Magmar is up for review today. A couple of years ago,
decks featuring its Stage 1 evolution, Magmortar, were
fairly popular. That’s not the case now though . . . I
haven’t seen a Magmortar deck for ages and with the SW
one and the LV X about to leave Modified, I can’t see
that changing in the near future.
But let’s suppose you want to give Magmortar UL a go
(WHY??) or use the SV version as a tech in a Status
Condition deck. Should you use this Magmar?
Well, it doesn’t have much to recommend it . . . 70 HP
isn’t bad, ok retreat cost, two cheap-ish vanilla
attacks with very low damage output. To be honest you
would be much better off with the SV Magmar: same HP and
Retreat, but a +20 Weakness instead of an x2. Plus it
has a Smokescreen attack to give it some measure of
Yep, this rather boring Magmar is definitely outshone by
its SV cousin. Avoid.
Modified: 1.25 (solid HP but . . . just use the other
Limited: 1.5 (the evo isn’t great in this format either)
Welcome back, Pojo readers! Today we are continuing to
review the rest of HS Unleashed by reviewing Magmar.
Magmar is a Basic Fire Pokemon. Aside from Charizard and
Blaziken FB techs, Fire isn't commonly seen in the
Modified metagame. However, post-rotation, Fire will
have one of the best draw engines in the game in
Ninetales HGSS, so play should go up. Will this Magmar
make the cut in the new Fire decks? Let's find out.
First of all, Magmar has 70 HP, which is quite
respectable for a Basic because 70 HP is generally out
of range for most donks. Double Water Weakness is to be
expected, but is still unhelpful with all of the
Gyarados, Kingdra, and other Water types around. No
Resistance is unfortunate. Finally, a Retreat Cost of 1
is pretty good.
Magmar has two very simple attacks. Live Coal does 10
damage for [R], and Magma Punch does 20 damage for [RC].
Neither attack is spectacular, as all they do is deal
damage, and a low amount at that. So, is this Magmar
playable for your Magmortar deck? After the September
rotation, there will be two Modified-legal Magmars: this
one and Magmar SV. The Supreme Victors Magmar has the
same HP and Retreat Cost, and has attacks for the same
cost as this Magmar (Smokescreen and Fireworks), but
neither of those are that great to use either. The
deciding factor is probably Weakness, where the SV
Magmar only has +20 Weakness instead of x2.
Modified: 1.5/5 The attacks are very vanilla, and aren't
worth using unless you lead with it and you're waiting
for Magmortar. The x2 Water Weakness hurts, but the HP
is pretty good. Overall, I would still probably
recommend the SV Magmar over this one.
Limited: 1.75/5 It has decent HP for a Basic, but the
attacks aren't worth using. Only use it if you draft a
lot of Fire or have a Magmortar.
Today we look at the
Magmar from HS – Unleashed.It is a Basic Fire Pokémon with a
good 70 HP, painful Water Weakness x 2,
disappointing lack of Resistance, and
affordable single Energy Retreat Cost.
The attacks are overpriced.Live Coal requires a single Fire
Energy to do 10 points of damage, and
for another of any Energy, you can do a
mere 20 with Magma Punch.To be considered fairly priced in
the modern environment, they’d need to
do more like 20 and 40, and even then it
probably wouldn’t see a whole lot of
For that matter, neither the
Magmortar in this set nor the last
few are being played right now, so there
just isn’t much demand.
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Magmar (HS Unleashed)
Well this is a little weird. Magmar pretty much explains
itself, so why the review?
Magmar has 70 HP, water weakness and evolves into
Magmortar, which does not have a playable version at the
moment. Other Magmars do the same thing, and we don't
play them either.
At least the other Magmars have better attacks with
bonus effects. This version only gets 10 damage for C or
20 damage for RC. Why bother?
Good survivability for a Basic, but nothing else to
recommend it. Set filler.
Modified: 1.25 (I'm reserving a score of 1 for a truly
abominable Pokemon card)
Limited: 1 (useless, pointless, let me get the thesaurus
so I can describe the other ways this card screams "NO
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