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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Unown R

Legends Awakened

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.13
Limited: 1.25

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
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Unown R (Legends Awakened)

You know how it is when you are building Pokémon decks: usually, 60 cards somehow doesn’t seem enough. If only you could find a couple more spaces for that tech Supporter, Pokémon, or Trainer.

On the other hand there are those very few decks where having to build with 60 cards is a positive disadvantage. I’m talking about those decks with a very specific way of winning that needs to be accessed as fast as possible: things like Uxie Donk, Speed Machamp, and (less competitively) Kyogre & Groudon LEGEND decks. When playing those kind of decks you really want to dig through your cards and get what you need as fast as possible – preferably on your first turn – and that’s where Unown R comes into play.

It’s all thanks (once more) to the PokePower. Retire is about as simple as it gets: discard Unown R from play and draw a card. This makes Unown R into just about the most effective deck-thinner in the format. It’s easily searchable in multiples (thanks to Pokémon Collector) and (especially when played with Pokémon Rescue) can help a player to tear through a good chunk of their deck in a turn or two, hopefully grabbing the cards they need for the quick win.

Of course its attack is semi-useless (no-one wants to waste an attack on moving Basic Energy – that’s what Bronzong G and Shaymin UL are for), but it’s not a terrible Pokémon to open with either: 60 HP isn’t too weak and you can always Retire it and promote something better (note: don’t do this if you have no Bench – you will just have lost the game).

Not a Pokémon for all decks, but in something aiming to win/set up very fast, you play four.

Rating

Modified: 3.25 (fast deck thinning for those decks that need it)

conical 3/16/11:Unown R(Legends Awakened)
 
Unown R is well...it has its place in some decks.
 
RETIRE is a pretty interesting Power, as far as Powers go: discard Unown R, draw a card. Unlike some Pokemon that discard themselves, Unown R is not technically Knocked Out. Yeah, take that, Electrode Prime and Regigigas Lv. X! It's generally used in speed decks, who care mostly about milling through their deck as quickly as possible.
 
One major caveat, though, as with all Unowns: It's terrible to start with this as your lone basic. Even worse, unlike Unowns Q and DARK, which are generally run as 1-ofs in any deck, Unown R is most effective when it is maxed out, making the potential of lone Unown R(or multiple Unown Rs) starts more likely. Still, it has its purpose in speed decks, and hey, I personally like the Power. So I got nothing against it.
 
Modified: 3/5
Limited: 1.25/5
Combos With: Rushdown!


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