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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Alolan Persian
- Sun & Moon

Date Reviewed:
April 19, 2017

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.00
Expanded: 1.00
Limited: 3.00

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

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aroramage

Well now, here's a sight for...well, I'd say sore eyes, but I think mine are still sore from looking at his FAT FACE. 

Alolan Persian, who is a Kanto native that has also gotten the stuffed cheeks Alolan treatment, is an interesting card to say the least. One of the things I like with some of these Alolan variants with their cards is that they'll frequently use the no-cost attack. That means exactly what you think it means - there's usually an attack that doesn't cost you any Energy! Course this is normally reserved for the pre-evos, but Alolan Persian's unique in having one as one of his attacks.

Taunt costs you nothing, but it also does no damage - a fair trade of sorts, if you will. What it does do is switch your opponent's Active Pokemon with a Benched Pokemon they have. It's the infamous Lysandre effect but using up your attack for the turn. If you're smart, you'll be able to use this to your advantage before switching out Alolan Persian for an attacker that can take out the Pokemon you called out. Why switch out Alolan Persian? Because even though Claw Rend only costs 1 Energy, it only does 30 damage with a chance of doing 30 more if the opposing Pokemon already has damage on them, and while 1-for-60 is good, it's not gonna keep Alolan Persian in the game for long, given he's only got 90 HP. 

Maybe Alolan Persian will get some love in his own right though. Maybe...his face is so fat, it's almost adorable. 

Rating 

Standard: 1.5/5 (really to be honest, if you wanted a Lysandre effect...you'd just play Lysandre) 

Expanded: 1/5 (it's not that Alolan Persian is bad, Taunt is free) 

Limited: 3/5 (but he has much more limited applications in non-Limited formats) 

Arora Notealus: There's nothing wrong with Alolan Persian in a vacuum, but out in the wide world of card pools, he's not that impressive overall. Though who knows? Maybe someone will find a good use for his Taunt! 

Next Time: Flashbacks to a time before Lysandre and Alolan Persian, and you get this card.


21times

Alolan Persian (Sun & Moon, 79/149) comes to us from the Sun & Moon expansion released back on February 4th.  Alolan Persian has a very cool energyless attack, Taunt: switch 1 of your opponent's benched Pokémon with their active Pokémon.  Most importantly, YOU get to choose which Pokemon you want to pull up off the bench and park in the active position.  It functions as a Lysandre (Ancient Origins, 78/98) but actually might have a little bit of an advantage to being an attack and not a supporter card:

1.    Until Tapu Lele (Guardians Rising) comes into the format, we only have supporter cards (Skyla (Breakpoint, 122/122) or Steven (Ancient Origins, 95/98)) as an option to go get other supporter cards.  We all know that unless you can get a Lysandre early and drop it into your discard pile where you can retrieve it with a VS Seeker (Roaring Skies, 110/108), you will struggle to find this significantly important card.  We have a wide variety of cards that will let us get Alolan Persian and its basic form Alolan Meowth (Sun & Moon, 78/149).  We can get to Alolan Persian more easily than we can Lysandre.

2.    We can potentially use Alolan Persian multiple times without having to access VS Seeker.  Presumably you’ll pull a Pokemon up from the bench that’s incapable of attacking.  This means that, more than likely, your opponent won’t KO Alolan Persian after it uses Taunt.  As Alolan Persian only has a one energy retreat cost, it is easy to get it out of the active position and bring up a Pokemon that can do more damage than Alolan Persian can.

3.    Because it uses an attack to bring the Pokemon up from the bench, that still frees you up to use your supporter for the turn.

Alolan Persian can attack for damage though.  For one dark energy, Claw Rend does 30 damage to the opponent’s active Pokemon.  If the opponent’s active has any damage counters on it, Claw Rend does 60 damage.  Therefore, if you pair this with Decidueye GX (Sun & Moon, 12/149), then you’ll more than like hit the opponent’s active for at least 80 damage (at least the first time you hit it).  This doesn’t sound like much, but when you can rotate in various benched tech Pokemon, the spread damage can add up.

And this worked well for me in my first five matches with Alolan Persian and Decidueye GX.  I went 4-1 and the synergy between these two cards worked well to frustrate my opponents and patiently win games by picking off benched Pokemon.  Unfortunately, this deck lost its mojo and I wound up going 7-10 overall.  The pairing of Alolan Persian and Decidueye GX relies too much on your opponent benching lots of tech Pokemon with high retreat costs.  If your opponent streamlines their deck and only plays attacking Pokemon, this makes it very difficult for Alolan Persian and Decidueye GX.  Also, Garbodor (Breakpoint, 57/122) tends to wreck this deck fairly easily (although Field Blower (Guardians Rising) will eliminate Garbodor from the meta, and we’re already seeing a lot less of him on PTCGO).

Rating

Standard: 2.5 out of 5

Conclusion

I think Alolan Persian card has some real playability as a tech card.  Granted, you have to use an attack, but it’s easier to get to than Lysandre, it can potentially be used more frequently than Lysandre, and it still allows you to use your supporter card that turn.  Furthermore, when Lysandre rotates out in September, this would almost certainly be a superior option to carrying two or four Pokemon Catchers (Sun & Moon, 126/149).

 


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