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Magmar  #52/95

HS Unleashed

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.30
Limited: 1.50

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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Magmar (Unleashed)


Magmar is up for review today. A couple of years ago, decks featuring its Stage 1 evolution, Magmortar, were fairly popular. That’s not the case now though . . . I haven’t seen a Magmortar deck for ages and with the SW one and the LV X about to leave Modified, I can’t see that changing in the near future.


But let’s suppose you want to give Magmortar UL a go (WHY??) or use the SV version as a tech in a Status Condition deck. Should you use this Magmar?


Well, it doesn’t have much to recommend it . . . 70 HP isn’t bad, ok retreat cost, two cheap-ish vanilla attacks with very low damage output. To be honest you would be much better off with the SV Magmar: same HP and Retreat, but a +20 Weakness instead of an x2. Plus it has a Smokescreen attack to give it some measure of protection.


Yep, this rather boring Magmar is definitely outshone by its SV cousin. Avoid.




Modified: 1.25 (solid HP but . . . just use the other one)

Limited: 1.5 (the evo isn’t great in this format either)

virusyosh Welcome back, Pojo readers! Today we are continuing to review the rest of HS Unleashed by reviewing Magmar.

Magmar is a Basic Fire Pokemon. Aside from Charizard and Blaziken FB techs, Fire isn't commonly seen in the Modified metagame. However, post-rotation, Fire will have one of the best draw engines in the game in Ninetales HGSS, so play should go up. Will this Magmar make the cut in the new Fire decks? Let's find out. First of all, Magmar has 70 HP, which is quite respectable for a Basic because 70 HP is generally out of range for most donks. Double Water Weakness is to be expected, but is still unhelpful with all of the Gyarados, Kingdra, and other Water types around. No Resistance is unfortunate. Finally, a Retreat Cost of 1 is pretty good.

Magmar has two very simple attacks. Live Coal does 10 damage for [R], and Magma Punch does 20 damage for [RC]. Neither attack is spectacular, as all they do is deal damage, and a low amount at that. So, is this Magmar playable for your Magmortar deck? After the September rotation, there will be two Modified-legal Magmars: this one and Magmar SV. The Supreme Victors Magmar has the same HP and Retreat Cost, and has attacks for the same cost as this Magmar (Smokescreen and Fireworks), but neither of those are that great to use either. The deciding factor is probably Weakness, where the SV Magmar only has +20 Weakness instead of x2.

Modified: 1.5/5 The attacks are very vanilla, and aren't worth using unless you lead with it and you're waiting for Magmortar. The x2 Water Weakness hurts, but the HP is pretty good. Overall, I would still probably recommend the SV Magmar over this one.

Limited: 1.75/5 It has decent HP for a Basic, but the attacks aren't worth using. Only use it if you draft a lot of Fire or have a Magmortar.


Today we look at the Magmar from HS – Unleashed.  It is a Basic Fire Pokémon with a good 70 HP, painful Water Weakness x 2, disappointing lack of Resistance, and affordable single Energy Retreat Cost.


The attacks are overpriced.  Live Coal requires a single Fire Energy to do 10 points of damage, and for another of any Energy, you can do a mere 20 with Magma Punch.  To be considered fairly priced in the modern environment, they’d need to do more like 20 and 40, and even then it probably wouldn’t see a whole lot of play.


For that matter, neither the Magmortar in this set nor the last few are being played right now, so there just isn’t much demand.




Modified: 1.5/5 

Limited: 2/5


I’d also like to add I’ll be selling quite a bit of my soon-to-be-former possessions on eBay.  You can take a look here to see all I am selling.  As of writing this, I have some American comics, English language manga, and action figures for sale.  Just a reminder, Pojo is in no way responsible for this and was merely kind enough to let me mention the auction here. ;)

Mad Mattezhion
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Magmar (HS Unleashed)
Well this is a little weird. Magmar pretty much explains itself, so why the review?
Magmar has 70 HP, water weakness and evolves into Magmortar, which does not have a playable version at the moment. Other Magmars do the same thing, and we don't play them either.
At least the other Magmars have better attacks with bonus effects. This version only gets 10 damage for C or 20 damage for RC. Why bother?
Good survivability for a Basic, but nothing else to recommend it. Set filler.
Modified: 1.25 (I'm reserving a score of 1 for a truly abominable Pokemon card)
Limited: 1 (useless, pointless, let me get the thesaurus so I can describe the other ways this card screams "NO DESIGN WHATSOEVER!")
Combos with: Card Castles, fun for all the family!


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