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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Top 10 Cards of 2009:

#5: Dialga G lv. X

(Platinum)

Date Reviewed: 01.11.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.25
Limited: 4.13

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

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Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Dialga G lv. X (Platinum)

 

Hello and welcome to the second week of our countdown of the Top 10 cards released in 2009.

 

We kick off with the complete monster that is Dialga G LV X.

 

Before this card came out, people mostly laughed at the Diamond and Pearl Legendaries. Seriously . . . go take a look at your binder and see just how atrocious cards like Dialga DP, Palkia MD, and (most horrible of all) Dialga LV X really were. It’s ok, I can wait . . .

 

Well, after Dialga G and its LV X hit the shelves, no-one was laughing any more. Instead they sobbed into their playmats as they realised that they couldn’t rely on PokeBodies (thanks to Time Crystal), couldn’t use Trainers (thanks to Deafen), and often saw their precious Energy dispatched to the dreaded Lost Zone courtesy of Dialga G LV X’s Remove Lost attack. Dialga G LV X is so powerful that it even killed off a number of decks single-handed: remember AmphyTric? No? Well, Dialga is the reason why you don’t.

 

Now all that might have been bearable if you could actually KO the thing, but no. Thanks to its typing, this 120 HP Basic LV X could abuse Special Metal Energy to reduce any damage it took. Add in PokeTurn and a handy Psychic Resistance and even knocking out ONE Dialga was a struggle that could take all game (provided you even managed to set up under the Deafen Lock).

 

Dialga G lost a lot of its lustre once the heavy-hitting Fire SP Pokémon Blaziken FB and Infernape 4 were released, but the appearance of Garchomp C LV X, and the ability to counter Dialga’s enemies with cards like Toxicroak G Promo and Quagsire GL, has seen the deck rise to the top once more during City Championships.

 

The moral of this story: you just can’t keep a good card down.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 4.5 (highly disruptive in so many ways, and still going strong a year after its release)

Limited: 4.25 (still a beast)

BoDragon

Dialga [G] (Platinum, #7) and its level-up (Platinum, #122) makes it one of the strongest Metal-type Pokémon in the TCG's current modified-constructed format.  Our focus today resides with its level-up.

 

Poké-Powers & Poké-Bodies

Its Time Crystal Poké-Body prevents each non-Pokémon SP (both yours and your opponent's) from using Poké-Bodies. 

 

If you are starting with Dialga [G], leveled up on the second turn, and facing an active Spiritomb (AR), you can turn off its Poké-Body that would prevent you or your opponent from playing Trainer cards.

 

Attacks

Remove Lost ({M}{M}{C}{C}, 80 damage) is a hefty attack with a high attack cost, but the effects can be very rewarding.  For each heads you get by flipping a coin, you remove an Energy card attached to the defending Pokémon, and remove it completely from the game by placing it into the Lost Zone.

 

Stats

Its x2 weakness against Fire-type Pokémon can cause quick inflicted damage, mostly from current variants of a revived Blaziken/Rayquaza combination or Magmortar.  Its two Energy retreat cost is moderate.  Its 120 HP is low for Pokémon LV.X, but is usually ignored for the card's affect of the battle.

 

Rating

Modified:  4/5

Limited:  4/5

BoDragon

virusyosh

Good day, Pojo readers! I apologize that this review is a bit late, but today we are reviewing the superpowered form of everybody's favorite steel dragon, Dialga G Lv. X.

Dialga G Lv. X is a monster: 120 HP is great for a leveled-up SP basic, and Metal is a wonderful type for it. As for its bottom stats, double weakness to fire isn't very good with all of the Blaziken FB and the occasional Infernape 4 running about. Resistance to Psychic is great in this format, and a Retreat Cost of 2 isn't terrible, but you should still probably use Switch or Warp Point if you want to retreat it.

Dialga G Lv. X's Poke-Body, Time Crystal, can be potentially devastating: A lack of Poke-Bodies can really mess up your opponent depending on the deck (Electivire and Ampharos decks come to mind), and is generally useful. Dialga G Lv. X's attack, Remove Lost, does a respectable 80 damage and move your opponent's Energy to the Lost Zone, which is always good.

This card can be abused quite well with Special Metal Energy and SP support like Poke Turn, creating a beast that is very difficult to kill and can be simply PokeTurned if it is about to be KOed. Combine this with Dialga G's Deafen attack and you have a truly fearsome beast worthy of the #5 spot in the Top 10. Just look out for Fire and you'll be stalling and annoying your opponent all game long.

Modified: 4.25/5 It's really good, but with the prevalence of Blaziken FB Lv. X, be careful.

Limited: 4/5 Still good here, but a bit expensive.


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