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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 

 Meloetta  

- Legendary Treasures

Date Reviewed:
January 23, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.75
Limited: 3.00

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

Meloetta (the ballet one from Legendary Treasures) 

Today’s card features Meloetta in her Pirouette Forme. I’m not sure why she becomes a Fighting Type when this happens – the link between ballet and fighting is unclear to me. But then I’m also puzzled as to why something so obviously feminine is considered to be a ‘genderless’ Pokémon, so that just shows what I know. 

As for the card itself, what we have here is an unevolving Basic with 90 HP – little on the low side for a Legendary, but then Meloetta is much more the Jirachi/Celebi kind of Legendary than the Zekrom/Dialga type. Both attacks are interesting and appealing in their own way, even if they aren’t especially competitive. 

The first, Magical Dance, only costs one Energy of any Colour and heals 30 damage from each of your Benched Pokémon. Potentially, that is a serious amount of healing but its effectiveness in the current format is doubtful: spread decks aren’t really a thing and are more efficiently dealt with by Mr Mime PLB. We also have Potion and Max Potion to keep a Pokémon in the game if necessary and they don’t give up attacks. Shooting Star Pirouette (love the name) is, by contrast, all about offence. It’s one of those ‘flip until you get tails’ attacks that are capable of infinite damage but, unlike most attacks of this type, starts you off with a nice 40. The cost seems reasonable too, but you would have to get super lucky to OHKO anything significant with it (four consecutive heads to deal with an EX, for example). Nevertheless, it’s fun enough for casual play and definitely worth a punt at a pre-release tournament. 

In fact, I’d probably jump at the chance to use Meloetta in a pre-release where the low-damage environment and importance of Prize denial makes Magical Dance useful too. For Modified, the low HP, dubious utility, and relatively high cost of Shooting Star Pirouette make it a fairly poor choice. 

Rating 

Modified: 2 (interesting fun card, but no more than that)

Limited: 3.5 (two useful attacks for this format)


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Unlimited 150

Meloetta

 

Modified:

Today we have Meloetta who, because it's not a big, scary looking Legendary gets low HP a fairly weak attacks. Majical Dance could some potential on an otherwise better card, being able to heal away the residual damage racked up by Plasma Kyurem and Darkrai EX, but it's not really worth losing a prize for. Shooting Start Pirouette POTENTIALLY 1 hit KOs any Pokemon in Modified. I suppose if you really wanted to play Meloetta you could combine it with Victory Star Victini and flip a whole bunch of coins...

 

Unlimited 150:

True spread decks are a bit more viable here and so "spread heal" in turn is more playable. It's a shame it doesn't heal the user as this could stall out a Glaciate Kyurem quite well. That said, combined with Eviolite it can do that job well! With less competition from other Basic Fighting types in this format (with things like Terrakion being "ex'd") you can possibly get away with playing this card. Unfortunately, the rule that gives it less competition also nerfs its best partner Victini.

 

Ratings.

Modified: 1.5

Limited: 2.5

Unlimited 150: 2.5


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