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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Misty's Wrath - Gym 2

Misty's Wrath- Trainer
"Draw 7 cards, choose 2, then discard the rest."

Pojo's Average Rating -
Standard: 2.82
Modified: 3.32
Reviewed January 09, 2002

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.



"Ness"
Jason
Klaczynski

Standard
In standard, Misty's Wrath is an interesting card.  Regardless of Item Finder, Nightly Garbage Run- when ya trash 5 cards you're going to be in trouble unless you can use the speed to gain a fast advantage on your opponent.  Otherwise, through equilibrium that will eventually just occur on the table.. your opponent will develop an advantage from simply having more cards, and more options.  That's why I only use Misty's Wrath in.. or at least used it, in Crazy Sneasel.  Crazy Sneasel used it's speed to destroy their hand, and Unown O with Chaos Gym, Rocket's Sneak Attack etc. would keep anything useful from reaching their hand before Sneasel would wipe it out.  Anyway, I don't recommend it in standard.  It could have a use in Slowking to get Slowkings out fast.. but overall, I really just don't think it's worth it.  I'd give it a 3.25/5.

Modified
As for modified, I think Misty's Wrath has more uses.  Getting water in the discard for Feraligatr, getting fire in the discard for Typhlosion, and simply getting you what you need.  It actually would belong in Slowking, Crobat and Steelix archetypes too, although it is less effective in these as they can't make use of discarded cards.  Because draw power is more limited in modified, this has relative strength.  I'd give it a 3.75/5.



Pokepop

Standard:

The best tools for card drawing came out in the Base Set and Neo: Genesis. In the standard format, there are so many great choices that Misty's Wrath just doesn't make the cut. Professor Oak and Computer Search and Professor Elm and, heck, even Bill make better choices. You discard 5 cards and only keep 2. This is like a Bill in a bad mood. There are few decks that can take advantage of the massive discard and they are not dominant in Standard. 2/5

Modified:

With the Base set Trainers out of the picture, Wrath starts looking a lot better. All of the drawing cards in Modified have drawbacks of one kind or another. You just need to know how to compensate for them. For example, Nightly Garbage Run will recover many of the cards that may have been discarded in the use of the Wrath. And let's not forget, Wrath actually helps Downpour decks do more damage by getting Water Energy into the discard pile. I've seen players dump 7-8 Water Energy into the discard using two of these cards in a turn to KO one big Defender after another. As long as Feraligatr is King of Modified, this card gets a 4/5.


RaNd0m

Misty's Wrath is a great card in modified, and a good card in standard. Many players will pass this card up, using something else like Oak or Elm. Also, choosing 2 cards of your top 7 give you great odds at getting just the card you need.

In standard, I give this a 3.0. It is a good card, but can easily be substituted in standard with cards like Oak, CPU search, and Elm. 

In modified, I give this a 5.0. It's BROKEN! All decks that do well play this card. Seriously, I see a deck without wrath in modified, and I cry. 

In draft, I give this a 5.0. Seriously broken. Very little card drawing in draft, and this is one of the few. If you EVER play in a gym block draft, and pass this up, you also make me cry. 

Oh don't worry, I'm obsessed with that phrase right now ;)


Gymbo



Pros:
In Standard: It is useable in Standard, but there are much better drawing sources such as Professor Oak, Computer Search, Item Finder, etc. Gets a 2.5/5 in Standard

In Modified: Three to four of these in all Modified decks is becoming a must. Especially in decks such as Feraligatr, and Typhlosion where one wants Fire or Water Energy in the discard. It is also one of the few decent drawing sources for Modified as well. This card just fits better with the whole Modified theme. I give it a 4.5/5 in Modified

The Cons: Well, you draw seven, get two, lose 5. The only bad thing about Misty's Wrath is that you lose 5 cards, and it can be a huge transition especially if you had to discard some important things.
Overall, however, Misty's Wrath is a nice card, but it is in Modified where it can really shine.



Satoshi

Wow...after doing Unown N earlier this week, this is quite a change. We go from a card that makes you say "Oh, hey, that's kinda neat" before tossing it aside to a card that makes you say "...you are my GOD" before slapping it into a deck protector.

In most decks, Wrath has taken the place of Bill just because of its versatality. What would you rather have; a card that gives you two cards, or a card that lets you CHOOSE which you cards you want? 

Perhaps the only downside to this card is the hefty discard-boom, there goes five cards into your discard. This makes it a little like a double-edged sword. Using it can be mean a win if you get the right cards-nothing is sweeter then seeing seventh card on your pull being EXACTLY what you needed.

On the other hand, six Energy cards and a Slowpoke...yech. Not so nice. One thing that shows just how big Misty's Wrath is; WCSTS decks this usually played the maximum four of simply three trainers: Professor Elm, Double Gust...and Misty's Wrath. Hail to the chief. ;-)

Rating: 4.5   (great draw power, nasty five card discard)


Scott
Gerhardt
No Review Today.


Rain

In my opinion, this card belongs in only two decks: Sneasel Trap and Ferligatr. Sneasel Trap doesn't necessarily need it, but Feraligatr is dependent on it. I rarely see this card used in the Standard enviroment mainly because there are much better options for drawing power that doesn't destroy your deck (Oak, Elm and Cleffa). Discarding 5 out of 7 cards is just crazy.

Rating
Standard: 2
Modified: 2.5


Doll

In a "Modified" environment where broken old-school trainers are not
included, cards that allow you to manipulate your deck, draw and search are considered fairly vital. Misty's Wrath is amazing as a partial search, partial draw card, getting you to the cards you need quickly. One drawback is that if there are more than 2 important cards in your 7 draws, you'll have to discard some of them. Another is 'Wrath can catapult you closer to decking, so as an end-game card it isn't quite as awesome. But overall, it's a trainer that will get you were you want to be, a heck of a lot faster. In a game where quick set-up is paramount, Misty's Wrath is a solid answer.

Drafting -- I realize that many of you have not played draft before. If you haven't, you should try it. It's a fun alternative to merely "busting"
packs, and gives you an opportunity to learn and use cards that would otherwise never see the light of day in a constructed deck. The Gym series is one of the best draft sets available, and you can get the packs fairly cheap now. In draft, an environment where card draw is almost non-existent, Misty's Wrath is a quick pick, a 1st or 2nd take in almost every case, ESPECIALLY if you have lucked into any evolution madness.

- Modified constructed rating of 4.5.
- Standard constructed rating of 3.5. (The rating falls due to competition
with broken trainers such as Professor Oak and Computer Search.)
- Limited rating of 5.

 


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