pokemon-paradijs.comHey guys! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Anyway, I’m gonna try and get back into the groove and start writin’ articles again, so hopefully you’ll like ’em! Today I’m going to review the infamous grass sprite named Celebi.
Celebi Prime is a 60 HP Grass Pokémon with a single Retreat Cost, no Resistance, and a x2 Weakness to Fire. It’s good to have the single Retreat, as you can easily retreat with Skyarrow Bridge. The Fire Weakness isn’t the worst, but you can easily be donked with Reshiram BLW/NXD (DCE + PlusPower = Outrage KO). Thankfully, he isn’t as popular as he was pre-NXD.
Celebi Prime only has one attack, but he does have a useful Poké-Power, as well. For the cost of a Psychic, a Grass, and a Colorless, Time Circle does a whopping… (drum roll please)… 30 damage. Ugh. Oh wait! It does have an effect though! Let’s hope it helps. It says “During your opponent’s next turn, prevent all damage done to Celebi by attacks from your opponent’s Stage 1 and Stage 2 Pokémon.”
Again, ugh. In a format dominated by Basics, it may as well say “all damage done to Celebi by your opponent’s Stage 1 and Stage 2 Pokémon is doubled.” OK, well maybe that’s a bit overkill, but I think you get my point.
But obviously, since this card is talked about so much, it has to have something good about it!
pokemon-paradijs.comAnd, my good friend, there is. Remember that “useful Poké-Power” I talked about earlier? That’s what makes this card useable. Celebi’s “Forest Breath” power says “Once during your turn (before your attack), if Celebi is your Active Pokémon, you may attach a G Energy card from your hand to 1 of your Pokémon. This Power can’t be used if Celebi is affected by a Special Condition.”
An extra energy attachment, Turn 1? Yes please! While that doesn’t sound too amazing at first sight, an extra attachment T1 shows amazing donk potential, especially with cards like Skyarrow Bridge and Switch out there. And with CMT (Celebi Prime/Mewtwo EX/Tornadus EPO) running rampant, winning events one after another, the potential has been proven. But how else can Celebi be used? He isn’t just a one-trick pony, is he?
Well, while he may seem that way to some, I see more potential than just CMT this, CMT that. First off, Terrakion/Celebi; sayWUUT??? Zektrik is HUGE right now, and Terrakion/Celebi is fast, efficient, and kicks the shiznit outta it. And with PlusPowers, Catchers, and Seekers, you can donk much more than just Zektrik.
Toss in a moo2 or two and a Shaymin UL, and you’ve got yourself a pretty darn good deck! While I don’t want to give away all my little secrets, I will say that my Terra ExCel deck (Terra from Terrakion, Ex from Mewtwo EX, and Cel from Celibi) has the following Pokémon and Energy lines:
Pokémon – 10
Trainers – 35
and 31 other secrets…
Energy – 15
I’m thinking of adding a second Shaymin (Revive does not do that card much justice…), but that’s what I got as of right now. Definitely give it a try. Maybe use it at Regionals this Saturday? Who knows, maybe you’ll surprise a few people!
Now obviously, there are other combos, such as Roserade UL/Celebi (cheap moo2 + a good power) and Absol Prime/Celebi (donk potential), but I think CMT and Terra ExCel are the best at the moment. I think that with it’s success so far and it’s new potential, Celebi Prime deserves an 8.5 out of 10 (Very Good/Extremely Good).
I mean, it’s part of a crazy good Tier 1 deck, has crazy good donk potential, and most of all, it’s a cute little grass sprite; what’s not to love? Anyway, thanks for reading, and look forward to more articles from me in the near future! Oh yeah, and make sure to comment on here if you have any other ideas/crazy creations that include Celebi.