Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Magcargo from the Primal Clash Pokemon Card Set. This is the first of two Magcargo cards I'll be reviewing consecutively. Magcargo is a stage 1, fire type Pokemon card, with an hp of 120. It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a four colorless energy card retreat cost. This Magcargo card does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Flame Burst, for one fire energy card this move does 20 damage plus 20 damage each to two of your opponent's benched Pokemon. Magcargo's second move is called Flamethrower, this move requires three energy cards to use, two colorless and one fire, and does 90 damage, however you must discard an energy card attached to Magcargo.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Magcargo is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Slugma into play (I reviewed Slugma from this set yesterday) and then evolve Slugma into Magcargo, there are actually two Magcargo cards from this set, and I'll be reviewing the second one tomorrow and then comparing the two. If you read yesterday's review of Slugma, you'll know that I thought that card was a very poor Basic Pokemon card only receiving a 1 rating from me. Outside of an above average HP, that card had two very poor moves, and a high retreat cost. So knowing this about Slugma and looking at this Magcargo card, if you choose to use this line in a deck, which I would recommend using a 1-1 line in a spread damage type deck, I would make sure and set this line up on the bench, that way you can get three energy cards on Magcargo and when it is moved to the active Pokemon spot be able to do 60 damage for one energy card using Flame Burst, or 90 damage with Flamethrower. I myself would try and incorporate this Pokemon family in a spread damage type deck, that way you can either knock out multiple Pokemon at one time with Flame Burst or you can set up your opponent's benched Pokemon for a Pokemon you'll be using later. But because you have three energy cards on Magcargo, you can just choose to knock out the defending Pokemon, hopefully in one turn, by using Flamethrower.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating. In my opinion this is an above average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Primal Clash set, one that I was going to give a 5 rating but didn't when I released that its retreat cost was higher than the amount of energy cards it required to attack. So besides the high retreat cost, Magcargo is very solid, it has an above average HP, and two great moves. So I would highly recommend at least giving this Pokemon family some consideration when you're either building a fire type deck or a spread damage type deck. Together with Slugma, which I gave a 1 rating, I would still rate this entire line a 3 out of 5.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Magcargo from the Primal Clash set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of the second Magcargo card, which is from this same set. Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!
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True or False? Both Magcargo cards from this set have the same rarity.
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