As suggested by Dave, here is my analysis of the controversy that’s been all over the news and is even overtaking Michael Jackson for the headlines: Which is a better Pokémon card, Crobat G or PlusPower?
I have got to put Crobat G PL at the top of the list. The card is just phenominal, but it does require a bit of an investment in the 60 card deck limit imposed on the Pokémon TCG. In order for it to be most effective, you really need to run 4 TG’s Poké Turn and around 2 Crobat G. Running this multitude of Poké Turn will give you the opportunity to reuse Crobat G at many points in the game, allowing you to “Flash Bite” for the 10 damage you need for unexpected and crucial knock outs.
Even if you are not running a deck focused on Pokémon SP, you should still use 4 Poké Turn if Crobat G is part of your strategy. For example, decks like Kingdra and Gengar that have Crobat G in them should run 4 Poké Turn. If you are playing a deck without Pokémon SP and only want to use 1 Crobat G as tech, then that slot may be better used with a different card.
So what are the advantages of Crobat?
- It is a Pokémon, so you can use cards like Roseanne’s Research, Bebe’s Search, SP Radar, and Luxury Ball to search it out.
- “Flash Bite” is a Pokémon Power, so you can reuse it with TG’s Poké Turn (or even Super Scoop Up) to put more than just 4 extra damage counters in play (which is the limit for PlusPower).
- It has free retreat. This is nice because it can be considered a decent starter and because you can always elect to promote it when one of your Pokémon is Knocked Out, then retreat it for free.
- It is an Pokémon SP, so it counts toward you total of 3 Pokémon SP in play for TG’s Power Spray. This allows you to use Poké Turn on it.
- “Flash Bite” is not an attack, so you can potentially draw prizes during your turn, before you even use an actual attack on your opponent.
- It place a damage counter on ANYONE (not just your opponent’s active Pokémon).
- Placing a damage counter via a Pokémon Power is not affected by resistance or Unown G.
- Has a decent amount of HP.
- You can use it the very first turn of the game when you are going first.
- Fits seamlessly into any SP deck.
On the other hand, it does have some disadvantages…
- Takes up a spot on the bench.
- “Flash Bite” is a Pokémon Power, which means TG’s Power Spray, Mesprit LA, and Alakazam MT can all stop it.
- Requires such a big investment in your deck if you don’t focus on Pokémon SP (about 6 cards, 10% of your deck).
- It does not apply weakness.
- “Toxic Fang” is not a stellar attack.
As you can see, the card has a lot going for it. The investment in space is the main issue.
PlusPower still has some function in the Pokémon TCG. Even though it is a Trainer card and is much more difficult to search out, I still like it in a few instances.
PlusPower can still be good in Haymaker type decks; i.e. fast hitting decks. I would recommend playing 3 to 4 copies of this card in your deck, which is less than the 6 card investment Crobat G requires. One distinct positive PlusPower has over Crobat G is that it does not take up any bench space. This can be extremely important for certain decks to need room on their bench. It also makes you less vulnerable to Pokémon that can hit your bench and may target Crobat G as an easy prize, or even Dusknoir DP who thrives off of big benches to swing the momentum of a game with its “Dark Palm” Pokémon Power.
Let me list the advantages of PlusPower for you:
- Requires less of an investment in space than Crobat G (about 3-4 cards versus 6).
- You can play multiple PlusPowers at once.
- Applies weakness (only helpful when the Pokémon is weak 2×).
- Does not take up a bench space.
- Isn’t stopped by TG’s Power Spray, Mesprit LA, or Alakazam MT.
- You can recycle them if you attack with a Pokémon like Uxie LA or Shuppet PL (which is useful against Gengars).
And here are the detriments of the card:
- Not easy to search out, you will most likely have to draw into it.
- Affected by resistance.
- Only does extra damage to active Pokémon.
- Can’t be played very first turn going first.
- Dialga G PL’s “Deafen” attack prevents you from playing it.
- You can only get a max total of 40 extra damage from the card (Crobat G can potentially put more than 4 extra damage counters in play).
- You have to use an attack to benefit from the card.
Now if you are using an Pokémon SP oriented deck you will obviously want to pop in a Crobat G or two and will more than likely not need to give a second thought to PlusPower. However, if you are not focusing on Pokémon SP, PlusPower may be the way to go. You may not quite be able to fit in the cards necessary to fit in Crobat G, but will have the room to fit some PlusPowers. If you are playing a deck that does no bench damage, like Beedrill for example, PlusPower is a good play because you are only going to attack their active Pokémon anyway.
I like Crobat G better than PlusPower, but you really need to see what you can fit in your list and try both out to see which is more effective. There is no definitive answer as to which card is better, just try both of them out and see which works best in your deck!
Thanks for reading and please post some comment. Let me know if there are any advantages or disadvantages to each card that I forget to mention. :)