If you look at the
Minun cards together, you
will see that they are in fact the same scene, portrayed
from different perspectives.
Mind = blown, no? Whatever, it’s a nice touch for two
cards that are meant to be played together.
partner, Minun’s stats are
less than impressive – low HP, bad Weakness, ok Retreat
cost – but if you read yesterday’s review you will know
that none of that is really important.
Minun’s main job is to sit
on the Bench and help Plusle
to give you a shuffle-draw of eight cards when it uses
its Tag Draw attack.
But, it does actually have attacks
of its own, so I should really review them. The first,
Negative Ion, is a bit of a waste of space to be honest.
For one Colourless Energy you get to flip a coin and, if
heads, any attack damage from the Defending Pokémon will
be reduced by 30. Why is this useless? Well, even if the
coin flip works, and even if your opponent doesn’t get
around the effect by switching in a different Pokémon,
that 30 reduction isn’t always going to save such a low
HP Pokémon. Basically, you need an awful lot to work in
your favour for Negative Ion to have any impact on the
game. The second attack,
Electrishower is, thank goodness, so much better.
For one Lightning Energy you get to do
10 damage to each of your opponent’s
Pokémon. That’s excellent value for the cost and
the damage spread can really pay off later in the game
when you would otherwise be 10 short of a KO and don’t
have the PlusPower to hand.
It doesn’t make the card worth playing in isolation, but
it’s a pretty nifty option to have if you are including
it anyway for the draw combo.
Really, it’s all about the Tag Draw
with this card, but it’s nice to see that it isn’t
totally useless if you happen to open with this instead
of the Plusle.
Modified: 2.25 (I was expecting
Minun to be totally useless,
but for what it is, it’s pretty good)
Limited: 4.25 (Tag Draw is great
here . . . and so is spread damage)