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Stunfisk #42

Noble Victories

Date Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.13
Limited: 2.25

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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Stunfisk 42/101 (Noble Victories)

Hello, and welcome to a derpy start to the week here on Pojo’s CotD. Yep, we’re kicking off with the second of the two Stunfisk in the Noble Victories set, which explains why I saw so many of these at prerelease.

Not that I recall anyone being happy when either of the Stunfisk turned up in their packs.

This one is actually worse than last Friday’s card. It’s an unevolving Lightning Type Basic with 90 HP (shouldn’t really complain about that, even though the Dragons make me want to); a Fighting Weakness which is not too bad, seeing as Donphan usage has been in decline for months, and it won’t make much difference vs Terrakion; and an annoying Retreat cost of two.

As far as attacks go you have two options, neither of which is especially good. Slap a Double Colourless on Stunfisk and you can use Mud Shot for 20 points of effect-free damage. Not the best use for a DCE in the format, eh? Add a Lightning Energy and you get to do Thunder for 60 damage. Not great? Wait until you see the drawback: you have to flip a coin and, if tails, Stunfisk does 30 damage to itself.

It’s quite tempting to see Stunfisk as a kind of poor man’s Zekrom, with its similar attack costs and self-damage. I’m going to resist that temptation because a) Zekrom has been released in so many versions already that it is affordable for practically everyone and b) even if you can’t get hold of a Zekrom, there are loads of cheaper cards that are much better than this. In other words, please do not use Stunfisk as a Zekrom substitute.

Just put it in the binder or shoebox, and forget about it.


Modified: 1.25 (no use for this really)

Limited: 2 (relatively high HP Basics have a role as deck filler here)


Welcome back, Pojo readers! Although Next Destinies is just around the corner, we're finishing up a few more Noble Victories reviews this week. Today's Card of the Day is the Lightning-type counterpart to last Friday's card. Today's COTD is Stunfisk.
Stunfisk is a basic Lightning Pokémon, and as such, has heavy competition with Zekrom and Magnezone in Modified. 90 HP is good for a basic, though it pales to the high HP scores of the dragons and Musketeer trio. Fighting Weakness is bad against Donphan and Terrakion; no Resistance is also unfortunate; and a Retreat Cost of 2 is expensive, but payable.
Stunfisk has two attacks. Mud Shot does a vanilla 20 damage for two Colorless Energy, which is about as average as you can get. It may end up being somewhat useful in Limited, but won't cut it in Modified. Thunder deals 60 damage for a Lightning and two Colorless, but can also deal 30 damage to yourself if you flip tails. Essentially, Stunfisk is a much weaker Zekrom, so where appropriate, you should stick to usin the thunder dragon.
Modified: 1/5 Stunfisk is totally outclassed by Zekrom here, so just stick with Zekrom of you want a hard hitting Lightning basic.
Limited: 2.5/5 Stunfisk isn't much better here. While the HP and Colorless Energy requirements are good, Mud Shot is a bit weak for the cost and Thunder can be very self-destructive. Stunfisk may work as an extra basic in a Lightning deck or in a deck that utilizes Victory Star Victini, but outside of that, there are generally better options.

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