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Scoop Up - Base Sets, Legendary Coll.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Unlimited: 3.40 (based on 4 reviews)
Modified: 2.75
(based on 4 reviews)
Draft: 3.50
(based on 4 reviews)
Reviewed May 31, 2002

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


I've never been a big fan of fossil Articuno. Sure, it was used a lot in Raindance decks, but it seems that it was more because of a lack of Big Basics for Water than anything else.

You can do 30 and have a chance of paralyzation or 50 and a chance at bench damage (to both players). It seems to me that foil Suicune makes a better choice. You give up Articuno's resistance but gain a lower retreat cost and a permanent Agility-like Pokemon Power that will keep Suicune from being hit with any status effects.

Overall, Articuno is a decent card, but there are better choices.

Unlimited: 3.5/5
Modified: 3.5/5
Draft: 3.75/5


Fossil Articuno

It was the popular choice as a backup hitter in Raindance decks. Without Raindance Articuno is simply too slow. 70HP for a Basic is nice. However, both attacks require a lot of energies, making it next to impossible to play without Blastoise.

In Unlimited, you would HAVE to play it with Blastoise. Now, both attacks are pretty good, although a bit costly. Freeze Dry is a good attack. A heads for Paralyze at the right time can win you the game. Blizzard does lots of damage. The bench damage can hurt both you and your opponent though.

In Modified, no Blastoise. -_-' It's not really playable in this format because it's too slow.

In Draft, just build it up on your bench and send it out to dish lots of damage!

Unlimited Rating: 3.5/5 (Only used as a backup in Raindance decks...)
Modified Rating: 2.3/5 (Too SLOW without Blastoise...)
Draft Rating: 3.7/5


Friday: Articuno
Remember the old Raindances where Articuno seriously was the pwnz? Well, it's back with a brand new modified look! However, is it really that good?
Articuno could be good in the right water deck, and WILL be necessary in any water deck, however thats it. I see some use for this guy, but not total use. Water won't be as big of an impact in modified as it used to be.
Standard Rating: 3/5
Modified Rating: 3.5/5
Draft Rating: 3/5
Lord Gothmog And today we search for the legendary...Articuno...

In unlimited, it was one of the best cards to come out of Fossil, but Blastoise is legal in all his Rain Dancing splendour. That's what makes it good. No weakness, resistance to Fighting, and good attacks with 70 HP also help a bit. Raindance is still good, so this is too. 3.3/5

In modified, however, the only really popular Water deck is Feraligatr, and it might not be so popular for long. Now, without Raindance, Articuno is nothing more than a Bench Jockey for 3-4 turns. Not really worth it, considering you can have an attacking evolution with that same energy. 2/5

In draft, a bench jockey that comes out swinging for quite a bit is usable. It's a good pick, but only if you opened it first pack, or are Drafting water already. It's definitely not multi-color friendly. 2.9/5 is here to provide guidance to all Pokemon trainers out there.  Whether it's the Gameboy Game, N64 or the Trading Card Game, provides all the wisdom you desire. 

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