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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Professor Oak's New Theory

HeartGold & SoulSilver

Date Reviewed: 03.26.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.50
Limited: 4.75

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

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Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Professor Oak’s New Theory

 

We finish the week with one of the new Supporters from HGSS. It’s Professor Oak’s New Theory, or PONT, as I shall be calling it from now on.

 

PONT is a type of Supporter that we seem to have an awful lot of at the moment. While we (sadly) lack any really great draw Supporters, we are overrun with shuffle-draw/hand refresh Supporters, all of which work in subtly different ways. PONT is the most straightforward of them all, though. When you play it, you shuffle in your hand and draw six new cards.

 

Not that there is anything wrong with shuffle draw in this format, with all its Trainer-locking. On the contrary, it is often incredibly useful, and most decks can really benefit from running at least a couple to dig for needed cards or simply re-draw if you have a bad hand. The only problem is which one to choose?

 

For certain decks, more specialized shuffle draw like Looker’s Investigation (with Gengar SF) or Team Galactic’s Wager (with Gallade SW) will be the best option. For everything else, it comes down to a choice between PONT, Cynthia’s Feelings, and Copycat. While both Cynthia and Copycat can give you superior draw over PONT, they are situational cards. Cynthia requires you to have had a Pokémon KO’d on the previous turn in order to draw the maximum eight cards with it, while Copycat is dependent upon the opponent’s hand size. PONT, on the other hand, represents a safe choice. It always draws you a fresh hand of six cards, regardless of circumstances.

 

I prefer Copycat, personally, but if you are a more conservative player who likes the security of a steady, reliable card like PONT, then it is a good choice for your deck.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 3.5 (solid default shuffle draw)

Limited: 4.75 (if you are anything like me, your hand is nearly always terrible in limited, so this is brilliant)


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