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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Steven's Advice - EX Hidden Legends


Date Reviewed: 6.21.04

Ratings & Reviews below

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

Jermy101 Steven's Advice is very good.  If your opponent has 6 Pokemon in play, that's 6 cards for you.  You just have to make your hand have 7 or less cards to use it.  It's a lot better than most other supporters.

Unlimited - There are probably better draw cards out there like Copycat, Prof Oak etc.  But I didn't play unlimited in a while so I dunno. 2/5

Modified - The best supporter.  I play 4 Stevens in all my modified decks.  Some people say you should only play 3 because your hand will get too large to use Steven's Advice if you use 4, and that at the beginning of the game it won't net you many cards, but I say just Copycat or Oak's Research to get your hand small enough to Steven again. 4.5/5

Draft - YESSSSS TAKE IT!!  Draw pwnz draft. 5/5

 

Ralphy
I like this card. You might even say that I like it a lot. But reader beware, your in for a scare. Steven only gives good advice in some of the formats.
 
Unlimited- I really shouldn't even write anything here and just give a 1/5, but I will humor Steven. Supporters slow everything down, and Unlimited is about speed. And hey, how about Oak. 1.25/5 here.
 
Modified- Now, this card is appealing. A second look must be taken at all card drawers in this format, and this card could use a third or fourth look. Will fit nicely in many if not all deck. Just try to get a lot of Pokes in play. 3.5/5
 
Limited- What can I say, this is broken beyond recognition. Card drawing is superb in this format. This is card drawing at it's finest. Well, Oak and Bill are the finest, but you get the picture. 4.25/5 here.
 

Otaku

Name: Stephen’s Advice

Set: Hidden Legends

Card#:

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Type: Trainer

Sub-type: Supporter

Effect Text: You can play only one Supporter card each turn.  When you play this card, put it next to your Active Pokémon.  When your turn ends, discard this card.

 

Draw a number of cards up to the number of your opponent’s Pokémon in play.

 

If you have more than 7 cards (including this one) in your hand, you can’t play this card.

 

Attributes: As a Supporter, this card faces steep competition in Modified: nearly ever power Trainer is a Supporter, so you need to pick and choose them carefully so as not to slow yourself down.  In Unlimited, few Supporters are played, and that may help this card greatly…

 

Abilities: *Reads card*…That’s some good advice.  XD I wonder how many reviews will have this kind of joke?  Too many, even if it’s just mine.  Stephen let’s you grab upwards of six cards, so long as your hand (including Stephen’s Advice) has 7 cards or less.  The only reason this will be a problem is… this card is that good.  Early game, you can probably get an easy 2-4 cards from Stephen-letting it outshine TV Reporter which has a nasty discard to get three, or Professor Oak’s Research, which is a shuffle-and-draw for five.  This card basically makes it easy to balance the field-if your opponent has a full bench, you get six cards.  Wow.  That could mean a hand of up to twelve cards.  That’s one fifth of your total deck before accounting for prizes.  Also note that it’s “draw up to”.  If you have two Steven in hand, you can control you hand size to use both.  Less cards than they would give you individually, but more than just using one for full effect would give.

 

Uses/Combinations: This will likely be the new drawing standard for Modified.  We don’t have any real “straight” draw cards for the game right now: all of them require shuffling, discarding, or some other restrictive effect.  Stephen’s restrictions are marginal.  If you already have seven cards in hand and still don’t have what you need, then it’s either horrid luck or a bad deck.  As for the Pokémon count, your opponent is usually doing their best to fill their bench, and so many people running Dunsparce, they are apt to have four Pokémon by the end of their first turn.

 

What might not occur to people is, maybe try some of these in Unlimited.  What do most Sneasel (and the less seen but still played Wigglytuff) try to do?  Fill their bench.  What do most decks that rely on Mindgames for support need to do?  Fill their bench.  Very few decks focus on winning with just two or three guys in play.  Since most decks run so few Supporters, they might consider adding this: it could be an Oak, minus one draw and the discard.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 3.5/5-Its still a supporter, so you can’t Steven multiple times in a turn like you can Oak, but you could Oak, play a card, then use Stephen.  Thirteen cards in hand is pretty snazzy for Unlimited.

 

Modified/2-on-2: 4.5/5-And that might be low.  This card is about as good as it gets.  I am hard pressed to find a way to make it any better without breaking it.

 

TMP: 5/5-A reason to mention this format again!  Here, you have twice the chance of scoring big.

 

Limited: 5/5-I can vouch for this-saw quite a few at our pre-release, even with just 23 participants.  People tend to fill their bench pretty quick here: you have Pokémon and Energy, but not Trainers.  Keep in mind, draw power is so scarce here that its pretty rare for it not to be good.

 

Summary

I can see this somehow not working, in a deck that manages to maintain a huge hand, or if it makes Gardevoir ex’s Feedback to lethal.  Otherwise, it’s probably going to become the preferred draw card for Modified.  Try it for Unlimited as well.
 

Johnny Blaze Steven's Advice

The only Supporter that found its way into Hidden Legends. Lots of hype surrounding this card. Does it live up to its hype? Lets find out. It has the regular supporter rule and it allows you get to draw a number of cards up to the number of Pokemon that your opponent has in play. The only drawback is that if you have 7 cards in your hand including Steven’s Advice then you cannot play this card.

With a new draw supporter available this card has found its way into a lot of decks. I know I have started playing my setup different now that this card is out. In Modified with the lack of 1st turn OHKO its not important to play more than 1 basic during set-up anymore. Playing more than 1 basic and going 2nd is just giving your opponent a way to draw more cards on their turn. You lay 3 Pokemon to start the game and then they play Steven’s advice to draw 3 cards. I still think that this card is situational. It is also good to play after your opponent Strikes and Run with Dunsparce, giving you a chance to draw 4 cards next turn. Draw power is also good. But like I said this card is more situational . How many times is your opponent going to have only 1 Pokemon in play? Then you are only drawing 1 card. On the flip side if they have a full bench then you are going to get 6 cards. I prefer Professor Oak’s Research over this card.

Limited: Too many good non-supporter draw cards to give this card a look. 1/5

Modified: 3/5

Limited: Draw power is a huge plus and many hands are small size in draft.4/5
 

 


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