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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Pidgey #67/95

Call of Legends

Date Reviewed: Feb. 35, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.67
Limited: 3.33

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Pidgey (Call of Legends)

In the 10+ years of the Pokémon TCG and Pojo’s CotD, we have never, ever got around to reviewing any of the 11 Pidgey that have been printed. Actually, considering that Pidgey is one of the original 151, that doesn’t seem like many. There have been more than four times as many Pikachu!

Like Mawile, this card is an alt art reprint . . . of a card that we saw in the previous set(!). The art is lovely though, I’ll give it that.

If you want to play Pidgeot (which I don’t really recommend as it is a gimmicky, easily played-around tech at best), then the two identical Pidgeys are all the choice you have. Like its Stage 2, Pidgey itself is a gimmicky little card with an attack (Messenger) that seems more useful than it really is. For one Energy of any Colour, Pidgey will search your deck for any Basic which you then put in your hand. At this point, Pidgey, having done its job, gets shuffled back into your deck.

Sounds ok, doesn’t it? Use Pidgey to search out a useful Basic, and then send it to the deck before it gets KO’d. Only trouble is, you need another Pokémon on your Bench to use it in the first place (otherwise you will lose due to having no Pokémon in play) and you end your turn with fewer Pokémon on the Field than you started with: which leaves you very vulnerable to donk losses.

If you want to search out Basic Pokémon, use Pokémon Collector, Call Energy or even one of the many Pokémon with Call for Family style attacks. You don’t need this weak 50 HP Pokémon to get the job done.

Rating

Modified: 1.25 (When you are a worse card than Glameow MD, there’s something seriously wrong)

Limited: 2.5 (Any form of search is useful . . . and you will likely have a decent bench anyway)

virusyosh

Happy Friday, Pojo viewers! I hope that your weeks all went well. Today we end our COTD week with a 1st generation Pokemon that we've never reviewed before! Today's Card of the Day is Pidgey from Call of Legends (originally printed in Triumphant).

Pidgey is a Basic Colorless Pokemon. As stated before, Colorless Pokemon are great because they can easily fit into any deck due to their energy requirements, making them fairly good support Pokemon. 50 HP is average for a non-evolving Basic, Lightning Weakness hurts against Luxray and the random Magnezone, Fighting Resistance is great against Donphan, Machamp, and Promo Toxicroak G, and finally a Retreat Cost of 1 is decent and can be paid with the energy discard, Switch, Warp Point, Warp Energy, or Unown Q.

Pidgey has two attacks, both costing a single Colorless Energy. Messenger allows you to search your deck for a Pokemon and put it into your hand, as well as shuffling Pidgey and all cards attached back into your deck. In Modified it's generally a better idea to use a Trainer or Supporter as they won't use up the attack for your turn, but it is nice that Pidgey removes itself from play, meaning it won't be dragged up or sniped by Luxray, Garchomp, or Gengar. In Limited, Messenger can be of great use, as search is very limited here, making this attack a great way to search out your evolutions.

The second attack, Glide, deals 10 damage for a single Colorless. Nothing at all interesting.

Modified: 1.75/5 It's not totally useless as a set-up Pokemon, but there are generally better options.

Limited: 4/5 Pidgey is a great starter to mid-game player here, as Messenger can give you whatever you need Pokemon-wise. Colorless typing and cheap cost also make the attack that much better. Not quite an auto-inclusion though, as Messenger still takes an attack and an Energy drop, which can set you back if your opponent is well set up. Still very good here, though.

conical

2/25/11: Pidgey(Call of Legends)
 
This is apparently the first Pidgey review ever! For this site. It's kind of surprising, but given the lack of love Pidgey gets in general, maybe not so much.
 
Unfortunately, there is no reason to determine whether this is the best Pidgey in the format, assuming you're playing Pidgeot for some reason. Why? Because the only other Pidgey in the format was in Triumphant...and this is a reprint of that Pidgey. So this is the best Pidgey in the format, by virtue of being the only Pidgey in the format.
 
Fortunately, it has other merits, mostly in Limited. A bit of trivia: this Pidgey is actually based on Koga's Pidgey, a card from Gym Challenge which also had the Messenger attack, with similar effects. Pokemon search is always great in this format, even if Pidgey can't really use it if it's your only Pokemon, or if your lone benched Pokemon is like Mime Jr. or something similar. Still, it is definitely worth using, in a set filled with great support in Limited.
 
Modified: 2/5
Limited: 3.5/5


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