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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Mesprit  

- Plasma Blast

Date Reviewed:
October 7, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.25
Limited: 1.25

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

Mesprit (Plasma Blast) 

Hello and welcome to a new week of reviews here on Pojo’s CotD. Dunno about you, but I am super excited for the release of the X/Y games later this week. I’ve been very careful to avoid all the non-official spoilers so far because I’d rather discover the new Pokémon for myself than brag about seeing some blurry picture posted by an internet random. But we still have some reviews to do, so let’s kick off with the welcome return to the TCG of one of the Lake Trio from Diamond and Pearl. These guys haven’t seen the light of day since Legends Awakened, when they were on some very good cards indeed. 

This time around? Not so much, although there may be some niche uses that players can discover for one or two of them. As you would expect, Mesprit is a Basic with a very low 60 HP and its Psyshot attack is ludicrously overpriced and underpowered by today’s standards: 30 effect-free damage for three Energy is almost bad enough for the attack to become an in-joke. The attraction (such as it is) comes from the combo with Uxie and Azelf: if you have them in play too, then Mesprit’s Mental Shroud Ability activates and means that each of your Pokémon has no Weakness. 

Obviously, this is a nice effect to have. With x2 Weaknesses currently in play a lot of Pokémon come under some serious threat: think of how Darkrai LV X fears Terrakion or Genesect has to worry about Victini EX. The trouble is that Mesprit doesn’t really offer a practical solution to this problem. After all, what deck has room to just fill its Bench with three low HP Basics, any of which can be sniped to death in two turns by Darkrai EX, Kyurem PLF, or Landorus EX (no, there won’t be room for Mr Mime to stop this happening)? After all, it only takes one to get KO’d and the Ability is lost. 

Of the three Lake Pokémon in the set, Mesprit is probably the worst.  

Rating

 

Modified: 1.25 (too weak even to be a gimmick deck)

Limited: 1.25 (attack is shockingly pathetic, even for this format)


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