One thing you learn pretty quickly in the Pokémon
community is that a lot of people love
Eeveelutions. They love them
as video game Pokémon, as plushies,
and as TCG cards. Unfortunately for them, there haven’t
been any really
good TCG Eeveelutions since
way back in the old ex era. Fortunately for them, this
latest bunch of Team Plasma Eeveelutions is probably the
best we have seen since those days. Heck, they even have
an Eevee which offers great
support. The question is though, are any of them good
enough to see play?
is a Grass Type Team Plasma Stage 1 Pokémon. The Stage 1
part isn’t so good as it
makes it a turn slower to get into play than the
dominant Big Basics. Being Plasma is great though, as
there is nice support on offer and the Grass Typing is
very useful. Fire is virtually
unplayed right now and
Leafeon’s Ability to hit
Keldeo and Blastoise
for Weakness while Resisting
their attacks certainly makes this card worth a second
look, even if the low 100 HP and high-ish
retreat cost of two are slightly off-putting.
Energy Crush is Leafeon’s
first attack, and it is both cheap and good. For a
single Energy of any Colour, it will do 20 times the
amount of Energy attached to
all of your
opponent’s Pokémon. This definitely makes
Leafeon more than decent
against decks which tend to keep a high Energy
count on the Field like
(again). Unfortunately, most decks are a little more
conservative and it would be somewhat unusual to find
more than 4-6 Energy around, even in the mid game. This
still means Leafeon is
capable of a great damage return for the single Energy
investment, but it also means that it will fall short of
that crucial OHKO with some kind of boost from
will also struggle to get decent damage done early, and
his second attack is a disappointing, mediocre vanilla
effort which you won’t really want to use. While the
card has its attractions, I’m struggling to see where it
would fit into the current metagame
with its low HP and vulnerable Basic. If you wanted to
build a dedicated Eeveelutions
deck though, a copy or two of this would be mandatory
because of the Typing and mid-late game power. Even if
you are running a deck focused on one of the other
Flareon for its attack, or
Umbreon for Plasma HP
boosting), it could be worth experimenting with a copy
for the same reasons.
Modified: 2.5 (good card for people wanting to play
Eevee . . . not that I am
recommending they do)
Limited: 3 (can be a solid enough attacker, especially
Happy midweek, Pojo readers! Today we are reviewing a
new Eeveelution to come out in Plasma Freeze. Today's
Card of the Day is Leafeon.
Leafeon is a Stage 1 Grass Team Plasma Pokemon.
Grass-types see very little play right now, but that is
thought to change with the release of Virizion-EX and
Genesect-EX in Plasma Blast. Luckily, Leafeon gets Team
Plasma support, so it can be powered up with Colress
Machine and searched out with Team Plasma Ball. 100 HP
is decent for a Stage 1, although still within the range
of many powerful Pokemon's attacks for a OHKO. Fire
Weakness isn't too much of a problem right now; Water
Resistance is good against the likes of Blastoise,
Kyurem, and Keldeo-EX; and a Retreat Cost of two is a
little expensive, so you'll likely want to use something
like Switch, Float Stone, or Scramble Switch to move
Leafeon from the Active position.
The Grass Eeveelution has two attacks. Energy Crush does
20 damage times the number of Energy attached to each of
your opponent's Pokemon for a single Colorless Energy.
These types of attacks are usually pretty good, however
Leafeon doesn't have the body (or the proper Stage) to
make proper use of this attack in Modified due to all of
the heavy hitters there being Basic. That being said,
the attack is excellent for dealing lots of damage in
Limited, and it should easily get you 40-60 damage for a
single Energy at minimum.
Leaf Blade is Leafeon's second attack, starting off at
60 damage with the opportunity to deal 20 more if you
flip a coin and it comes up heads for the cost of a
Grass and two Colorless. 60 damage for three Energy is
lackluster, and 80 for three is even just average for
Modified, so you'll want to use something else in that
format. Once again, however, the attack does more than
enough in Limited, as the format is much slower and
doesn't hit as hard.
Modified: 2/5 Leafeon is decent, but is ultimately
outclassed by the myriad of powerful Basic Pokemon
currently running around the Modified format. Energy
Crush is decent, but very reliant on the opponent, and
Leaf Blade is simply subpar in a format as fast as our
current Modified metagame. Therefore, you're generally
better off looking at other options.
Limited: 4/5 Leafeon is very good in Limited. Energy
Crush will deal lots of damage for cheap, and when it
can't, Leaf Blade can easily pick up the slack.
Additionally, Leafeon has Team Plasma support, so it can
be searched out with a Team Plasma Ball, if you happen
to pull one. Overall, Leafeon is an excellent attacker
in the Limited metagame.
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