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2.75 (based on 4 reviews)
Modified: 2.75 (based on 4 reviews)
Draft: 3.50 (based on 2 reviews)
Reviewed February 19, 2002
Ratings are based
on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.
|If you look up TeCH in the
Dictionary, you will find a picture of Brock's Mankey. Sure,
it's 40 HP. Sure, it's not a baby. Sure, it does 10 for one
COLORED energy. But having a gust of wind attack in a basic, for
one colorless...That's not bad. Of course, there is SI
Jigglypuff with 10 more HP, but it also has a retreat cost.
Brock's Mankey is also a lot easier to get.
In standard, it can help you get
one of those annoying Bench Sitters like Slowking or Dark
Vileplume up to where it can face the music. But it does have a
lot of weaknesses. 2.5/5. Hey, nobody ever said tech cards were
perfect. It's pretty much the same in modified.
|I'm not sure which Brock's Mankey
Pojo wanted reviewed, so I'll do 'em both.
In Standard, they are both
sub-par cards. Level 10 has Taunt, which gives you a Gust-like
effect. Level 12 has Karate Chop which is similar to Pulled
Punch from Erika's Jiggly. The thing is, why use an Attack (from
a 40 HP basic, no less) when you can use a trainer instead? Or,
why use an Attack from a Pokemon with 10 less HP and that takes
a minimum of 2 turns to power up when you can use an attack that
is able to go for a First Turn KO? The only answer could be,
"to get to Brock's Primeape". That is a baaaaad
In Modified, the Taunt is a
little more worthwhile and Eirka's Jiggly is going to take two
turns to power up since Double Colorless Energy is not allowed.
So, it's not so much that the cards get better, its that the
alternatives get worse. Still, they only have 40 HP. Why give
your opponent a free prize for so little in return!
Draft is where these two fellas
start looking interesting! The lack of Trainers and high powered
attacks make these look like pretty decent options! You have a
better chance of keeping them around and if you use them
properly, they might actually help you win a game or two! The
Level 10 one is also fairly splashable since Taunt has a
These cards are great examples of
how you have to think differently when you are drafting than
when you are building a constructed deck. If you are 15+ and are
going to play in a Stadium Challenge, start practicing this
I've never been a big fan. Until
now. I played a game vs. a Slowking/Sneasel the other night,
and used Ness's Snichu. (Although I didn't see much rampant
creativity, I figured I ought to test it. It did well, going
4-1 in tests. Lost to a typhlosion.)
Ness included the TecH Brock's
Mankey for a reason. It won me the game. I taunt up a slowking.
He cries. Next turn, send up Murkrow and mean look. He had 8
cards left, I had 12. I would kill 2 sneasels and something
else to take my remaining prizes. It didn't matter however,
the kid didn't play psychic energy -_-
It's good. Flat out.
Standard Rating: 3.5/5 - Good in
the situation I just mentioned.
Modified rating: 4/5 - Again, good
in the situation I just mentioned.
great single card add to many decks. It offers great help in and
against Slowking decks and Dark Vileplume decks, offering a Gust
of wind without trainers. Its often comboed with Murkrow for
locking proposes, its also combos well with Rocket's Training
The Evolutions: It Evolves??? Who cares!!! 98% (2% margin of
error) of the time its played without its evolutions.
The free retreat gives it an added advantage but its low 40 HP
take a lot away from it.
With all the Slowkings and in a Slowking it offers a lot. Its
can take up just one or two spots to add and can do so much.
I give it a 3.5/5
Now there are far less Slowkings here and the big decks (Feraligatr,
Big Fire, Crobat) have no problem with its power so it gets a
lower rating here. Its a lot of fun Vs. Magcargo decks swapping
there energy to whoever you want.
I give it a 2.5/5
Well, with the World Championships being Rochester draft I
should start rating these in this format.
Its a nice second or third choice and free retreating basic
Pokemon are a plus also
I give it a 3.5/5
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