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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Kecleon  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
August 1, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.00
Limited: 1.75

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

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Kecleon

Kecleon is a unique card that fits best into decks that run a variety of energy cards. I've seen it played with Blastoise to be used against other Blastoise deck's Black Kyurem EX, copying Black Ballista from a non-EX Pokémon to deal 200 damage.

Modified: 4/5

Limited: 1/5

Combos with: Prism Energy, Blend Energy

virusyosh

Hello again, Pojo viewers! Today we're going to review a very malleable Pokemon that could see some play if the metagame slows down a bit. Today's Card of the Day is Kecleon.
 
Kecleon is a Basic Colorless Pokemon. As I stated yesterday in the Raticate review, Colorless Pokemon are very flexible in terms of Energy requirements, making them excellent secondary attackers and support Pokemon. 70 HP is a little low for a non-Evolving Basic, and given the current Modified environment, Kecleon won't survive very long. Fighting Weakness is bad against the rare Landorus and Landorus-EX you'll run into; no Resistance is all too common, and a Retreat Cost of one is easy enough to pay, even if you don't have a Switch, Float Stone, or Scramble Switch handy.
 
This chameleon Pokemon has an Ability and a single attack. Color Change makes Kecleon the same type as the Defending Pokemon, which is great in mirror matches where the Defending Pokemon is weak to itself, such as a Dragon-type or some subset of Psychic-types. Aside from that, the Ability will be of little use, aside from making Kecleon a random type.
 
Kecleon's attack, Imittack, allows you to use any of the Defending Pokemon's attacks if you have the required Energy. This once again works well in mirror matches, but given that the metagame isn't full of many attackers weak to themselves, you're probably better off just running a more consistent deck, even if Kecleon's adaptability is very powerful. The attack can work well in Limited, though, since you're going to have a more limited card pool, and will likely be running multiple types of Energy anyway.
 
Modified: 2/5 Kecleon is an interesting idea, but it's ultimately too reliant on your opponent. You won't be able to know your opponent's deck before playing, and as such, you can't be sure you'll have the proper Energy requirements to do anything back to them. Additionally, Kecleon's very low HP won't cut it against the high-powered attackers of Modified, especially with all of the Hypnotoxic Lasers being fired these days. So once again, Kecleon is a very interesting idea, but is ultimately bad in execution (for our current Modified, anyway - imagine this a few years ago!).
 
Limited: 2.5/5 Kecleon is a little better here, but not by much. While you can have some idea of what your opponents will play in Modified, without an established metagame, you'll have even less of an idea of what your opponents are doing, making Kecleon incredibly difficult to use here, as well. However, given that Limited is a much slower format in general, Kecleon will be able to survive a bit longer due to less powerful opponents. Therefore, Kecleon can be an interesting, but unreliable, support Pokemon in your Modified deck.


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