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Mismagius GL LV X

Rising Rivals

Date Reviewed: 07.13.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.00
Limited: 2.50

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

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We have deemed this the “cursed” card at our gym.

Bad luck always befalls the owner, so there are running jokes of people trading this card for commons, or outright throwing it away. It has almost risen to the status of a running joke.

But now I digress, let’s discuss this beast.

Mismagius GL is a bad card.

The ability to move and transfer TMs and Technical Machines may be very valuable with a Porygon Z Deck, and help with an energy gain, but not much more in an SP deck.

The attack, 3 for 8 counters, not the best.

Weakness to Dark, OK.

Resistance to colorless, OK as well.

Retreat cost of 1 is great, as there are several ways (now and coming) to reduce that to 0.

Overall…many better plays.

Modified…2/5 Not impressed

Limited…3/5 Better here. You’ll take it, at least unless you are from my gym, where it could be the 10th card passed!

Note – no player holding a Mismagius Level X made the top cut at the Professor Cup this year…could the CURSE be true?

For the record…2nd place North American Professor Cup 2009 – Meganium45!!!
Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Mismagius GL LV X


Hello everyone, and welcome to a new week of Card of the Day!


We start the week with Mismagius GL LV X, one of the LV X cards from Rising Rivals that has received little attention and even less play (I bet you really wanted Flygon LV X in your box didn’t you?). Is it an underrated gem just waiting for someone to break the Format with it, or is it just binder candy? Let’s take a look and find out.


First of all, Mismagius’s stats are disappointing. Only 100 HP for a LV X (even an SP Basic) is a little on the low side, but Darkness isn’t too bad a Weakness as this type sees little play outside of Tyranitar and Sableye. The Colourless resistance is nice and may save you for a turn against Flygon. At least it’s better than nothing. The Retreat cost of one is manageable, but surely a ghost should be able to retreat for free (like Gengar)?


Mismagius’s PokePower, Magical Return, is a unique and interesting one, as it allows you to manipulate any Pokémon Tools which you have on the field. There are a few useful Tools in the Format, like Devoluter, and if your deck runs them then Mismagius could provide a useful service, allowing you to scoop them up and re-attach them as you like. It could also make something like the hardly-ever-played Energy Link more viable, as you would be able to move it around, saving it from being discarded and making sure your active Pokémon could always take advantage of it. In general, though, we do not have enough game-breaking Tools at the moment for Mismagius to be worth using outside of a few fairly obscure decks.


The Power does have some synergy with Mismagius’s attack, Darkness Magic, which places a damage counter for each card in your hand on to the defending Pokémon. Unfortunately, the damage is capped at 80, so OHKOs are unlikely on most evolved Pokémon or SP Basics. Placing counters can sometimes be useful (for example, it avoids Gengar’s Fainting Spell), but the downside is that it can be stopped if the opponent attaches an Unown G to their active. With Unown G being run in multiples these days, it will not be easy to make the attack work.


For the moment, Mismagius is an interesting card that does not have the right Tools to work with. That may change in future sets, but right now, it just doesn’t do enough to earn a place in most tournament decks.




Modified: 2 (underpowered attack and unsupported Power)

Limited:  2 (no Unown G to stop its attack, but it only has one TM in the set to work with)



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