Birch is just under being playable in my opinion. Drawing up
to 7 might have made it decent. The problem with Birch in
modified is that hands simply get too big. Any deck relying
on the Holon Engine will use Holon's Castform to produce a
large hand, and Birch ends up useless. Even without the
Castform engine, decks are required to run cards Windstorm,
Energy Removal 2, more supporters - all cards that get stuck
in your hand and will prevent you from drawing a lot of
cards with Birch.
EX Power Keepers
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 cards from your deck until you have 6 cards in hand.
is a solid draw card that probably isn’t going to see play
outside of specialty decks right now due to its nature: it’s
only really good if your hand has three or less cards in it.
Well, that’s not too hard to do, but what play-testing I’ve done
indicates most players will have large hands due to the current
available draw power. This makes other cards that much better
(like Copycat) and Professor Birch that much
worse, since he might be dead in your hand for a good, long
it’s a solid effect and as the format slowly changes, we might
either find combos or more decks that burn through their hand
fast enough for Professor Birch to shine, so he receives
a solid score from me for Modified.
course he’s pointless in Unlimited: if you’re going to burn your
hand you might as well run Professor Oak. With upwards
of four copies of Item Finder, you shouldn’t need
anything more for that style of play. Finally in Limited, he is
of course golden even though he might be hard to use there as
well (so many potential dead draws) but any draw power is
usually a must in Limited.
My name is Birch
I’m a Poke-Professor
I could draw 6 cards
So you like me better
Unlimited: We have better Professor called Oak.
Rating : 1/5
Modified: Normally we have bigger hands than 6 cause of
Delta draw or Copycat somebody’s Delta Draw. I guess you
could run it when your Deck has a low hand count or when
you play low budget.
Rating : 1.5/5
Limited: Draw is good here any Draw you can get take it.
Rating : 5/5
Cards are generally difficult to dump from your hand
without the use of another supporter and you will often
find yourself in positions of having evolutions in your
hand still to be played or spare energy or supporters.
Comparing the card to Steven's advice that will net
around 3-4 cards with all the Mentoring in format, Birch
requires your hand to be 2-3 in size after playing it.
Birch does not have the luxury of being transceiverable
nor the "discard one to draw one more" luxury that some
decks benefit from (Banette ex, Dragonite ¦Ä). Simply a
below average supporter.
AKA- The Ft. Laud. Loud Mounth
Top 32 Grinder 2004
Worlds 2004 Player
Top 8 FL States 2005
Unlimited- There are better draw
cards in this format such
as: Prof. Oak, Prof. Elm, Bill,
Juggler. Rating: 1/5
Modified- There are better draw
cards in this format as well
such has Copycat, Holon
Adventurer, Mary's Request, TV
Reporter and Stevens
Advice. Rating: 1/5
Limited- Any draw power you pull
in Limited events are godly and
should be used. Rating: 5/5
Prof. Birch’s Reseach
Modified: There are far better supporter choices to
go with, but its not too bad if you don’t have
anything better. 2/5
Unlimited: You won’t find it in any decks for this
Limited: DRAW POWER! Sold! 5/5
3/9 Professor Birch
With the presence of the Holon Engine, Birch doesn't
really have a place in most decks. Most of the time, if
you have less than 6 cards in your hand, you would
rather play Steven's Advice over this. The net amount of
cards you draw in most cases isn't very many.
1.5 / 5