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Yamask #51

Dark Explorers

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
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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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Yamask (Dark Explorers)

Over the years there has been quite a bit of Pokémon stuff that has been censored or altered because it has been deemed inappropriate for a Western audience. I’m thinking of stuff like the Japanese artwork for Misty’s Tears, the anime episode that featured guns, or the re-naming of Mesprit LV X’s attack from ‘God Blast’ to ‘Supreme Blast’. Sometimes, however, something weird and disturbing slips through and it’s often in the flavour text for cards (remember how Cubone wears the skull of its dead mother?). Well, Yamask is another example of this.

Each of them carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry

I hardly know where to begin with that. What happened to a person to turn them into this strange little ghost? Why do they have to suffer the pain of carrying their own human face? Seems like a very cruel form of punishment to me. Ghost Pokémon often have quite unsettling backstories if you look into them (see also Banette and the whole Chandelure line), but this is probably the creepiest.

The card itself? Well, it’s the Basic stage of yesterday’s card, Cofagrigus, and it has 60 HP, Weakness to Dark, and an ok Retreat cost of one. It’s only attack, Astonish, costs just one Colourless Energy, does 10 damage, and can give you a bit of hand disruption on a coin flip, as on heads you get to randomly select a card from your opponent’s hand for them to shuffle into their deck. That’s not bad for an evolving Basic, which is the kind of card where anything more than a token 10 damage should be seen as a bonus.

If you are playing Cofagrigus, then your choice of Basic will come down to either this one or the one from Noble Victories that gives you a coin flip for Confusion. It largely depends on whether you are running Psychic Energy or not (if not, then stick with today’s card). If you ever do decide to play a deck with this Pokémon in it though . . . try not to have nightmares.


Modified: 2 (slightly above average for what it is)

Limited: 2 (hands tend to be full of junk in Limited, so Astonish is unlikely to do much good)

Jebulous Maryland Player Yamask 51
Yamask is a Basic Psychic with 60 HP.  Weakness to Darkness and a retreat cost of 1.  Searchable by Level Ball, Pokemon Communication, and Ultra Ball.  Skyarrow Bridge gives him free retreat... just looking for some good aspects to it.
'Astonish' requires 1 energy of any type, which means you can use it the same turn you attach to it.  The effect, flip a coin, if heads randomly choose a card in your opponent's hand.  They reveal it and shuffle it into their deck.  Disruption is good!
Okay, I would not use this card.  I'm not a big coin flip guy, as I probably land heads 30% of the time (and tails at pivotal moments).  Kind of like why I don't play the Hooligans supporter.  You can combo with Victini (Fliptini), so maybe there is some kind of hope for a disruption deck.  There you go, a disruption deck full of Fliptinis, Yamasks, Hooligans, and other Pokemon that have hand disruption (whether flippy or not).  Me, I don't foresee using it, unless I stop being lazy and try to make said disruption deck.
In Modified, I would expect this thing to get eaten alive (though anything 60 HP or less falls into the donking category now thanks to Tornadus EX).
In Limited, it could be more useful, depending on whether or not the opponent can recover or not.
Modified: 1/5
Limited: 3/5
Combo's With: Fliptini

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