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Sportacus is an event plant card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the PvZH Smarty IconSmarty class. He costs 3SunPvZH to play, and has 3StrengthPvZH/3HeartPvZH. He does not have any traits, and his ability does 2 damage to the zombie hero every time a zombie trick is played. This ability stacks with each Sportacus on the field, and persists until all Sportacuses are removed from the field.

He was introduced in the 2017 Valenbrainz event, along with Hot Date and Stupid Cupid. He became craftable as of update 1.12.6.

He was made available in a Weekly Event, and was available from 21 February 2017 to 28 February 2017.

Origins

He is based on a mushroom, the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, and a gladiator, an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire.

His name is a portmanteau of "spore," a reproductive cell or group of cells produced by some plants, and "Spartacus," a Thracian gladiator who was one of the escaped slave leaders in the Third Servile War. Coincidentally, he also shares his name with a main character from the TV show LazyTown, which was made a meme when this plant was in development.

His description "I am Sportacus!" references the famous quote "I am Spartacus" from the film Spartacus.

Statistics

  • Class: Smarty
  • Tribes: Mushroom Nut Plant
  • Traits: None
  • Ability: When a Zombie Trick is played, do 2 damage to the Zombie Hero.
  • Set: Event

Card description

"I am Sportacus!"

Update history

Update 1.10.22

  • Added to the game.

Update 1.12.6

  • Became craftable.
  • Sound change: Previously the same as Fume-Shroom and Punish-Shroom.
  • Ability change: No longer activates if Sportacus is destroyed by a trick.

Update 1.14.13

  • Sound change: Now uses the same sounds as Fume-Shroom and Punish-Shroom again.

Update 1.16.10

  • Ability change: Now activates if Sportacus is destroyed by a trick.
  • Sound change: Now uses its sound effects from update 1.12.6.

Update 1.22.12

  • Ability change: No longer activates if Sportacus is destroyed by a trick.

Strategies

With

Sportacus has the same stats, cost, and class as Vanilla, but unlike Vanilla, his ability makes him powerful. He functions like Punish-Shroom, but his ability comes into effect every time your opponent plays a trick. His ability deals 2 damage to your opponent for every trick they play, which is great if your opponent focuses on playing tricks. This is even useful if the opponent gets a Super-Block and plays their superpower for free, due to it being a trick. He is also immune to most instant-kill tricks like Rolling Stone, Rocket Science, and Weed Spray as long as his strength is not lowered or raised, though he is not immune to Locust Swarm, Knockout, or Zombot's Wrath.

A clever strategy is to play this in Planet of the Grapes. If your opponent plays a trick, not only will they take damage, but you will also draw a card.

Each hero can use him effectively in their own ways:

  • Citron and Beta-Carrotina can use him in their nut deck alongside Mirror-Nut and Smackadamia, due to Sportacus being a nut plant.
  • Nightcap can boost him with Buff-Shroom or pressure his opponent from just recklessly destroying him with Punish-Shroom due to Sportacus being in the mushroom tribe.
  • Green Shadow can use this alongside Black-Eyed Pea as part of her anti-zombie trick deck to punish her opponent severely for playing tricks with a boost to Black-Eyed Pea and two damage to them from Sportacus. She can alternatively boost Sportacus' stats, although PvZH Brainy IconBrainy opponents might destroy him with Rocket Science to put an end to him.
  • Rose can heal him with 2nd-Best Taco of All Time to allow Sportacus to stay longer. She can also destroy zombies in Sportacus' way, letting him live longer.

Against

Like Black-Eyed Pea, using tricks while Sportacus is in play is not a very good idea. The best option is to destroy Sportacus at once so it can't activate his ability. Knockout and Zombot's Wrath are some of the best answers to Sportacus as it can destroy him cleanly, and Sportacus can't activate his ability if the trick destroys him.

If you don't have any tricks that can destroy him, aim on using powerful zombies like Drum Major or Tennis Champ to destroy him instead. Squirrel Herder is very useful, as Sportacus is classified as a nut plant, but watch out for Citron and Beta-Carrotina, who may counter her with Grave Buster or Blockbuster. Electric Boogaloo is the most efficient at taking Sportacus out due to his wide range of zombies and tricks to use. Those include Stayin' Alive, Electrobolt, Exploding FruitcakeCakesplosion, Zombot's WrathLocust Swarm, Alien Ooze, Squirrel Herder, and Abracadaver (assuming it hits the plant hero and targets Sportacus).

In addition, if Sportacus is on the field and you get a superpower, you must be careful of playing it for free as it still counts as playing a trick (unless the superpower is either Ice Moon, Teleportation Station, or Iron Boarder), so be wary if you are low on health.

You can also play environments such as Black Hole and Total Eclipse to weaken Sportacus without activating his ability, although his ability damage will not be decreased.

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Trivia

  • The Wall-Nut shield he is holding is alive, as well as opening his eyes during its idle animation.
    • Strangely, the Wall-Nut held by Sportacus is smaller than its actual plant counterpart.
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