I’ll start this article by saying “Hi” to the SixPrizes community and “Thanks” to Adam and Pablo for doing an excellent job on this site and keeping it running smoothly. This really is an awesome site and it opened my eyes about the world of Pokémon TCG. My name is Kendall Kildare (Call me RandomGuy or “rg”) and I have been playing the Pokémon TCG casually for 1 year. I only use Water decks because my favorite color is blue.
Drifblim SF has always been one of my favorite cards. It has a decent amount of HP, no Retreat Cost and has 2 really useful moves that require no energy to use. I honestly believe that it has the potential to be used competitively if people only gave it a chance. It has 3 Attacks which are “Delivery”, “Lifting” and “Ominous Wind.”
“Delivery” allows the player to take any 1 card from their discard pile and put it into their hand and requires no Energy to use. This is a pretty good attack as it can work well if you have a Luxury Ball in the discard pile, you can just put it into your hand then use it again to set up the Pokémon on your bench the next turn. You can also bring back other important cards such as Bebe’s Search, Roseanne’s Research, Rare Candy, Energy cards both Special and Basic and ANY Pokémon in your discard pile. “Lifting” allows the player to search their decks for up to 2 Basic Pokémon and put them on their bench . Also it allows you to find an energy for each Pokémon you chose. This can be really useful if you have a deck with different types of Pokémon or if you want to get Unown G, Baltoy GE or other important basics out such as your Pokémon G /FB/ 4/ SP/GL and give them an energy. No Retreat Cost on Driftblim SF allows you to easily switch it out with a Pokémon you set up in the previous turn or have already set up.
If you want to power up Drifblim SF and guarantee at least two uses of either move, give it the card that appears to be rising in popularity: the Expert Belt from the Arceus series. Expert Belt will increase it’s HP to 110 and give it’s moves an extra 20 damage. Expert Belt gives “Ominous Wind” the power to 1HKO or heavily Damage many Psychic LV.X Pokémon such as Mewtwo LV.X and Cresselia LV.X as well as many Psychic and Fighting FB/SP/4/Gl/G pokemon. Expert Belt also allows you to do 20 damage your opponent’s Pokémon while applying the effects of the attacks “Lifting” and “Delivery” for no energy at all.
Drifblim SF can be extremely slow to set up being a stage one evolution and it’s setting up capabilities are slow. You’ll only have at least 1 good chance to use 1-of it’s attacks. That being said these are also attacks we are talking about. Once you one your turn ends. It’s not a Poké-Power or a Poké-Body so you must be very careful and consider the consequences before you use any of it’s attacks and if it has an Expert Belt is it really worth the 2 Prize cards you risk if your opponent Knocks it Out? You decide.
Do you think that Drifblim SF is worth using competitively in a deck because of it’s many uses or just be considered useless and unable to compete in the Competitive TCG world?