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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Team Rocket's Trickery

HS Undaunted

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.75
Limited: 4.25

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

Team Rocket’s Trickery 

Hand disruption is very definitely a bad guy thing in Pokémon TCG. Think of Cyrus’s Initiative, Team Galactic’s Mars, Team Galactic’s Wager . . . 

Today’s card is the latest offering in that style from the Team Rocket that appears in the Heart Gold Soul Silver games. Is it just me, or are Petrel and Archer a tiny bit pathetic and small time compared to the likes of Giovanni and Cyrus? 

Anyway, on to the card.  

Team Rocket’s Trickery allows you to draw two cards from your deck, then your opponent discards a card from their hand. Now, any player who has advanced beyond the theme deck stage knows that drawing two is just not good enough for a Supporter (which is why no-one uses Mom’s Kindness). Heck, even drawing THREE doesn’t get Professor Oak’s Visit any play. So the question is, does the discard make TRT (as I’m going to call it) worth playing? 

In short – no. See the trouble is that your opponent gets to choose what card they dump, so it will almost always be something they don’t need (or at the very least it will be the card they can most do without). Even worse, if you are playing against something like Steelix or Gyarados that likes to discard, then you could even end up helping your opponent! The old Team Galactic’s Mars at least made the discard random and even that didn’t get it much table time (and this was back when Absol SW discard openings ruled), so I have no idea why anyone would use this. 

You could argue that it has a place in a hand disruption deck, but to be honest, wouldn’t you just use Cyrus’s Initiative or Judge as a Supporter, or even Weavile UD? If you have already used those cards to blitz your opponent’s hand to oblivion, then TRT is going to make little or no difference to them and costs you a Supporter use that could have been better spent. 

TRT doesn’t really cut it as a draw Supporter or as a hand disruption tool. We have so many better ways of doing both. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.75 (choose your Supporters more wisely)

Unlimited:  4.25 (the discard will never hurt them, but the draw is golden for you)


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