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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Malamar #77

- XY

Date Reviewed:
April 25, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.5
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 #77 (XY) 

The laws of the Pokémon TCG decree that whenever you get two cards featuring the same Pokémon in a set, one is always much better than the other . . . so you can guess where this is heading. 

This Malamar is also a frail Stage 1, but doesn’t offer anything interesting or new. Instead we get a weak (though cheap) attack in Mental Panic which does 30 damage and forces your opponent to flip a coin next turn to see if they can attack with the Defending Pokémon. Of course, they always have the option to just retreat to the Bench to remove the effect, making this a very soft lock indeed, and one which is likely to cause minor inconvenience at best. Puncture isn’t much good either. Three Energy for Resistance-ignoring 70 damage is very poor value in the current environment and not likely to persuade anyone to use this card. 

If you like Malamar, go have some fun with #76 and leave this one in the binder where he belongs.

Rating 

Modified: 1.5 (not much to offer)

Limited: 3 (Mental Panic could do some work here)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Malamar XY 77.
Unlimited 150 review.

 

Today we have another Malamar up for review, does this card help redeem this evolution line in U150? Well, not really. Its first attack is an ok Sand Attack kind of deal, doing decent damage for cheap. The 3 Energy attack isn’t really worth building up this Pokémon for, sure it can deal unresisted damage to the few playable Fairy Pokémon, but there’s plenty of better Darkness Pokémon that can do 70 to a Fairy for 3 even after applying Resistance.

 

With such a unique and imaginative Ability to evolve it, it’s a shame both Malamar cards are so plain and underpowered.

 

Rating: 1.5 (Just a vanilla beater, nothing interesting or powerful to be worth evolving it into play)


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