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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Unown !

Legends Awakened

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.13
Limited: 2.25

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 ! (Legends Awakened)

The first three Unowns this week have all seen at least some competitive play. Today we are starting to struggle a bit.

Unown ! is a weird little card: risky to play, but it’s not a risk anyone seems willing to take. It does have the shortest-named PokePower in the game though, so I guess that makes it noteworthy. ! (yes really) is a coin-flip Power you can use once per turn. Get heads and you can put two damage counters on ANY of your opponent’s Pokémon, but flip tails and you have to do the same to one of yours.

I guess some people might be thinking: ‘wait . . . that’s like a DOUBLE Crobat G EVERY TURN just for a coin flip!’ and they have a point (sort of). The trouble is that it is unreliable: if you are 10 damage short of a KO you can depend on a Crobat to help you out (unless it is Power Sprayed), with Unown ! (which could also be Sprayed), if you hit tails, not only will you be left short of that KO, but you have also made it easier for your opponent to take a Prize from one of your Pokémon.

That makes Unown ! a fun card to use, but in competitive play, where you need to calculate your ability to take Prizes with some degree of certainty, it’s a luxury you just can’t afford. Crobat G/PokeTurn and Skuntank G/any Stadium remain the preferred methods of adding damage when needed. Need I mention that the attack is a bit rubbish too?

Rating

Modified: 2 (not as bad as you might think, but not as good either)

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3/17/11: Unown !(Legends Awakened)
 
In addition to the regular Unowns, which represent the alphabet, they added 2 new Unowns back in the 3rd generation, representing punctuation marks. Given how rarely Unowns are printed, there's only 2 versions of each printed, and their powers tend to be...weird, even for Unowns. Which hopefully will mean that they're interesting to review.
 
The one main theme about Unown ! is that it tends to be a double-edged sword. Flip heads on its Power, and you basically get double Crobat G's Power, which could be very effective. Flip tails, and...it hits yourself. Whoops. Its Hidden Power is the same way; heads and you get extra damage, tails and it does damage to itself.
 
Unown ! Could see play if Crobat G wasn't in the format, or was just less consistent. Still, given the card's flippy nature, Unown ! may not be too effective.
 
Modified: 2.25/5
Limited: 2.25/5


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