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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Unown Dark (Undaunted)

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.50
Limited: 1.50

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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Unown DARK (Undaunted)

Today’s Unown has seen some very limited play, usually in decks running Sableye which try and maximise their chances of a first turn KO by using it to fetch a Special Dark Energy to use with Overconfident.

Apart from that (fairly obscure) use, there’s nothing particularly great about the card right now . . . boring 10 for one attack, low-ish HP etc. It’s a possible inclusion in any deck running Dark Energy, but it usually gets cut for other things.

All that MAY be about to change . . .

Ok, I’m going to start off by saying that this is all speculation and we know NOTHING for sure at the time of writing this review. But . . . IF the forthcoming Black and White set brings in the new Black and White rules (as used in Japan for their HGSS-on format), then this card is going to cause major problems.

Why? Because (barring a mid-season rotation) we will have a) the ability to play Trainers/Supporters on the first turn, and b) Sableye SF and Crobat G will still be in the format. That’s why.

Imagine what will happen with that in place. Start of the game you flip over Sableye (meaning that you go first). You then play Pokémon Collector and grab Unown DARK and a couple of Crobat G. Use the Unown to attach a Special Dark to Sableye, Flash Bite with the Crobats to wear down the Defending Pokémon’s HP, then attack with Sableye for game. Don’t forget that Expert Belt and PokeTurns are also playable on Turn 1, just to make this scary scenario all the more likely.

Personally I hope that TPCI either delay the Black and White rules or rotate out Stormfront (at least), because if we get both together I fear that the game will become dominated by decks that are more than capable of first turn wins in which the opponent doesn’t get to play a card. That would be a very bad thing for people who like their games to be strategic and skillfull.

If it does happen, expect to see a lot of decks packing Unown DARK. If we are spared that doomsday scenario, it will remain a barely used tech for Dark decks.

Rating

Modified (as things are now): 2 (You can double that score if we get B&W rules with no rotation)

conical 3/15/11: Unown DARK(Undaunted)
 
When HGSS released, there was one change done to how Unown* were made. Instead of representing separate letters, Unown now spelled out the name of their ability. None of them are used, however, generally because their abilities aren't that great. Unown DARK is the only exception thus far, for one reason: energy acceleration.
 
*Is the plural of Unown Unown or Unowns? I can't tell.
 
If you look at any given type, you'll find at least one card that provides energy acceleration for that specific type. For Dark-types, however, the pickings are slim. Tyranitar SF can accelerate energy unto itself, but with Weavile SW no longer in the format, the only form of support is Unown DARK. Note that, like Skarmory UD/CL, it does not specify basic or special Dark energy, and you can thus search for both.
 
It'd be nice to see a card that provides actual acceleration for Dark-types, but for now, Unown DARK makes an acceptable substitute. Just don't attack with it.
 
Modified: 3/5
Limited: 1.5/5(its usefulness in Limited is, well...limited. I apologize for nothing.)
virusyosh

Hello once again, everybody! Today we are continuing Unown Week by reviewing an Unown that has seen some play, but not nearly as much as yesterday's COTD. Today's Card of the Day is Unown DARK from HS Undaunted.

Unown DARK, like all Unowns, is a Basic Psychic Pokemon. Since Unown doesn't evolve, most of the Unowns aren't generally used for attacking, but rather for their support options. This Unown is no exception, as it has a fairly useful power in some decks. 50 HP is rather disappointing for a non-evolving Basic, Psychic Weakness means Gengar and the pixies can really hurt, no Resistance is unfortunate, and a Retreat Cost of 1 is payable.

Unown has a Power and a single attack. DARK allows you to search your deck for a Darkness Energy card when you play Unown onto your Bench, shuffling your deck afterward. The nice thing about this power is that you can get either Special Darkness or Basic Darkness Energy, so if you need that 10 more damage to get the KO, you can drop Unown, search out the Energy, and attach it to your Darkness Pokemon before attacking. Of course, Unown also takes up a bench slot after doing this and has low HP, so be sure to make the most out of the Energy you get from DARK.

The attack, Hidden Power, does 10 damage for a single Psychic Energy. You'll realistically never use it in Modified unless you're in big trouble.

Modified: 2/5 I can see Unown being used in a deck based around Darkness-type Pokemon to search out your Special Darkness Energies, but even still, it has 50 HP and takes up a bench slot. However, the fact that it can search out Special Darkness Energy is very nice, and can be incredibly helpful in some situations.

Limited: 2.5/5 If you are playing a deck with Darkness Energy in it and you have the room, I see no reason to not include this Unown. If you aren't, there's little reason to use it. Again, it's quite nice here to search out Special Darks.


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