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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day



- XY

Date Reviewed:
April 2, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2
Limited: 2

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

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2010 UK National

Talonflame (XY) 

After yesterday’s April Fool’s shenanigans, it’s time to resume your regular service with a (hopefully) sensible look at Talonflame. 

Much as I like Talonflame (the design is a step up from recent versions of the standard bird-you-catch-early in the video games), it isn’t going to be making much of an impact on the competitive TCG scene. As usual, this isn’t because its attacks are bad exactly, just that you can do a lot better without the bother of using a Stage 2 Pokémon. 

Take Devastating Wind, for example. It’s a low cost disruptive attack that forces your opponent to shuffle in their hand and draw four cards. Useful under the right circumstances? Sure. But it’s exactly the same as the effect you get with Red Card – and that’s an Item, so not only does it save a whole lot of space, it also doesn’t waste your attack. It’s a similar story with Flare Blitz: discard two Fire Energy and do 100 damage. Why would you even think of playing this over the Basic Reshiram LTR which does 120? 

In fact, you could play both Red Card and Reshiram in a deck and they would still take up less space than a standard Talonflame line with Rare Candy. I’m not suggesting that as a deck to anyone, just pointing out how redundant Talonflame is. 


Modified: 2 (outclassed by an Item and a Basic that isn’t played much)

Limited: 2 (the hand refresh may even help an opponent here)

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When I first saw this it reminded me of another stage 2 Fire type from a new generation’s base set, namely Infernape from Diamond & Pearl. Out of all the Fire type starters, Infernape is the only one I’ve never seen played in this format, even with all the other versions available to run with it and a Level X. With all that said, things don’t look too good for Talonflame. It’s just that particular type of Pokémon doesn’t work so well in practice, something like Empoleon (Dark Explorers) works because even though it’s a Stage 2, its cheap, powerful attack doesn’t require much support and it even supports itself with its Ability. Talonflame has a cheap, powerful attack, but it’s then rendered useless for a turn without any additional support. If you’re going to set up an attacker you can do better than a Stage 2 dealing 100 damage and then crippling itself.
Devastating Wind is kind of useless as an attack, if it had a similar effect as an Ability then it’d be a totally different story! If there’s a particularly good Talonflame in the future perhaps this one could see play as a backup attacker.

Rating: 2 (Doesn’t work well alone but not worth setting up for.)

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