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Countdown: Top 10 Plasma Freeze Cards

#4 - Float Stone  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
May 21, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.0
Limited: 4.5

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

#4 Float Stone 

In the current format, having your Pokémon mobile enough to move in and out of the active slot without having to discard Energy is incredibly important. There are several reasons for this including the need to shake off Status Conditions; making use of Energy acceleration that only attaches to Benched Pokémon; and thwarting your opponent’s attempts to buy a turn or two by playing Pokémon Catcher on a non-attacker. This is in addition to the usual benefits of being able to switch to a more effective attacker, or deny a Prize on a damaged Pokémon. It’s no coincidence that some of the most successful decks in recent history make extensive use of being able to retreat for ‘free’. Think of Blastoise/Keldeo-EX with the Rush In Ability, Darkrai-EX’s Dark Cloak, and the Eelektrik NVI based decks that used Skyarrow Bridge. Those decks that didn’t have this feature were basically forced to devote deckspace to running four copies of Switch. 

Coming in at #4 on our countdown is a Pokémon Tool card that provides a real alternative to one-use Trainers like Switch and Escape Rope. You simply attach Float Stone to a Pokémon and it now has no Retreat cost. Yep, even major Pokémon fatties like Snorlax and Mamoswine can be as nimble about the Field as an Emolga or Accelgor. Obviously this strategy is vulnerable to Tool Scrapper, and also prevents you from attaching other useful Tools like Plasma Badge, Rescue Scarf and Eviolite. Another issue to consider is that, unlike Switch, they don’t give you an ‘extra’ retreat for the turn: you can’t move a Pokémon to the Bench with Float Stone to get rid of Poison (for example), and then promote it again. Nevertheless, the fact that Float Stone can be used until your opponent plays Scrapper or the Pokémon gets knocked out means it is worth of serious consideration in decks with high retreat Pokémon. 

There are a couple of Pokémon which can make especially good use of Float Stone, however. The first is Keldeo-EX which can use its Rush In ability and then Retreat for free with Float Stone to effectively give you a Switch every turn: particularly useful if you are trying to remove a Status Condition from your active, but still want it there to attack with at the end of your turn. The second Pokémon who gets a boost from this Tool is Garbodor DRX. In this case Float Stone does double duty, acting as the Tool which triggers the Garbotoxin Ability lock and preventing your opponent from simply dragging out the non-attacking Garbodor to buy themselves a turn or two while you hunt for a Switch. 

With mobility being such a key component of a successful deck, this functional reprint of Fluffy Berry is bound to see a decent amount of play for the foreseeable future. It removes a serious drawback from high retreat Pokémon like Landorus-EX and Kyurem PLF, while interacting nicely with a couple of Pokémon that are pretty popular already. 

Rating 

Modified: 4 (a card which addresses a real need)

Limited: 4.5 (Prize denial and Energy conservation are both very important here and Float Stone helps with both)


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