Pikkdogs Pikks Three: Uxie Lv.X, Cherrim SF, and Espeon Prime

by Pikkdogs ~ June 21st, 2010.

Hello all members of Omar-nation.  This is Pikkdogs here bringing you the often imitated but never duplicated “Pikk” Three article.  In this article, like every article, I will review three cards; one that is played often, one which I feel is underated, and one from a new or unreleased set.

I wish to say “Good Luck” to all those headed to Indy at the end of this week for the U.S. Pokemon National Championship. I hope you guys have a fun time and get to meet a lot of cool people.

For those of you, who like me are unable to go, I hope that we get some good testing done.  It is a good time for us to take apart all our decks and make new ones that fit the post rotation rules.  This year Teamomar.com will hook us all up and with twitter feeds live from the tournament, so we just have to check in at the .com and see how our twitter correspondents are doing and what kinda things they are seeing.  I don’t think the list of correspondents is finished yet but I know a Minnesota player here, Andy, will be updating us, and also my buddy Cheffords from Michigan will take the trip south and keep us informed.

Now enough with the chit-chat lets Pikk three.

The Staple: Uxie Lv.X

Description: Uxie X is a psychic Pokemon with 90 HP, a x2 psychic weakness, and a 1 retreat cost.  It has the Poke-Power named “Trade Off”.  This power lets you look at the top 2 cards of your deck and choose one to put in your hand, the other goes to the bottom of your deck.  It also has an attack named “Zen Blade.”  This attack does 60 damage for CC.

Analysis: The basic stats of this card don’t seem very impressive. It only has 90 HP, a retreat cost, and a x2 weakness.  But it actually is a really good card, and one of the better cards in the format. It is mostly used for its Poke Power, but “Zen Blade” can also be a useful attack.

It is used mainly in SP decks to give the deck a little more draw power.  “Trade Off” can be just what you need to get that card you need late in the game. “Zen Blade” can also help the SP decks have a better Machamp matchup, with the use of only one Double Colorless Energy.

But with Claydol GE leaving the format soon, Uxie will now become the best draw engine in the game.  So players may want to use Uxie Lv.X in all of their decks in which they use Uxie.

That being said, Uxie La is a great card by itself.  Its Poke-Power is a lot better than the Lv.X’s, it might be unnecessary to run the Lv.X if the regular Uxie will suffice.  It also is a Lv.X so to use Uxie X you will need to make it active and then retreat it.  This will require you to slow down your attack, use Unown Q, or use Bronzong G or Shaymin Ul’s Poke Power.

7.5-All in all its a good card, it can fit into almost any deck because almost every deck runs Uxie.  And “Trade Off” is a Poke-Power that could be useful.  But, “Trade Off” is inconsistent in getting you useful cards, and it is hard to retreat Uxie.  So I would only use it in SP or DCE decks.

The Underdog: Cherrim SF

Description– Cherrim SF is a grass Pokemon, has a low 80 HP, a 1 retreat cost, and a + 20 weakness to fire.  Its Poke-Body “Sunny Day” adds an extra 10 damage to any attack done by fire or grass Pokemon.  It has two attacks, the first attack is called “Salty Sweet Pollen.”  This attack does 20 damage for no energy.  The second attack is called “Solar Beam” it costs GCC. Remember each attack does 10 more because of its Poke-Body.  

Analysis– Cherrim is a common Pokemon in the Scizor/Cherrim deck, but I think it has more potential than that.

Its stats arent very great, but it doesn’t have a x2 weakness and it has a useful no energy attack.

As mentioned it is common in Scizor/Cherrim decks, but it can work in other decks.  My nephew runs it, with some success, in his Jumpluff deck.  Cherrim lets Jumpluff attack hard enough to knock out almost every Pokemon for just 1 energy (with an expert belt).  Some people are also starting to build Torterra Ul decks.  If you were to add Cherrim to a Torterra Ul deck the user would be able to use his “Giga Drain” attack to do 80 damage ( with an expert belt and two Cherrims) and remove 8 damage counters from him.  This could be a deadly combination if set up fast enough.

7/10– This card can fit into any Grass or Fire deck and make an immediate impact.  The ability to add damage is invaluable.  But it is not a great attacker and does not help speed your deck in any way.  It can be a good card in the right deck, but is not a game changing card.

The Young Gun: Espeon Prime UD

Description-Espeon Prime is expected to be included in the Undaunted Set.  Here are its stats: it is a psychic Pokemon wiht 100 HP, a psychic weakness and a 1 retreat cost.  Its Pokebody, “Memory Of Evolution,” lets Espeon use any attack of any Pokemon on your bench that evolves from Eevee.  Its has 1 attack of its own, named “Solar Ray.”  For PC you do 30 damage and remove 1 damage counter from each of your Pokemon.

Analysis– The Eeveelution decks never seem to be very good, but people always love to play them.  I feel that the new eevee’s coming out in the Undaunted Set will share the same fate.

This Espeon is pretty cool though, it has the option to use an attack of any Pokemon on your bench that evolves from Eevee.  So if you are playing an Eeveelution deck and are playing a deck that is weak to psychic you can play Espeon Prime and load him with at least one Rainbow Energy and use any attack that benefits you.  Its not a great attack but it will be a fun Pokemon to play in an Eevelution deck.

Its stats (besides the Poke-Body) are very bland and un-impressive.  So if you are using this deck you are using it for the Poke-Body.

5/10- Its not a great attacker or support Pokemon, but if you must play an Eevee deck, this card is a must play.  It is a versatile card that may be able to get you out of a tight spot.

Well thanks for stopping by for another installment of “Pikk” Three.  As always I look forward to reading your take on these cards, and if you have any suggestions for future articles please leave them in the comments box.

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