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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 

Liepard  

- Plasma Storm

Date Reviewed:
March 27, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.75
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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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
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Liepard (Plasma Storm) 

Generation V’s obligatory cat Pokémon is pretty cool in my opinion, and a great improvement on Gen IV’s offering of Purugly. What would be really nice is if he got a really good card to make him playable. 

Liepard is a Dark Type Stage 1 Plasma Pokémon, which means he has a ton of support available: Dark Patch, Dark Claw, Colress Machine . . . it’s all good (even if he can’t use any of them especially well). The Fighting Weakness isn’t much fun though, especially when it’s combined with a worryingly low 80 HP. It’s not going to take much to KO this kitty . . . heck, Landorus-EX can do it for a single Energy with some help from Hypnotoxic Laser and Virbank City Gym. Oh well, at least it actually has a Resistance (to Psychic), and the retreat cost of one is very easy to manage. 

Silent Claw, for a single Energy of any Colour, is a really interesting attack which closely resembles Smeargle UD’s Portrait PokéPower. Your opponent reveals their hand (which always yields useful information), and then you get to discard a Supporter card you find there and use the effect as the effect of Liepard’s attack. Obviously, there are situations in which this would be fantastic: you get to use your opponent’s Juniper, N, or Skyla to help get set up and (best of all) you then get rid of it so that they can’t use it themselves (well, sort of, in the case of N). Yes, there’s always a chance it will backfire: they may not have a Supporter in hand, they might have one that you can’t use (Bianca if you are holding more than six cards), or they could have one you don’t want to use (Junipering away your entire hand might not always be the best option). Overall though, it’s a very nice set up/disruption/information gathering effect. 

So . . . will this card see some play? Unfortunately, I have my doubts about that. The last time a Stage 1 starter Pokémon was tournament viable was way back in the early days of HP-on (2008-9) when Furret SW had a brief appearance in the spotlight before being overshadowed by Claydol GE. Since then, the game has moved on an awful lot . . . and by that I mean it has speeded up immensely to a point where 80 HP Stage 1s are lucky to hit the Field at all and will almost certainly get obliterated by a big EX Pokémon the moment they do. Even the fact that Liepard’s second attack, Fake Out, isn’t terrible (hey, at least it gives you a flip for Paralysis) won’t save it from being a binder card for the moment. 

If the rotation and future sets slow the format right back down again, then maybe this card could work. Somehow, I doubt that’s going to happen any time soon. If only Silent Claw was printed on a Basic Pokémon, as an Ability. Then we’d be talking . . . 

Rating 

Modified: 2.25 (I love what Liepard does, but he’s doing it in the wrong format)

Limited: 2 (there’s only one Supporter in the set, so I doubt you would get much use out of Liepard except for a bit of Paralysis stalling)

virusyosh

Happy midweek, Pojo readers! Today we're reviewing a new Team Plasma Pokemon. Today's Card of the Day is Liepard from Plasma Storm.
 
Liepard is a Stage 1 Darkness Pokemon. Dark-types are still fairly common due to Darkrai-EX builds, but most of those are generally focused on either fast hitting or disruption, and Liepard could possibly fit in as a disruptive support Pokemon. 80 HP is terrible for a finally-evolved Stage 1, as Liepard will likely be Knocked Out in a single hit by almost the entire Modified metagame. Fighting Weakness is also pretty bad, as Landorus-EX is still very common and will easily OHKO Liepard with a well-timed Hypnotoxic Laser. Fortunately, Psychic Resistance provides at least a little bit of protection against Mewtwo, although it won't really help that much. Finally, Liepard's Retreat Cost of 1 is not too bad, and you can definitely afford to pay it if you must.
 
The Cruel Pokemon has two attacks. Silent Claw allows you to look at your opponent's hand, discard a Supporter from it, and use it as the effect of this attack for a single Colorless Energy. This attack would be a great opening move, and would be fantastic on a Basic Pokemon. Of course, given that Liepard is a Stage 1, it's considerably less effective here. Even still, disrupting your opponent by getting rid of one of their Supporters can be quite powerful, but also be careful, as if your opponent doesn't have a Supporter in hand, you've just wasted an attack!
 
Fake Out is Liepard's form of offense, dealing 30 damage and Paralyzing on a coin flip for a Darkness and a Colorless. This attack isn't very good in Modified, but it at least usable in Limited. Even still, for attacking purposes, you'll want better options.
 
Modified: 1.5/5 Liepard would be amazing if it were a Basic Pokemon, as Silent Claw could be a potentially awesome opening move to totally wreck your opponent's setup. As it is, Liepard shouldn't see play outside of Limited, as its low HP, bad Weakness, and weak offensive moves won't get it very far in the hard-hitting Modified format.
 
Limited: 3/5 Liepard isn't quite as impressive as it should be here, either. Silent Claw is amazing when it hits, but your opponent won't have any Supporters in their hand more often than not, making this attack's potential wasted. Fake Out is also only decent here, but the Paralysis can be nice. If you're looking for a support Pokemon in Dark, Liepard can be nice, but otherwise, don't bother.

Jebulous Maryland Player

Liepard
 
Liepard is a Stage 1 Dark Pokemon with 80 HP.  It is weak to Fighting, resistant to Psychic, and has a retreat cost of 1.  It is searchable by Level Ball and is also a Team Plasma Pokemon.
 
'Silent Claw' costs 1 Colorless energy.  Your opponent reveals their hand and you get to discard a Supporter you find.  Then you use the Supporters effect as this attack's effect.  It's reminiscent of Smeargle, only you have to use an attack to do it and Smeargle never discarded it.  It certainly is situational.  Hitting a Juniper is good if you have no hand, but if you have a lot of stuff and Juniper is all they have...  Also, you can't really do anything until your next turn.
 
'Fake Out' costs 1 Dark and 1 Colorless energy.  It does 30 damage and if heads, Paralyzes the Defending Pokemon.  Not really worth the cost, and Paralysis isn't so big any more.
 
The 80 HP makes this card really fragile.  Coupled with the fact that the best attack does a little disruption, I don't think this card will see much play.  Especially not when you see deck built around doing T1 90...
 
Modified: 1.5/5
Limited: 2/5
Combos With:  ...
 
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