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
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
Modified: 4.5 (highly disruptive in so many ways, and
still going strong a year after its release)
Limited: 4.25 (still a beast)