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EX Delta


Date Reviewed: 11.27.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.5
Modified: 2
Limited: 2.5

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

X-Act Skarmory Delta

It’s been a long time since I posted anything. Since I have a Christmas break, I thought it would be a good idea to write a few COTDs.

Skarmory Delta is an okay Basic Pokemon. It has 70HP, and, while that number rings a bell somewhere in your heads as the ‘magic’ amount of HP a Basic Pokemon in Unlimited must have, it shouldn’t anymore, in my opinion. Basic Pokemon, with the exception of Sneasel, Murkrow and the Baby Pokemon from the Neo era, are pretty much dead now in Unlimited. With the advent of Suicune ex OHKOing everything in sight, it shouldn’t be hard to understand why this has happened. So that 70HP statistic doesn’t say as much as it used to say before.

Now that Poke-Body, Shining Horn, might have been interesting a few months ago, when stuff like Dunsparce was all the rage in Modified play. Granted, there are still similar cards like Plusle DX, but, in my opinion, these have been replaced by better Supporters. So, again, we see a case of “that’s so old now, Skarmory”.

Cry for help is what might just save the card. You get any Metal Pokemon from your deck into your hand, excluding Pokemon-ex. Now this set is replete with Metal or part-Metal Pokemon, so, if you’re playing a Delta-deck, Skarmory might stand a chance of figuring in your decklist. Or maybe not, considering the multitude of Trainer cards that get Pokemon off your deck to your hand…

The second attack, Steel Wing, is clearly filler material, just so the card has two attacks and not one. A Pokemon player surely shouldn’t put play Skarmory because of it.

Unlimited: In Unlimited, it just doesn’t cut it. Maybe it would be considered to stop your opponent from repeatedly Eeeeeeeking using that sole Cleffa, but wouldn’t you rather have an Eeeeeeeking Cleffa too as your starting Pokemon, instead of a Skarmory that gets Metal Pokemon? (Although admittedly, this does stop Snichu dead in its tracks, if it’s still played.) Speaking of getting Metal Pokemon, there are gazillions of ways to get Pokemon in your hand in Unlimited, most of which are better than the way that Skarmory does it. So it gets a sad no. 1.5/5

Modified: In Modified it might be better, but not by much. Your opponent would play stuff like Holon Mentor, or even Great Ball, to get more Pokemon, and they will evolve faster than saying ‘evolution’, and then you’re stuck with a single Skarmory. And to get Metal Pokemon, you can still stick to Trainers as in Unlimited. 2/5

Draft: In Draft, it’s not too bad. The Poke-Body is sure interesting here, especially if your opponent has drafted a lot of BBPs, and you can stall with it. Getting Metal Pokemon wouldn’t be too useful here unless you drafted a considerable handful of them, and Steel Wing is next to useless if you hadn’t drafted Metal Energy, or, at least, Holon’s Magneton/Electrode. But at least you can stall with it while you get your stuff. 2.5/5

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