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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Lileep  

- Plasma Blast

Date Reviewed:
September 16, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.00
Limited: 2.37

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Lileep (Plasma Blast) 

Hello, and welcome to a short week of reviews here on Pojo’s CotD. The reason for that is golf. Say no more. 

We kick off with a look at Lileep, which is a Restored Pokémon. It’s fair to say that the Restored Mechanic, which replaced the old Fossil one, has not exactly been a runaway success. Although the designers get points for appropriateness (is that a word?) by having you dig through the underneath of your deck to unearth these Pokémon, they get nothing for creating a method of getting a Pokémon into play which is extremely clumsy and luck-based. 

Lileep is an attempt to put that right.  With its Prehistoric Call Ability, you can put this Pokémon on the bottom of your deck if it is in the discard pile, and from there you can put it on the Bench if you have the Root Fossil Lileep Trainer. Getting it into the discard isn’t exactly difficult either: Professor Juniper, Ultra Ball, Dowsing Machine, Computer Search . . . they’ll all do the job while being extremely useful in themselves. It’s still slightly more painful to get out a Stage 1 Restored Pokémon than a normal Stage 2, but Prehistoric Call definitely eases that pain. 

Unfortunately, we don’t really have a Cradily worthy of this card at the moment. The one in Plasma Blast is extremely gimmicky and ultimately impractical. Because getting out Cradily is pretty much Lileep’s only purpose in life (it has low HP and a poor attack), this means that it won’t see any play unless or until a better Evolution comes along. It could be a long wait. 

Rating 

Modified: 3 (not worth playing right now, but I can’t give a bad score as it’s a very good Ability for the Restored Mechanic)

Limited: 1.25 (highly unlikely you would ever have all the pieces to make Cradily work in this format)

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Welcome back, Pojo readers! We're continuing our Plasma Blast reviews today, so be sure to check back for updates this week to see if your favorite cards get reviewed. Today we're going to kick things off with the lower form of a Pokemon that many people have been trying to make work recently (and luckily, this one helps)! Today's Card of the Day is Lileep from Plasma Blast.

Lileep is a Restored Grass Pokemon. As a Restored Pokemon, you must use the effect of the Root Fossil Lileep in order to get Lileep into play, which is somewhat annoying given the random nature of the Fossils in the Black and White era. That being said, there are some other ways to cheat Lileep into play, such as Twist Mountain, that can come in handy, as well as Lileep's Ability (but I'll get to that later). 80 HP is about what we'd expect for a Restored Pokemon, but this value is still very squishy in a very hard-hitting metagame. Fire Weakness isn't too bad of a problem right now; Water Resistance can work wonders against Blastoise, Kyurem, and Keldeo-EX (though all of these can easily OHKO anyway), and a Retreat Cost of two isn't too bad - it's not small enough to pay without an issue, but it's not too expensive to be prohibitive.

Lileep has an Ability and an attack. Prehistoric Call really helps with getting Lileeps out with more regularity, since the Ability allows you to put Lileep on the bottom of your deck if it's in your discard pile. The new fossil mechanic looks at the bottom seven cards, finds the proper Restored Pokemon, and places them onto the Bench, so this allows for guaranteed activation of the Root Fossil Lileep card in order to Bench the Pokemon. This also allows you to discard Lileeps for cards like Dowsing Machine and Ultra Ball, which is always useful. Additionally, this Ability is one of the reasons why a Cradily toolbox deck MAY be viable (we just need good attacking Stage 2s first), so that's something to look out for, as well.

Spiral Drain is Lileep's form of offense, dealing 20 damage for a Grass and a Colorless while healing 10 damage from Lileep. You'll almost never use this attack, but it can be decent in Limited if you end up drafting a Cradily line.

Modified: 3/5 Lileep is only good in one place: the Cradily toolbox deck, since Lileep is the lower form of Cradily. However, getting Restored Pokemon out tends to be a major pain, and Prehistoric Call mitigates this problem somewhat. Whether or not Lileep sees play here will be based on the viability of the Cradily deck, but even still, I wouldn't be surprised if some people will try it out, especially when the X&Y sets are released and we get a whole new crop of Stage 2s.

Limited: 3/5 Lileep isn't bad in Limited, but it's not amazing, either. Prehistoric Call once again can let you get Lileep to the bottom of the deck easily if it is somehow discarded, and Spiral Drain is passable but very weak here. If you pull a Cradily and multiple Stage 2s it may be worth running, but aside from that, it's probably not worth the effort.


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