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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Startling Megaphone

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
May 28, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3.50
Limited: 1.25

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

Startling Megaphone 

We have some extremely powerful Tools in the format right now: namely Muscle Band, G Booster, Silver Bangle, and Float Stone, plus a range of decent but rarely-used stuff like Giant Cape and Hard Charm, so having a card that deals with them is almost certainly necessary. Startling Megaphone is like the nuclear option for Tool destruction – it discards every single one from your opponent’s Pokémon. 

Up until now we have had Tool Scrapper, which seemed to do a pretty good job. There are also some situations where Tool Scrapper’s option to discard your own Tool make it a superior card to Startling Megaphone: say you wanted to replace a Muscle Band with a G Booster on Genesect, or wanted a Float Stone on Garbodor after having to use something else. For decks not using those Pokémon, though, they might as well play Megaphone. 

Because Scrapper already forces players to be conservative with Tools, I don’t expect the increased power of Megaphone to have too much of an impact right now. The exception to this is the slightly obscure Sigilyph/Trubbish Tool Drop deck, which is killed stone dead by the printing of this card. With Tool Scrapper highly likely to rotate out in September, we needed either a reprint or a replacement, and this is what we have: after all, something has to keep all those Muscle Bands and Garbodors in check.

Rating 

Modified: 3.5 (most decks will play one or two)

Limited: 1.25 (Protection Cube is the only Tool in the set, so this is all but useless)


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Unlimited 150

 

Startling Megaphone.
Unlimited 150 review.
Wow, what a hateful card! Some designer decided Tool Scrapper just wasn’t enough Tool hate for Standard and that Trubbish absolutely could not be a cool little attacker and killed an entire deck with this card.

 

In U150 there’s 3 similar cards to pick from for this role; Windstorm, Tool Scrapper and Startling Megaphone. From experience, it seems people only want to dedicate 1 slot to this effect and go with the more versatile Windstorm if they can get it. 2 is the maximum, so in this case Startling Megaphone will replace Tool Scrapper.

 

How will Starting Megaphone affect Tool decks though? It’s surely going to be a powerful play the turn it happens, even with just 1 in a deck, it can be recurred to devastate the Tool player with just 1 card. Slowking builds do have the Unseen Forces one which thrives off Tool in the discard, but it will be crippling to a fully loaded Sigilyph (Plasma Blast).


Rating: 4 (I really dislike this level of hate being printed but this card has a very strong effect.)

 



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