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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Manaphy

HS Unleashed

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.88
Limited: 2.88

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: See Below

Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Manaphy UL

 

Today’s Pokémon has quite a bit in common with Yesterday’s. Like Jirachi, it is a Legendary, starred in its own movie (Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea), and sometimes gets made into interesting cards (well, POP 9 Manaphy was sort of interesting, even if it never got played).

 

Also like Jirachi, Manaphy is a low-HP non evolving Basic with a terrible Weakness. At least it has free Retreat though. Another similarity is that it is clearly designed to be a ‘tech’ Pokémon.

 

We can pretty much ignore Manaphy’s Wave Splash attack (an ineffective vanilla 20 for [W] effort), and concentrate instead on Deep Sea Swirl. For one Energy of any colour, this lets you shuffle your hand into your deck and draw five cards.

 

Doesn’t sound too bad does it? Reasonable hand refresh for a fairly low cost that can help you out against hand disruption decks and bad draws. The only thing is . . . we already have a Pokémon that does the job much better: Chatot MD.

 

Chatot MD is another 60 HP Basic with a zero Retreat cost and a hand refresh attack. However, that attack costs no Energy to use and it is backed up by Chatter, which for [C][C] can do a very nice job of locking your opponent’s Pokémon active for a turn (especially useful against Spiritomb). What’s more, it’s a Common, unlike Manaphy which is a Holo Rare.

 

It looks like the people who design the cards looked at Chatot and decided it was so broken that they would replace it with something that was slightly more rubbish, and they would give that card an inflated rarity. All the while MD is still legal, there’s absolutely no reason for anyone to play Manaphy UL. Even if Chatot is rotated out of the format, Supporters like Copycat and Professor Oak’s New Theory will do a better job than Manaphy without having to use an attack (or an Energy drop). It’s possible it might get teched into decks next format if nothing better comes along, but let’s just hope that it does.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1.5 (Every time someone puts this in a deck, somewhere a baby Chatot dies faints)

Limited: 3.25 (no better alternative here, where it can do a very useful job)

 

Combos with . . .

 

A terrible hand

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia

Manaphy (HS Unleashed)

Another cute Legendary, another review.

Manaphy has 60 HP, x2 Lightning weakness with no resistance and 1 retreat cost. Not bad, not brilliant.

The two attacks are Deep Sea Swirl (which I will call DSS from now on) and Wave Splash. Splash is 20 damage for W which is cheap, but you probably won't waste your time with that. The real reson you would play Manaphy is for DSS, which shuffles your hand into you deck and draws 5 cards for the cost of C.

On the surface, you would immediately think Manaphy is a starter pokemon for water decks, but it isn't. The problem is that Gyarados will stick with Sableye, while other decks would be better of using Chatot MD which performs the same function for no energy and better stats (you may get Chatot out of the way before the KO). Also, Dunsparce from the same set has the same stats and provides better draw, while Stantler HSU and Minun HSU searches for basic pokemon to put on your bench (or just play Call energy) for the same cost as Manaphy.

Manaphy is simply outshone by much better options, maybe the new format will be kinder to it when Chatot is rotated out. Until then, it's binder fodder.

Modified: 2.25 (not bad, just behind the competiton)
Limited: 2.5 (if you want shuffle draw it's good, but still plenty of other more common staters to choose from)

Combos with: Something worth trading?


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