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Tangela #72/95

Call of Legends

Date Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.60
Limited: 2.75

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:

Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Tangela (Call of Legends)

Hello and welcome to a week of more Call of Legends reviews here on Pojo.

We kick off with Tangela: a card that has really nice artwork. I’m not normally keen on the 3D model art, but in this case it gives this strange-looking Pokémon some real personality. Of course none of that makes the card playable. What it really needs for that is a good Tangrowth in the format and that’s what we are missing. There are several that are ok, but nothing that you would really want to take to a big tournament.

Unlike Tangrowth itself however, Tangela never seems to disappoint. If you love playing Tangrowth you are spoiled for choice when it comes to Basics as there are several which offer great support to a Pokémon that truly needs it. You have the AR Tangela which can draw cards, the SF one that offers the possibility of next turn immunity AND Energy acceleration on a coin flip, and now you have this one which is a pretty solid choice too.

Let’s ignore the over-priced second attack (30 damage and Poison for [G][C][C]) and focus on Nutritional Support which, for one [G], allows you to search your deck for a Grass Energy and attach it to one of your Pokémon. Being able to attach it to a benched Pokémon gives you useful flexibility if Tangela is going to be KO’d on your next turn and it is great support for the Energy-hungry Tangrowths that we have in the format: it can fuel Tangrowth CLs Grind attack (which does more damage for each Energy attached) or accelerate the big attacks of Tangrowth AR and Tangrowth SF.

With 70 HP, Tangela is not an easy early KO either. The Fire Weakness isn’t great, but Fire is underplayed at the moment so it isn’t the end of the world. Meanwhile the Water Resistance is a handy (and rare) bonus with Gyarados still a strong deck. The Retreat cost of two isn’t the best, but Tangela can simply be used to accelerate Energy until it is KO’d, or it can evolve when active. You will likely play some kind of switching card in a Tangrowth deck anyway, due to that Pokémon’s high Retreat.

In the end, Tangela is the kind of Basic that every evolved Pokémon would like to have: relatively durable and works well with the evolved forms. It’s a bit of a shame that we don’t have a Tangrowth that can do it justice really.


Modified: 2.25 (deserves a better Tangrowth)

Limited: 3 (solid basic with Energy acceleration. Great with any Grass or Colourless Pokémon)


Happy Valentine's Day, Pojo viewers! Today we are continuing our reviews of the new Call of Legends expansion with Tangela.

Tangela is a Basic Grass Pokemon. Grass Pokemon are very, very rare in the Modified format, as none are really used in any common deck (although Jumpluff still sees some play, but that's rather rare, at least in this area). 70 HP is excellent for an evolving Basic, meaning it probably won't be donked early game. Fire Weakness makes Charizard and Blaziken FB hurt, Water Resistance is great against Gyarados and Kingdra, and a Retreat Cost of 2 is rather average: it's payable if you must, but your probably won't want to.

Tangela's two attacks, Nutritional Support and Poisonpowder, are rather typical of most Grass types. Nutritional Support allows you to search your deck for a Grass Energy card and attach it to one of your Pokemon, shuffling afterward. This is a decent early game move, as most forms of Energy acceleration are great. However, in the late game, this won't be worth using, as it is still too slow. Poisonpowder does 30 damage and automatically Poisons for [GCC], which is very expensive for the cost. But since Tangela will mostly be in your deck to evolve into Tangrowth, chances are you won't get a chance to use this attack anyway.

Modified: 2/5 If you run Tangrowth in your deck, this Tangela is a decent early-game option due to high HP and a decent set-up attack in Nutritional Support.

Limited: 2.5/5 High HP and Nutritional Support are still great here, although Poisonpowder is still a bit expensive. If you get a Tangrowth you should run it, and it can also make a great support Pokemon in Grass-heavy decks as well.


2/14/10:Tangela(Call of Legends)
This Tangela is actually one of 4 Tangela in the format. Who knew that the Tangela/Tangrowth line was so popular?
The major positive that Tangela CL contributes to any prospective Tangrowth deck is its first attack, Nutritional Support, which provides energy acceleration for Grass. By itself, it's inferior in Grass support to Celebi Prime, who provides Grass energy with a Power, not an attack. But as a basic for Tangrowth, particularly one that uses Tangrowth CL, it can be quite useful.
Additionally, it is the best Tangela in the format. Neither Tangela from Arceus is particularly good; one can heal, and the other can draw a card, but energy acceleration is probably more important, particularly for Tangrowth. Tangela SF has energy acceleration, plus preventing all effects of attacks, but it's a tails-fails attack, and Tangela CL is more consistent.
Modified: 3.5/5(Above average, as far as basics go)
Limited: 2.75/5
Combos With: Tangrowth Call of Legends

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