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Muk - Fossil, Legendary Coll.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Unlimited: 3.30 (based on 3 reviews)
Modified: 3.50
(based on 3 reviews)
Draft: 3.00
(based on 3 reviews)
Reviewed June 3, 2002

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



Muk is a challenging card. If your deck centers around a Pokemon Power, Muk can be the death of you. If, on the other hand, you don't use Pokemon Powers, seeing Muk gives you reason to smile. Also, WotC has made recent rulings that Muk does NOT stop "Come into Play" Pokemon Powers so Entei's Howl is unaffected by the big blob of goo. At least he is not weak to Fire in the bargain.

Too bad he doesn't auto Posion like his Dark cousin. In any event, I'd be hesitant to depend on him in a Tournament. The best use of him that I can see is in a Slowking rich enviornment. Other than that, go another way.

Unlimited: Shut down the 'King. 3.35/5

Modified: Too many non-Power reliant decks to get good milage from this. 3.25/5

Draft: There are much better choices, although the status effect is nice. 3.0/5


Muk (Fossil)

The only reason to play Muk in constructed is because of the power. 70HP for a Stage 1 is not exactly high. 2 Retreat cost is pretty bad too. Sludge is a so so attack. It should've been better since it cost 3 colored energies...

Toxic Gas is probably one of the most influential Powers in the game. I'm not saying that a lot of people play Muk, it's just that once its in play, decks that rely heavily on Powers would be rendered useless.

In Unlimited, there are a few decks that are Power-heavy, Slowking being the most dominant one. Playing a Clefable-Muk deck would probably the best way to counter Slowking-Sneasel. Too bad Toxic Gas doesn't stop Holo Entei's Howl though.

In Modified, there would be a lot of new decks since LC is now legal. Every decks from Turbo-Meganium to Big Fire would be slowed down. Although Muk makes a good anti-Power, I just think that Dark Muk would've played a bigger part if it was reprinted in LC. Muk kills Slowking in MF very nicely though...

In Draft, there are not that many Power. It's a decent Stage 1 with a Status attack which is always nice, but that's about it.

Unlimited Rating: 3.5/5 (Good against Slowking)
Modified Rating: 3.5/5 (See above)
Draft Rating: 3.2/5  


Lord Gothmog

Just so we're clear: If anybody was playing Slowking in modified, now they're not.

In unlimited, Muk is one of those things you just can't ignore. Unless you don't play powers, then You can just laugh. However, it is the ultimate Power hoser. Effectiveness depends on the environment. 3/5

In modified, Typhlosion has a Power. Gatr has a Power. Slowking has a Power. Erika's Victreebel has a power. Lot of powers. Lot of damage done with Muk. 3.9/5

In draft, bleh. Not many powers, not much effect. 70 HP and a fair attack make it break even. 2.7/5 is here to provide guidance to all Pokemon trainers out there.  Whether it's the Gameboy Game, N64 or the Trading Card Game, provides all the wisdom you desire. 

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