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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day



- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
July 18, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.25
Limited: 2.33

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

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2010 UK National

Sableye (Plasma Freeze) 

We’ve had some very good Sableye cards over the years: right now we’ve got Sableye DEX, with Junk Hunt; recently we had the infamous Sableye from Stormfront, making donk decks possible; and even the Crystal Guardians version had its uses. The funny thing is though that all of those Sableye have been the Dark Type – whenever it has been printed as a Psychic Pokémon, the results have been a lot less impressive. 

So, I’m not expecting too much from this Sableye, and that’s just as well really. An un-evolving Basic of this kind either has to work as a starter which helps you to set up (Sableye DEX, Emolga DRX), or have some kind of function which can help the deck to work mid-game (such as Celebration Wind Shaymin in the previous format). Sableye PLF has no tricks to offer, though: just two fairly generic, uninteresting attacks. The first, Scratch does 10 for one Colourless and will have a negligible impact on any game. The second, Shadow Cage, does give you Retreat Lock and 20 damage for two Energy, but really isn’t going to bother an opponent who most likely not need a Switch or a Rush In from Keldeo-EX to deal with Sableye: they’ll just KO it. 

So, a short review today, but honestly it could have been much shorter. 


Modified: 1.25 (practically irrelevant)

Limited: 2.5 (Shadow Cage might be somewhat useful)

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Sableye has but one useful purpose: It can trap a Gothitelle active when playing against the popular Gothitelle/Accelgor deck that won U.S. Nationals. Unable to retreat, Gothitelle will simply be attacked repeatedly by Sableye until it is KO'd. Other than that, though, Sableye is just a weak card. And besides, if you want to trap a Gothitelle active, Sneasel does the same for only one energy -- and resists psychic!
Modified: 1.5/5
Limited: 1.5/5

Hello once again, Pojo readers! Today we're reviewing a Pokemon that has been historically very good in the Pokemon TCG. Will the Plasma version continue this tradition? Today's Card of the Day is Sableye.
Sableye is a Basic Psychic Team Plasma Pokemon. As a Psychic-type, it may have a niche in Team Plasma decks already utilizing Psychics, like Deoxys-EX. As a Team Plasma Pokemon, Sableye also gets Team Plasma support, which is quite useful in a metagame where Plasma Pokemon have a prominent deck. Therefore, all Sableye needs are some good attacks and abilities. 70 HP is a terrible start, as this is within OHKO range for nearly everything in the format. This also suggests that Sableye will likely be a support Pokemon, rather than a main attacker. Like in the video games, Sableye has no Weakness and Resistance, but it does have a single Retreat Cost, which is easily paid if you don't have a Switch handy.
Sableye has two attacks. Scratch does a vanilla 10 damage for a Colorless Energy, which is a terrible attack by almost any metric. You'll probably use this in Limited, though it still won't be very good. Therefore, Sableye's Modified playability hinges on Shadow Cage, which...still isn't very good. 20 damage for a Psychic and a Colorless, but it does stop the opponent from retreating. The attack's damage is below average for the cost, but the locking effect can be useful. However, your opponent is still able to play cards like Switch, so the attack still isn't that great without a hard Item lock. Therefore, Sableye is likely to be relegated to Limited, as it has very little Modified potential.
Modified: 1/5 Sableye just doesn't really work in Modified right now at all. Scratch is useless, and while Shadow Cage has some merit, it doesn't have a partner to warrant using. If you want a Plasma Pokemon that prevents retreat, use Snorlax.
Limited: 3/5 Sableye isn't that great in Limited, either. 70 HP isn't very strong here, but no Weakness makes up for this. Scratch isn't great either, but the ability to lock the opponent with Shadow Cage is still useful, even if the other stats aren't. In summary, Sableye is great as a supporting staller, but other than that, you'll want other options to help keep it in its defined role.

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