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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Rocket's Sneak Attack - Team Rocket

Rocket's Sneak Attack
Trainer Card
Team Rocket

Look at your opponent's hand. If there are any Trainers in your opponent's hand, choose one, then have the opponent shuffle that card into his or her deck.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Standard: 3.10 (based on 5 reviews)
Modified: 3.70  (based on 5 reviews)
Reviewed January 18, 2002

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


Rocket's Sneak Attack truly dominated and was the #1 trainer denial before Cleffa existed.  Now with Cleffa, I think Rocket's Sneak Attack is only worth playing in a deck that completely goes after your opponent's hand and tries to win before they can recover. (crazy sneasel).  Otherwise, you'll temporarily get rid of an opponent's SER only to have them Eeeeeeek and get it next turn, not making good use out of the SER.  Yes, it can dominate in certain situations, but I'd stick with Lass.  I'd give it a 3/5.

As for modified, there is no Lass.  Ior and Rocket's Sneak Attack are both good, even better in combos.  Works well with Murkrow to steal the double gust or some way of getting it.  I'd give it a 3/5 because the absence of Lass and the absence of Fast Sneasel cancel out.


Ah, now here we have a card to watch out for! Rocket's Sneak Attack let's you see your opponent's resources AND deprive them of some of them. What more do you want? Put some in your deck. You won't be sorry. Disruption is good.

Standard: 4.5/5
Modified: 4.5/5


In Standard: This card is a very nice card. Combos have been made with this card. In fact a deck, called the Trapper included this card. Rocket's Sneak Attack + Impostor Oak's Revenge + The Rocket's Trap was a very popular combo at one time. Rocket Sneak Attack cannot hold a candle to Lass not that Cleffa is out. Lass/Cleffa is one of the greatest combos of all time. As good as RSA can be, Lass just is much better in most situations. I give Rocket's Sneak Attack a 3/5 in Standard as it is a nice card, Lass is just better.

In Modified: Rocket's Sneak Attack + Imposter Oak's Revenge is a very nice tool to use against Feraligatr with. Sneak Attack is much more damaging in Modified. As the first few turns usually decide the game's result. Any advantage you can use over your opponent is key. Rocket's Sneak Attack just belongs in Modified until there are further changes. I give RSA a 4/5 in Modified.


Now here's power...
Rocket's Sneak Attack (RSA) has been a main player in some combo decks, many of which can be particularly vicious if they go off correctly, stripping your hand of all chance of setting up other than a lucky top-deck. In the right deck, it's an amazing card, though most decks that depend on it have fragile combos that have a high need to go first. They sometimes work like a dream, while other times, and especially if their opponent goes first and has time to rip his deck setting up, they fall aimlessly short of their goal.

In limited, RSA is practically useless, since most decks are lucky to draft 1 or 2 really useful trainers. Chances are, when you Sneak an opponent, all you're going to see is a bunch of Pokemon and Energy. So you get to peek...*shrug*.... not worth the slot.

Standard Constructed: 4
Modified Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 2


Rocket's Sneak Attack is broken... seriously. Taking any trainer and putting it back? Combo this with The Rocket's Trap, Imposter Oak's Revenge, and even Lass, and you have a DEADLY combo. Attacking early is the way to go with these decks.

Standard Rating: 4/5 It's good, no excuse for that.

Modified Rating: 3/5 This is like the first card I've rated LOWER in modified, but because cleffa is even MORE rampant, it's a lot weaker...

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