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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Muk  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
July 17, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 2.33

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

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Muk (Plasma Freeze) 

A couple of weeks ago, someone on a forum asked if a deck could be made with the Muk from Plasma Freeze. I was intrigued by the question, so I decided to take a closer look at the card and see if it had any strengths that could be used when constructing a deck. 

I quickly dismissed the second attack, Sludge Crash. It is far too expensive and therefore slow. Yes, the flippy Energy disruption is nice, but two Psychic and two Colourless for 80 damage simply isn’t going to work. Especially on a Stage 1 with just 100 HP. Instead I focused on two things: the Poison Suction attack and the fact that Muk is a Plasma Pokémon. 

Poison Suction costs one Psychic, two Colourless Energy and only hits for 60 damage. However, if the Defending Pokémon is Poisoned, it will heal 60 damage from Muk. Inflicting Poison is the easy part: Hypnotoxic Laser will do that for you, and you can even use Shadow Triad to recover them enough to make constant use practical. The real problem is that healing isn’t really relevant on a 100 HP Pokémon, as so many things can just OHKO it. To try and solve this problem, I turned to Umbreon PLF, whose Dark Shade Ability gives each of your Plasma Pokémon another 20 HP. With four of these on the Field, Muk has 180 HP and is much more difficult to take down in one hit, which brings the healing factor into play (somewhat). Meanwhile, Poison Suction, with Virbank City Gym and Hypnotoxic Laser, is capable of KOing and EX in a couple of turns. 

Was the deck any good? Not really, not in a competitive sense, but I enjoyed looking at a card which at least had something to offer deckbuilders instead of the same old vanilla attacks. Even Umbreon can’t guarantee that Muk will take a hit, and the deck is rather slow and depends on a lot of support. Oh well, at least it was fun. 

Rating 

Modified: 2 (a bit better than the usual Stage 1 mediocrity)
Limited: 2 (If Laser was in the set, it would be great . . . but it isn’t)


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Muk

Muk actually has two unique, solid attacks, but each of them is weakened by Muk's low HP and their high energy costs. While Hypnotoxic Laser pairs easily with Poison Suction, you'll rarely have an opportunity to heal a Pokémon like Muk, which is OHKO'd by so many attacks. 
 
Sludge Crash is almost good, as you could pair it with NVI Victini (Victory Star) to get a re-flip, but for four energy, it's just too slow. It isn't worth dedicating so many energy to a Pokémon that will be easily OHKO'd. In limited, though, this attack is quite solid.
 
Modified: 1.5/5
Limited: 2/5
Combos with: Hypnotoxic Laser, Victini (Victory Star)
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Happy midweek, Pojo readers! Rotation time is once again upon us, and now that we know for sure that next format is NXD-on, we can finally start tweaking our decks for the upcoming changes! In the meantime, we'll keep reviewing cards from Plasma Freeze (and Plasma Blast, once it's released), so be sure to check back daily for updates! Today's Card of the Day is Muk.

Muk is a Stage 1 Psychic Pokemon. As I briefly touched on yesterday, Gothitelle and Deoxys-EX are the two most commonly played Psychic Pokemon, so Muk will have to fill a niche in order to see some play. 100 HP for a Stage 1 isn't a great start, as this means that Muk is easily OHKO'd by any common attack + Hypnotoxic Laser/Virbank City Gym, which is a very common play in today's Modified. Psychic Weakness isn't terrible, as Gothitelle doesn't attack and Deoxys-EX will likely OHKO anyway; no Resistance is again disappointing; and a Retreat Cost of three is very large, so be sure to use a card effect to Switch as opposed to paying the Energy.

This sludge Pokemon has two attacks. Poison Suction does an expensive 60 damage for a Psychic and two Colorless, but also heals 60 damage from Muk if the Defending Pokemon is Poisoned. This attack works nicely in theory when combined with HTL and Virbank, but Muk's low HP score means that this attack isn't quite effective as it should be. For the second attack, Sludge Crash does a very expensive 80 damage for two Psychic and two Colorless, with the additional effect of flipping coins until you get tails, and discarding an Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon for each heads. Once again, 80 damage for four Energy isn't going to cut it in Modified, especially on a Pokemon with only 100 HP. That being said, Energy discard is always a very powerful mechanic, though you're still probably better off using something else like Crushing Hammer or Enhanced Hammer.

Modified: 1/5/5 Muk has some potentially interesting attacks, but they are too expensive for the damage output. Likewise, with only 100 HP, Muk is easy prey for pretty much every attacker in the metagame, so steer clear of using it here.

Limited: 3/5 Muk is decent in Plasma Freeze Limited, though not great. Poison Suction is somewhat expensive for its damage output here, and without a way to reliably inflict the Poison condition, the attack's power is diminished. Likewise, Sludge Crash's secondary effect is decent, but it can be difficult to power up a Pokemon with only 100 HP to four Energy, even in a very slow format like Limited. All in all, Muk has lots of potential, but is also incredibly slow. If you are able to build it up and get it attacking, you should be able to perform admirably. That being said, it doesn't fit into every deck, and isn't always worth building around.


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