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Ness's Card of the Day

Crobat
"It's a plane ... no, it's a 90 HP free retreating Gatr killer! " - Criminal

   Well, with Neo revelations out.. I'd figure I'd do a CotD on one of the cards so people didn't assume I'm dead.. anyway..

Triggered Poison
      
This is an interesting attack.  Definitely nice with Energy Removal in standard, as you can force them to play energy and become poisoned.  

      As for modified, Double Gusting a Feraligatr with 2 Water and using Triggered Poison can put Gatr in a tough situation considering it's 3 retreat cost.   If Typhlosion attaches a fire from Fire Recharge to the Pokémon Triggered Poison was used that Pokémon becomes poisoned.  The attack is definitely very effective versus an Eeeeeeeking Cleffa, as it's 10 away from knocking it out, and I don't think many people are willing to pay an additional energy on their Cleffa to have it knocked out. =)

      Overall though, this attack is cheap, which makes it nice.  That's the benefit a Stage 2 Pokémon gets. =D

Cross Attack
      
This is a nice attack.  68.8% chance of confusion I believe. (2+/4).  Kind of expensive, but in modified (which Crobat's best chance is in) we don't have to worry about Removal.  The attack is actually relatively cheap for averaging what it does.  It can knock out an undamaged Feraligatr with 3 or 4 out of 4 heads.   Improbable, but not rare. =/   More importantly versus Feraligatr is the fact that it's going to confuse it on 68.8% chance.  This also disables it's ability to discard water without playing trainers.

Golbat, Zubat
      
Two Zubat options and two Golbat options.  I actually think Fossil Golbat is better, but in modified you're stuck with Revelation's Golbat.  Poison Bite can actually come in use with darkness energy and weakness.

HP, Retreat
      
Zubat and Golbat have a free retreat cost, as well as Crobat does.  Crobat's 90 HP aren't bad either.  Definitely something not easy to KO in one-shot always with a Gatr, especially if the Gatr is confused or you get a Chaos Gym in play.  

Rating
      
In standard, I'd give Crobat a 6.5/10.  Definitely nice with Energy Removal and Super Energy Removal,  but can be worked around.

      In modified, Crobat I'd give a better rating.  It's definitely something that stands a chance versus Gatr.. unlike most other decks. =D  I'd give it a
7.5/10.  The bad part is simply that one-hit KO's dominate modified.  You can't Trigger Poison a Chompasaur(Croconaw) and then watch it bust into Sir Chomps A. Lot and Riptide for an unnecessary 360 damage and still expect to win.  

-jason k =/



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