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Simipour #34

Black & White

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.40
Limited: 3.25

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

Simipour #34/114 (Black and White)

So, we end this short week with Simipour, the last of the Monkey Trio to be reviewed. Simisear was semi-decent, Simisage was terrible. How will this one measure up?

Well, it falls somewhere in the middle really. A Stage 1 with a mediocre 90 HP would need to have some spectacularly good Ability or attack to make the grade in a competitive deck and Simipour falls well short of that.

The best thing about Simipour is its first attack: Scald. For one Water Energy you get 20 damage and auto-Burn. That’s nice enough for the cost (possible 40 for one!), but it’s not exactly devastating to an opponent, especially considering that Simipour is an evolution, so you won’t be doing this until your second turn. At least it’s useable though, which is more than I’m going to say for Fury Swipes. Three Colourless Energy for three coin flips and 40 for each heads. Yes, 120 for three is a great attack, but how often are you going to do that? Probability-wise the same number of times that you would load three Energy on the card and do absolutely nothing at all.

And that’s why you never see attacks like Fury Swipes being used in competitive play (unless someone is absolutely desperate). You won’t be seeing Simipour either: an attack like Scald is only worthwhile as something to use while you get the Energy for something bigger and better. And by that I don’t mean Fury Swipes.


Modified (HGSS-on): 1.75 (Scald is good, but everything else is bad)

Limited: 3 (cheap attacks are gold in a slow format, and even Fury Swipes is worth a punt now and then)

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia

Simipour (Black & White)
Today's card is the third member of the Monkey Trio, Simipour. Although I much prefer Simisear as a Poke'mon and a card, this Simipour has some of Kagemaru Himeno's best recent work on it. If you are reading this Himeno, you have performed beautifully on this card.
I felt the need to say that because this card is quite lousy. Simipour is a Water type Stage 1 with 90 HP, Lightning weakness, a retreat cost of 1 and two attacks, neither of which are much use.
Being a Water type is great between hitting Fire/Donphan for weakness and being able to partner with Feraligatr Prime but the expected Lightning weakness is a downer and the lack of HP has already doomed this card.
The attacks follow the same pattern as the other Monkeys. The first offering is a single energy attack ([w] in this case) by the name of Scald, which does almost exactly the same thing it does in the video game. 20 damage and auto-Burn are the reward for evolving and attaching an energy which is okay but only if the second attack is awesome.
Of course, if you have already read the reviews for Simisear and Simisage then you know that Fury Swipes is terrible. The cost is [c][c][c] for 3 flips at 40 damage a piece, which is worth the trouble in Limited but not even close to being tournament grade, even with energy acceleration. As such, Simipour hits the binder where it will be perfectly preserved because it is so pretty.
Modified: 3 (the first cheap attack can be annoying and newbies with theme decks will love using Simipour because it is much faster to set up than their other cards)
Limited: 3.5 (Zekrom will rip you apart but Scald is still annoying, and the relatively easy setup will make life easier for you, especially aginst Reshiram and company)
Combos with: those early days when your collection is tiny and Stage 1 Poke'mon seem like powerful beasts.


5/26/11: Simipour(Black & White)

Today, we look at the last of the elemental monkeys. This is a Water-type for some reason, and is rocking some mean dreadlocks.

Like the other two monkeys, Simipour has Fury Swipes. I don't remember if I've said much on the other monkeys having Fury Swipes, but there isn't much to say, other than that it's not that great an attack. Then there's Scald, which seems like a really weird attack to me, in that I'm pretty sure this is the first Water-type ever to inflict burn as an effect. I think it's a new attack in the games, but I don't use Water-types in the actual games, so I wouldn't know.

No status effect is really worth getting excited about, save for paralysis, and Scald doesn't do enough damage on its own to justify using this. But hey, dreadlocks are cool, right?

Modified: 2/5
Limited: 2.75/5

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