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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Grumpig 

- XY

Date Reviewed:
March 26, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.38
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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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Grumpig (XY) 

It’s forgettable Stage 1 time again on Pojo’s CotD, and this time it’s Grumpig who is up for review. He’s never really had a major part to play in any kind of Pokémon-related field. Personally, I find Spoink more memorable as his Ruby Pokédex entry is, in a way, one of the most grim things I’ve seen in the franchise (and that says a lot considering how much creepiness there is hidden away in flavour text). 

Back on-topic though, and I’m afraid there isn’t a lot of ‘topic’ to discuss. Grumpig’s 100 HP makes him vulnerable to pretty much anything (especially with Muscle Band around), and his attacks aren’t anything to write home about either. True, Tricky Steps could annoy an opponent by moving Energy off an attacker and on to a Bench sitter like Garbodor DRX or Mr Mime, but how would that be any better than using a Pokémon which could just KO the Pokémon and send it and the Energy to the discard pile? Our heavy-hitting format really isn’t kind to this kind of disruptive, technical attack. The alternative, Psybeam, is just an overpriced, relatively low damage attack that throws in Confusion in a failed attempt to make it seem more interesting than it actually is. 

Totally outclassed by any half-decent Pokémon in the format (never mind the big guns), Grumpig is destined for obscurity and the binder. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.75 (a format of power hitters makes this look like a useless gimmick)

Limited: 3.25 (not bad at all here as the gimmick is reasonably effective)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Grumpig.

Standard.
Another Japanese Uncommon made into a filler Rare for the international release of XY. The HP is ok for a Stage 1 and that’s about the only decent thing about it. The unusual effect of Tricky Steps is the only thing that draws any attention. You could attempt to stall out a Pokémon with a high Energy attack by moving all its Energy to a benched Pokémon that doesn’t need it but like Simisage on Monday, there’s so many ways to switch Pokémon out now that trying to stall and disrupt with such a small Stage 1 isn’t very effective.

Unlimited 150.
Grumpig as a whole isn’t a bad Pokémon. It’s had a few good cards in the past such as a Power locking version in Triumphant and the one in Boundaries Crossed has a decent 110 HP and can deal a fairly impressive 120 damage. The newest Grumpig is actually a step down from its fairly recent Boundaries Crossed version with less HP, lower damage output and without any other impressive tricks to make it stand out. If you really want to play a Grumpig deck, you can do better than the XY version.

Ratings.
Standard: 1
Unlimited 150: 1


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