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Zangoose - - Team Aqua & Magma


Date Reviewed: 4.09.04

Ratings & Reviews below

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

Thundachu Team Magma's Zangoose

Overview: IMO, I liked the other Zangoose better. For 1 colorless. Team Magma's Zangoose lets you search your deck for any Colorless basic Pokemon or Basic Pokemon with Team Magma in its name and put it on your bench. Then Team Play does 10 damage for every pokemon with Team Magma in its name in play for 3 colorless. Weakness to Fighting means Swampert ex will cause a problem, but a retreat of 1 and 70HP is pretty nice for a basic pokemon.

Unlimited: The first attack could be used to get out Chansey I suppose... Unlimited doesn't see very many Team Magma cards though, so the 2nd attack is useless. 1.5/5

Modified: 3/5

Draft: Good HP, attack is able to get some benched pokemon out quickly, and a small retreat. 2.5/5

Sealed deck: If you're sealed drafting AM, then odds are you will go up against a few Magma pokemon for Team Play. Pretty good here I suppose. 3.5/5
 

 Otaku

Name: Team Magma’s Zangoose

Set/Card#: Team Magma Vs Team Aqua, #23/85

Type: Colorless

Stage: Basic

HP: 70

Weakness: Fighting

Resistance: None

Retreat: C

Attack#1: (C) Call for Family

Search your deck for a (C) Basic Pokémon or a Basic Pokémon with Team Magma in its name and put it onto your bench.  Shuffle your deck afterward.

Attack#2: (CCC) Team Play [10x]

Does 10 damage times the number of Pokémon in play with Team Magma in its name.

 

Attributes: Team Magma’s Zangoose (TMZ) is unique in terms of name, and only one other Zangoose card currently exists (you can find its Pojo CotD review page here).  TMZ is a Colorless Basic.  Being a Basic is the best, considering it you can drop it into play without needing any other cards.  Being Colorless is good for Modified (double damage to Rayquaza ex), not so great for Unlimited, where Sprout Tower and/or Unown N can reduce your damage.  Nothing is “naturally” resistant to Colorless, though.  Still wish that all the Team Magma (and Aqua) Pokémon were half Dark.  70 HP is quite nice for a Basic that doesn’t Evolve-solid enough that most basic Pokémon can’t OHKO it. Fighting Weakness is okay for Modified, but a bear in Unlimited, where Tyrogue can nearly OHKO, and will with a heads and Plus Power.  No Resistance, as always, is lame. =/ A retreat of one is quite nice-you should be able to pay this with only the barest of consideration.

 

Abilities: Déjŕ vu time.  Call for Family is the best version of the attack so far, if memory serves.  Why?  Most versions of the attack are limited to specific Pokémon by name or Type… this one is by a “themed name” (Team Magma) or Colorless Pokémon.  That’s right.  It’s “or”, which is why it’s a good attack.  In Unlimited, this can grab Cleffas, E. Jigglypuffs, normal Jigglypuffs, and a few other useful cards.  Sadly, there aren’t that many good Team Magma cards to pull.  The second attack is an interesting derivation of Jungle Wigglytuff’s Do the Wave attack.  Same price, (CCC), but an “average” of 10 less damage.  Wiggly did [10+], this is [10x].  You would usually expect to have 3 guys on the bench.  Zangoose is a basic, so toning it down that way made sense.  What is a mixed blessing is that it counts all Team Magma Pokémon in play, but only Team Magma.  So it does a max of 240 damage in a flukish Team Multi-Player game (is that a real format anymore?).  So I find the attack fair, but not great.

 

Uses/Combinations: Of course, this is meant to be played with mostly Team Magma cards.  The downside, most of the Team Magma cards are pretty weak.  There is one deck idea I think might work with this: Turbo Team Magma.  Using some of the better Team Magma Basics, Dunsparce, and Maxie, you should be able to swarm with a lot of hard hitting basics.  When it’s a Basic, Team Magma’s Aggron is pretty fierce, and Team magma Energy really earns it’s keep in this deck, providing surprise boosts.

 

Ratings

Unlimited: 1.5/5-It’s a decent Basic, but has almost no use, and Tyrogue giggles like a school girl (or me when I saw the 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime) when it sees this hit the bench.

 

Modified/2-on-2: 3.25/5-I can really think of only one or two good decks for it.  If you run a few other Team Magma Pokémon (or even it in Multiples) then it can be a decent compliment to… Sandstorm Dunsparce (Ha! Sparce ownz Zangoose!)

 

Limited: 4/5-Possibly a top pick-whatever else you got for Team Magma, this will fish it out and provide a nice, big, staller, and a great opener or even main hitter.

TMP: 3.75/5-If both players can run Magma Heavy, it might actually kick real butt here.  Like I said, Ray’s Weak to it.

 

Summary

Bad in Unlimited, okay in Modified, and great in Limited-just like the rest of the set. ;) Oh and so that it isn’t a total rip of Tuesday’s, this is as good as it gets for people who want Jungle Wigglytuff in Modified… at least until next set with

 

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Ralphy
Ralphy-

I kinda like this card, not so much in competitive play, but I like it because it makes you think a little. Build a deck to suit it's attacks, and it might not do so bad.

Unlimited- A 70 HP basic, something we haven't seen in a new card in while, and those that have had it have been quite bad. They have to be right? Or else the balance of Modified they have worked so hard to obtain will be ruined. Anyway, in order for this card to work, your deck has to have pretty much all Team Magma cards, and I just can't see playing those in Unlimited because there are so many better options. However, if you do play an all Magma deck, turn 2 60 is a great possibility with DCE. I am not betting your opponent will be playing any Magma cards here. Tyrogue makes it even more difficult to give a good number. 1.75/5 for fun factor if nothing else.

Modified- A playable basic is always something to take a look at here. If you can build a decent deck with 4 of these and a few more Magma cards, you could have yourself a good deck. It would be nice if you could play some DCE, but they aren't coming back. None of the other fake Double Colorless cards are worth it. 2.25/5 here.

Limited- I just might like this card. If you drafted this, I would assume you drafting with only Team A&M, and if you are not, let me just ask Why? Anyway, take this and only draft Magma from now on. Let's just hope you draft it in time to change you strategy, if not, let it pass. One retreat, 70 HP, colorless attacks, all good. I give a preliminary 3.25/5.
 

 


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