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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Brock's Mankey


Thanks to Birgir for the 
Card Scan Today

Name: Brock's Mankey

Pojo's Average Rating -
Standard: 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.


Lord
Gothmog

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.


Pokepop

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 answer.

Standard: 1.5/5

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!

Modified: 2/5

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 colorless cost.

Draft: 3.5/5

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 skill now!

Random

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.

Jeremy Borchardt

A 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 Gym.

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.

Standard
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

Modified
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.

Limited
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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