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Magmortar #2/95

HS Unleashed

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.25
Limited: 1.75

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

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Combos With:

Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Magmortar (Unleashed)

 

Magmortar, the scary fat clown Pokémon is up for review today. It’s another Stage 1, so I am waiting to be impressed . . .

 

110 HP gets it off to a good start, although the Water Weakness could be a fatal flaw if Gyarados decks stay relatively popular. The Retreat cost of two is high enough that I wouldn’t ever want to pay it. If I were to put this in a deck, I would want some other way of getting it out of the active slot if needed (Warp Point, Switch, and Super Scoop Up seem like the obvious options).

 

Magmortar has two attacks, both of which are unfortunately rather expensive (or, in other words, slow). For [R][C][C], Hard Crush discards the top three cards of your deck and does a big 50 damage for each Energy. Provided you can manipulate those cards (Delcatty PL being the most effective choice), this attack can do the sort of damage that begins to justify its cost. The fact is though that Rhyperior LV X and Octillery PL both have very similar attacks that cost no Energy to use, making Magmortar a pretty poor choice for this type of combo.

 

Mantle Bazooka is even more costly at [R][R][C][C]. True, it does a respectable 100 damage, but then it does come with the hefty drawback of discarding two Fire Energy. Heatran LV X or Typhlosion Prime would help with this cost, but again, there are much better cards out there with similar and cheaper versions of this attack. Infernape MD and Typhlosion HGSS are two that come to mind. So is Magmortar LV X, ironically enough.

 

So, what Magmortar is offering are very slow and generally inferior versions of attacks which are already available on Pokémon that see little or no play. If that doesn’t sound like much of a recommendation . . . well, it isn’t meant to.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1.25 (horrifically slow and needy)

Limited: 1.75 (Lacks the needed support and it’s still too slow)

 

Combos with . . .

 

Delcatty PL (Power Circulation guarantees damage with Hard Crush)

Typhlosion Prime HGSS

Heatran LV X (both help with the discard costs)


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