello and welcome to another week of reviews here on Pojo’s CotD. There are still some good cards from Plasma Freeze to look at, so let’s get on with it. We kick off the week with Weavile, a Pokémon which doesn’t seem to have all that much going for it. Remember that we are in a format dominated by hugely powerful Basic Pokémon with massive HP and scary good attacks. Weavile on the other hand is a Stage 1 with just 90 HP, making him an easy OHKO victim for those same big Basics. 

So, why would anyone bother giving Weavile a second glance? Well, he has two things going for him that I haven’t mentioned yet. First of all, he is a Dark Type so he has support from Dark Patch for Energy acceleration and Dark Claw to increase the damage he can do. Secondly, Weavile is a Team Plasma Pokémon so that damage can be boosted even further with Deoxys-EX and he gets some other nice pieces of support too (notably Team Plasma Ball). Of course, this wouldn’t mean anything if the attacks were terrible (you don’t hear anyone talking about Bisharp PLF, do you?), but luckily for Weavile, he has something to offer in that department. 

Weavile’s first attack, Hail, is pretty good. It puts 10 damage on each of your opponent’s Pokémon for just a single Energy of any Type. This can create pressure and help with KO maths later in the game, but it’s not even the reason you would use this card. Nope, the star of the show here is Vilify: for one Dark and one Colourless Energy you may discard as many Pokémon as you like from your hand and do 30 damage for each one. 

Now obviously this attack is capable of OHKOing absolutely anything very cheaply: discarding six Pokémon will send any undamaged EX straight to the discard pile. Equally obvious is the fact that this attack, under normal circumstances, is completely unsustainable. I mean, how many times can you just dump a load of Pokémon like that? Once per game maybe, if that. Well, luckily there is a solution in the form of the card we will look at tomorrow: Exeggcute. Briefly, Exeggcute has an Ability which allows you to return the card to your hand once per turn if it is in the discard pile, so in theory you can run four and constantly recycle them to give you four Pokémon to discard for Vilify every turn. That is 120 damage from discarding Exeggcute alone. If you can toss another Pokémon, use Hypnotoxic Laser and/or Dark Claw, you can see that it is not at all impossible for Weavile to OHKO those big EX Pokémon. Will it get revenge KO’d a lot? Well yeah – but don’t forget that Weavile is not an EX and its Energy requirements are relatively low. This means that a Prize/resource exchange will almost always be in your favour. 

So, do we finally have a Stage 1 competitive Pokémon (it’s been a while now) that can take on the EX Pokémon and win? Well, sort of. The deck has seen some success in Japan and has also placed well in a few tournaments in the West. It is however an extremely risky deck to play. Weavile itself is a real glass cannon, and the deck runs a lot of very low HP Basics (Exeggcute has just 30 HP!) which are just asking to be KO’d on the first turn. Even if the deck gets going, it is not easy to maintain a stream of Stage 1s while searching out all the Exeggcutes you need for the combo. Viable deck? Sure. Fun deck? Absolutely. Good choice for a major tournament? Not as far as I’m concerned, but less conservative players might be tempted. 

Rating 

Modified: 3.25 (part of a neat combo which is a whole lot of fun, but very fragile)

Limited: 3.5 (Hail is great here, but unless you pull Exeggcutes, Vilify will be tough to use much)

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Welcome back, Pojo readers! We're continuing our Plasma Freeze reviews this week, so be sure to check back for more updates! Today we're reviewing a new Team Plasma Pokemon. Today's Card of the Day is Weavile.
 
Weavile is a Stage 1 Darkness Team Plasma Pokemon. Darkness Pokemon are still very common in the Modified metagame, with Darkrai-EX and Sableye still seeing substantial play; therefore, if Weavile will see any play, it either needs to work with those cards and/or fill a niche of its own. As a Team Plasma Pokemon, Weavile gets support from the likes of Team Plasma Ball, Frozen City, and Colress Machine, among others. Therefore, Weavile may possibly fulfill a niche in the Plasma decks, too. 90 HP is  what we'd expect for a Stage 1, although this value is very low for an incredibly hard-hitting Modified metagame where Weavile is likely to be OHKOed. Therefore, Weavile's HP score is definitely a problem. Fighting Weakness is bad against the rare Landorus-EX and Terrakion you'll see around; Psychic Resistance is good against Deoxys-EX and the now very rare Mewtwo-EX; and a Retreat Cost of one is easily payable, even if you don't have a Switch or a Float Stone handy.
 
Weavile has two attacks. Hail does 10 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon for a single Colorless Energy, which would be a fantastic attack on a Basic. That being said, Hail works wonders in Limited, even if it doesn't do quite enough in Modified, where spread damage is somewhat hampered by how hard other main attackers hit. Vilify is Weavile's second attack, allowing you to discard any number of Pokemon from your hand, dealing 30 damage for each Pokemon discarded in this way for a Darkness and a Colorless. A natural partner for this attack is Exeggcute, since the eggs can use their Propagate ability to get back to your hand again and again, allowing for some steady damage output. Of course, without reliable recursion, this attack gets weak somewhat quickly, so if you're planning on using Weavile in a deck, you'll likely have to build around it.
 
Modified: 2.5/5 Weavile would be decent in Modified in a slower format. Hail isn't really a bad attack for the cost, but spread is dead right now due to how hard Darkrai, Kyurem, and others hit. Additionally, while Vilify can be excellent in the right deck, Weavile's low HP score really brings it down. Overall, Weavile has some potential, but the unforgiving nature of our current Modified format will likely keep it on the sidelines looking in.
 
Limited: 4.5/5 Weavile is fantastic in Limited. Hail will do a number on your opponent for a very low cost, and Vilify is a perfect attack for this format, as your hand will likely be full of Pokemon you won't be able to use. Throw in some Plasma support, and you'll have yourself a deck in no time!
 
Combos With: Exeggcute PLF


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