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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Inkay

- XY

Date Reviewed:
April 23, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2
Limited: 2

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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Inkay (XY) 

In the video games, Inkay evolves into Malamar only when you hold your 3DS upside down. Yes, it’s extremely gimmicky, but hey, it’s fun too. 

They’ve tried to replicate this feature with the TCG card, and they have been pretty imaginative about it too: Inkay’s Ability allows you to search your deck for its evolution and evolve it provided that Inkay is Confused (i.e.: the card is upside down on the Field). As a concept, I love it, as a workable TCG mechanic, it’s not very practical. Yes, Inkay does have an attack that inflicts Confusion on both itself and the Defending Pokémon, but 60 HP Basics are not noted for their capacity to survive until the next turn. You would much rather have this card on the Bench and evolve it through normal means. It doesn’t help of course that you can’t even use Confusion Wave on your opening turn if you go first. 

Anything that assists with evolution is better than nothing I guess, but I can’t see many players choosing to go down the road of using Inkay’s Ability. The real question, is: is this Pokémon worth evolving at all? That’s something that I’ll try and answer over the next couple of reviews. 

Rating 

Modified: 2 (slightly better than the average evolving Basic)

Limited: 2 (but only slightly)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Gurdurr.
Unlimited 150 review.

 

Today’s Pokémon up for review is Gurdurr, quite an unremarkable not-fully-evolved Pokémon. It has decent HP and ok attacks, so in the case you can’t get it evolved it can actually put up a fight… but it doesn’t do anything special and doesn’t synergise particularly well with its final Stage.

 

Hammer Arm does an ok 60 for 3, enough to KO most starters and can 2 hit KO a great deal of playable Pokémon. The added effect of discarding the top card of the opponent’s deck can be seen as a bonus to an already decent attack but it will rarely make a big difference in a deck that doesn’t focus on milling.

 

Rating: 2.5 (An ok card for a not-fully-evolved, just don’t try to play it without Conkeldurr in your deck!)


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