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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Manaphy Lv. 20

Burger King Promo

Date Reviewed: 07.23.08

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.33
Limited: 3.33

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

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Arbok14

07/23/08

 

Name:   Manaphy Lv. 20

Set:   Burger King Promo

 

HP: (70) - 70 for an unevolvable basic is average, I guess.

 

Weakness/Resistance: (Lightning+20/none) - No issues for me here.

 

Retreat Cost: (1) - This is certainly survivable.

 

Attack #1: (C - Call For Family) - Pachirisu divided by three. :\

 

Attack #2: (WW - Aqua Ring) - Not a very good attack at all.

 

Final Card Analysis - This card isn't very good. It's base stats are decent, but its attacks suck badly.

 

Modified: Not good at all to play here. There are clearly much better starters. (1/5)

 

Limited: Call For Family is great in Limited, and Aqua Ring can even be decent here. (3.5/5)

Jigglypuff13 7/23 Manaphy Lv. 20 (BK Promo)
 
Before the review today, I have 2 apologies to make. The first is on Monday, I said there was only 1 non-DP reprint in the BK Promo set, when in fact there are 2 (Pikachu from yesterday, and Happiny from MT). This leads me to my second apology, which is I was a bit too generous on Pikachu yesterday. I forgot Magneton (PK) was still in the format, which is an infinitely better card for retrieving Basic Energies. Pikachu deserves only 1.5/5 for Modified because of Magneon's superiority. For both of these mistakes, I am truely sorry.
 
Anyway, no mistakes today with the third best BK Promo (according to use COTD reviewers anyway) with Manaphy, a reprint of the DP version. Anyway, it's HP and bottom stats are unspectacular. 70HP on a non-evolving basic, and especially a legendary, is frankly, average. +20 Weakness to Lightning is annoying, but not a threat to the card due to the amount Lightning is played, which is almost zero, no Resistance which is obvious, and 1 Retreat Cost, which is average. So basically, not the best card in the world yet. And the attacks don't make it one, I'm afraid. Call For Family is like any other bad Call For Family attack, getting only 1 basic instead of the 2 or 3 required for a good CFF attack. Aqua Ring can save Manaphy from trouble, but 30 for WW and a forced switch for it's only source of damage is rubbish.
 
To be honest, this makes it a rubbish card, and can't really do anything. It's the worst type of CFFer you can get, and is a slow hit-and-run card, needing 2 Waters and can't be powered up by DRE either. Both attacks have good alternatives. Pachirisu (GE) is the good alternative for CFFing, getting 3 basics as opposed to 1. for hit-and-running, well, it's never really a good thing, but Donphan (SW), despite being a Stage 1, is probably the best of the lot, since it also makes your opponent switch, but most hit-and-runners are rubbish, and there's never really a need to using them (well, there is one deck I can think of, but it isn't relevant here).
 
Manaphy can't take a hit from most attackers, and thus that running part of Aqua Ring is irrelevant to the attack, since next time it's active, it's KO-ed basically.
 
Ratings:
 
Modified: It's useless. Seriously, there's no good reason to use it, so shoe box it (or folder it if you are collecting DP/BK Promos). 1/5
 
Limited: CFF here, even for only a single basic, is quite good really. Aqua Ring is still useless really, but at least 70 HP might be able to survive a hit or 2 rather than being KO-ed straight away, but still... If you keep this after the tournament, you are going to regret it quickly. 1.5/5
Alazor Manaphy (BK)

Call for Family is nice, but wouldn't you rather use Corsola (POP 7), Pachirisu (Great Encounters), and Call Energy (Majestic Dawn) over this guy? Rather use POP 7 Corsola.

Modified: 2/5 Only because it has Call for Family

Limited: 5/5 Because.... it's the only one that has it in the BK set.


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