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Sandslash δ

EX Delta Species


Date Reviewed: 01.19.06

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.5
Modified: 2.3
Limited: 2.1

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

Sandslash d (Delta) 2/5 Unless you have a lot of players running powerful ex-decks - like Zapdos ex/Rayquaza ex/Electrode ex, or Meganium ex, etc., this whole evolution line doesn't do enough to justify your Sandslash d leaving your collection binder. However, I want to remind everyone that I am basing the score based on the current Modified format (HL-on to Delta Species), because the next set Legend Maker will bring in a lot of powerful ex's, and Sandslash d can be a big help. For now, Desert Ruins should be enough to get the job done.


Advantages: -Sandslash δ is a δ Pokémon, and currently there are no disadvantages to being a δ Pokémon. There are trainers from DS (e.g. Holon Ruins) that refer to δ Pokémon, all of which work in the favor of players who have δ Pokémon- so for now, being a δ Pokémon is not in any way a bad thing.

-Sandslash’s Poké-Body is like a Desert Ruins that only works on your opponent’s side, which means, you’ll have room in your deck for other stadiums [or perhaps you could put two damage counters on Pokémon-EX (with HP greater than 90) between turns by having Sandslash and Desert Ruins in play].

-Sandslash is a metal Pokémon, which I would consider a disadvantage a few months ago due to lack of metal weakness in the game, however, DS has made metal Pokémon overall more playable. Metal Pokémon get the advantage of being able to reduce damage done to them by 10, with the effect of Metal Energy.

Disadvantages: -Being metal and evolved means its effect will be shut down with Battle Frontier.

-About 21% of metal Pokémon have no resistance; Sandslash is one of them.

Unlimited: Don’t be surprised if you don’t come across Pokémon-EX often in this format. “Delta Storm” will do very little good here. And its attacks aren’t fast enough. 1.5/5

Modified: It’s OK here. I’ve never seen it win any tournaments. It’s not a popular card. But its weakness is OK and so is its retreat cost. 2.9/5

Limited: You get the benefit of Metal Energy and the δ trainers in this set. Don’t expect “Delta Storm” to do much; Pokémon-EX are rare, especially in DS, from what I’ve heard. 3/5

Questions/comments/corrections? E-mail: ninetales1234@hotmail.com

Sandslash [delta species]

It really sucks here, the body is not too good here because hardly anyone plays EX's and if they do, they either won't play them until sandslash is knocked out or when/if sandslash isn't a threat at all.
the major problem about this card is that is has 80 hp and does 50 damage, 50 damage won't even OHKO a sneasel, and 80 hp means a lot of things here can OHKO it.
Rockets zapdos has restistance to it, sandslash is weak to scyther... just no.

I really like the pokebody here, but it needs to be active and that's the major downfall, 80 HP means it can be OHKO'ed easily, oh, metal energy will make a difference, but there are better pokemon to waste metal energy on.
The damage sandslash does is also very, very limited, I mean, I'd rather have a 30 + 30 damage for a coin flip than 50 damage. just because 50 isn't enough in a lot of cases, and attacking a fighting restistant pokemon means 20 damage... yay.
One fun thing I can think of is to Pow-block somebody who has 3 EX's in play (don't ask me why) and let desert ruins + sandslash do all the work.

Unless you haven't pulled another evolution...
80 HP is very good here, the ability to benefit from metal energy as well, and Rend is a pretty cheap attack late game. the bad thing is that this set is full of dragon's and fighting restistant cards, and EXs don't appear that often in draft, and with only 3 EXs in this set, you might not face one at all (yay).
If it weren't for the 2-2-1 salamence/dragonite lines in this set, It would probably get 2.5/5


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