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Ness'

Card of the Day


Venomoth

"My name is Venomoth! Yeah!

When ya need a lift! Yeah!

To knock out a Pokémon! Yeah!

Use my power shift!  - Swoll

"If you're not playing 4 in every deck, your excuse better be 'I don't own that many.' " - Alex

"Great or less than average, depending on opponent's table." - Cory

"Fly! Be free, oh butterfly of poison and free retreat!" - Doll

"Any type, any turn. Would you like fries with that?" - Brett

"This thing's annoying. Someone get a fly swatter." - Scott

"Cards like that are what got Digimon TCG popular." - Tom

"It changes color better than the horse from Oz." - Chris

"Heads = Good, Tails = Bad. A card of luck!" - Colin

" =/ " - Robby

3.02.01 Who are Cory, Brett, and Robby?  Some of the highest ranked players on PoJo's online league! Since they're such good players, I think they're entitled to a quote!  We also got Tom Hanley, the ECSTS 15+ with a quote, and my friend Chris.  If you're in the top 20 of PoJo's ladder, made top 8 at an STS, or you're top 50 in DCI, IM me online, and you'll probably be asked to give quotes.


I know I barely ever do CotD, it's like Card of the Month, but.. (can't think of anything to say).


Shift!

The most obvious reason to use shift is to target the opponent's weakness. Not the most effective thing, since it's attack only does 10, but 20's better than 10.  Problems arise when your opponent's weakness doesn't match a type on the table, or when your opponent's active doesn't even have a weakness.  Or it can be very advantageous when the Defending is weak to it's own type, because then you can target it's weakness, and have a chance at confusing, which is even deadlier against something that is weak to it's own type (as it attacks itself for 40 on failed attacks).  Mewtwo is a perfect example of this.

But, you can also Shift for metal/darkness benefits!  If you want to protect Venomoth and keep the 10 from it's attack, Shift to metal.

If you want to do 10 more damage with a darkness, but not take the damage, Shift to darkness.  


Venom Power!

Venom Powder is a weak attack, and the fact that it's either double status or none makes it a risky card to play. While cards like Koffing, on the other hand, give you something decent no matter what (notice how Koffing's Foul Gas attack is similar to Venomoth's.)

The Shift to a weakness can double it do 20, but that's not always worth 2 energy, especially if you can't get the confusion/poison on.

And always remember the poison strategy I learned from Jungle- make use of an attack if the defending Pokémon will faint from poison at the end of your turn.  Doing damage is useless, that's why you should try to do something like Scyther's Swords Dance, something that leaves your opponent with a threat to deal with.

Scyther, Gligar, Sneasel, Cleffa and all free retreaters are less vulnerable to confusion with their no retreats, so remember the 50% confusion(and poison) flip would work, their retreat flip (which is almost always done by a decent player assuming they have another free retreater on the bench) must fail, and then they also could have a chance to attack.  So Status effects are inferior to just plain ol' large, cheap damage and one hit knock out attacks, but they definitely are nice against the high retreaters.


Venonat

This thing is simple: It's terrible.  With 40 HP, the one turn it can't paralyze it's probably going down.  Not to mention Leech Life is always too expensive one very card is has been put on.  It's one of the Pokémon TCG rules, like how every Magneton must be terribly unuseable.


Bottom Stats + HP

A weakness to fire can be a problem, as Magmar remains steadily popular, and the resistance to fighting can stop the Gligar from getting 20 on it.. and I can't think of any other fighting Pokémon being used.. Chan left us a while ago.  70 HP is a decent amount, but personally, I wouldn't play Venomoth unless they doubled it's HP. =/



My Rating

(1- Terrible, useless.  3- Pretty bad.  5- Average.  7- Tournament level.  9- Broken. Just too good.  10- Wrong.)

This card has 2 major 'flaws' that make it unuseable in tournament environments, which are the facts that Venomoth's attackis too flip reliant, and Venonat is too weak.  I'd give it a 6.0.


Pointless Comments

Venomoth, while not that great, still remains one of the most interesting cards in Pokémon because of it's unique power. Read this if you're into the strategy of Pokémon.

 

As for the next card of the day, I'll surprise ya.  Have a swell day! =/

~Jason (Ness) Klaczynski


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