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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Sneasel


Thanks to Birgir for the 
Card Scan Today

Name: Sneasel

Pojo's Average Rating -
Standard: 4.88 (based on 4 reviews)
Modified: Banned!  Too good!
Draft: 3.88
(based on 2 reviews)
Reviewed February 21, 2002

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.


Lord
Gothmog

no review today


Pokepop

I was going to review Chaos Gym yesterday but I flipped a coin and got tails, so I couldn't! 

And now, we are doing Sneasel.
What can I say about this critter? 
He's broken. 
Period.
No retreat cost.
Easier to power up on turn two than Creatures realized...
Basic.
An attack that easily does 80+ per turn.
No Weakness and Resistant to Psychic.
Can use Darkness with no drawbacks.
Splashable. Heck, splash him in any deck and he takes it over...

OK, OK, he does have some drawbacks:
60 HP. Just short of the magic 70 HP.
Requires Special Energy to power up.
Vulnerable to Energy Removal.

The bottom line is that you have to build your deck to either protect against this one card, or to take advantage of it. That, my friend, is unbalanced.
Standard: 5/5

Hey, here's the only Neo card that gets a Standard rating but no Modified rating. 
Modified: N/A

Not a bad choice in draft. You almost certainly won't get the Darkness Energy to fully take advantage of it, but it's still a decent support card with 60HP, free retreat, resistance, and an attack that does 10-20 on average for only one Colorless energy. But without that Beat Up attack, he is far from broken. And you get to keep it after the Draft is over.
Draft: 3.5/5

Random

Well, this is a broken card. Honestly. To tell you the truth, I can prove it's broken, and totally overused. Wanna know why? Because DRG3 doesn't play it. =\

Although weak to ER/SER, can be used with Chaos Gym to resist. No one uses ER/SER with a Chaos Gym out.

Standard Rating: 5/5 =\ My first 5/5. I can't believe this. But its definitely better than MURKROW! (Sorry, I had to take a shot at crim ;D)

Modified Rating: 0/5 I'm so glad Wizards banned this card in modified. It'd be beatable, but everyone would use it. It's so splashable it can be used in ANY deck, even Gatr... let alone Crobat.

Jeremy Borchardt

CotD - Sneasel

It's everyone's favorite card, or most hated.

Now there are to kinds of people, the ones who love this card and the ones who hate it and think its cheap, broken and over powered.

Personally I think its good definitely not unstoppable. I don't like to play with it very often as I feel it is far to over played and I would like every one to see that there and many other cards that can win.

Standard
Well with the searching power of these decks you can get it going on turn two easily. It combos well with Slowking and Murkrow to make one of the best decks in the environment right now.
I give it a 4.5/5

Modified
Hmm its banned but if you want to get kicked out of a tourney its a very easy way to do it, for that I give it a 5.
I give it a 5/5

Limited
Now trying to draft this and 2 Dark Energy's is next to impossible. Now fury Swipes and it's 60 HP and free retreat make it a good choice any way.
Hmm well I would rather take a Professor Elm but it could be a nice first pick from a pack.
I give it a 4.25/5

Criminal

“If you’re broken and you know it clap your hands....” *Sneasel claps  claws*
Since the release of this game, few cards have seen as much play as this 60  HP bundle of fur. In fact, Sneasel also takes the prize for being the first  card to be officially banned from a format.

Put simply, what other basic pokemon can deal an average of 80 damage on turn two with no nasty side-effects? Slap down a couple of Darkness energies, fill your bench, drop Ecogym, Lass, and your opponent is in pretty dire straits. 
Not only that, but Sneasel has no retreat cost, no weakness, AND a resistance to Psychic (not that anyone plays MP Mewtwo anymore anyway) =/

The thing that makes it so powerful, is the fact that it deals so much damage, requires hardly any skill to play (yet TONS of skill to be played correctly), and can easily be used as a ‘crutch’ card in poorly constructed decks. That’s why Sneasel is the popular choice of newer players to the game, because it’s simple to use and can be slotted into a lot of decks (all you need is 3 Sneasel and 4 Darkness).

So many decks have been created using this card, just to name a few:
-Slowking/Sneasel/Murkrow: arguably the most powerful current Standard deck
-Slashtap: a deck that abuses Double Gust with free retreaters, and uses Sneasel as a cleaner
-Haymaker: the deck of choice of many inexperienced players, usually a  Lightning deck with Sneasel splashed in to beatdown anything

Of course, this card is not without weakness. At higher levels of 
play, an unprotected Sneasel is like a bungy jumper without a rope. Sneasel can be swiftly dealt to by a decent amount of Energy Removals, and/or Ditto. 

Because of this weakness, and the 60 HP falling 10 short of the magical number, I give Sneasel a 4.8/5 in Standard, and a 12/5 in Modified, if only it was legal....

If used by the right player, this card is definately a 5/5.

 


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