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Slowking #49

Dark Explorers

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.75
Limited: 3.50

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

Slowking (Dark Explorers)

A long, long time ago, way back in the early days of Pokémon, Wizards of the Coast (who owned the game back then) printed Slowking in the Neo Genesis set. Trouble is that, for whatever reason, they didn’t do a very good job of the translation from the Japanese original and the result was an utterly broken card which pretty much ruined the format (if you think Mewtwo-EX was bad, it had nothing on this). I like to think that this whole episode frightened the card designers so much that they made sure that the same thing would never again happen . . . and that’s why every Slowking since has been average at best (with the possible exceptions of Dark Slowking and Slowking GS, which at least had some use).

So, it should come as a surprise to absolutely no-one that this card is a bit . . . well, bland and underpowered. For a start we are looking at a Stage 1 with just 90 HP, a Psychic Weakness that Mewtwo-EX will enjoy, and an inconvenient Retreat cost of two.

We get the same story with the attacks. Psy Bolt is fair for the cost at least – one Psychic Energy for 20 damage and a coin flip for Paralysis – but its rarely going to be any more than a minor annoyance for an opponent or a desperation move by yourself. Hand Press adds a Double Colourless to the cost so that Slowking can do 50 damage with 30 more if you are holding more cards than your opponent. Even with the extra damage this is nothing special, and it isn’t really that easy to manipulate the game state to guarantee that your hand size is bigger. You can hold onto cards instead of playing them I suppose, or you can fall behind on Prizes and play N, but neither of those options are a particularly good idea . . . not when the reward is just 80 points of vanilla damage anyway.

Yep, this Slowking isn’t ruining anyone’s format. It’s just a mediocre Stage 1 that is making up the numbers in the set.


Modified: 1.75 (so many cards that are just better)

Limited: 3.5 (not too bad here – cheap paralysis is nice for one thing)

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