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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Cheerleader's Cheer

HS Unleashed

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.40
Limited: 3.87

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

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Combos With:

Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Cheerleader’s Cheer

 

Hello and welcome to Supporter week here on Pojo’s CotD. It makes a nice change from all the Pokémon reviews we have been doing lately. The Pokémon themselves may be the most immediately appealing card in the TCG, but for most decks, it’s the Supporters that will make them work.

 

We kick off with Cheerleader’s Cheer. This Cheerleader would definitely get Brock interested in the anime, but apart from her looks, does she have anything to offer the TCG Player?

 

Well, Cheerleader is a simple enough draw Supporter. Play this and draw three cards. That’s decent straight draw with no direct downside for the player (such as having to discard or return cards to the deck).

 

But don’t go thinking that, just because there is no direct downside, that there isn’t one at all.

 

When you play Cheerleader, your opponent may also draw a card.

 

That little bit of text is enough to effectively make this card inferior to practically every other draw Supporter. Your opponent would LOVE to see this hit the table: it’s more draw for them. For free. Giving your opponent more cards, even just one, is a terrible idea. It could give them the card they badly need or, at the very least give them another option. Don’t think you can use it to force your opponent to deck out either: they MAY draw a card, it’s not compulsory. For these reasons, if you want a card that draws three then stick to Professor Oak’s Visit.

 

Or not.

 

See, even POV sees no play at tournament level, simply because there are better things you can do with a Supporter than just draw three cards (that’s what Claydol and Uxie are for). You can search out Pokémon with Bebe or Roseanne; you can refresh your hand completely with Copycat or Professor Oak’s New Theory; or you can kick-start an SP deck with Cyrus’s Conspiracy.

 

I would use Mom’s Kindness before I used this.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1.5 (A Supporter that helps your opponent? No thanks)

Limited: 3.25 (any draw is great here . . . but just for once there are better Supporters in the set)


Otaku

The first card we look at in this week of Supporters is Cheerleader’s Cheer.  It’s made in the traditional draw mould: you get to draw three cards, but there’s a catch.  This time, instead of the catch being a discard or some other direct penalty for yourself, here it is the option for your opponent to draw a card.  Since it is optional it’s not much help decking an opponent out (not that I’ve heard of, let alone seen, a good depletion deck for Pokémon).

 

It’s a good, solid amount of draw power but we are starting to see the amount drawn creep up (barring baffling examples like Bill and Mom’s Kindness).  One has always had a choice between drawing more via “shuffle and draw” based cards like Copycat and Professor Oak’s New Theory and drawing less without ruining a potentially good hand via cards like Cheerleader’s Cheer.  The new card’s strength is for decks that just need a reliable multi-card infusion and don’t want to lose their hand.  Only time will tell whether, in a game like Pokémon, giving your opponent an extra card is better than having to shuffle one of your own away.  This game isn’t like Yu-Gi-Oh, where a single card can often turn a loss into a win all by itself, but card advantage can snowball so easily in Pokémon, with one card becoming anywhere from the one card to three cards or more.

 

So I’m going to give this an average rating for Modified play: it isn’t usually crippling to have to shuffle a card back with Professor Oak’s Visit, for example, but being able to hold onto all three drawn cards plus the one in hand is nice.  The biggest thing against this card is all the competition it faces and the fact that some of that competition can shuffle your hand away, defeating the purpose of preserving your own draws.  Worst case scenario is that it won’t be as advantageous to run as some of the other cards.

 

Ratings

 

Modified: 3/5 

Limited: 5/5

 

Combos with: Spirit Tomb (Arceus), Kabutops (Majestic Dawn)

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia
Cheerleaders's Cheer (HS Unleashed)
 
Welcome to HS Unleashed Supporter Week! We start off with Cheerleader's Cheer, which is one of the many draw options that became available in the new set and made the limited events so much fun.
 
The effect of the card is simple: Draw 3 cards, and your opponent may also draw a card. A reprint of Fieldworker under a different name.
 
I really dislike the name, so I'm just going to shorten it to Cheer. It just seems a little overdone. Also, the picture with Buneary in the background seems a little weird (why no Minun and Plusle?)
 
As with all Supporters, you can only play one per turn. So playing a Supporter for draw power is generally a bad idea in this format where we have so many options for using poke-powers to draw, leaving us free to use a different Supporter to search, shuffle-draw or make something else interesting happen. Also, you have to consider that your opponent may also get a card, accelerating their setup. You can't even force them to draw as a milling strategy since the opponent is free to choose.
 
Plenty of other draw Supporters have found a niche in this format (Buck's Training in Shuppet Donk and Scizor/Cherrim, Felicity's Drawing in Gyarados and CharPhlosion) but I doubt Cheer will be amoung them because 3 cards just isn't enough to justify the Supporter use, especially for the drawback of helping your opponent. Cheer will only be used if you need to make your opponent draw cards, and even then it will probably be passed over (if a strategy like that somehow becomes viable in Modified) because it is optional instead of forced.
 
Modified: 2.5 (not enough cards to be worth the supporter use)
Limited: 2.75 (there are still better options in the set, but draw is good)
 
Combos with: Pom Poms, get into the spirit!


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