Top 4 UK Nats
We end the week as we started . . . with Milotic!
No doubt that Milotic is one of the nicest-looking
Pokémon there is. Incredibly hard to catch and raise in
the videogame, and often very difficult to KO. Cynthia’s
Milotic in the D&P/Platinum games is very powerful, and
can be really difficult to defeat if you don’t have a
good Grass or Electric type that can KO it in one shot.
Is it going to be just as tough in the TCG?
Well . .. . no (big surprise!).
Milotic C is one of those cards that makes you sigh and
think . . . why? (Especially if it is the rare in you
SV pack). It has a decent HP, sure, an acceptable
Retreat cost of [C], and a horrible, but unsurprising X2
Weakness to Lightning. All of that would be workable if
only Milotic C had a useful Power, or a good attack.
Unfortunately, it has neither.
The first attack, Aqua Tail, does a mere 10 for [C], and
lets you add damage by flipping coins for each Water
Energy you have attached (20 for each heads). Ok, you
have a potential 30 for [W], or 50 for [W][W] there, but
that is nothing special, and as for being dependent on a
flip? No thanks. The second attack, Wrap, is even more
depressing. 30 and a flip for Paralysis at cost of three
Energy? That’s just horrible.
Really, this is a very disappointing card. It is a rare,
has great art, it’s the Champion’s Pokémon . . . why
didn’t they do something to make it playable?
Modified: 1 (nothing going for it)
Limited: 1.25 (eh . . .you could get lucky with Aqua
A few days ago, we reviewed the Shiny Milotic from
Supreme Victors, and it turned out to be pretty
worthless, unfortunately. Now today, we've got Milotic
C...does it fare any better than the Shiny one? I can go
ahead and tell you one thing, the art is SO much better
on this card (kawayoo is quickly becoming my favorite
Pokemon illustrator for the works he's done in the past
two sets). Is the card that much better?
So Milotic C is a SP Basic with 90HP. Not bad, because
it definitely beats out those Blaziken FBs and Gallade
4s (but then again, those have Lv. X counterparts...),
so it's right around average. The x2 Weakness to
Lightning is going to be a killer in this metagame,
especailly with Luxray GL and Electivire FB (which
shouldn't be played, cough cough) running around so
much. It has no resistance, which isn't horrible, but
definitely isn't great either. However, at least it only
has a Retreat Cost of 1, which is vastly different from
the Shiny Milotic, and pretty much any other card we've
reviewed over the past few days. The card is solid.
But that's really where it ends. Aqua Tail is an attack
that costs 1 Colorless and does 10 damage PLUS you have
to flip a coin for each Water energy attached to Milotic,
and for each heads, you get to add 20 damage. Not bad.
Could potentially be 30 for 1, 50 for 2, 70 for 3,
etc...but unfortunately, in order for this attack to do
anything substantial, you better be flippin' heads ALL
the time. Find something more consistent. Its second
attack, Wrap, costs 1 Water and 2 Colorless (or a Water,
Colorless, and Energy Gain) does 30 with a chance of
Paralysis through flip. While Paralysis is a very
dangerous condition, why not use something much better
than a SP card that's really lackluster and unable to go
anywhere? The attacks are okay, but they seem more
suited for the Pre-Release environment, where this card
is much more effective. Luck is a huge thing in Limited,
and this card requires plenty of it.
I mean, it's got potential. My fiance and I were playing
a game, she was using her Speedrill and I was just using
the Cynthia SV Theme Deck (just for fun, of course) and
I sent all the Mudkips and such to be sacrificial lambs.
Then, finally, Milotic C showed up as I had one prize
left...with 8 Water Energies attached. I managed to take
out one of the Beedril through lucky flips, but
obviously, it was over. That's when you should play this
card. When you're screwing around, or if you're helping
a player get used to the game. The latter approach works
really well, I think, because it really goes out of the
way to introduce a new player to the concept of luck and
how much it sucks in Pokemon. Although, I think I may
save an article on the psychological effect of
luck-induced anxiety for another time.
Modified: 2/5 Not worth it. If you want to do ANY damage
whatsoever, you've got to make a huge energy commitment,
and Milotic C just isn't worth 5-6 energies just to do
100 damage when you could find something else that does
Limited: 3.5/5 A lot better here, mainly because the
luck aspect is completely accepted and Paralysis can
definitely win games with basically no easy way to
switch out Paralyzed Pokemon. The higher HP is great so
you can at least use it as a wall while you power up
some of your benched Pokemon. Some of my best games in
my Pre-Releases involved this card...mainly for 1st/2nd
So hey, if you happen to disagree about my opinion on
Milotic C, send me an e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org! I'd love to hear what you guys