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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Minun #40

Dark Explorers

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.25
Limited: 4.25

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:

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Minun (Dark Explorers)

If you look at the Plusle and 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.

Like it’s 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.

Rating

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)


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