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Lt. Surge's Spearows/Fearow
I finally have my own section. Everyday I'll be discussing a card.
My firsts cards are
are Lt. Surge's Spearows, and also, his Fearow. We're actually looking
at 3 cards.
Lt. Surge's Spearow (30
First of all, the 30HP
Spearow isn't as bad
as it looks. Sure, it's not great, but the one colorless for 20 can be
useful at times, as well as the resistance can be, the zero
retreat(send it out, draw, retreat it, just like you would with a
Scyther), and probably it's best feature is- anti
Ditto! It can K.O. Ditto with
a PlusPower. Ouch to Ditto. Even better is when Ditto takes 30 damage,
and Spearow comes out, knocking out Ditto. A Simple Slash or
Thunderpunch leaves Ditto threatened by it. This is even better than a
Drill Peck since you haven't attacked and still have your entire turn
to take. It's not always good to leave it benched to be Gusted, and
it's not really even good to
bench it if you're not going
to use it this turn, unless you are Oaking and think it will be useful
later, for example.
Scott Gerhardt had the idea of promo Eevee as a Ditto killer, Eevee's
advantage is that it can allow you to pointlessly search your deck
when Jiggly evolves(common in tournament environment), and it's
resistant to psychic. It gives your opponent a lot of evolution cards
to watch out for, although Eevee's evolutions aren't a big threat.
Resistance to psychic aka Mewtwo can be useful. Spearow, however, has
the resistance to fighting, and more importantly, isn't weak to
fighting, leaving out Jab to your sole Eevee losing the game.
Thundershock is still possible for a knockout, but hey- it needs a
PlusPower. (Overall since Buzz is more popular than Chan in tournament
environments today, I think Eevee is the smallest amount better as a
Ditto killer, although the factors are so small we might as well call
it even.) I have talked more about Ditto than Spearow, that's because
Lt. Surge's 30HP Spearow basically is useless
except for it's Ditto killing abilities.
Don't get me wrong though- Drill Peck can be useful!
Lt. Surge's Spearow (50
Lt. Surge's 50HP Spearow
isn't bad, overall,
it's definitely better than his 30HP Spearow, because this one can
actually fight. Two colorless, 50% chance of 40. Nice turn one attack,
kind of risky since you can get it removed easily if you play it first
turn and it's 50%, but it's better
as a surpriser, than opener,
most of the time. By surprise, I mean, play it like you would play a
(oh, it's back again) Ditto. Bench it the same turn you are using it
for maximum effect. Buzz has 30, retreat the Scyther, colorless, Razor
Wind. Risky, but if you don't have many other options.. go for it!
Whirlwind can be nice too when they have only one benched that doesn't
pose a threat(example: damaged, no energy) Sometimes you can let them
attack with it so you can then knock it out(if it's damaged), you
exchanged prizes, but he lost the energy attachments per turn, since
he put them on a Pok�mon that just ended up getting knocked out. Whirlwind
is seldomly significantly beneficial as
almost everyone's got the Scyther or a bigger threat on the bench.
Lt. Surge's Fearow
His Fearow is interesting. 5
coin flips, averaging 20-30 for two colorless, not bad, but it's
attack that makes it
different and interesting is Clutch. Can't retreat next turn? Poor
Scyther can't take a hit and run. Once
Clutched, Scyther faces knockout next turn from PlusPower/Vermilion
City Gym/Lucky Repeated Drill (Scyther
is an example, Clutch can stop Hitmonchan, Mewtwo, Ditto, and lots of
things well). So Scoop Up and Switch need to help Scyther, that's
when you Lass or Sneak Attack your
opponent- right before you do a nice Clutch. It's weakness to
lightning really hurts it, making Thunderpunch automatically fatal
with a PlusPower.
So overall, is Lt. Surge's Spearow/Fearow the next popular archetype?
No. They are cards that are
useful in the right situation.
In a Fearow deck one 30 HP Spearow should show up as the Ditto killer.
My Ratings (1- Almost completely useless, 5- Average,
Lt. Surge's Spearow(30HP) 4
Lt. Surge's Spearow(50HP) 6
Lt. Surge's Fearow 7
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