Mismagius GL LV X
Hello everyone, and welcome to a new week of Card of the
We start the week with Mismagius GL LV X, one of the LV
X cards from Rising Rivals that has received little
attention and even less play (I bet you really wanted
Flygon LV X in your box didn’t you?). Is it an
underrated gem just waiting for someone to break the
Format with it, or is it just binder candy? Let’s take a
look and find out.
First of all, Mismagius’s stats are disappointing. Only
100 HP for a LV X (even an SP Basic) is a little on the
low side, but Darkness isn’t too bad a Weakness as this
type sees little play outside of Tyranitar and Sableye.
The Colourless resistance is nice and may save you for a
turn against Flygon. At least it’s better than nothing.
The Retreat cost of one is manageable, but surely a
ghost should be able to retreat for free (like Gengar)?
Mismagius’s PokePower, Magical Return, is a unique and
interesting one, as it allows you to manipulate any
Pokémon Tools which you have on the field. There are a
few useful Tools in the Format, like Devoluter, and if
your deck runs them then Mismagius could provide a
useful service, allowing you to scoop them up and
re-attach them as you like. It could also make something
like the hardly-ever-played Energy Link more viable, as
you would be able to move it around, saving it from
being discarded and making sure your active Pokémon
could always take advantage of it. In general, though,
we do not have enough game-breaking Tools at the moment
for Mismagius to be worth using outside of a few fairly
The Power does have some synergy with Mismagius’s
attack, Darkness Magic, which places a damage counter
for each card in your hand on to the defending Pokémon.
Unfortunately, the damage is capped at 80, so OHKOs are
unlikely on most evolved Pokémon or SP Basics. Placing
counters can sometimes be useful (for example, it avoids
Gengar’s Fainting Spell), but the downside is that it
can be stopped if the opponent attaches an Unown G to
their active. With Unown G being run in multiples these
days, it will not be easy to make the attack work.
For the moment, Mismagius is an interesting card that
does not have the right Tools to work with. That may
change in future sets, but right now, it just doesn’t do
enough to earn a place in most tournament decks.
Modified: 2 (underpowered attack and unsupported Power)
Limited: 2 (no Unown G to stop its attack, but it only
has one TM in the set to work with)