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
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
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.
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
I would use Mom’s Kindness before I used this.
Modified: 1.5 (A Supporter that helps your opponent? No
Limited: 3.25 (any draw is great here . . . but just for
once there are better Supporters in the set)