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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Leafeon  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
June 5, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.25
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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Leafeon (Plasma Freeze) 

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? 

Leafeon 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 Blastoise/Keldeo (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 Deoxys-EX and/or Hypnotoxic Laser. 

Leafeon 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 Eeveelutions (say Flareon for its attack, or Umbreon for Plasma HP boosting), it could be worth experimenting with a copy for the same reasons. 

Rating 

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 late game) 

virusyosh

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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