Ohhhh, I see what you did there,
otaku, sorting this out by coin flip effects. Kudos!
Okay, so Vivillon also has a bit of
chance involved with him, similarly to Reserved Ticket
and Glalie-EX. UNLIKE the latter and similar to the
former, Vivillon has a coin flip effect that can be very
useful...if you're lucky.
Vivillon's first trick is his
Ability, Energy Color. This is actually really nice,
because once per turn, you can flip a coin, and upon
flipping heads, you can grab a basic Energy from your
deck and give it to one of your Pokemon! That's pretty
nice acceleration, and considering the numerous other
forms of Energy acceleration available, this is...well,
balanced. Sure it's chancy, sure it's not as reliable as
stuff like Bronzong or Magnezone in terms of actual
acceleration, but you know what, I think that's what
makes it relatively balanced in the Pokemon TCG.
Course "balanced" isn't
"competitive," so that's about it.
At least Vivillon can be used in
decks that don't mind having multiple Energy types and
don't want to run seven different forms of acceleration
to get them all!
And then there's his Sleep Powder
attack, which is 3-for-60 and automatically puts the
opponent's Pokemon to Sleep. Which in turn relies on a
coin flip to get out of it. Lots of coin flips today!
Course, that doesn't mean this attack is THAT phenomenal
- if they flip heads or switch out, the condition's
gone, so it's only a temporary moment of relief if that.
That being said, Vivillon's not
meant for attacking anyway, so his Ability should work
out for whatever purposes you want to run him for.
Granted, he's also a Stage 2, which takes some build-up
in and of itself more than Stage 1s. And for a 50/50
shot each turn of getting the Energy you need? Well, it
could be worth it, but it can also be a bit of a waste
Standard: 2.5/5 (a Stage 2 form of
Energy acceleration for all decks...that may not always
Expanded: 2/5 (chancy entirely,
meaning he may not be as playable as some other Energy
Limited: 3/5 (but hey, you only
need so much!)
Arora Notealus: Man, Vivillon is so
unique in so many ways. Depending on your physical
geographic location, Vivillon could have a variety of
different colorations! That's really really cool! I only
wish they took more advantage of this, like what they
did with the first print of this card where different
colorations came out for different regions! Course,
that's probably really difficult to do, but maybe that's
where they can just depict Vivillon in different places
with different colorations depending on its location on
the card - just a thought!
Next Time: Now if you'll excuse
me...I'm going back to sleep...