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Sneak Attack - 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
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.
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.
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.
|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
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
|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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