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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Starmie

- XY

Date Reviewed:
May 1, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2
Limited: 3

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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Starmie (XY) 

This Starmie may be brand new, but it has an attack identical to the one that we saw way, way back in the very first Pokémon set. 

Yep, Recover lets you discard an Energy from Starmie and remove all damage counters from it. I don’t remember it being all that effective back in ye olde days, and it’s even worse now as the whole idea of being able to wall with a 90 HP Stage 1 is almost comical in a format where so much stuff does 90+ damage without even really trying. 

Speaking of 90 damage, that’s what Starmie’s second attack can achieve, but it needs three Energy to do it and one of them has to be Psychic (or Rainbow). Too slow and underpowered for most purposes, the only reason I can think to ever play it would be as a possible counter to the Pyroar we are getting in the next set which has an Ability that makes it immune to Basic Pokémon attacks. Starmie wouldn’t even need to Psychic to score a OHKO against it, but most decks will have other, better ways for dealing with that particular problem. 

Rating 

Modified: 2 (mediocre Pokémon competing for a niche tech spot)

Limited: 3 (Recover could be annoying if your opponent doesn’t have any big hitters)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Starmie.

Unlimited 150 review.
Another first generation Water type up for review today and again, it feels like it was made just to fill space in the set.

Recover returns from its original card and is just as ineffective as it was back then. This Stage 1 has quite low HP to begin with so it’s either going to be 1 hit KO’d or it can waste one of its limited turns in play discarding your Energy instead of actually doing something.

Core Splash can deal a decent, reliable 90 damage for 3 but considering the rest of the card it’s not so good.  Consider Beartic (Plasma Storm) who can also do this for a small drawback but also has better HP, Weakness and first attack in addition to having access to better cards in its Evo line and Plasma support.

Unfortunately, Starmie’s best card (Starmie d from Delta Species) doesn’t work well with its other versions. There’s some other good ones like Legends Awakened but it doesn’t have any standout cards to make a full line worth playing.

Rating: 2.5 (Decent 2nd attack but useless 1st one makes it substandard.)

 


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