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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Top 10 Flashfire Cards:

#4 - Druddigon 

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
May 20, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 4.00
Limited: 3.25

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

#4 Druddigon 

Like yesterday’s card, Druddigon brings something to the TCG that we have needed for ages. That’s why he occupies the #4 slot on our list. 

Druddigon is a solid non-evolving, Dragon Type Basic with one very, very bad attack (Dragon Claw’s Energy cost is absurd), but none of that really matters, because he has Revenge. 

Revenge is an attack we have seen before in the post-Black and White era, and it is pretty much a guarantee that the lucky Pokémon that has it will get played (as long as it is a Basic). We saw it on Bouffalant BLW (reprinted in LTR), which got put into the old Zekrom/Eelektrik decks. Most famously, it appeared on Terrakion NVI (also reprinted in LTR) in the form of Retaliate. Basically, it is an attack with base damage of 20, which is upped to 90 if used the turn after one of your Pokémon has been knocked out. Now we have it on Druddigon, and he may well prove to be the best user of all. 

Like Bouffalant, Druddigon’s Revenge costs just two Colourless Energy so not only can he go in any deck, he can also be used as a ‘surprise’ if that deck runs Double Colourless Energy. Unlike Bouffalant (but very much like Terrakion), Druddigon has extremely relevant typing: being a Dragon he can exploit Weakness to OHKO both Black Kyurem EX and Rayquaza EX. Oh, and because this card is post- XY, he is Weak to Fairy rather than Dragon so he isn’t easy meat for Little Rayquaza either. 

All this means that Druddigon is set to become a very important card. Both Rayquaza and Black Kyurem have been extremely powerful Pokémon because of their Ability to score repeated OHKOs while being very difficult to take down in one hit. Mewtwo EX and Yveltal EX can’t cope with the way they discard Energy, while Little Rayquaza’s bizarre Energy needs means he isn’t available to most decks. Things like Darkrai, which up to now have struggled with the Blastoise/Black Kyurem match up, now have an easy-to-use non-EX Basic which can score a surprise KO and generate a big momentum swing in their favour. 

I highly recommend this card for any deck that runs DCE or has another way of powering it up in a single turn (Aromatisse’s Fairy Trans, or Energy Switch, for example). For decks that struggle against Kyurem and Rayquaza . . . well, this is just an obvious choice.

Rating 

Modified: 4 (sure to have a big impact and may make people think twice about playing Rain Dance Dragon decks)

Limited: 3.25 (Revenge is useful here too, and it’s a solid Basic anyway)


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Intro to
Unlimited 150

4. Druddigon.

Unlimited 150 review.

This card has seen quite a bit of attention in Standard already due to its Revenge attack and Dragon type in combination allows it to revenge KO other popular Dragon Pokémon like Rayquaza EX and Black Kyurem EX.

In U150 there’s not many Dragon type Pokémon used and seeing as they’re being printed as having Fairy weakness since XY, a Dragon type to counter other Dragon types isn’t really going to be needed like it is in the much smaller Standard metagame.

 

Overall, you could just use Bouffalant (BLW 91 / LTR), which is much easier to get hold of and not affected by the U150 balance errata. This is one of the few cases where a powerful Standard playable Pokémon doesn’t transfer to this format very well.

 

Rating: 3 (A decent enough card but a better alternative has been recently reprinted.)


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