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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 

Delinquent

- XY BREAKpoint

Date Reviewed:
Jan. 17, 2017

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3.5
Expanded: 3.5
Limited: 3.0

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

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aroramage

Delinquent is one of those cards that's seen some play and has had pretty good results. In a format where Stadium Wars are a thing, this is the sort of card that can not only tilt things in your favor but even ruin your opponent's strategies.

Once you use Delinquent, the Stadium card in play is discarded, and if you do discard a Stadium with her - which...why wouldn't you play this at a time when you could? - your opponent is forced to discard 3 cards. Against decks like Night March and Vespiquen Vengeance, this might not always be the best idea, but against decks like Greninja BREAK and Volcanion-EX, it can severely hamper their ability to continue messing with your line-up, meaning you can take advantage of a moment of weakness to really lay down your lead. 

Ideally you're using this to discard your opponent's Stadium and discard the last 3 cards in their hand, thus cementing your comeback or dominance or what have you. Keep in mind though that this can also profit off of your Stadium being discarded - say like with discarding a Silent Lab to turn on your Basic Abilities while getting rid of your opponent's hand. Such is just one application of the card, and such is the appeal of having a copy around. 

She'll be continually useful throughout her lifespan, and it's a great card to acknowledge just barely skipping out on the Top 10 list. Just keep in mind what deck you're using her against. 

Rating 

Standard: 3.5/5 (a very relevant card that ended up seeing more use thanks to what was around) 

Expanded: 3.5/5 (and I suppose it's going to see more use as long as Stadiums are relevant and defining) 

Limited: 3.5/5 (useful to get rid of the, like, 2 Stadiums in this set, so I guess don't underestimate that advantage) 

Arora Notealus: Delinquent's got a lot to work around, but she's also got a lot to work with. Gotta love when you can mess people up with something so readily available...like ketchup vandalism. 

Next Time: PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS OH THANK GOODNESS


Otaku

Just missing out on being in the actual top 10 for 2016 list is Delinquent (XY: BREAKpoint 98/122), coming in at 11th place.  You can see her original review here; she wasn’t part of the top 10 list for XY: BREAKpoint and I literally apologized for it.  If that sounds like an overreaction, remember what topped the list; by now I think almost everything else on that list has had at least 15 minutes of fame except for our number one pick, Psychic’s Third Eye.  Thankfully that isn’t a problem here because an end-of-year list is reporting what happened, not trying to predict it.  So what can Delinquent do?  She discards the current Stadium in play and then forces your opponent to discard three cards from hand.  Besides eating up your Supporter usage for the turn, the main drawbacks to this are that she must do the former to do the latter and your opponent picks which cards he or she discards.  She can lead to some pretty big swings in overall advantage; an opponent can go from having the exact Stadium in play that he or she needs and a hand with the perfect three cards in it to topdecking and needing to replace a Stadium card.  Of course you may discard your own Stadium card as well, which brings us to the worst case scenario (give or take Delinquent just being dead in hand); you discard your own Stadium card you could really use because you think you can nail three important cards in your opponent’s hand, but instead you discard three they wanted in the discard pile.  Unless you’re a bad player with bad luck, it will usually be somewhere in between. 

So why would someone use this card?  Besides forcing your opponent to discard, which is handy for control and/or mill decks, not every deck has room for several Stadium cards.  What is more, we have Stadium cards with two different effects, one assigned to each side of the card and applying only to one player.  Some like Parallel City are quite common, and they follow the normal rules about Stadium cards; the current Stadium in play is discarded when either player puts a new Stadium into play but the new Stadium must have a new name.  If we are both using Parallel City but I want the other side facing me, I cannot play my own copy down while another Parallel City is in play, whether it is my opponent’s or my own.  There is an Item card that can discard Stadium cards as well, called Paint Roller.  It lets you draw a card after you use the discard effect; again, Item versus Supporter.  She seems like she ought to be a bit handier in Expanded (Battle Compressor + VS Seeker) but she also faces more competition; my personal experience with her, on either end of the effect, is in Standard play.  I myself have been using her with a Bunnelby (XY: Primal Clash 121/160) and Houndoom-EX based mill deck, with enough success she’s made it through multiple revisions.  About the only place where I am unsure of her is in Limited play; not a huge issue as most folks don’t play the format outside of Pre-Releases, but I personally would be tempted to include her on the off chance my opponent did pull a Stadium and I needed to be rid of it. 

Ratings 

Standard: 3.5/5 

Expanded: 3.5/5 

Limited: 2.5/5 

Summary: Delinquent has earned her place as one of the many TecH supporter options in both Standard and Expanded play.  The key to using her well is a skill I personally lack; anticipating the immediate metagame with a high degree of accuracy.  This owes to the steep competition for deck space in general.  If your deck expressly needs an additional means of discarding Stadium cards, it is a bit more obvious, but most could use Delinquent or a Pokémon Center Lady or a Team Flare Grunt or an extra Lysandre or any of several other options, and that is just sticking to Supporters. 

Delinquent clocks in at 11th place with seven voting point, beating out the tie in 12th and 13th place by two points and missing 10th place by a copy/paste error.  Yes, that is the surprise I mentioned at the beginning of this countdown; the short version is that while calculating the voting points, a simple error meant two cards were flipped in one list, and Delinquent received one less voting point than she ought to have (six instead of the proper seven).  Personally, I do think Jolteon-EX and Special Charge deserved to outrank her, but if I had caught my error, she would have taken 9th place, Jolteon-EX would have been 10th place, and Special Charge would have taken 11th instead.  She didn’t make my own top 10, either.  So that is twice she’s been cheated out of making a top 10 list; no wonder she’s a delinquent.


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