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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Mismagius

HS Unleashed

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.87
Limited: 3.13

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

Mismagius UL

 

Mismagius is today’s Pokémon, and the third Psychic we have reviewed this week Conveniently, it also works very well with the other two, but more of that later . . .

 

Mismagius is a Stage 1 with unspectacular 90HP, so it is going to need to deliver in terms of attack and/or PokePower to be worthwhile. The Weakness to Dark shouldn’t cause too many problems as Dark Pokémon are relatively uncommon. Mismagius has little to fear from Sableye, and Tyranitar is not a Pokémon you will run into all that often during a tournament. The Colourless Resistance is a very nice bonus, making an active Mismagius a problem KO for Garchomp C LVX (which will probably just rip a Pokémon off your Bench instead, but . . . oh well). The Retreat cost of one seems a bit much for a Ghost Pokémon, but it isn’t that much of a drawback.

 

So, does Mismagius deliver with its Power and attack? Well . . . sort of. The Power, Magical Trans, allows you to switch a Psychic Energy from one Pokémon to another, once per turn. That can be a useful form of pseudo-acceleration, saving an Energy attached to a Pokémon that is about to be Knocked Out, or moving one on to an attacker to get it powered up faster. So far, so good, but what about the attack?

 

As it happens, Psychic Pulse isn’t bad either. It’s cheap at least, costing just a single Psychic Energy and doing 30 damage to the Active, while spreading 10 damage to any of your opponent’s Beched Pokémon that already have Damage counters on them. 30 for [P] with the chance of 10 spread is certainly good value, and could combine well with other spread attackers to put more damage on the board. On its own though, it is unlikely to make that much of an impression. You should think of Mismagius as a support Pokémon for Psychic/Spread decks with a usable attack, rather than a main attacker itself.

 

But what about that combo I mentioned earlier? Well it uses Metagross as a big damage spreader, Jirachi for Energy acceleration and devoluting for multiple KOs, and Mismagius as the key piece of the puzzle to make sure it all works together.  Using Magical Trans, you can shift Energy from a Jirachi drop on to Metagross for faster use of Double Leg Hammer, then you can move it back to Jirachi if required so that Time hollow can de-evolve another Pokémon. What’s more, Psychic Pulse is not a bad attack to use in conjunction with Metagross’ spread abilities.

 

So, has Unleashed given us a new, combo-licious tier one deck? I have severe doubts about that. Three-Pokémon uber combos are not easy to get into play in fast, disruptive formats, and there are too many metagame cards that laugh at spread strategies (Nidoqueen RR, Garchomp C LV X), and decks that are immune to devolution (anything SP based). Nevertheless, it makes for a neat and fun to play deck that you may want to experiment with.

 

If you do, then good luck! (You will certainly need it against SP decks!)

 

Rating

 

Modified: 2.75 (neat little techy card for Psychic decks)

Limited: 2.25 (hard to make the most of it here)

 

Combos with . . .

 

Jirachi UL

Metagross UL

For clunky uber-combo ‘goodness’! 

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia

Mismagius (HS Unleashed)

More of the art I'm beginning to really dislike. Did they fail to get their Energy Switch approved and cut-and-paste the picture?

Mismagius is another of the Psychic pokemon from this set that is really useful in Limited. Mix with Metagross and Jirachi for a serious triple threat (though don't try this in general League play, you'll get shredded).

We have a fully evolved Stage 1 at a respectable 90 HP with one retreat and a nice weakness and resistance (Darkness and Colourless respectively). 1 retreat makes this card a quick-moving tech pokemon that might see some play in the future.

Mismagius has a poke-power that allows you to move 1 P energy per turn from one Pokemon to another, which is useful if you aren't running Gardevoir PT which has a spammable power that moves the energy to the active. Mismagius would be particularl useful to Gengar SF, allowing you to use a single energy to power each of your Gengars using Shadow Room. This combo becomes more feasible when you consider that Mismagius' sole attackdoes 30 damage to the active and 10 damage to each benched with damage counters already on it for one Psychic energy.

The question is whether or not Gengar players will find room for this card in their decks. The answer really depends on the playstyle of the user, so it won't be a staple in the archetype but expect to see 1 or 2 around. Gardevoir decks will use the PT version for energy switching, while other Psychic decks don't really exist as far as I am aware.

If other decks emerge then Mismagius may well become popular, or be completely forgotten. Only time will tell.

Modified: 3 (a cheap tech with some offensive capabilities, it may well find a niche)
Limited: 4 (cheap and nasty with good stats, works well with Kingdra Prime and Metagross)

Combos with: Gengar SF, Gengar PA (Curse), Gallage E4 Lv X

Hope these reviews help the site out, hopefully I'll be back with Sahymin's review before the end of the week.

Mad Mattezhion

virusyosh Hello again, Pojo readers! Today's Card of the Day is Mismagius from the Unleashed expansion.

Mismagius is a Stage 1 Psychic Pokemon. Being a Psychic isn't so bad right now, as Dark Pokemon aren't played very often and there is a decent amount of support. 90 HP is slightly above average for a Stage 1, and will allow Mismagius to take a few hits on average. Double Weakness to Dark could be much worse, but is far from ideal. Colorless Resistance is great, keeping Ursaring and others at bay. A Retreat Cost of 1 is pretty good, as it won't set you back too far if you must pay it.

Mismagius has a Poke-Power and a single attack. The Poke-Power, Magical Trans, allows you to move a Psychic Energy attached to one of your Pokemon to another one of your Pokemon, but only once per turn and not if you're affected by a Special Condition. This power is pretty decent as Psychic support, and can combo with the Jirachi in this set as well as anything that requires a heavy investment of Psychic Energy. My only problem with this Power is that it can only be used once per turn, which slightly hampers its usefulness.

Mismagius's single attack, Psychic Pulse, does 30 damage to the Defending Pokemon and 10 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon. The attack is fairly cheap, and is pretty decent on a support Pokemon. It may work pretty well with Curse Gengar, as Curse can move damage counters around to all of your opponent's Pokemon for maximum spread damage potential.

Modified: 2.75/5 Mismagius has some potential here in a deck where manipulation of Psychic Energy (or spread damage) happens. It might make a decent supporter in a Gengar deck, and could potentially see even more play once the rotation happens.

Limited: 3/5 Spread damage is good here, and the ability to move Energy to any of your Pokemon is great, even if it only is once per turn.


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