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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Dragalge

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
June 25, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.75
Limited: 2.50

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
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Dragalge

This strange looking Pokémon comes with the kind of creepy flavour-text that sometimes sneaks through into the game: apparently, their poison can eat through the hull of a tanker and the Pokémon Y Pokedex informs us that ships that wander into Dragalge territory sometimes never return (reminds me a lot of Jellicent NVI). 

So, apart from being a mass killer of innocent sailors, what else can Dragalge do? Well, in an attacking sense, not much: this is a low HP Stage 1 with an attack (Poison Breath) that offers inadequate reward for a pretty silly attack cost. What it does have, however, is the kind of Ability that gets players thinking of all kinds of nasty combos. 

Poison Barrier prevents your opponent’s Poisoned Pokémon from retreating. The retreat lock is nice in itself, but combined with Poison it can be especially effective as the trapped Pokémon will just stay there until KO’d. Of course, Poisoning is as easy as playing Hypnotoxic Laser, or you could use Toxicroak EX for even greater effect. Either way, ramping up the damage is simple with Virbank City Gym, and you could choose to play Dusknoir BCR to spread around the damage and keep the hapless Defending Pokémon active for the whole game (great strategy if it is a non-attacker or can’t threaten serious damage). 

If all this sounds too good to be true, then it is: the strategy is undone by commonly-played cards like Virizion EX (which prevents Status Conditions) or Garbodor DRX (which shuts down all the Abilities you rely on), plus it is thwarted by things like Switch, Escape Rope, and Pokémon Centre Lady. When the combo works, it’s very nasty indeed, but to succeed at a tournament with it, you better hope to dodge the decks that have a ready answer to the lock. 

Rating 

Modified: 3 (interesting combo piece that works with some established cards)

Limited: 2.5 (not so easy to inflict Poison, but you could always pull Toxicroak EX, I suppose) 


aroramage

Ah crikey, mates! It's aroramage back again in another stunning review for the Pokemon TCG! Today, we're going deep into the wilds of Flashfire to look at a rare specimen, the mighty dragon Dragalge! Just look at dem fins!

...*er-hem* So Dragalge is apart of the Dragon-type set of cards that we got introduced to in Dragons Exalted (which is still in the format, so if you really want to run this with Gabite, you can probably get away with it in casual). We've come a long way since then (almost two years, if you can believe it!), and now we're going to look at one of the latest and weirdest dragons in the game!

Dragalge is an interesting beast. First off, its attack Poison Breath is an interesting Water-Psychic-Colorless mix of Energy for 60 damage, which is okay for a Stage 1. What makes it nice is its coin flip for attaching Poison, but if you don't want to try and flip for the Poison, you can just use Hypnotoxic Laser just like everyone else.

And Poison is an interesting combination with this card thanks to its Ability, Poison Barrier! Now normally Status Conditions are removed once a Pokemon switches out, so you can see what the designers were going for with Dragalge. All you need to do is Poison your opponent's Pokemon, and then suddenly they can't retreat and have to suffer the malicious amount of 10 damage in between turns! Which isn't that much unless you're running Virbank Gym like everyone else.

Dragalge basically improves upon a Poison-based concept deck that involves Poisoning opponents with Hypnotoxic Laser or (if need be) Poison Breath, racking up damage with Virbank Gym, and KO'ing them, all the while laughing at the opponent as they're unable to manually switch out their Pokemon. This would be fine, except for the fact that Switch and Keldeo-EX are both cards in the format, which is going to cause problems alongside the recently released Pokemon Center Lady (who heals up to 60 damage and removes Special Conditions, stopping Dragalge right out).

But hey, if you run into a guy who doesn't run any of those, and you keep that Dragalge on the bench, I'm sure you'll be able to go far in casual!

Rating

Modified: 2.5/5 (he's not the best but not the worst, and he can provide decent stall if nothing else)

Limited: 2.5/5 (you might get away with him, or you might run into that one guy playing Pokemon Center Lady)

Arora Notealus: So their poison can melt through the hulls of tankers, but highly-educated Pokemon Professors approve of their usage by children? That doesn't sound right...

Next Time: OW MY FEELS


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