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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Sudowoodo

- XY BREAKpoint

Date Reviewed:
May 6, 2016

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2
Expanded: 2.5
Limited: 3

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being horrible.  3 ... average.  5 is awesome.

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aroramage

Yep, our last Pokemon of the week is Sudowoodo. You might be surprised to hear this almost made it onto the Top 10 list - and you can blame me for that, cause I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who put it on there! 

So Sudowoodo...what does it do-o? Well, all he does is Watch and Learn...like a tree. At 2 Energy, all this attack does is copy the opponent's last move. If they attacked with their Pokemon in the last turn, Sudowoodo can just use that attack as its own. That's...pretty much it. 

So why the high rating? Well, perhaps it's my own thoughts on the matter, but here me out on this one. I once rated a card called M Gengar-EX, who had a very similar attack with a similar effect - Phantom Gate. Course, that attack could pick any Pokemon's attack and use it, whereas Sudowoodo is just limited to one move, and that's whatever your opponent used. And it might not even be that useful depending on what they did! But there are a few other things to consider.

For starters, considering what this attack can do, it's relatively cheap. Sure, it could copy something like Seismitoad-EX's Quaking Punch or Regice's Resistance Blizzard, but it could also copy M Rayquaza-EX's Emerald Break and end up doing little cause you have only a few Benched Pokemon - or something like Emboar-EX's attack where he needs to discard Energy, thus setting him back. But hey, he can still do major damage! 

On that note, let's talk about damage - specifically, Fighting damage. One thing that you might not have considered with Sudowoodo is the ability to stack on more damage thanks to his Fighting-type! This could include Fighting Stadium, Strong Energy, Muscle Band - a lot of different things, and it all adds up after a while! Now combine that with whatever your opponent used on their last turn - and now you're doing upwards of 20, 40, maybe 60 damage more than what they could do! And from Sudowoodo! 

Of course, that requires a lot of investment in a very gimmicky Pokemon, but if Sudowoodo ends up in a Fighting deck where he can revenge kill something with an absurd attack for almost nothing...well, I'd say that's enough to see some play, wouldn't you? 

Rating 

Standard: 2/5 (nah, but really, Sudowoodo's a big gimmick Pokemon all-in-all - if anything, you use him for that element of surprise) 

Expanded: 2.5/5 (I mean, come on - wouldn't it be crazy to KO something of your opponent's with a 90 HP Basic non-EX? using their own attack?) 

Limited: 3/5 (it's the shenanigans that make me think he might see some play)

Arora Notealus: I also might just have a soft spot for that crazy fake tree I saw dancing a jig back in Johto so many years ago... 

Weekend Thought: You excited for Fates Collide? I think I just saw a few packs in a GameStop the other day. Pretty crazy, huh? It feels like forever since they've sold cards, and now here they are again! It's like they picked that up from EBGames or something...wait a minute...


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