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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Masquerain  

- Plasma Blast

Date Reviewed:
September 5, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.88
Limited: 3.25

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

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Masquerain (Plasma Blast) 

We end this short week (something to do with Pojo’s love of golf, apparently) with a look at yet another combo card: Masquerain. 

Again, this Pokémon is absolutely no use as an attacker. Its low 80 HP and poor three-for-60 Bug Bite attack mean that you won’t ever want this in the active slot. Instead Masquerain’s job is to sit on the Bench and use his Tool Reversal Ability. 

Tool Reversal (as the name suggests) allows you to put a Tool attached to any of your Pokémon back in your hand as many times as you like during your turn (though please note: doing it pointlessly to waste time is going to get you the kind of attention from a judge that you really won’t want). Effectively this means you can move Tools around the Field how you like. Is this a good thing? Sure it is. You can conserve a Tool attached to a Pokémon that is about to be KO’d, ensure your attacker always has the Tool it needs and tailor your Tool-based strategy to different situations. 

Masquerain isn’t quite useful enough to see general play, but it is an essential part of the Sigilyph/Trubbish deck I talked about earlier in the week. It may see very limited play, but it’s certainly worth considering for any future deck that relies heavily on the many very good Pokémon Tools we have in the current format. 

Rating

Modified: 2.75 (a nice Ability to have in the format)

Limited: 3.5 (Colourless attack cost is ok, and the Ability will save your Tools)

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Hello once again, Pojo readers! Today we're reviewing a new version of a Pokemon that is largely overlooked from Generation III, but could be useful in one or two decks in our new Modified format. Today's Card of the Day is Masquerain from Plasma Blast.

Masquerain is a Stage 1 Grass Pokemon. Grass got a big boost with Virizion-EX and Genesect-EX in Plasma Blast, but Masquerain will work more effectively with two other Pokemon: Trubbish and Sigilyph. 80 HP isn't very good for a final evolution, as most standard attacks in Modified will easily OHKO, meaning that Masquerain will either have to have a great ability or amazing attacks in order to see some play. Fire Weakness isn't too big of a deal right now; no Resistance is what we've come to expect; and a Retreat Cost of one is easily paid for, even if you don't have a Switch or Float Stone.

Masquerain has an Ability and a single attack. Tool Reversal allows you to return a Pokemon Tool card attached to one of your Pokemon to your hand as many times as you'd like during your turn. This has great utility in allowing you to shuffle your Float Stones around, as well as giving different Pokemon Silver Mirrors, Silver Bangles, or even things like Eviolite or Giant Cape. This Ability has the most utility in the Toolbox deck utilizing Plasma Blast Sigilyph (which can be equipped with up to four Tools at a time) and Plasma Storm Trubbish, which does damage based on the number of Tools in play. As such, Masquerain acts as a support Pokemon to them, shuffling Tools around as necessary.

Bug Bite is Masquerain's attack, dealing 60 damage for three Colorless Energy. You're generally better off sticking with Trubbish for attacking in the Tool deck, but this can be a decent option in Limited.

Modified: 3/5 Masquerain works very well as a support Pokemon in a single deck, but not really anywhere else. 80 HP and a weak, vanilla attack mean that Masquerain will only be used for its Ability. That being said, Tool Reversal provides great utility in the right place, so expect to see Masquerain at some tournaments if the Trubbish/Sigilyph deck becomes popular.

Limited: 3/5 Masquerain is also somewhat effective in Limited, too. Tool Reversal won't be quite as useful here, but it can still be good to save Tools from a Pokemon about to be KOed, or move your Silver Mirrors and Silver Bangles around. Offensively, while Bug Bite isn't great, Colorless Energy requirements save the day and make it more useful. Too bad it doesn't have more than 80 HP, though.

Combos With: Sigilyph (Plasma Blast 41), Trubbish (Plasma Storm 65)


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