Standard crappy cartoon writing.
And the TFP 'Cons are looking a lot like a football team that routinely blows three touchdown leads. Ohhhh, two Autobot signals detected! Let's divert 50% of all Vehicon squadrons to capture one and 50% to get the other and leave the Darkmount with nothing.
Ok, but the end result was he sucked.
Well not dying against a group is kinda holding your own, although what I really meant was any other Deception in this series would have retreated whereas Shockwave took the fight alone to the Autobots.
See previous. ;)
In his defense, if it wasn't for some horrible writers plot twists, he would have stomped them all out.
He had Bulkhead and Wheeljack until Magnus showed up.
He would have torn Magnus's ship apart until Magnus flew into Beggar's Canyon and turned the ship upside down.
He would have had Mangus a second time if not for the land bridge in the sky... "wink wink"