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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Copycat

HeartGold & SoulSilver

Date Reviewed: 03.08.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.40
Limited: 4.33

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

Copycat (HGSS)

 

Hello and welcome to a brand new week of Pojo’s CotD. This week, we will be taking a break from reviewing actual Pokémon and instead we will be looking at some of the Supporters and Trainers in the recent HGSS set.

 

We start with a reprint of one of my very favourite Supporters: Copycat.

 

The effect of Copycat is simple, and should be familiar to anyone who has used Chatot MD. You shuffle your hand in to your deck and draw the same number of cards as your opponent has in their hand.

 

Being a Supporter, Copycat will have to work hard to justify it’s inclusion in a deck, thanks to the one-per-turn rule. Luckily, it is equipped to do just that. There are many situations in which shuffle draw can get you out of a tight spot. Maybe you have just lost a Team Galactic’s Wager and are down to three cards; maybe you need to dig through your deck to find a vital, unsearchable card (such as a Rare Candy); or maybe you just have an abysmal hand. Copycat could be the answer to all of these problems.

 

So, should it be a staple card in any deck? Well you should think hard about that as there are some decent alternative shuffle draw cards. Cynthia’s Feelings can draw you eight cards if your Pokémon was knocked out on the previous turn; Looker’s Investigation allows you a peek at your opponent’s hand and the option of making them shuffle; Professor Rowan lets you keep hold of one of your cards (at the expense of inferior draw); and the new Professor Oak’s New Theory will guarantee you a draw of six cards: something that Copycat cannot always manage.

 

On the other hand, Copycat offers something that none of those cards do: the possibility of massive draw when you need it. True, Claydol and Uxie use has meant that hands tend to hover around 5-7 cards, but some popular decks such as Gyarados and SP often run with huge hand sizes. In the end, your choice of shuffle draw card will depend on the type of deck you run. For example, Gengar SF decks benefit from using Looker’s Investigation to calculate the damage they can do with Poltergeist; and decks that run weaker Pokémon (such as Jumpluff) may prefer Cynthia’s Feelings as they will experience frequent KOs.

 

With Power Locking, Luxray GL LV X and several viable snipers in the format, Claydol and Uxie are not as reliable, or last as long on the Field, as they used to. For this reason, running some kind of shuffle draw card to refresh the hand and draw through the deck is highly recommended. You could play safe and include a couple of Professor Oak’s New Theory . . . or you could choose the slightly riskier, but potentially more rewarding, Copycat.

 

I know which one I will go for.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 4 (I’m probably over-rating it a bit. Sue me)

Limited: 5 (hand refresh is fantastic in Limited) 

virusyosh

Welcome back, Pojo readers! This week we are review a few Trainers and Supporters from the HeartGold and SoulSilver expansion. Today's Card of the Day is Copycat.

Copycat is a Supporter that lets you shuffle your hand into your deck and draw a number of cards equal to the amount of cards in your opponent's hand. While drawing cards is always a great thing, Copycat is very dependent on your opponent. While it can be incredibly useful if your opponent draws many cards (say with Ninetales or something similar), most of the time will only have about six cards in hand due to Claydol and Uxie, in which you would probably be better off using Professor Oak's New Theory or even Cynthia's Feelings.

Modified: 2.5/5 Copycat is very useful, but it isn't quite as useful as it could be right now. When we almost certainly lose Claydol and Uxie in the incoming rotation it might see more use, but right now, you're probably better sticking with those Pokemon and other common supporters we use now.

Limited: 4/5 Card draw of any kind is great in Limited, and being able to refresh your hand in a slow format is great. Hopefully you can use it when your opponent has quite a few cards in hand.


Otaku

Today we look at a returning Supporter, Copycat.  If you want a trip down memory lane, click here, the second time here, here for the third, and lastly here for the fourth and last time we reviewed this card.  Copycat is one of those cards I find I never want to go away, even if I don’t often main deck it.  The reason is simple: first it acts as a natural balancing agent: potent draw power feeds it, so while an opponent could draw and use a lot of cards, if they don’t you can easily catch-up without dedicating a major hunk of your deck to it.  Given how rarely this game is lacking in draw power, it’s a pretty safe bet.

 

Occasionally, there are card effects that combo nicely with it.  Usually they are one of two kinds: those that help your opponent (somewhat rare) and those that have an effect based on each player having the same hand size.  Since you can only run four of this card and using it purely for synchronization requires not using anything you draw off of it (or having a way to replace what you drew and used), balance has never really been an issue.

 

Beware a smart opponent, as you are technically at their mercy when using Copycat.  A skilled player will learn to minimize their hand size between turns, so you can’t Copycat for major draw.  Fortunately a good deck build will rarely rely on Copycat alone for draw power, allowing you to turn this to your benefit: flash a single Copycat early game and you might be able to bluff them into overextending.  It can be quite useful for your opponent to assume they have to keep their hand small: benching Basic Pokémon they don’t need or using a Trainer in less than optimal situations for fear you’ll Copycat for a large hand.

 

Any draw power is a must in Limited, and while we no longer score it, I’ll finish by stating how this card does in Unlimited: surprisingly well.  Cleffa from Neo Genesis is still a common opener, and that means a second turn Copycat for seven cards… probably after you’ve nearly demolished your actual starting hand with powerful draw and search cards.  Unless your deck is focused on a specific Supporter so that using it for draw is a waste, you probably should give this and/or Professor Oak’s Research a shot.  If you don’t know why I am wasting time stating the obvious… read those older CotDs. ;)

 

Ratings

 

Modified: 3.75/5

 

Limited: 4/5


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