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Mr. Mime  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
July 8, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.75
Limited: 2.00

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

Mr Mime (Plasma Freeze) 

Hello, and welcome to a new week of reviews here on Pojo’s CotD. I hope American readers enjoyed their holiday weekend, and that all those who attended US Nationals had a great time. Congratulations to all the winners and also to anyone who took part . . . that’s what the game is all about. 

We kick off the week with a look at Mr Mime, which has already started to prove its worth as a single copy in some decks. Why? Well it certainly isn’t anything to do with Psy Bolt attack, which is just a standard 20 damage and Paralysis flip for two Energy. Not the worst thing I’ve ever seen, but hardly a reason to use this card. The 70 HP seems low, but is actually nice for this sort of Basic, as it avoids the OHKO from all those cheap 30 damage attacks, backed up by the Hypnotioxic Laser/Virbak City Gym combo (Landorus-EX, Thundurus-EX, Kyurem PLF etc). 

The big attraction here though is Mr Mime’s Ability, Bench Barrier. This pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin: prevents all damage done to your Benched Pokémon by attacks. Historically, Pokémon with that kind of function have always been at least playable (Dugtrio CG, Manectric PL) and Mr Mime is actually better than any of them as it is a Basic and is therefore faster and takes fewer resources and deck space to play. 

The reason Mr Mime is good right now is because, although there aren’t really any top tier decks that have snipe or spread as their main strategy, there are some very common Pokémon which make good use of bonus Bench damage in order to either set up crucial KOs for later on or two-hit KO weak evolving Basics like Tynamo or Gothita: I’m thinking of Kyurem PLF’s Frost Spear, Landorus-EX’s Hammerhead, and Darkrai-EX’s Night Spear here. Mr Mime prevents this from happening, and if he is enough of an annoyance for the opponent to waste a Pokémon Catcher and an attack on . . . well, then he’s done a good job there too. 

At the moment, Mr Mime is practically a staple in Eelektrik-based decks and a very solid play in Darkrai to help with the mirror and Plasma match ups. In the future, who knows? But as long as we have Pokémon that can spread damage or snipe the Bench, then it’s good to know that Mr Mime is in the format. 


Modified: 3.5 (a useful little card to have around)

Limited: 2 (Bench damage shouldn’t be so much of an issue here, but the flippy Paralysis attack isn’t too bad) 

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Monday, Mr. Mime

Mr. Mime is one of my favorite cards to not see much play. A nuisance to decks that attack with Darkrai EX, Team Plasma Kyurem and Landorus EX, this one-of is easy to fit into your decks. It fits particularly well into Eelektrik or Empoleon decks, which play Level Ball and other convenient ways to search out basics. Perhaps the greatest reason it doesn't see more play is because few decks have extra spaces on their bench to dedicate to a Mr. Mime.

In limited, however, few attacks hit the bench, and Mr. Mime will probably be a waste of a spot.

Modified: 4/5
Limited: 2/5

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