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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Mawile #64/95

Call of Legends

Date Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 4.00

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

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Mawile (Call of Legends)

Today’s card is an alt art reprint of the one we got in Undaunted. However, we didn’t review it then, so we might as well give it a go now.

Mawile has to be one of the strangest-looking Pokémon out there and I must admit, I’m puzzled about how this would ever be used in a deck too. It’s an unevolving Basic with a low-ish 60 HP and Weakness to Fire (not that most non-Fire Pokémon would have any trouble KOing it either). It does have Psychic Resistance though, which is nice as it makes it less of a cheap Prize for something like an Uxie LV X.

Mawile has two attacks. The first, Selfish Draw, costs only one Energy of any Colour and lets you draw a card. If you don’t like it, you can discard it and draw another one. Is this useful? Well, sort of . . . but there are other cards that have better drawing ability (such as Aerodactyl GL and Relicanth CL), and those don’t see any play. For a starter to be viable in this format, it needs to do a lot more than that (see: Spiritomb AR, Smeargle UD, and Sableye SF for details). Even the discard option, which some decks can make use of, is better performed by cards like Junk Arm and Regice.

Destructive Jaw, Mawile’s second attack, does a mere 30 damage, but does give you a coin flip for some very nice bonuses: Paralysis and an Energy discard. Unfortunately, putting [M][C][C] on a 60 HP Pokémon is just not a sensible strategy: even if the attack was a whole lot better, you wouldn’t want to do that.

So, all we are left with is a very sub-par draw starter that is never going to see play, I’m afraid.

Rating

Modified: 1.5 (Not utterly useless, but nowhere near competitive standard)

Limited: 4 (if you are playing limited, you play all the draw you can get your hands on)

conical

2/24/11: Mawile(Call of Legends)
 
Mawile is technically one of the reprints that make up half the set. Unlike most of them, however, we did not review Mawile back when it was originally printed in Undaunted, so we're reviewing today.
 
I want to make this clear from the beginning: this was intended to be for Limited play. Chances are, Selfish Draw will never be remotely good enough drawpower to fuel any deck in Modified. That said, it's a pretty good Limited card, for what it's worth. It's a common, so you're more likely to find multiples of the card, plus the fact that it's a basic and only has 1 retreat means that this is a pretty solid draw engine at a prerelease. Destructive Jaw isn't half bad as an attack, either, provided you flip heads. Of course, given that it has 60 HP, you probably won't be using it for long.
 
Modified: 1.5/5
Limited: 4/5

virusyosh

Happy Thursday, Pojo! Today's Card of the Day is a card from Call of Legends originally printed in the Undaunted expansion. Today's Card of the Day is Mawile.

Mawile is a Basic Metal Pokemon. Metal Pokemon haven't seen much play in Modified recently, but you will occasionally see Dialga G Lv. X, Steelix Prime, and Scizor Prime; not to mention that Bronzong G is a very widely used tech in most SP builds. 60 HP for a non-evolving Basic is a bit low, meaning that Mawile will either have to be used as a set-up Pokemon or a very good supporting Pokemon. Fire Weakness means that Charizard and Blaziken FB will hurt, Psychic Resistance keeps Gengar and pixies away (at least for a bit), and a Retreat Cost of 1 is good.

Mawile has two attacks, Selfish Draw and Destructive Jaw. Selfish Draw allows you to pick up the top card of your deck and either put it into your hand or discard it and draw a card for a single Colorless Energy. In Modified there are better options for set-up Pokemon (Sableye SF, Spiritomb AR, Jirachi RR, the list goes on) but it is in Limited where this attack really shines, as being able to cycle through your deck is always very good in Limited, and the cheap cost really makes this possible.

Destructive Jaw deals a rather paltry 30 damage for [MCC], but if you flip heads, the Defending Pokemon is Paralyzed and you discard an Energy from them as well. This works as a decent stall tactic in Limited, but chances are that your opponent has quite a few ways to get around it in Modified. Additionally, the attack is very slow for Modified, so you probably want to be investing your Energy elsewhere.

Modified: 1.5/5 It's not the worst card in Modified, but there are too many things that can do what Mawile does better.

Limited: 4/5 Selfish Draw is great here, and Destructive Jaw can really give your opponent problems. Unfortunately, 60 HP is very low, and there is quite a bit of Fire in Call of Legends, so make sure that you don't build Mawile up only for it to get torched later.


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