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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Magcargo - Deoxys

 

Date Reviewed: 02.16.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.5
Modified: 3.1
Limited: 4.5

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


William
Hung
Magcargo

- 4/5 (Modified) - excellent Poke-Power. There are many ways to abuse its Poke-Power:

Smooth Over. Anything that can draw cards of the top of the deck, like Steven's and TV Reporter can do it. However, it doesn't work very well as an attacker.

5/5 (Draft/Limited) - it's broken in the Prerelease.
 

Johnny Blaze
Magcargo #20 – I like the artwork on this card a lot. Certainly an underpowered Magcargo compared from days past when Magcargo/Entei decks were extremely fast and viable. This Magcargo is made for Limited play only. Really its that good in Limited environment.

Unlimited: 1/5 – Way too slow here. Doesn’t stand a chance against Blastoise.

Modifed: 2/5 – Way too slow here. Doesn’t stand a chance against Blastoise. Definitely needs Balloon Berry. The Smooth-over Power does deserve an honorable mention as it works extremely well with TV Reporter. But as a main attacker Magcargo just doesn’t pack a punch.

Limited: 4.5/5 – Very very good in this environment. If you are like me and draft 3 Balloon Berry at the pre-release that goes extremely well with Magcargo. Also Professor Cozmo is a good card with this if you are lucky enough to draft both. Smooth Over is what makes this card so great in Limited. Search your deck for any card and draw it next turn is just so great. Get anything you need. Plus it works while Magcargo is on the bench.
 
Jaeger Today's Card of the Day is Magcargo

Weakness: Water decks are becoming more and more common which is really going to hurt this card so make sure to balance your weaknesses and you should be fine

Hit Points: 80 Hit Points is decent for a stage one

Retreat Cost: Probably this card biggest downside a retreat cost of 3 is just to high especially for a stage 1

Attack 1(Knock Over): The downside to this attack is it only hits for ten damage the up side is that it only takes one energy and it lets you discard any Stadium card in play and any one that play a fire deck with Rayquaza EX/Blaziken EX knows one of the most devastating cards is a well timed Desert Ruins 10 damage a turn may not seem like much but it adds up very quickly and besides Desert Ruins there are other Stadiums that don't really hurt you but give your opponent an advantage.

Attack 2(Combustion FCC) Not a whole lot to say pretty standard 3 energy for 50

Poke-Power: Theirs up and downs to this power first off the downsides the only real downside is that the card has to go on top of your deck instead of into your hand but since this is only a power and not a supporter then you could still use cards like TV Reporter or Stephens Advice, Delcatty, etc. to grab it. The upside of using Magcargo over Pidgeot for example is that Magcargo is only a stage 1 which means that it is easier to get out and is hurt less by ATM Rock

Summary: I think there are several reasons why Magcargo will probably never replace Pidgeot first off the card you get with the power goes to the top of your deck and not to your hand. Second its retreat cost of three is just to high while Pidgeot is a free retreater. And lastly Third is that Magcargo is weak to Water and Pidgeot is weak to Lighting which gives you a better chance if playing against a water deck, but I do think this card is worth play testing.

Unlimited: 2/5
Modified: 3/5
Limited 4/5
 


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