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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Malamar #76

- XY

Date Reviewed:
April 24, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.5
Limited: 3.0

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

Malamar #76 (XY) 

According to the flavour text, Malamar ‘wields the most compelling hypnotic powers of any Pokémon’. I guess that means creepy old Hypno knows where he stands now. They’ve also made him into a somewhat interesting card for the TCG. Yes, he’s a Stage 1 with only 100 HP, but if the strategy he offers works, then that won’t matter so much. 

Said strategy revolves around Malamar’s first attack, Mental Trash (fantastic name, by the way). For the low cost of a single Dark Energy, your opponent flips four coins and for each tails discards a card from their hand (and no, it doesn’t combo with Victory Star Victini aka Fliptini because the opponent flips the coins). Combine this with other hand disruption like Red Card, and you could leave your opponent without anything in hand, and that is not a good position for them to be in, as they can’t develop their Field with the Pokémon and Energy they need to pose a threat. Of course, you still have to take Prizes, though you could do that with Hypnotoxic Laser/Virbank City Gym, meaning you can keep trying to deny resources with Mental Trash while you whittle away at their Pokémon with Poison damage. This is preferable to using attacks, though Malamar’s otherwise weak and overpriced Distortion Beam could buy you a bit of time through its Status Condition effects. 

Like any strategy that relies excessively on coin flips, I would place Malamar in the fun/casual category, rather than the competitive one.  If the flips go well, this deck would be massively frustrating to play against. If they went badly, or your opponent topdecked their way into a draw Supporter, then it kind of all falls to pieces and Malamar is left looking a bit silly. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see a card bringing something new and semi-viable to the game. 

Rating 

Modified: 2.5 (have some fun at league why don’t you?)

Limited: 3 (risky, but may be worth a punt)


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Darkness Pokémon and discarding cards seem closely related in the TCG and this Malamar continues that theme. After KOing their draw Pokémon, Mental Trash can provide some very powerful hand disruption, the key word being “can”. The fact it’s a coin flip attack weakens this card considerably, you can’t even combine it with Fliptini as it’s your opponent that flips the coins. It doesn’t even do any damage while discarding like more successful Darkness Pokémon like Honchkrow.

Its secondary attack is far too weak for 3 Energy to redeem this Pokémon. Sharpedo (Triumphant) is like a better version of this card and even that doesn’t see play. A sad start in the TCG for a really cool Pokémon.

 

Rating: 2 (Not really worth evolving into a Stage 1 for what’s essentially a poor Sharpedo)


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