Staraptor seems like it can be a decent option to replace Claydol GE in decks, at least for newer players that are not able to get the expensive staple and given the increase LV.X’s ratio in the Platinum: Supreme Victors set.
I think this card definitely has a future in SP decks though. Being able to guarantee a Cyrus every turn? Reliably use Flint’s Willpower when you need it and maybe even surprise your opponent with it? The possibility to guarantee Lucian’s Assignment the turn you need it? I think this card offers an advantage over Claydol where it allows you to search out specific situation Supporters, or ones you want to use every turn, like the ones I mentioned above. With Claydol, you get the extra draw, but as every Pokémon TCG competitive player should know, searching out for specific cards is always a bigger advantage than simply drawing cards hoping to get what you need it. Guaranteeing that you have the Supporter you need with “Fast Call”, the exact turn you need it is a very big factor that could turn around games in an instant.
Finally, the card’s HP is very decent, and although the weakness makes it huge Luxray LV.X bait, Toxicroak G Promo should always be considered a staple in most if not all of the Pokémon SP based decks. Heck even Mankey SV should help keep Luxray LV.X in check. “Defog” is an average attack to be honest, but if you can fit Stadiums in your deck, a Lucario GL RR gives you a very reliable way to 1HKO pesky Flygon’s or Garchomp C’s. Adding another type to your attacking pool of Pokémon is never a bad thing, specially in such a diverse format.
So what do you think? Can Staraptor LV.X find it’s way into SP decks? What type of line would you use? A 1-1 or a 2-1 line? Will it be able to replace Claydol GE in some decks eventually? Or will it have to wait until next year’s rotation to truly shine?