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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Lunatone  

- Plasma Storm

Date Reviewed:
March 22, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.13
Limited: 2.33

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
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Champion

Lunatone (Plasma Storm) 

We round off the week with a review of Lunatone. Often this card gets paired with Solrock to achieve some kind of effect, but not in this case. Can Lunatone do enough without its sunny counterpart to be worth playing? Let’s find out. 

Lunatone is a Fighting Type unevolving Basic with 90 HP. He should be able to survive the first turn, but after that, this Pokémon becomes a very easy KO for just about every deck. The Grass Weakness isn’t very important, but the high retreat cost of three is: this card is a horrible starter that practically forces you to waste a Switch. Meanwhile, Lunatone has a single attack, Rock Throw, which is both horrible and vanillish, doing just 30 damage for a Fighting and a Colourless Energy. 

The only real thing that Lunatone has to offer is his Premonition Ability. This allows you to look at, and re-arrange, the top two cards of your deck. Kind of like a really rubbish version of Pokedex. This doesn’t even work with most draw cards as you will be taking more than two anyway, so what does it matter what order they are in? I suppose you could use it to fix your draw at the start of each turn, but from a choice of two? Not really worth it. 

The only place I have seen Lunatone find a home is in some decks that try to use Ether to accelerate Energy on to their Pokémon. If Pokedex isn’t available, Premonition allows you to check to see if Ether will work if played, and maybe fix the top two cards so that it does. It’s a handy card to have in those situations for sure, but Ether decks haven’t really made much of an impact since release and not all of them run Lunatone anyway, mainly because it’s a real liability if it is ever active. 

If Premonition had the same effect as Pokedex, this would have been a great card for Ether decks. As it is, it barely does enough for them, and is pretty much worthless anywhere else. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.75 (They made the Ability far too weak)

Limited: 2 (eh . . . Ability is better than nothing, but everything else is useless)

virusyosh Happy Friday, Pojo readers! Today we end our CoTD week with a Basic Pokemon that could see some play as a combo piece. Today's Card of the Day is Lunatone.
 
Lunatone is a Basic Fighting Pokemon. Landorus-EX is by far the most common Fighting Pokemon in Modified right now, although Terrakion NVI still sees play from time to time. 90 HP is pretty decent for a Basic Pokemon, although Lunatone will still be an easy KO for most fully-powered Pokemon in Modified. Grass Weakness isn't that big of a problem right now, although you will see the occasional Virizion NVI or Shaymin-EX; no Resistance is what we've come to expect from most Pokemon in the Pokemon TCG; and a Retreat Cost of 1 is pretty good, and easily paid for.
 
The Meteorite Pokemon has an Ability and a single attack. Premonition allows you to look at the top 2 cards of your deck and put them back in any order, which is potentially quite powerful. Card draw is always pretty important in the Pokemon TCG, and being able to stack your draws can be incredibly helpful to get yourself closer to that crucial Trainer or Energy card. Speaking of Energy, Lunatone is a perfect partner for Ether, as Lunatone's ability to put Energy on the top of the deck will facilitate Ether's acceleration. Of course, Lunatone works well with other cards that rely on the top of the deck too, but Ether seems to be the most obvious and common right now.
 
Lunatone's Rock Throw attack is nothing spectacular, dealing 30 damage for a Fighting and a Colorless. You will almost never use this attack in Modified (it's way too weak for its Energy cost), but it can be useful in a pinch in Limited. Overall, you should stick to using Lunatone for its Premonition Ability.
 
Modified: 2.5/5 Lunatone has potential as a combo piece along with Ether, although you may not want to use the Bench space for it. 90 HP makes the lunar meteorite an easy KO for your opponent most of the time, and this may not be worth the trade-off for increased Energy acceleration with Ether. That being said, Lunatone may work in a deck requiring fast Energy acceleration (with Lugia-EX, perhaps?) or any other deck that may need Ether.
 
Limited: 3/5 Lunatone is good in Limited too, but for a different reason. Premonition is still great for stacking draws here, as card draw is relatively uncommon in Limited and it can be very important to get that crucial Evolution or Trainer card here. Also, if Lunatone actually has to attack, 30 damage for 2 Energy isn't so terrible in Limited, either.
 
Combos with: Ether
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Lunatone
 
Lunatone is a Basic Fighting Pokemon with 90 HP.  It is weak to Grass and has a retreat cost of 3.  It is searchable by both Level and Heavy Ball.
 
'Premonition' is an ability that lets you look at the top two cards of your deck and put them in any order.  The best use for this is comboing with Ether.  Use the ability, put an energy on top, then play Ether.  It's pretty much a mini Pokedex in Pokemon form.  There are other Pokemon you can combo it with, Heatmor being one off the top of my head.  You can also just use it to see what you get on your next draw.
 
'Rock Throw' costs 1 Fighting and 1 Colorless energy.  It does 30 damage.  Not spectacular, but decent, seeing as how it has a semi decent ability.
 
It's great that its easily searchable.  That means you can get the combo set up a little quicker.  But it also is a liability.  If it gets Cathered up, you either have to burn a Switch or let it get Knocked Out.
 
Modified: 2/5
Limited: 2/5
Combos With:  Ether
 
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