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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Leafeon Lv. 40

Diamond & Pearl
Majestic Dawn

Date Reviewed: 05.30.08

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.50
Limited: 3.60

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

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Jermy101
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Leafeon

Modified - I don't see why you would use this instead of the other Leafeon. 2/5

Limited - Good healing attack. Got some eevee? Toss this in. 3/5

Greenzan
goose

Leafeon Lv.40 MD

 

*BOOM!* *Drastic ninja style entry involving fire ants and chainsaws!* Hello people! Today’s COTD today is yet another Eeveelution from the new MD set. Not much to say about this one, the attacks are more fair than cool. 40 and healing 1 for (G)(C) isn’t bad, but isn’t really great. 50 or 70 for (G)(C)(C) is another attack that shares the not good-not bad balance, just not quite usable for a main attacker. 90 HP on a unevolvable stage 1 isn’t good (Although Espeon can change that…) And weakness to fire is fair. Water resistance is nice for all of those Empoleon coming to BR and the single retreat cost is nothing to write home about.

 

Pros –

Eeveelution

Lv.X!

 

Cons –

Weak attacks

Low HP

 

Modified – Use it ONLY if you use the Lv.X 1.75/5 without Lv.X 4/5 with Lv.X

 

Limited – If you snag the Lv.X then what do you care what this rates? 2.5/5

 

Use the Lv.X Leafeon, or don’t use it at all!

 

“There's an old saying about those who forget. I don't remember it, but it's good.

Jigglypuff13 5/30 Leafeon Lv. 40 (MD)
 
End of the week, and yet another card that is probably going to be considered for Eeveelution decks or decks that want Leafeon Lv.X’s energy acceleration. However, like with Glaceon on Wednesday, Leafeon Lv. 40 has competition in the form of Lv. 42, which is the holographic Leafeon of the set. The attacks are kind of interesting on this Lv. 40 one. Spiral Drain isn’t too bad as an attack, being able to make Leafeon a bit of a tank, but would be better if it could remove more than 1 damage counter. Leaf Blade, while it can do 70 or 50 for a few turns in a row with bad flips, basically averages out to 60 every turn, which isn’t that great. The attacks don’t matter much, since neither Leafeon is that good as an attacker and should be levelled up ASAP, and since the Lv.X is such a good attacker, you shouldn’t need to attack with Leafeon, no matter which one.
 
Comparing the 2 cards, I get the sense the Lv. 40 has over priced attacks. The first attack seems about right, but compared to Lv. 42, it just isn’t as good, with Lv. 42 being quite disruptive in it’s first attack and is better value for Energies (G for 30 and no retreat compared to 40 and heal 1 for GC). Admittedly, Bind Down is easy to get out of with Switch/Warp Point/etc. happily stopping that nice effect, but it‘s still better than removing 1 damage counter, since this format is basically about OHKOs. Leaf Blade, since it is just 60 for GCC, where as the Lv. 42 one can do that and reduce damage to Leafeon next turn by 20, thus tanking it up more than Leafeon Lv. 40, and makes it more survivable (slightly), which is important for the Lv.X to come out. The slightly higher Retreat Cost on Lv. 42 is nothing really, and would have to be coped with once it’s Levelled Up anyway. Neither of them are good attackers, so it’s all about Level Up material, for which the holographic Lv. 42 version is better.
 
At it gets worse for the Lv. 40 version today, because even if you do use it, and you want it to be your main attacker (why?), look at all the decks that can happily do the required 90 damage to make Spiral Drain obsolete. G&G will happily get Gallade (SW) to do 90 to KO it, while Gardevoir 2HKO’s it even with Spiral Drains pointless healing. Magmortar and Skittles both taking advantage of the +20 Fire weakness, and only need 4 energies to KO Leafeon. Banette (SW) will 2HKO Leafeon, but can OHKO with Plus Power/Strength Charm and a Banette in the discard. In fact, a lot like with Glaceon on Wednesday, most decks, rouge or archetype or something new from MD, can and will do the 90 for the OHKO. The Fire weakness isn’t going to be to be as bad as it was, with Water getting a big boost from MD, and thus seeing Fire (though mainly Magmortar and Skittles) see less play.
 
Ratings:
 
Modified: Compared to the Lv. 42 version, this is a lot like the comparison between the Glaceon’s in Wednesday, with Lv. 40 Leafeon being slightly slower, weaker, less of a tank and just generally not as good as the Lv. 42 version. This is not main attacker nor Levelling Up material, but there may be some way in which this version could be more useful than the Lv. 42 version, but I can’t think of any at the moment. 1.5/5
 
Limited: Chances are, you won’t get the Lv.X version, but can be used as a decent attacker. Just being able to do 70 is good, and will KO most of what you see quickly. It can even stall with Spiral Drain due to the lack of attackers doing 90. Could be quite good here. 3/5
monster
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aim PoJoMOTL
A late welcome to Milk Man! Now, I'm not supposed to let people outside the COTD headquarters know about this, but the new guys have to serve Jermy his favorite drink, Satan's Whiskers with a single seedless cherry plopped in from precisely 6 inches off the drink's surface. Good luck, Milk Man!

Oh right, the COTD. Yeah.


The bad Leafeon

Yep. At least this is slightly better than the bad Glaceon, but only just.

Combos

Leafeon Lv.X is the obvious combo here.
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Come on, what do you want me to say? No one's actually going to play this card.


Attacks

So utterly pathetic. 1G for 40 and remove 1 damage counter, and 2G for 50, +20 in a flip.

Eh, the first attack isn't horrible. That's the nicest thing you'll hear me say about this card.


Bottom stats

+20 Weakness to Fire means a Magmar can take out this card in roughly two turns. Fire is ubiquitous, but so is water, so the +20 Water resistance can come in real helpful, especially against those new crazy Empoleon decks. Retreat cost of 1 is a bit meh. Better run that Umbreon.

Eeveelutions

Call for Family Eevee, Umbreon, Leafeon Lv.X, and the good Leafeon is what you should be running.

Ratings (1 - Sux, 3 - Meh, 5 - Rox)

Modified: 2/5. Use the other Leafeon.
Limited: 2/5. The healing is slightly useful, but come on, you just pulled the one card that you could get in the theme deck. And it's not even holographic. Shiny cards > non-shiny cards.
Unlimited: 1/5. Not gonna happen.

In a very special episode of today's COTD, the world's most likable Pokémon player gives his opinion on this piece of cardboard. POOKA!

(11:15:18 AM) PoJoMOTL: What do you have to say about Leafeon (the bad one), if anything?
(11:15:46 AM) Pooka Returns: Leaf this one in your binder, and pull out the other one
Brad Valila
Canada
Leafeon Lv 40
 
Now to end to the week, a card I'm not crazy about. 90HP on the eeveelutions seems to be the average mark here so compared to the rest its playable still. While the weakness is terrible with Infernapes and Magmortars running about, the resistance is great with water types becoming played more often. In terms of its attacks, 2 energy for 4 is decent, and removing 1 damage counter isnt fantastic, but its better than nothing. The second attack is the lame duck here, 3 for 50, and flip for 20 more. It isn't great but it does have a LV X so...It still isnt very good.
 
Limited-Use the other Leafeon, this one is no good here.
 
Modified 2/5
Limited-2/5
Milk Man

Leafeon Lv. 40

 

Hello once again, Today we're looking at Leafeon Lv. 40, the Theme Deck counter part of Leafeon Lv. 42. Both Leafeon have advantages and disadvantages over the other, this one has the edge primarily with one less retreat cost. 40 damage and removal of one damage counter on itself for (g)(c), not the best attack, but it could help a bit late game once leveled up, also I'm not too much of a fan of coin flipping so leaf blade isn't my favorite attack either. Average hp for a stage one and average attacks are the major setbacks aside from a crippling weakness to Magmortar, I personally would stick with lv. 42 and running a couple warp point/switch.

 

Modified- 3.25/5 (4.5/5 with Lv. X)

 

Limited- Attacks are much better here, 2HKO on most pokemon you'll see here and healing for only on (g)(c) low retreat and all on a stage one! 4.6/5


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