pokebeach.comOver my short time writing Card of the Days, I have come to realize that the system is very temporary. Cards change over time, so you can’t really say that a card will always be so useful. But this is why it is simply a “Card of the Day”, not a “Card of all Formats”. And when it comes to Umbreon Prime, it is definitely not a Card of all Formats.
Umbreon’s 90 HP and Dark typing should be well-known by now. It’s been a staple tech since its release. x2 Fighting weakness and a Psychic resistance are punishing in a format where Donphan is so prominent, and Gengar so rare, but back in the day, it was great. Retreat Cost of one isn’t seen frequently much more, so it’s nice to not always need Switch. 90 HP used to not be so little, but Umbreon has aged terribly.
First, its second attack. “Quick Blow”, for a Dark and a Colorless, is a 30 damage attack with a coin flip for another 30. Subpar at best, but considering its other attack was so good it didn’t need it.
“Moonlight Fang”, for one Dark, does an efficient 30 damage, and prevents all effects of attacks, including damage, done to Umbreon by any Pokémon that has a Poké-Body or Poké-Power. The Fighting weakness is now put aside, as Donphan and Machamp, the two most prominent Fighting-types, have Poké-Bodies or Poké-Powers, so Umbreon will take no damage from them.
It used to be much better, with Luxray GL LV.X and Garchomp C LV.X, and Gengar SF, and basically every deck’s main attacker except Gyarados doing no damage to Umbreon. However, now, with the introduction of Abilities, Umbreon is a Floppy disc in the world of CD-ROMs. It’s unfortunate that such a good card was made useless because of a simple change in wording.
What’s left for Umbreon? The only big decks running Poké-Powers and Poké-Bodies are MagneBoar and DonChamp. Taking a near-guaranteed loss against Zekrom, Reshiram, or any other post-BW deck marks the end of Umbreon as a main attacker. Umbreon is also largely finished as a tech, due to the two-card investment of he and Eevee simply not being worth the space. You may still be able to play it and catch a few opponents off guard, however.
Back then, things were different. Right now, Umbreon gets a 2/5.