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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

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Sneasel - Aquapolis

Date Reviewed: 04/11/03

Ratings & Reviews below

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

Sneasel (Aqua.)

At first, Rob looks like a very promising attack. Then I realized how few Tools are played (Mainly Focus Band and Gold Berry) and that almost no one plays the TM cards. It just makes the attack kinda pointless right now. In the future, we might get better TMs and Tools so this card might be more playable then. Not to mention that Claw is a pretty bad attack as well. It looks like we will never see a good playable Sneasel other than the almighty Neo Genesis version.

In Unlimited, why are you playing this card? Stick with Genesis Sneasel! Rating: 1.3/5

In Modified, it doesn't do much as well. I see no reason no play this card here. Rating: 1.3/5

In Draft, I'd just use this card because it has Resistance to something and Claw is Colorless... Rating: 3/5
X- Act
Aquapolis Sneasel
This Sneasel is the worst Sneasel available. It's weak to Fighting, and HAS a retreat cost. Add a very situational first attack, and a tails-fails second attack, and you have a card that is plainly disgusting.
Unlimited: God only knows why you would use this Sneasel in this format. Okay, so Rob shuffles your opponent's Pokemon Tools in his or her deck, but, first of all, your opponent usually attaches his or her tools immediately after getting them, thus limiting the effectiveness of the attack, and secondly, even if you shuffle them into the deck, it isn't a big deal. Your opponent just Smash Punches for a prize. :/
Modified: Repeat the above argument for this format. "X-Act, you forgot that Rob shuffles all Technical Machines too!" Oh, so I did. I see a countless amount of decks playing Technical Machines these days. "You do?" Of course NOT. And again, even if you somehow encounter a player playing a Pichu/Elekid/Lightning Cube deck (:O!), and you shuffle his Lightning Cube(s), your opponent will bring forward his Tyrogue and Smash Punch. :/
Draft: It's a Common card. Rob might be slightly more useful in this format (or is it?) but it requires a Darkness Energy (or a Rainbow), which are hard to get, since they're Rare. Claw does an average of 15 damage for [2], which is disgusting. Well, you might want to use this card if your Draft deck is weak to Psychic. Or else, you had Drafted cards so bad that you don't really have any alternative but to play this. If you don't have either case, steer clear of this card, even though it's Common.
Aquapolis Sneasel
*uses the review to remind everyone why he's INSANE Chao*
yup, actually think this card can work. sure you'd be better off playing the Rare one from Revelations, but that's a rare. =P
For a "lowly common" its not bad. in fact, its useful in many respects. 60 HP basic is good. Sure it'll never go up because of evolution, but that's just life. one retreat is good as well. resistance can be annoying to someone playing the new espeon or something, they cant activate the attack's effect because they cant do any damage in the first place. XD
Weakness is easy to counter, maybe even play it with Dodrio ;D
Attacks are situationally good.So your opponent just used a Traveling Salesman last run? Use Rob and get rid of those focus bands or gold berries. and you get to put them into your opponents deck. be evil and have greasy hands when you touch the cards (doesn't DCI rules let your opponent beat you on the head with a mallet if you get their cards all greasy on purpose?).

(Editor's Note: If the greasy hands makes it impossible for a player to effectively complete the game in the allotted period of time, this means a game loss for the opponent with greasy hands.)

 anyway, the second attack is why I shall receive hate mail for this ^_^;;. essentially, its 30 for 2, with a tails fails policy. What's so god about that? think with 2 darks. that's 50 for 2 with a tails fails. fifty for 2. just keep saying that to yourself and it'll make sense. Blissey has 50 for 3 with a tails fails. and this is 50 for 2. just for the sake of being outrageous, I'll say what if you get all 4 darks on sneasel. =D 70 for 4, most stuff with that damage has odd costs, discard, or a tails fails so its normal.

Unlimited: being realistic for once, it wont do too good here, but it just might... 2 darks, plus power, KO genesis sneasel. =D or something like that... 1.5/5
Modified: interesting that its about the same except that things are a bit more precious (ie. focus bands and 50 HP basics that you need to evolve to get meganium or whatnot). so slap down a couple of darks and KO them. ^_^ enjoy.
Draft. in the odd event you snag 2 dark energies, I'd say play him, or if you KNOW alot of people are playing psychic. then play him. other than that, its worth less in draft than in unlimited because you cant use darks as liberally. X_x;; 1/5 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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