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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Flower Shop Lady

HS Undaunted

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.25
Limited: 4.50

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
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Flower Shop Lady 

As expected, we are seeing some Johto characters pop up on the HGSS Supporter cards. We’ve already had a look at the Sage from Bellsprout Tower, and now it’s time to see what Flower Shop Lady can do. If you have played the video games, you will know that she is the one who gives you the Squirtbottle you need to get past that annoying Sudowoodo. 

Flower Shop Lady is a Supporter recovery card and as such faces direct competition from Palmer’s Contribution.  Since we lost Night Maintenance in the Rotation, it is almost certain that you will be putting at least one copy of one of these cards in your deck, but which one should it be? Let’s compare the two . . .

With Flower Shop Lady you get to shuffle three Pokémon and three Energy back into your deck. Remember that the ‘do as much as you can’ rule applies here. You don’t need to have three Pokémon and three Energy is the Discard to play it: you can use it if (for example) you only have two Pokémon and a single Energy.

Palmer’s Contribution allows you to shuffle back any combination of up to five Pokémon and Energy. The downside is that this is one less than you get with Flower Shop Lady. The upside is that it is much more flexible; you can use it to get five Pokémon or five Energy if you want to. The ‘up to’ wording in Palmer’s text may also make a small but important difference. With Flower Shop Lady, you have to shuffle in as many cards as you can. With Palmer, you can choose to just put one back. Most of the time this doesn’t matter, but if you just want to return one card and increase your chances of drawing into it from your deck, then only Palmer will do this for you.

For 90% of all gameplay situations, there is really little to choose between the two cards, which both fulfil an essential role in almost any Pokémon deck. However, despite getting you that extra card, those one or two restrictions on how Flower Shop Lady works means that I would almost always opt for Palmer’s Contribution.

 Rating

Modified: 3 (less flexible alternative to Palmers)
Limited: 4 (prevents decking out, and could return some of your few good Pokémon)


Otaku

We end this week with Flower Shop Lady.  This new Supporter lets you snag a total of six cards from your discard pile and return them to your deck.  The catch is pretty obvious: they have to be three Pokémon and three basic Energy cards.  This card follows a fairly established pattern for recursion cards, and as long as your deck runs and relies on a solid amount of Pokémon and basic Energy, it is a great card.  If you favor one over the other or just don’t trust you’ll have three of each in the discard pile when you need it, clearly Palmer’s Contribution is the superior choice.  This card isn’t mind blowing, but it reminds us that Pokémon decks will often be able to find tune themselves with decisions such as these.  Slight variations can have significant impact.

 

Ratings

 

Modified: 3.5/5

 

Limited: 5/5

 

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