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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Top 10 New Pokemon Cards of 2016

#4 - Garbodor
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XY BREAKpoint

Date Reviewed:
Dec. 27, 2016

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 4.5
Expanded: 4.5
Limited: 5.0

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being horrible.  3 ... average.  5 is awesome.

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aroramage

...not to say he doesn't deserve this spot on the list.

Not to say he doesn't have an impact on the game. 

Not to say he isn't a great card at all. 

Quite the opposite, really, he's a fantastic card! 

...I just...I mean...we know...ya know? 

Rating 

Standard: 4.5/5 (I mean, we know, right?) 

Expanded: 4.5/5 (it's like, really obvious) 

Limited: 5/5 (...he's like the same card as before but updated) 

Arora Notealus:...yep. This is actually the review. 

Next Time: A nifty item to have!


Otaku

Let’s do the timewarp again friends.  Reprints are ineligible for our top 10 lists, excepting stuff like “Cards Lost To Rotation”, because if we didn’t several staples that are reprinted year to year would clutter up our lists.  Fourth place goes to card that is not a reprint, but which comes quite close to being one: Garbodor (XY: BREAKpoint 57/122).  What, were you expecting something from XY: Evolutions? 

Garbodor is a Psychic Type Pokémon, but doesn’t mean much because of how it is used.  Psychic Pokémon exclusive support, other than perhaps Mystery Energy, shouldn’t matter.  Neither will exploiting Weakness or having to deal with Resistance, because Garbodor isn’t used for its attack: it is a Bench-sitter through and through.  This all also means there isn’t any real benefit to using it on Type, as (again) you’re not making use of the Type specific support or [P] Energy, so there is no real added synergy even when other Psychic Types are indeed using such things.  Being a Stage 1 is decent; being a Basic would… well, frankly it would have ensured this thing topped our list, but as a Stage 1 it still only requires you run an additional card (Trubbish) from which to Evolve and wait a turn to do so normally.  You can speed it up with Wally if you are in a hurry and can spare your Supporter for the turn.  Its 100 HP is not great, but is good enough; it can be OHKO’d by most decks once their setup is complete and provided they can force Garbodor into the Active slot.  Unless you’re new to the game, you already know why those two things are quite unlikely for many decks, and the ones where it isn’t too hard probably won’t be worried about KOing Garbodor.  The Psychic Weakness does give some decks a better chance of dealing with Garbodor in such a manner, as even a partial setup will suffice so long as they can force it into the Active slot.  The lack of Resistance is typical even if it’s the worst, so moving on we come to the Retreat Cost of [CCC].  Try to avoid paying this; most of the time though you’ll be handling it with Float Stone. 

The reason you’ll zero out the Retreat Cost with Float Stone is because you’re already going to want to be running extra Tools for use with Garbodor because of its “Garbotoxin” Ability, which debuted on Garbodor (BW: Dragons Exalted 54/124; BW: Plasma Freeze 119/116; BW: Legendary Treasures 68/113).  Sometimes this Ability is easily ignored, sometimes it affects the game, and sometimes it shapes the metagame.  Why?  Because so long as there is a Tool attached to Garbodor, Garbotoxin shuts off all other Abilities.  It is worded to exclude other copies of Garbotoxin, and it hits Pokémon whether they are in the hand, on the field, or in the discard pile.  The power creep seen throughout so much of the game has been present in Abilities, and so almost every deck includes at least one, with several decks being built around them.  When Abilities prove strong, Garbotoxin is likely to be worth the deck space, but when they are on the decline, it can become unnecessary clutter.  The pattern may be cyclical in the long run, but in the short run you are likely to hit stable stretches.  As mentioned earlier, you really shouldn’t ever be attacking with Garbodor, but for the record its attack is “Offensive Bomb” which costs [PCCC].  For all that investment, you only do 60 damage, though at least the attack also Poisons and Confuses the opponent’s Active… and probably your actual opponent because again, this is not an attack that gets used. 

There are several Trubbish to consider using with Garbodor.  There are also multiple other Garbodor you could use with or instead of today’s.  In both cases, we are only going to just focus on what has been proven as this is a year end re-review.  All Trubbish I am about to mention are Basic Psychic Type Pokémon with Psychic Weakness, no Resistance, no Ability, and no Ancient Trait.  BW: Noble Victories 48/101 has 60 HP, Retreat Cost [C], and two attacks.  The first is “Pile Up” for [C], which allows you to place a card from your discard pile on top of your deck.  For [PC] it has “Sludge Bomb” which does 20 damage (nothing else).  BW: Dragons Exalted 53/124 (reprinted with new art as BW: Legendary Treasures 67/113) has 70 HP, Retreat Cost [CC] and also two attacks.  The first is “Pound” for [CC], doing 20 damage, while the second is “Poison Gas” for [PCC] doing 30 plus Poisoning the opponent’s Active.  BW: Plasma Storm 65/135 also has 70 HP with Retreat Cost [CC], but only a single attack.  That attack is “Tool Drop” for [PC], and it does 20 damage times the number of Pokémon Tools both players have in play.   XY: BREAKpoint 56/122 also has 70 HP, Retreat Cost [CC], and a single attack.  For [P] its “Acid Spray” does 10 damage plus gives you a coin flip to discard an Energy from the opponent’s Active.  Now ideally none of these should be attacking, but these three have the best combination of attacks, HP, and Retreat Cost.  You don’t get a choice in Standard as only XY: BREAKpoint 56/122. 

The only other Garbodor worth mentioning is Garbodor (BW: Dragons Exalted 54/124; BW: Plasma Freeze 119/116; BW: Legendary Treasures 68/113).  In terms of game relevant stats it is identical to today’s Garbodor (XY: BREAKpoint 57/122).  Since they also share the Ability Garbotoxin, the only difference is in the attack; “Sludge Toss” requires [PPC] to do 60 damage.  Just 60 damage, nothing else.  I am uncertain whether [PPC] or [PCCC] is harder to fill, in part because most decks using Garbodor don’t run a lot of [P] Energy but it is three Energy versus four.  Regardless, this is also badly overpriced and so you shouldn’t be using this Garbodor to attack either.  It is only legal for Expanded play; it shouldn’t hurt or help you to run one, the other, or both.  So where would you use Garbotoxin?  Basically any deck that can spare the room and won’t struggle without its own Abilities.  Yes, that widespread.  It is easier in some decks than other; Hoopa-EX (XY: Ancient Origins 36/98, 89/98; XY: Black Star Promos XY71) and Shaymin-EX (XY: Roaring Skies 77/108, 106/108) sometimes come in handy later, but decks that use Garbodor just focus on burning through them first turn, before Garbotoxin is going to be in effect.  Other examples are Keldeo-EX and Yveltal (XY: BREAKthrough 94/162); in this case I believe the idea is use the Ability Pokémon or Garbodor, depending upon what your opponent is running, though Yveltal can still be useful as an attacker.  In the case of Yveltal you may even want to shut its Ability off; “Fright Night” negates the effects of Abilities while Yveltal is Active, so unless Garbotoxin is in effect it cannot make use of stuff like Fighting Fury Belt. 

Big, Basic Pokémon backed by Garbodor (BW: Dragons Exalted 54/124; BW: Plasma Freeze 119/116; BW: Legendary Treasures 68/113) was once a dominant deck (or series of decks, depending on how you want to classify them).  The same approach is proving true with Garbodor (XY: BREAKpoint 57/122), with the usual dance partner being Yveltal-EX.  Darkrai-EX (XY: BREAKpoint 74/122; 118/122) decks also will sometimes include it; Giratina-EX (XY: Ancient Origins 57/98, 93/98) is often a partner for Darkrai-EX (if the Ability on Giratina-EX is needed, then Garbotoxin will not be triggered).  Even some Mega Evolutions are getting in on the act:  M Mewtwo-EX (XY: BREAKthrough 64/162, 160/162) and M Scizor-EX have their own separate decks each backed by Garbodor.  Right now though, it is the Yveltal-EX variant that seems to be dominating the Standard Format metagame.  So what about in Expanded play?  Well technically you can use the other Garbodor with Garbotoxin, but yes Garbodor is still showing up there; most recently a Sableye deck backed by it has brought back control/mill.  There is an important difference, though; in Expanded an opponent can deal with Garbotoxin by using Startling Megaphone, Tool Scrapper, and/or Xerosic to discard the Tool attached to it.  The Standard Format is far different; there are only attack and Ability based options for discarding Pokémon Tools, and it is clearly not enough to keep Garbodor in check.  At the recent European International Cup, first through fifth place went to Yveltal-EX/Garbodor decks. 

So definitely use it in Standard.  Probably use it in Expanded.  If you’re able to pull it and Trubbish in a Limited Format event, try to work them in; yes it takes proportionately more space and will be more difficult to get into play in a timely manner, but even lesser Abilities can prove amazing when you’re deck is this constrained… which means that same holds true for your opponent so shut’em down.  If you’ve got room for some copies of Psychic Energy then you might even bother attacking with Garbodor; in Limited play the attack isn’t too bad.

Ratings 

Standard: 4.5/5 

Expanded: 4/5 

Limited: 4.25/5 

Summary: We first looked at this Garbodor here as the third best card of its set, where it might have topped the list except it wasn’t going to make a difference for Expanded play.  Its defining the Standard Format right now and you can use either Garbotoxin sporting Garbodor in Expanded for a competitive deck.  If you don’t have it, get it.  You’ll love to hate and hate to love it depending upon if you want to make use of certain Abilities. 

Garbodor managed 16 voting points, missing a tie for third place by just one voting point.  I had it as my fifth place pick, and placing a bit higher isn’t a problem.  In fact if it wasn’t for the fact it technically doesn’t matter (due to the older Garbodor with the same Ability) in Expanded, this might have placed higher even on my own list.


Zach Carmichael
Had this at #1 on his Top 10 List


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