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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Engineer's Adjustments

HS Unleashed

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.33
Limited: 4.67

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

Engineer’s Adjustments

 

Today’s card features a picture of some bloke fixing a computer (boooo!), but it’s a little more complicated and potentially useful than the other cards we have seen this week (hooray!).

 

Engineer’s Adjustments is another draw Supporter, but one which enables you to draw four cards. This seems to be the point at which draw Supporters actually become playable in competitive decks. There is a price to pay for the superior draw – you have to discard an Energy card from your hand – but there are ways in which that can be a positive rather than a negative.

 

That is especially true for decks which can use discarded Energy for Energy acceleration. There are quite a few decks around that do that: Steelix Prime with its Energy Stream attack; Tyranitar SF with its Darkness Drive Power; and  Magnezone SF (the Lightning one) are just some examples.

 

As for other decks, they generally run such a low Energy count that it isn’t practical to just dump it in order to draw, but for decks that can use the discard, Engineer’s is a serious rival to Felicity’s Drawing. Although Felicity allows you to discard up to two Energy at a time and is much more flexible (you can discard any cards when you play it), Engineer has the advantage of netting you the full four cards should you only have one card that you want to discard in your hand.

 

I can definitely see this card finding a home in a few decks, especially if we lose Felicity after the rotation.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 3 (solid draw with a useful side-effect for some decks)

Limited: 4.5 (Dunno about you, but in Limited I usually have a ton of spare Energy and a desperate need to draw more cards)


Otaku

For the middle of the week, we look at Engineer’s Adjustments.  The good news?  It will let you draw four cards, without shuffling your hand away or anything like that.  The bad news?  It requires discarding an Energy card to use, so if you don’t have one in your hand then it’s a dead card.

 

Now, we have some amazing shuffle-and-draw cards in the format, and they tend to work well with Claydol’s Cosmic Power PokÚ-Power: play out your hand, refresh, play out your hand, refresh.  Fortunately, there are cards that like Energy in the discard pile, and decks that just have to run a lot of Energy and thus might as well benefit as well.

 

Ratings

 

Modified: 3.5/5

 

Limited: 5/5

 

Combos with: Typhlosion Prime, Feraligatr Prime

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia
Engineer's Adjustments (HS Unleashed)
 
Finally, the good draw Supporter in this set! Woohoo! This card would be even better if the art was of some engineer trying to diffuse a bomb instead of the utilitarian scene, but this is a children's game. Oh well.
 
You discard an energy from your hand and draw 4 cards. Provided you have the energy to waste, this card is good enough to consider, but the real benefit is actually the discard itself. For decks that rely on getting energy out the discard pile onto their Pokemon as energy acceleration, this card is gold, maybe even Platinum. CharPhlosion, BlastCatty, Raichu and Salamence decks will all benefit from this card.
 
The main contender to this card is Felicity's Drawing, which simply allows you to discard any 2 cards from your hand for the same draw, or just discard 1 for 3 draw. Gyarados will still use Felicity's but other discard-oriented decks now and in the future will probably use Engineer's, especailly if the energy accel we have been seeing continues. Or even both, before the rotation hits.
 
The downside is opponents who like to use Copycat when you have gotten a large hand, or others who like to annoy you with Looker's Investigation, but you'll just have to accept that. ALso, you have to remeber that this is a Supporter, so it has to be measured against all of the other Supporters you want to use in your deck
 
Modified: 3.25 (decent draw, especially in concert with powers, and works with energy acceleration from the discard pile)
Limited: 4.5 (lot's of energy in Limited and the best deck thinner of the lot. Just don't deck yourself)
 
Combos with: Delcatty PT, Typhlosion Prime, Electivire SW


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