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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Wigglytuff #89 

- XY

Date Reviewed:
March 13, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.88
Limited:  2.50

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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Wigglytuff #89 (XY) 

I’ve got two words for you today: Hocus Pinkus. 

One of the most awesomely silly attack names in TCG history. Who wouldn’t want to take down a big scary EX with an attack called ‘Hocus Pinkus’? 

Sadly, that is very unlikely to happen. Wigglytuff is a Fairy Type Stage 1 whose attacks don’t offer anything that you cannot get better elsewhere. Gather Energy will accelerate a Basic Energy from the deck, but Fairy decks already have access to Xerneas which grab two Energy and has the advantages of being a high HP Basic. Hocus Pinkus itself is very underwhelming: three Energy for just 60 damage and the Defending Pokémon can’t attack next turn. Sure, the lock can be somewhat annoying, but rarely is it more than an inconvenience if the opponent plays switching cards, has free Retreat, or uses Keldeo EX. Wiggly himself has neither the HP nor the firepower to make an effect like that really work in a deck. 

At the end of the day, this Wigglytuff is just slightly superior set filler with an awesome attack name. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.75 (you have better things to put in your Fairy deck)

Limited: 2.5 (not horrible)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150
Wigglytuff (XY 89)

Standard.
From 0 Fairy Wigglytuff to 2 Fairy Wigglytuff in one set, today’s the start of a Wiglytuff double bill! Hocus Pinkus, apart from the crazy name, looks like quite an impressive attack. For just a Fairy and a Double Colorless Energy you can get guaranteed pseudo-paralysis and 60 damage! Of course, there’s always the problem for evolution cards since Black & White… there’s often a Basic Pokémon that does it better, namely Cobalion (Noble Victories / Legendary Treasures). Even as a Basic with 20 more HP Cobalion doesn’t see much play, partly because of little support for Steel types and partly because of how easy it is to break out of the pseudo-paralysis effect in this meta, from Keldeo EX’s Rush In Ability to the free retreat provided by Darkrai EX. If such a strong Pokémon like Cobalion can’t find a place, there’s not much hope for Wigglytuff even with all the Fairy support.

Unlimited 150.
The Standard review was a little bleak, but Wigglytuff could really shine in U150! Firstly, the comparison to Cobalion is a little fairer here as the U150 rules errata Cobalion into an EX, the lower HP and damage output don’t seem quite so bad when it’s giving up 1 less prize than its main competition! Free retreat and switching effects are spread a bit thinner without Keldeo EX in every other deck so you’re far more likely to lock down a troublesome Pokémon for a guaranteed KO. However, the support for Fairy Pokémon is also spread thin with only 1 of each current support card allowed in each deck. This situation should improve as more XY sets are released though and Fairy becomes a truly playable Type in this format.

Ratings.
Standard: 2
Unlimited 150: 3.5


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