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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day


 Max Revive

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Date Reviewed:
April 10, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2
Limited: 4

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

Max Revive 

We end our week of Item reviews with what is most likely the worst of them all: Max Revive. 

Getting back discarded Pokémon is one of the basic mechanics of the game and there have always been cards in the format which allow you to do it. These have ranged from the terrible (Good Rod from Unleashed) to the very useful (Revive BLW, Nightly Garbage Run). The original Max Revive from Gym Challenge was pretty bad, and this version isn’t all that much better. All it allows you to do is put one Pokémon from your discard pile on top of your deck. 

Now there are certain advantages to that: you could use it to draw into exactly the Pokémon you need at the start of your next turn or grab it now by playing a draw card like Juniper or Bicycle. The fact is though that Super Rod is usually much better as it can get you back three Pokémon and you can use it to recover Energy as well. Not that many decks run Super Rod at the moment either: the format is just too fast, it seems. 

Unless we get something else, it could be that Max Revive is our only recovery card once Super Rod leaves the format. I kind of hope it doesn’t come to that. Evolution decks will suffer the most if we are limited to getting back Pokémon one at a time. 


Modified: 2 (Not as good as Super Rod)

Limited: 4 (you won’t have many good Pokémon, so getting one back is great)

Intro to
Unlimited 150

Max Revive.
Unlimited 150 review.

Yet another card that completely rewrites the text of an old card, at least this time the older version wasn't really used at all. Still, it’s annoying as it merely causes confusion when the old version is used when they could easily have just given the card a new name.


Anyway, onto the actual card… even though it is better than the old Max Revive, it’s still not a very good card. With a draw engine Pokémon like Claydol (Great Encounters) or Uxie LV.X on your bench this becomes a much better card, allowing you to retrieve a crucial Pokémon, more important in a singleton format than when you can just run four of a card!


However, there are many cards that do the same job but so much better, especially as they don’t require additional draw support. There’s Pokémon Rescue that does exactly the same but puts it straight into your hand (for neutral card advantage) or the same again with Pokémon Retriever which, although it can’t get LV.X or LEGEND cards it also comes with the option of shuffling 3 Pokémon back into your deck instead.


Rating: 2 (Not dreadful in its own right but outclassed by several older cards.)

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