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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Sylveon

- Furious Fists

Date Reviewed:
Oct. 22, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.92
Expanded: 1.83
Limited: 3.58

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

Sylveon (Furious Fists) 

The latest Eeveelution may be the weirdest of all (yes, even more weird than the fish-cat thing that is Vaporeon). I mean . . . what are those bows and scarves made of? (Don’t tell me, I don’t want to know). 

For his debut in the TCG, Sylveon gets a fairly interesting card. Sure, Echoed Voice isn’t anything we haven’t seen before (Cinccino NXD/LTR), and it’s doubtful if a 90 HP Stage 1 would survive long enough to trigger the effect and attack for 100 damage. Curly Ribbon is a good attack though, and may have a specialist use at some point. For just one Fairy Energy, it does 30 damage (not bad value) and moves an Energy card attached to the Defending Pokémon to a Benched Pokémon of your choice. This type of attack can be quite disruptive and has been used somewhat in the past (Ambipom G’s Tail Code was an option, and also Smoochum HS). Shifting a DCE from a Seismitoad EX or a Yveltal EX on to a non-attacker like Garbodor is pretty much as good as discarding it. Meanwhile, moving a Strong or Herbal Energy to an incompatible Pokémon Type actually does discard the Energy. 

Sylveon is well supported by a decent Basic Eevee which makes the business of getting it into play less painful than it is for other Stage 1 Pokémon. Even so, much as I like the tricks you can pull off with Curly Ribbon, I’m not sure whether I could ever justify its use in the current format, which favours brute force attacks from massive Pokémon and leaves little room for neat little plays with the weaker stuff. 

Rating 

Modified: 2.5 (nice effect . . . let’s hope someone can make it work)

Expanded: 2 (probably less chance to shine here)

Limited: 4.5 (Cheap disruption and damage, and a Basic that searches it out for you)


aroramage

So many ribbons! So much pink! So...much...cuteness...can't...take it...go on...without me...

 

...okay, I'll review it. Welcome back, today we finally look at Gen VI's Eeveelution - and pretty much the first Gen VI Pokemon to be revealed to the world - Sylveon! The Fairy-type has introduced a whole new style of playing the game in addition to their typing, so let's take a look at what Sylvi here can do!

 

Her first attack, the aptly-named Curly Ribbon, is a simple 1-for-30 that can move an Energy from the opposing Active Pokemon to one of their Benched Pokemon. That's pretty neat! You can disrupt an opponent by redistributing their Energy from their attacker to a Bench sitter like Blastoise or Garbodor. And on top of that, you're still dealing damage! Not too shabby for 1 Energy.

 

Her second attack Echoed Voice is...less amazing. It's a 3-for-50 that becomes 100 on your next turn when you use Echoed Voice again. Echoed Voice has never been fully appealing because of that fundamental flaw; why would I want to risk my Sylveon getting KO'd just to do more damage? In an earlier era, Echoed Voice might have been absolutely terrifying to go up against, but because of the aggressive stride of the recent format (Muscle Band, HTLBank, Strong Energy for Fighting), there's not a lot of time to wait on more power.

 

ESPECIALLY given Sylveon's 90 HP.

 

So essentially, you end up running Sylveon based on her first attack, Curly Ribbon, which as disruptive as it is, I don't think it's solely justified to run her for that one attack. It's an early game kind of attack, and you're taking the chance that your opponent 1) doesn't get a lot of Energy to begin with and 2) that your opponent has a Benched Pokemon to shift the Energy to in the first place while 3) they don't have a way of rearranging Energy themselves or 4) that the Pokemon you shift the Energy to isn't another attacker.

 

There's a lot of situational dilemmas with Curly Ribbon, and Echoed Voice is just not worth running Sylveon for period. She's a casual at best, and no matter how cute she may look to you, don't be swayed by her Cute Charm.

 

Rating

 

Standard: 1.5/5 (either too situational or not worth using)

 

Expanded: 1.5/5 (same as Standard)

 

Limited: 2.5/5 (the disruption is nice here, unless you're going up against a +39 deck, and Echoed Voice actually is playable depending on what you run up against)

 

Arora Notealus: Isn't it a little ironic that there's a Pokemon that can stop fights? Pokemon are practically fighting all the time, though, so it's probably a good thing we've got someone to stop them. Wouldn't want dem rampaging Rampardos wrecking our fields.

 

Next Time: He's burly! He's brawny! He's-


Otaku

Our middle-of-the-week offering is Sylveon (XY: Furious Fists 72/111).  It is a Fairy-Type, meaning it will enjoy hitting Weakness on occasion (specifically against XY-era Dragon-Types), no worrying about Resistance and some Type support (mostly indirect): all in all I consider it to be a middle of the road Type, perhaps a bit on the lower end, but it is less a matter of it being bad than the best few Types being so potent right now.  It is a Stage 1 which hurts it a bit; two cards to get one Pokémon in play plus a turn of Evolution, though as this is an Eeveelution, you might be able to take a shortcut (more on being an Eeveelution later on). 

Sylveon sports 90 HP meaning its a probable OHKO; you’ll get lucky some of the time, usually when you’re opponent is still building or rebuilding their in play resources, but the typical competent attacker is taking it down in one.  This goes doubly for Metal-Type attackers, as Sylveon is Metal Weak.  For now its one of the safer Weaknesses, and with the 90 HP doubling the damage is apt to lead to overkill.  The big concern is the future, as XY: Phantom Forces contains Metal-Type support (both direct and indirect).  Any Resistance at all is a nice bonus, and though -20 points of damage won’t make a huge difference but every little bit helps… plus if you do have the option of running Klefki (XY: Furious Fists 73/111); its Secret Key Ability causes Resistance on Fairy-Types to count as -40.  On 90 HP that won’t make a difference for big attacks (those hitting for over 130 points of damage before Resistance) but it fouls small to medium sized attacks.  Sylveon has a single Energy Retreat Cost, which is good; easy to afford and pay. 

Sylveon has two attacks, so with its size it needs to be some kind of glass cannon and/or TecH attacker, or some sort of “trigger” for another effect to explain why something without an Ability is a Bench-sitter.  The first attack - Curly Ribbon - requires just [Y] to use.  It does 30 points of damage and if the Defending Pokémon has any Energy attached, you move it to a Benched Pokémon.  If there are no Benched Pokémon, this effect gets ignored.  Moving Energy around can sometimes be more useful than discarding it, but most of the time its less; Energy about to hit the discard pile (because the Pokémon it was attached to is being KOed) are sent to something on the Bench.  If all your opponent has are spare attackers that can make good use of the Energy, you’re helping him or her out.  Of course 30 points of damage isn’t likely to score many KOs, and again it can be quite useful to load something up with Energy that just can’t use it. 

Echoed Voice is a familiar attack we’ve seen multiple times before; at a cost of [YCC] it does 50 points of damage and places an effect on the Pokémon that used the attack (in this case, Sylveon) so that the next Echoed Voice does +50 points of damage.  Note that this damage boosting effect only lasts until the end of your next turn; if for some reason you can’t attack, its lost and it does stack with subsequent uses.  If you keep using Echoed Voice without interruption, you could hit for 50 and then 100, 100, 100, etc. until you were interrupted.  As you’re paying enough Energy to hit for 90 and this card will be hard pressed to survive a turn while Active… its a badly overpriced attack and even if less expensive would be a poor fit for such a small card. 

There is some small synergy between the attacks: the Energy costs allow a Curly Ribbon to lead into Echoed Voice, and thanks to the Colorless requirements, you can use compatible forms of Energy acceleration, like Double Colorless Energy to quickly reach Echoed Voice territory.  Curly Ribbon can also sabotage an opponent’s set-up, hopefully keeping Sylveon alive a bit longer to Echoed Voice… except I think I’d rather see if I can stick to Curly Ribbon and really irritate the opponent. 

Being an Eeveelution is a pretty big deal because it leads to quite the expansive card family.  Normally I’d break down which Eevee to use but the primary candidate was reviewed only about a month ago and I did a pretty thorough breakdown of it and the various Eeveelutions; though the metagame have revealed itself a bit more, you should get the information you need here.  So is this a good Eevee to work into an Eeveelution deck?  Unfortunately no, it isn’t.  While it can be a bit scary to stare down if you go first and your opponent uses Energy Evolution to get Sylveon into play and attack Turn 2 (...that’s overall Turn 2, the first turn anyone can attack) it can really goof up an opponent’s opening, but there is no guarantee of that and working in Fairy Energy or just for it is a bit problematic. 

In a Fairy Deck, it isn’t really strong enough to justify its presence either.  It can be quite good in Limited, however; Eevee (XY: Flashfire 80/111) is able to search it out, so you just need to make sure you’ve got a few Fairy Energy both to attack and trigger Energy Evolution.  Lower average HP scores and damage output means it just functions better, as is typical of many cards.  It is even in the Enchanted Echo Theme Deck; one regular Rare and one Holo Rare version, plus four of the Energy Evolution Eevee; if it gets going it can be pretty great, but if your opponent can build something on the Bench it still might be a one-hit wonder in a Theme Deck Limited Event. 

Ratings 

Standard: 1.75/5 - Curly Ribbon is overall a good attack but Echoed Voice lets the card down and Curly Ribbon can’t justify running it in a deck, at least when there are so many other Eeveelutions also vying for space. 

Expanded: 2/5 - Level Ball means this card would function just a bit better here. 

Limited: 3.75/5 - The built in search of this set’s Eevee is a huge boon that makes an average-to-good card significantly above average. 

Theme Deck: 4/5 - The solid foundation this deck provides for Sylveon can make it a formidable monster; there are games where it did me little good because I had to build it while Active and thus barely got off one or two hits with Echoed Voice, but there are other matches where I was able to keep my opponent from significantly damaging Sylveon before I was able to use Echoed Voice, and repeated 100 point shots add up fast. 

Summary: Given the Eevee and the solid nature of Curly Ribbon, the real let down was Echoed Voice.  If the card had a half decent Ability or second attack, this card’s usefulness would likely spike.  As is, enjoy Sylveon in Limited.


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