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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Magmortar Lv. 54

Supreme Victors

Date Reviewed: 09.24.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.00
Limited: 3.75

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

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Meganium45
110 HP Fire Type – Stage 1 with a weakness +30 to water.

OK, not too bad here.

Retreat of 2, not hideous for a Magmortar.

Power that allows you to burn and confuse your opponent when you evolve…that is helpful.

Attacks that shoot for 2 energy , 30 to anyone.

3 for 60, no drawback, but you get to move a fire energy to your bench.

OK, be careful, I have nice things to say about this guy! This is what a Magmortar SHOULD be and should be the stepping stone to the Level X!!!

I can see this being played in Infernape (non SP) and Infernape SP decks to cause havoc early, and allow you to quickly finish their answer to the question.

Maybe not top, top tier…but definitely not straight binder fodder.

Ratings.

Modified 3/5

Limited 4/5 I really like this here.

There you go folks!! Yay!!!

Vince
Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats
Magmortar SV

Magmortar, the fat, fiery, clown-face Pokémon returns! Magmortar decks made a considerable impact in the HP-on format, but have faded away from the tournament scene over the last year. Will this card see them make a comeback?

This Magmortar has 110 HP, which is very nice for a Stage 1 Pokémon. The +30 Water Weakness isn’t the best, but at least the HP means that a Water deck will have to work fairly hard to get a OHKO. The Retreat Cost of 2 is on the harsh side, making the inclusion of Switches or Warp Points in you deck a good idea.

Magmortar boasts two attacks. The first, Fire Arrow, is a handy snipe attack, doing 30 damage for the acceptable cost of [R][C]. The second, Flame Ball, is a very average 60 for three Energy attack which gives you the (sometimes useful) option of switching a Fire Energy from Magmortar to a benched Pokémon. Handy if you think Magmortar won’t survive your opponent’s next turn.

Unfortunately, although these attacks are not terrible, they are completely eclipsed by those of Magmortar SW. If you want an attacking Magmortar, then the SW one is definitely the one to put in your deck. But . . . Magmortar SV has a bit more going for it than just its attacks, as we shall see.

Take a look at Magmortar’s PokePower, Evolutionary Flame. When played from the hand it inflicts both Burn and Confusion on the opponent’s active Pokémon. Obviously, this is quite nice in itself, but it is not worth the space in the deck unless you can find a way to abuse these Status Conditions. One possibility is yesterday’s CotD, Venusaur SV. Another is Blaziken FB and its LV X. With Blaziken FB LV X on the field, any Burned Pokémon takes 40 more damage from each of your attacks. With this combo in play, a Magmortar drop can be a very effective way of getting a key KO on a high HP Pokémon. Obviously its use has to be timed carefully, and watch out for Power Spray! If played right, however, this gives an already powerful deck a tremendous boost.

Mediocre attacks mean that Magmortar SV will remain a tech, but it is a tech with a lot of potential in the current format.

Rating

Modified: 3 (good tech potential and just about acceptable as a back-up attacker)
Limited: 3.5 (attacks are better here and there is no Power lock. 5/5 if you also pull Baziken FB and Blaziken FB LV X!)


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