Sunday, March 21, 2010
Pokemon Card of the Day: Claydol (Great Encounters)
Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Claydol out of the Great Encounters set, this card was recommended to me by a follower of mine on the blog here, named "thesavorytrim". First off this card is/was a very staple card in any serious player's deck. The reason for this is the Poke-Power of this card which says that: Once during your turn, you may choose up to 2 cards from your hand and put them on the bottom of your deck in any order. If you do, draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand. This power can't be used if Claydol is affected by a Special Condition. So basically this card is used only for its Poke-Power since this card allows you to shuffle through your deck very quickly and do it every turn even as long as you have Claydol on your bench. So having 2 of these cards in your deck greatly reduces the number of Supporters and Trainers you will need to have in your deck to draw for cards or search your deck for specific cards. Besides Claydol's Poke-Power the rest of the card is pretty average, as a stage 1 Pokemon it would have been nice to have more than 80 hp, just 10 more hp and this card would have been much stronger, grass types are pretty prevalent and it has a +20 weakness to grass type Pokemon. If for some reason you have a fighting deck, Claydol's only move, Spinning Attack, is pretty decent for only two energy, one colorless, one fighting, which does 40 damage. But more than likely Claydol will be in a non-fighting deck just for its Poke-Power. So if you're looking for a good card to use in your deck, to search through your deck very quickly and being able to put cards you don't need from your hand back into your deck without having to discard them, Claydol is a must have card for you. So look forward to my Charizard Lv. X review tomorrow, and make sure if you have any cards for me to review, post them in the comments to this post, also if you want to see a list of previous cards I've reviewed check the discussion topics on the right side of my page and click on Pokemon Card of the Day List.