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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Mary's Request

EX Unseen Forces

 

Date Reviewed: 10.01.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 2.25
Modified: 2.65
Limited: 2.5

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


~
R Pac~
Hey all,

Today's card is Mary's Request from EX Unseen Forces

Now this card might be useful. Evolution lines aren't common in unlimited which basically would allow you three cards for the price of one. Everyone remembers Bill which only gave us two for one, yet was and is still widely used in unlimited decks. Even though this card does give us one more card than Bill, it's a supporter which hinders it's effect in this environment a tad bit. Supporters are slow and a deck needs to be quick here. You just need to place the necessary supporters first in your deck and if you still have room you might fit one like this in there. Honestly, I think supporters like Mr. Brinney's Compassion, Professor Oak's Research and Steven's Advice should be used before a card like this. Mr. Brinney's Compassion is powerful. Professor Oak's Research gives us new hand draws after maxing out on Oak without the downside of Elm. And Steven's Advice will usually net 2-3 cards early game or 4-6 cards late game - which is the card Mary's Request would be battling with for a spot. Really, this card just doesn't make the cut. Full benches are rampant in unlimited because of the plethora of basics here (sneasle, scyther, cleffa, etc. etc.) which makes Steven's Advice a much better draw card than Mary's Request. Still, if you don't run an evolution line and would rather have a guaranteed three cards as opposed to gambling a bit with Steven's Advice, this card definitely beats Erika as a choice.

Unlimited Rating 2/5

~R Pac~
Zennium66@aol.com
 
ninetales
1234
Mary’s Request: the “TV Reporter” of the new Modified format. For those of you who don’t know about POP2, Mary’s Request is going to lose some of its playability now that TVR is legal in Modified today (because it was reprinted as a POP2 promo). If you don’t have any stage 2 Pokémon in your deck, Mary’s Request is good; if you do, just hope that you get this card in your hand on the first few turns.

Before you put Mary’s Request in your deck, consider the following:

-What could I expect my opponent’s average hand size to be in the relevant metagame (i.e. would Copycat be better?)?

-Is increasing my net hand size hand size by 3 better than increasing it by 2 (with TVR)? Discarding cards you don’t need, and therefore having a smaller hand size may be beneficial in some situations (e.g. I want to use Professor Birch, Steven's Advice, Porygon2 [UF] or my opponent could use Copycat).

-What kind of draw power can I get from my Pokémon (Corsola [HL], Exeggutor [RG], Noctowl [UF], and of course Cleffa [UF])?

Card Combinations: Use a Super Scoop Up or a Mr. Briney's Compassion (now legal in Modified J) to get rid on one of your stage 2 Pokémon. Then use Mary’s Request. Can’t really think of any other good specific combos, as this card is just draw power.

Unlimited: Countless other draw trainers exist in this format (Bill, Professor Oak, Misty's Wrath, to name a few) 1/5

Modified: This is an okay card if you don’t like playing stage 2 Pokémon. If you do, you may want to think about using TVR. 3/5

Limited: Only 3 trainers in Unseen forces that thin your deck. No straight draw power other than Mary’s Request. I would draft this, but not over Cleffa, which could save you from a bad hand on the first turn. 4.8/5

-ninetales1234

Questions/comments/corrections? E-mail: ninetales1234@hotmail.com
 

wierdofur
 
Please! I'm begging you!

Mary's Request (Unseen Forces #86)

Type:
Supporter - Trainer

Effect:
"Draw a card. If you don't have any
Stage 2 Evolved Pokemon in play, draw
2 more cards."

Rarity: Uncommon
Fairly easy to obtain.

The Positive:
Card drawing is always good, and if you
have weaker Pokemon out, you get 3 times as many cards.

The Negative:
Not too hot in the latter game, once you have your Stage 2 Pokemon out. Players want more drawing power than this, and get it elsewhere.

Unlimited:
Steven's Advice and Professor Bill are better cards to use.
Copycat is also available here, and most players chose that or Steven. This is another card that most likely see little play.
2.0/5.0

Modified:
Legal, but doesn't give you enough cards to warrant its use here.
2.0/5.0

Limited:
There's better cards available, so grab this one last.
2.0/5.0
 
Tenchi-bmx'n monkey Mary's Request

Unlimited-1/5
Modified-3/5
Limited-3/5

Hey there folks This is Eric B. other wise known here as Tenchi-bmx'n monkey with my first "Card of the day" review. Let me give you all a quick background check on myself so you know where I am coming from. First off I am a former WOTC employee that was an (Man i can't believe I am going to say
this) "Old School " pokemon player. I am currently back into the fold of Pokemon and playing catch up. So if my review seems a little off base, give the old man some slack. Ok on with the review.

The card of the day is "Mary's Request". The text reads--Draw a card. If you don't have any stage 2 Evolved Pokemon in play, draw 2 more cards. Now before I move on here, I like to play alot of control-bounce decks in all the TCG's I play-yes I am a control freak. I like to increase my chances of getting the cards I need as much as possible but on the other hand I don't like cards with circumstances. Granted its only a 1 card swing but I want more bang for my buck so to speak. Mary's request just doesn't do it for me in any format.

Unlimited-1/5 The main reason is because in the unlimited format there are just better cards out there that give you more such as Bill, Oak, and Elm.

Modified- 3/5 In the modified and most common format that you will play in, it can help especially if you run very few evo's in your deck so you can get that bang for your buck.

Limited- 3/5 Again the same reason as above.

some of you may like to argue my points but hey I like sure things not "If You" cards.
----Tenchi
 
TR Brian Hey all. Welcome to another review. ^_^

Well today we have the supporter mary's request. This card is good one of my

favorite trainers. When u play a T2 deck its quite good in there cause you won't have any stage 2 pokemon its all about getting the stage 1 ex out. A good card should

go in any deck that does not include stage 2.

Unlimited:This isn't so good here cause again nothing withstands the power of non supporter old school draw power lol but still an ok card.2/5

Modified:Here its shines because of the popular T2 decks as i explained before its really good without any stage 2 poke's. 4/5 ^_^

Limited:If u get one of these then i think u will have a good chance of winnin the tourney cause its really really hard to get the draw trainer in this format i experienced it lol. So in this format 5/5.

Thanx for reading. B E Z readers. TR Brian
 
Tom Mary’s Request is an amazing Trainer…. provided that you run little to no Stage 2 Pokemon. Unfortunately most of today’s decks play at least 2 types of Stage 2 Pokemon. However that doesn’t mean it isn’t useful in other decks, such as Turn 2 decks, or Eevee-lutions decks. Mary can help speed up this deck even more, giving you extra 3 cards with no draw back.

My review is short and sweet, but I believe that there isn’t else much that can be said about this card. If you run a lot of Stage 2 Pokemon, skip this card. If you have a deck that is sparse in Stage 2, then by all means run Mary’s Request.

Unlimited: 2/5 Useful, but better options

Modified: 4/5 Really depends on the deck, but I gave it a high rating simply because of its potential draw power.

Limited: 4.5/5 Unless you actually use any Stage 2, play this card.
 


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