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Erika - Gym
Thanks to Birgir for the
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You may draw up to 3 cards, then your opponent may
draw up to 3 cards.
2.96 (based on 6 reviews)
Modified: 2.83 (based on 6 reviews)
Reviewed January 30, 2002
Ratings are based
on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.
isn't that bad of a card. In standard, in seldom-seen
Crazy Sneasels, it can allow a deck to easily have access to all
it's cards to get a fast start. Imposter Oak's Revenge
allows the downside (of giving your opponent 3 cards) to be
reversed. Erika is best when your opponent is low on cards
and you have gotten off to a slow start, since they can't draw
that much when their deck is low.
In modified, if you play Erika, you play Imposter Oak's Revenge.
Not bad to set up for a Mean Look.
I'd give it a 3 in both standard and modified.
is very good in the right deck. Yes, it gives you 3 cards. But
it also gives your opponent 3 cards. You have to think very
carefully before you spend your resources to help your opponent!
Typically, you would want to play Erika together with Impostor
Oak's Revenge. That allows you to reap the benefit while
stripping it away from the person you are playing against. It is
very useful in Trap decks and I have seen it used to good effect
in Modified Traps as well.
So, while it is like Bill, you
have to be more skillful to play Erika effectively. It will not
fit in every deck.
|Draw 3 cards, then your opponent
gets 3 cards. Where have I seen this before...? Oh yeah,
Computer Error! Well they are very similar... but think about
this. Where have you seen Erika in a deck? *RaNd0m looks at the
room, sees a small kid in the corner with a nike hat: "Trap
Decks!" Very good! If I was the pokemon DJ, I'd give you a
booster pack! =P And thats pretty much their use. Use erika like
3 times, then imposter oak's revenge so they don't have any
Standard Rating: 3.0/5 - It's a
good card... but giving your opponent cards isn't the best
decision. There are better drawing cards out there... besides,
why would you use this when Bill isn't even used that much
Modified Rating: 3.5/5 - Better
here, but there are STILL better drawing cards.
|In standard, Erika
does something you don't ever want to do: Help your opponent.
They get 3 free cards, or if their deck is thin, they don't have
to take any. It's a rare, and only nets you 1 card more than
Bill. There are better alternatives. 1.5/5
In modified, there is no Bill, or
Oak, or Computer Search. It's now a little more appealing, but I
would only play it with Imposter Oak's Revenge. Better through
lack of options. 2.5/5
|Erika... she's such a nice
character in the cartoon series, and that kindness extends to
character in the TCG. Share and share alike, Erika isn't going
to be selfish and draw cards all for herself... your opponent
gets to draw too! The advantage to you is that you decide when
you need the cards, but honestly, unless you have a way of
reducing your opponent's hand, it can also be an advantage for
them. If you're packing Erika, consider packing Imposter Oak's
Revenge or some other hand reducer.
In limited, Erika is decent in
that any card that let's you draw is good. But you are letting
your opponent draw, and it is highly doubtful that you will run
across a hand reducer for your opponent in a draft. Still, you
should always take draw of any kind in drafts.
One of the only "Gym Leader" cards that can be used on
its own and not get you laughed at(Lt. Surge, anyone?).
In Modified, this card can pack
quite a punch when coupled with Imposter Oak's
Revenge-essentially giving you three cards and screwing your
opponent over royally. This is actually quite useful in
Modified; although the format has its fair share of draw power,
some people are just not comfortable using Misty's Wrath. This
is where Erika(and IOR) can be subbed into almost any deck.
In Standard, Erika loses some
ground. In an environement where speed and drawing is
everything, giving your opponent the chance to grab three cards
can be a death sentence. And in Standard, one may find it harder
to fit in IOR to get rid of the opponent's card advantage, so
Erika is not as good as it could be.
All in all, still a good
card...just not as could as it should be. =/
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