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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day



- Plasma Storm

Date Reviewed:
May 9, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.75
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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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Manaphy (Plasma Storm) 

Oh Manaphy, you’re such a cute little Pokémon, and you almost always get an interesting, vaguely playable card (or am I thinking of Phione?). Anyhoo, today’s offering at least falls into that category, and is the best card of the week by a country mile. 

Manaphy is an unevolving Basic of the Water type with a handy 70 HP. This is crucial because it will mean he survives a Hammerhead/Laser combo from Landorus-EX and also an unboosted Raiden Knuckle from the (just released) Thundurus-EX which can exploit Manaphy’s Lightning Weakness. The single retreat cost isn’t bad either. This may not be the biggest, baddest Basic around, but it has a chance, provided the rest of it is up to the job. 

One thing that might help with that is the Ability, Final Wish. We’ve seen this before on a cute Legendary (Jirachi RR), and it’s never quite as useful as it appears to be. When the Pokémon is knocked out by damage (note: Poison won’t trigger it!), you get to search your deck for any card and put it in your hand. How can a free search for anything not be useful? Well, when it relies on the opponent being obliging enough to give it to you, that’s when. You can never count on being able to use this admittedly excellent Ability because your opponent will either KO Manaphy using Hypnotoxic Laser, or just ignore him and go after more important Pokémon with their Pokémon Catchers. I’m not saying this Ability isn’t useful or good, I’m saying don’t play Manaphy because of it. Treat it as a bonus when your opponent gets sloppy or is desperate to draw a Prize. 

So, what should you play Manaphy for then? The answer to that is the attack, Seafaring. For the cost of one Water Energy, you get to flip three coins and for each heads attach a Water Energy from your discard pile to one of your Benched Pokémon. Obviously this isn’t useful for every deck, but it is a possible inclusion in Blastoise/Keldeo for those occasions when the Energy is in your Discard pile rather than your hand, or you don’t have a Blastoise out, or you want to do something on the first turn with all that Water you just discarded with Juniper and Ultra Ball. It’s not a staple by any means. It’s not even something I would necessarily recommend. But in a week of terrible cards, it’s just nice to come across something that has been used legitimately in a top tier deck. 

You go Manaphy! 


Modified: 2.75 (quirky little niche tech for people who like that kind of thing)

Limited: 3.5 (probably worth it for the one-off search alone)

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