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- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
June 27, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 3.50

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

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Steelix (Plasma Freeze) 

This Steelix really should win some kind of award for having the highest number of Energy symbols that I’ve seen on a card for a long time (I count 15!). Of course, that’s not really a good thing, as it is going to mean some high attack and retreat costs. 

But let’s look at the good stuff first. Steelix is a Stage 1 with a very nice 150 HP. Not immune from OHKOs in a format with Hypnotoxic Laser and Deoxys-EX running rampant, but still very good. It’s a Plasma Pokémon, so there is great support available, and the Typing comes with some useful features too: Metal Pokémon hit the popular Kyurem PLF for Weakness, and its own Fire Weakness won’t cause it too many problems in the foreseeable future. The Psychic Resistance is a lot better than the standard nothing too. As far as stats are concerned, the only off-putting thing is the Retreat cost of four, but that’s why we have Switch, Float Stone, and Heavy Ball, I guess. 

Now for the not-so-good stuff, and undortunately that means the attacks. Metal Defender costs one Metal, two Colourless and gives an underwhelming return of just 50 damage. It does also have the effect of giving Steelix no Weakness next turn, but as mentioned previously, that isn’t even a legitimate concern at the moment. The second attack, Heavy Impact, doesn’t even have the luxury of an irrelevant effect: it is completely vanilla. The good news is that it does 100 damage: enough to two-shot any EX under normal circumstances. The bad news is that it costs an almost hilarious FIVE Energy, making it all but unusable. 

I guess you could use some Plasma support to make a fun deck out of Steelix (Umbreon PLF if wanted to tank with it; Deoxys-EX for a more offensive version), but the only reason to do this would be because you really want a Steelix deck. When it comes down to it, there are much better Pokémon to support with those cards. 


Modified: 2 (not up to snuff)

Limited: 3.5 (could be good here: tough to KO at any rate, with a durable Basic)

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High HP is all this metal Stage 1 has going for it. Its first attack protects it from an already unpopular type, fire, while its second attack is grossly overpriced. Five energy for 100? If you are attaching five energy to a Pokémon, you better be KOing whatever you are attacking. 100 HP only KOs the weakest of basic Pokémon nowadays. By the time there's five energy on a Steelix, whatever your opponent has will easily survive 100 damage.

Modified: 1/5

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