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- Sun & Moon

Date Reviewed:
May 12, 2017

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.75
Expanded: 1.50
Limited: 2.50

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being horrible.  3 ... average.  5 is awesome.

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Man Torkoal, you just...you just can't get a good card, can you? 

I mean, he's had some decent cards in the past, but today won't be one of those cards. His first attack, Singe, just Burns the opponent for 1 Energy, which thankfully Burn got buffed this generation so it's a decent move in its own right. Sadly it does no damage, so it exposes Torkoal like if he had flipped himself over and exposed his underbelly. And while Body Slam's a decent 2-for-50 strike that flips for Paralysis - and thus can combo with cards like Fliptini - it's a bit underpowered to compete against other mainstream attackers. 

Torkoal isn't much of an offensive threat, but at least he can annoy opponents with his little Burning move and questions of confusion over why someone's putting Torkoal in their competitive deck. 


Standard: 2/5 (the Burn's decent, and Body Slam's alright) 

Expanded: 1.5/5 (but they are both really weak compared to other moves) 

Limited: 2.5/5 (overall, he's alllllllllright) 

Arora Notealus: Maybe Torkoal will get some kind of move that turbo-charges Fire Pokemon to a massive degree. I mean he's perfect for it, it's not like there are any other Fire Pokemon that could possibly fit the bill......right? 

Weekend Thought: Excited for Guardians Rising? Have you gotten your new cards yet? Been to a special event? Did you get your hands on one of the Top 15 cards of the set? At least in our humble of opinions, maybe you got something even better.


Torkoal (Sun & Moon, 23/149) burns its way into the meta from the Sun & Moon expansion set last February.  I bet many of you had forgotten that he came from SUM.  I bet you simply passed by him and said, “Meh.”  I don’t think I’ve ever played a match against Torkoal, and many of us have overlooked him. 

Overlook him no longer.  With the addition of Victini (Guardians Rising, 10/145), Torkoal is for real.  I went 13-7 with this deck: 

##Pokémon - 9 
* 4 Torkoal SUM 23
* 2 Victini GRI 10
* 3 Volcanion-EX STS 115 

##Trainer Cards - 36 
* 3 Professor Sycamore STS 114
* 2 Lysandre FLF 104
* 4 Lillie SUM 147
* 2 Escape Rope PRC 127
* 1 Super Rod BKT 149
* 2 Olympia GEN 66
* 1 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
* 1 Switch SUM 160
* 2 Fisherman BKT 136
* 4 Random Receiver FAC 109
* 4 Nest Ball SUM 158
* 4 Max Elixir BKP 102
* 4 VS Seeker ROS 110
* 2 Field Blower GRI 125

##Energy - 15 

* 15 Fire Energy EVO 92 

Lillie pulled 57 cards in 12 plays for an average of almost 5 cards a play.  My biggest complaints in my notes: I lacked draw support twice and wished I had another Leaf Blower twice.  The most impressive decks I beat: Decidueye GX (Sun & Moon, 12/149) Tauros GX (Sun & Moon, 144/149), Solgaleo GX (Sun & Moon, 143/149) Tauros GX, Garbodor (Guardians Rising, 51/145) Toxapex GX (Guardians Rising, 136/145), and Volcanion EX Turtonator GX (Guardians Rising, 131/145).

The deck’s success does depend on coin flips, and sometimes you get unlucky.  Also, if a paralyzed card evolves, it removes the paralysis from Body Slam.  And, if your opponent techs in a number of switching cards other than Float Stone (Breakthrough, 137/162), that will make it difficult for you as well.  I did not attack frequently with Volcanion EX, but I used Steam Up quite liberally.  Body Slam hits pretty hard when you Steam Up a couple of times and leave your opponent paralyzed.  I used my VS Seekers for Fisherman A LOT, more than I used them for Lysandre.


Standard: 3.5 out of 5


If you get enough heads, Torkoal Victini Volcanion EX can beat ANY deck.  I enjoyed playing this deck, and it surprised me that I did so well with it.  I didn’t think this deck would do as well as it did, but that paralysis can devastate your opponent.  They can’t beat you if they can’t attack.  It will troll your opponents, though, so it shouldn’t surprise you if they give you the angry red face on PTCGO.

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