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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Metagross  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
May 29, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.25
Limited: 2.00

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: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Metagross (Plasma Freeze) 

We continue our look at the ‘nearly cards’ from our Plasma Freeze top 10 with Metagross, a Pokémon that has been powerful in the TCG in the past and is nearly always a threat in the competitive video game scene. Does this version have what it takes to make its mark? 

Well, this is one of those occasions where you have something good wrapped up in a package of pretty bad things. Let’s get those bad things out of the way first, so that we know exactly what we are dealing with. 

Metagross is a Stage 2 Psychic Type Pokémon who happens to be Team Plasma (ok, that last bit is good). It has 140 HP (eh, I suppose that bit is decent) and a retreat cost of two (now that definitiely isn’t very good). His attack is also severely lacking by today’s standards: Mind Bend offers 60 damage and Confusion for the cost of three Energy. That certainly isn’t going to justify running a Stage 2 Pokémon and a bunch of Rare Candy. 

So what was the ‘good’ I mentioned earlier? Well, it comes it the form of Metagross’ Ability, Plasma Search. This is restricted to one use per turn (so there is no point in having multiple Metagross out) and enables you to search your deck for a Plasma card . . . any Plasma card. That’s actually a bit more wide-ranging than you think: not only does it give you access to Pokémon like Deoxys-EX and Kyurem PLF, but also to powerful Trainers like Hypnotoxic Laser and Colress Machine, as well the the Colress, Ghetsis, and Shadow Triad Supporters and the Plasma Stadiums, Frozen City and Plasma Frigate. Sounds great in a Plasma deck, right? 

Well . . . maybe not so much. This isn’t 2006 and Metagross is no Pidgeot FRLG. The most popular Plasma decks right now simply don’t have room for clunky Stage 2 lines and Rare Candy. They will run four copies of their key Plasma cards and rely on Supporters to draw into them. Put simply, the resources that you would need to commit to a) including Metagross in your deck and b) getting it on the Field would be better spent in improving deck consistency to the point where Metagross isn’t even needed. Maybe the lack of an existing Pokémon-based draw/search engine in our current format and the slight resemblance to that awesome old school Pidgeot has people liking this card a bit more than they should. Unless the nature of the game changes radically with the rotation and future releases, I don’t really see Metagross finding a home in a competitive deck. 

Rating 

Modified: 2.25 (more Venusaur DEX than Pidgeot FRLG)

Limited: 2 (probably not worth the effort here either)


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