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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Mega Kangaskhan EX 

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
June 5, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3.50
Limited: 4.75

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

Mega Kangaskhan EX 

I was at Worlds when they showed footage of Mega Kangaskhan for the first time. It was awesome seeing the baby come out and attack. It’s probably because of that that I was happy to see Mega Kangaskhan become a pretty decent card – easily the best Mega we’ve had so far – though you really should enjoy it while you can as its playability will likely take a big hit soon. 

To be honest though, Mega Kangaskhan’s playability even now is just one of those happy accidents that a format will occasionally throw up. That massive 230 HP, combined with Colourless Typing, means that Mega Kangaskhan can abuse Aromatisse XY’s Fairy Transfer Ability and Max Potion to keep on healing itself while still having the necessary Energy to attack. Combine that with a decent attack in the shape of Wham Bam Punch (fantastic name, by the way), which will at least two-hit KO other EXs, and you have the makings of a very decent tanking/healing style deck, similar in principle to the old Darkrai/Hydreigon and Klinklang decks we saw a couple of years ago. 

The whole reason this strategy can work is that Mega Kangaskhan is extremely difficult to OHKO for most playable Pokémon. Rayquaza EX can do it at the cost of a quadruple Energy discard (and the risk of a revenge KO from Druddigon FLF); Yveltal EX and Mewtwo EX could do it if they attached a massive amount of Energy (which would then be lost when they were KO’d by a Yveltal or a Mewtwo in return); both of the Mega Charizards could do it but . . . wait. I said playable Pokémon. Aside from this, even the mighty Black Kyurem EX falls short, and the Darkrais and Genesects of this world can’t manage it either. 

Even the go-to techs for Fighting Weak Pokémon struggle. A Terrakion NVI/LTR with Muscle Band can’t get the job done, and Landorus EX needs four Energy, and has no viable acceleration to get it. This, however, is where the future starts looking bleak for Mega Kangaskhan: the next set, Furious Fists, is full of very powerful Fighting Pokémon, and their own damage-boosting Special Energy. If the likes of Lucario EX turn out to be half as good as they appear, then Mega Kangaskhan’s days are surely numbered. 

Rating 

Modified: 3.5 (you can take a point off that when the next set is released)

Limited: 4.75 (in the unlikely event you pull both this and the EX, you will probably win)


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