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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

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Smeargle - Neo Discovery

Date Reviewed: 05/08/03

Ratings & Reviews below

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


In Unlimited, Jungle/Base 2 Clefable is better in most instances. Or maybe even Fossil Ditto. Sketch just doesn't really cut it here. Rating: 2/5

In Modified, this was often used in the Mirror Match when Downpour/Riptide Feraligatr was rampant. Now though, it's just not that good anymore. Rating: 2.3/5

In Draft, this could be quite helpful if your opponent managed to get something big out. Being colorless helps as well. Rating: 3/5
X- Act
Neo Discovery Smeargle
Continuing our Colorless Basic-Pokemon-that-can't-evolve week, here is Neo 2 Smeargle. A card that used to be played a lot in the Old Modified to counter the almighty Riptide Feraligatr. Does it still has a use in today's environment?
Read the ratings for the answer. ;x
Unlimited: This could actually be a pretty interesting card in Unlimited. Rocket's Zapdos has just Electroburned to KO one of your Pokemon? Smeargle can Electroburn it back. Sneasel has just Beaten Up to KO one of your Pokemon with 3 Heads flips out of 6? (Note that I'm being realistic here.) Smeargle can Beat Up Sneasel back. However, a closer inspection reveals that this isn't that good of a card, for three reasons. First of all, it's only 50HP, so your opponent can just Gust it to KO it instead. Secondly, it's weak to Fighting, so Tyrogue can easily KO it if your opponent again Gusts it. Thirdly... Clefable can do almost exactly the same thing, with more HP, and a lower Energy requirement.
Modified: Now, what are the decks that deal OHKO-type damage in Modified? Entei/Magcargo, and Nu-Gatr (Riptide Gatr with Parasect and/or massive Energy Card drawing like Seer/Juggler/etc.). So, basically, if your environment is full of either (or both) of these decks, then this card can be an interesting TeCH. Although, I must admit, even if you KO Magcargo or Feraligatr back with Smeargle, you'll then probably watch your opponent bring up his or her Tyrogue and Smash Punch... oops. Well, just remember to attach a Focus Band to it. :)
Draft: I don't know much about Pokemon statistics, but this card will probably rate as one of the Holofoils with the least HP in Pokemon (probably only Mew beats it... and Celebi is on a par with it). And, umm, Neo Discovery reminds me of a certain Baby called Tyrogue, which is a Common in this set and that slaughters this card. Moreover, your opponent's Draft deck, however lucky they might have been, won't do massive damage, rendering Smeargle useless.
TR Shadow

Not too bad, especially in Gator decks with the ole Modified.  Me likes! It doesn't need the energy to use the attack.  It's good to have one powered up on your bench then bring him up later after one of your other Pokemon has been KOed by something powerful of your opponents.  It also works well with a Double Gust so you can aim the attack at what you want.  I would not recommend basing a deck around this card, but there's nothing wrong with using it as a backup hitter.

Unlimited 4/5
Modified 4/5
Limited 3/5

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