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Palmer's Contribution

Supreme Victors

Date Reviewed: 09.10.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.50
Limited: 4.50

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

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Jigglypuff13 9/10 Palmer's Contribution (SV)

Hello, and welcome to Thursday. A bit of a delay, but still, we have a couple of cards for this week. Today, we have one of the few new Trainer cards from SV, it's Palmer's Contribution! Well, technically, it's a Supporter, but that really isn't the point. Anyway, it has a simple effect, which is it allows you to shuffle up to 5 in any combination of Pokémon and basic Energy cards from your Discard Pile into your deck. Nice. Basically, it's a Night Maintenance, that's been given a bit of a boost, which is nice. However, there is a fairly big difference between the two cards which is that Night Maintenance is a normal Trainer, so you can use a Supporter during your turn, whilst Palmer's is a Supporter, so you can't use another one during the turn you use Palmer's. So when I said it being a Supporter wasn't the point, it actually is. Basically, you have a choice between getting more cards back, but not being able to search for them with any certainty, or getting less back, but with the chance of being able to search for at least one of them. Personally, I prefer the latter, but both have their own advantages and disadvantages, that really, depend upon your play style more than anything.

Ratings:

Modified: Personally, I'd prefer to be able to search for at least one of the cards I shuffled in with a Supporter, so between Night Maintenance and Palmer's, I prefer Night Maintenance. However, you may not mind that so much, so you may prefer Palmer's, it's basically personal opinion and playstyle of the player and type of deck that effect which one is better. 2.5/5

Limited: You don't get many Trainers here, so Palmer's using up your Supporter for the turn is not a big problem. It is quite nice here though, since you probably will be running a lot of single Pokémon, so if any of them do end up in your Discard Pile, it's nice to be able to get them back, though getting them back out may be a problem. Still, it's a very useful card here though. 4.5/5
 
Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Palmer’s Contribution

 

So . . . basically a super Night Maintenance with the downside of being a Supporter.

 

Palmer certainly likes to make a generous contribution towards recycling you deck. Being able to return five Pokémon/Basic Energy is extremely useful. You can get back an entire Stage 2 line and the Energy you need for it to attack, or if you are playing an SP deck, you can most likely restock a copy of all of your main attackers.

 

The fact that it uses up your Supporter can be a problem, however. With Night Maintenance, you can shuffle your Pokémon back in and then bring them to your hand with a Roseanne or a Bebe’s Search. Unfortunately, Palmer doesn’t give you that option. For this reason, it may be that it is best used in SP decks, where you have the Trainer SP Radar to search out Pokémon, though even here it faces stiff competition from Aaron’s Collection which actually puts two Pokémon/Energy right back into your hand. Palmer’s Contribution could well find a home in Beedrill decks, though, where you can put back any KO’d Beedrill lines and the use Beedrill RR’s Flutter Wings PokePower in order to search them out from your deck.

 

While we have Night Maintenance in the format, I think that it will usually be preferred to Palmer’s, simply because it is a Trainer. What Palmer’s does, it does very well, though and it might be worth playtesting 1 Night Maintenance and 1 Palmer in your decklists to see if it works for you.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 2.5 (Very useful, but other non-Supporters can do a similar job)

Limited: 4.5 (you probably don’t have many good Pokémon. Getting them back is great, and being a Supporter is a non-issue as you are unlikely to pull more than a couple)

 

 


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