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Top 10 Flashfire Cards:

#1 - Lysandre

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
May 23, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 4.50
Limited: 5.00

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

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#1 Lysandre 

Sitting at the top of our top 10 countdown is Lysandre. That’s pretty appropriate considering he is the big bad of the XY video games.

Lysandre is a Supporter with an effect that will be very familiar to everyone. When we got Pokémon Catcher in EPO, it was a bit of a shock to be honest, especially as we also had Junk Arm in those days, bringing back memories of the old Base Set days of Gust of Wind and Item Finder. I always thought Catcher was a good thing to have in the format because it kept some very powerful Bench-sitters like Blastoise and Garbodor in check, but many players disagreed and complained about how it made some decks difficult to play, and the admittedly high cost of obtaining a playset of this staple card. So, Catcher got an errata which turned it into Pokémon Reversal. As a result it went from deck staple to risky niche choice for those who could find the space for a couple. Balancing out such a powerful effect as forced switching is a difficult business apparently: it either becomes too dominant, or introduces too much chance into the game. 

With Lysandre, they have probably got it about right at last: the incredibly powerful ability to drag out your opponent’s Benched Pokémon now comes at the cost of using your Supporter for the turn. It’s still a game-changing effect and in some situations actually superior to Catcher (it can be used under Item Lock), but now players can’t just spam it, they must use it wisely and consider the opportunity cost of not playing a draw Supporter for that turn. 

In decks that already have access to non-Supporter draw (Empoleon DEX, Delphox XY, Fiery Torch), Lysandre can be used a bit more freely, but I think every deck could benefit from running at least one copy. Cards don’t get more clutch than this. 


Modified: 4.5 (a well-designed card that takes a bit of skill to use properly)

Limited: 5 (it’s not like you will be playing a draw Supporter each turn, so go ahead and abuse this as much as you can)

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Unlimited 150

1. Lysandre.

Unlimited 150 review.

When Pokémon Catcher was errata’d into another Pokémon Reversal, the effect was noticeable every game. The difference between having 2 reliable Gust of Wind effects in a deck and having just 1 is huge, and powerful Bench sitters sat smugly for a few months. Now that time is over and decks have access to 2 reliable Gust effects once again.


In Standard, Lysandre isn’t and automatic 4 of in most decks like Catcher was as they rely on their 1 Supporter each turn too much for draw power. In U150, bench sitters like Claydol and Ninetales provide plenty of draw power each turn to allow the use of more utility based Supporter cards. The fact that these bench sitting draw Pokémon are so important to deck consistency makes Lysandre even more powerful. The fact that he’s a Supporter and not a regular Trainer card can even be a blessing in this format especially where Trainer lock is concerned. Lysandre provides another way to get around the ubiquitous Spiritomb (Arceus) other than just knocking it out.


Like previously mentioned this week, decks running Staraptor FB LV.X can make use of this card and Pal Pad to have a huge number of Gust effects available to them each game meaning no bench sitting Pokémon is safe!


Rating: 5 (Easily deserves the #1 spot on this Flashfire countdown, one of the best effects in the game!)

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