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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Professor Juniper

Black & White

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.90
Limited: 5.00

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

Professor Juniper (B&W)

Woo hoo . . . they are finally here! No more thinking up theme weeks!

Welcome to a brand new week of Pojo’s CotD featuring ALL NEW Black and White cards!

We kick off with the only Supporter that made it into the set: Professor Juniper. In the video game, she’s the Oak/Birch/Rowan/Elm type who gives you your starting Pokémon and checks your Pokedex throughout the game . . . and she’s a nice change of pace from her male colleagues too. But what is she going to do for you in the TCG huh?

Well, it turns out she’s not too different from something we have seen before. This card is pretty much the old Professor Oak Trainer from Base Set, reprinted in Supporter form. When you play it, you get to discard your entire hand and draw a fresh one of seven cards.

When they reprinted the other staple Base Set Trainer, Bill, in Supporter form, they made it completely horrible . . . no-one in their right mind is going to use their once-per-turn card to draw two. With Juniper however, things are slightly different: a brand new hand of seven cards is great in all kinds of situations: lose a bad hand in hope of better things, recover from hand disruption, or simply play very aggressively and spend as many resources as you can in a turn before re-stocking with a massive seven cards from your deck. Then of course there are those decks that actually like to discard stuff in order to work. This card is definitely going to see play in Gyarados as a way of dumping Magikarps, for example.

Sometimes, Juniper is going to be a difficult card to play: you won’t always be able to play out your hand, and you might not want to discard what you are left holding. The benefits of having it in the deck are clear though: the hand refresh is so huge it could be game-changing and I think this card will be getting some play, even outside of discard decks. It won’t be like the old Oak card, where a playset was virtually a staple in everything, but I can definitely see it becoming the standard draw/refresh card of choice, ahead of other contenders like Copycat and Professor Oak’s New Theory.

Rating

Modified: 4 (a Supporter that can bring speed and consistency to virtually any deck? Yep, it’s a very good card)

Limited: 5 (who hasn’t had a hand full of crap they wanted to discard in Limited?)

virusyosh

Welcome back, everyone! I hope that you all had good weekends, and that you're all successful in your preparations for Regionals this weekend. We are going to start reviewing cards from the upcoming Black and White expansion, some of which have already been released in the form of theme decks and preview packs in tins. Today's Card of the Day is one of the few Supporters in the set, but I'm sure it will see some play. Today's Card of the Day is Professor Juniper.

Professor Juniper, as stated before, is a Supporter card. It has a very simple effect, that many older players of the game will remember. When you play Professor Juniper, you discard your hand and draw 7 cards. If you started playing this game when Base Set first came out (or around that time), you will remember that Professor Oak was one of the most commonly played cards during that time, and for good reason. The ability to refresh your hand for a new full set of 7 cards is great, especially if you have a less than desirable hand (or no hand). Undoubtedly, Professor Juniper will be compared to other hand refresh cards like Judge, Professor Oak's New Theory, and Copycat. Much like these other cards, playing with Professor Juniper may not be the best for every deck, but there are a few decks specifically in which it shines. For example, not every deck can handle the discard requirements all that well. However, if played in those decks that can, such as Magnezone and Charizard/Typhlosion, you will be able to maximize Professor Juniper's usefulness. Additionally, drawing 7 cards may not seem that different from drawing 6, but sometimes that extra card can be key in drawing what you need, especially if you've already thinned your deck out considerably. Overall, whether or not you decide to use Professor Juniper as your hand refresh card of choice comes really down to personal preference, as it has its own strengths and weaknesses, just like the other hand refresh cards.

Modified: 4/5 I can see Professor Juniper making a huge splash here, especially if Typhlosion and Magnezone (specifically MagneRock) become more popular. The hand refresh that Professor Juniper provides is really great in terms of sheer card advantage, but discarding your entire hand may be somewhat prohibitive. Even still, this card should see quite a bit of play, and for good reason. It doesn't belong in every deck, but it's still very good.

Limited: 5/5 It's a Supporter that draws you cards, so that means you should definitely run it if you get one. However, just keep in mind that your Limited deck probably isn't as consistent as a Modified deck, so be mindful of what you're discarding.

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia

Professor Juniper (Black and White)
 
Here is our very first review for the New Balck and White English release, and we start with one of the new Supporter cards.
 
The most important thing about this card is that it has gone back to saying 'Trainer' in the top left corner followed by 'Supporter' in the top right corner. I don't know if this is going to change any rulings, but I'd give even odds that things have gone back to the way they were in the 3rd generation of the game (the Ruby & Sapphire onward sets with all of the Ex cards). I personally like the game better the way it has been in the 4th generation (Diamond & Pearl through to the HGSS cards) but I don't know anything about it personally. I'll have to get my hands on one of the new rulebooks and get back to you.
 
The effect of the card is simple: discard your current hand and draw 7 new cards. Note that you can still play this card with an empty hand (you discard 0 cards since you have a hand of 0 cards, but it still counts as discarding) and you don't need to shuffle your deck so cards that affect topdecking like Chatot G, Research Record and Slowking HGSS will like this card better than the shuffle/draw cards that currently dominate the format. Also, some Gyarados players may try this as another option for refilling the hand while getting rid of those Magikarps, something that the old Felicity's Drawing was good for.
 
Most players won't like losing their whole hand in Modified, but between retrieval cards like Junk Arm and all of the 'shuffle-such-and-such-from-your-discard-pile-back-into-your-deck' cards we have you can recover quite nicely if your build is right. Also, this card would be awesome run as a single copy to counter Weavile UD and Judge since losing the small hand your opponent leaves you with wouldn't hurt and you would get a large hand quickly
 
Older players may recognise this as being the same effect the old Professor Oak Trainer used to have and it was used for much the same reason (huge draw/hand refresh with lots of good retrieval cards to get back critical pieces). However, like the Bill reprint, this card is nowhere near as powerful because it is a Supporter and you can't spam it to draw your entire deck. At least Professor Juniper doesn't count as a reprint so Unlimited players aren't losing another powerful draw card (though it would be fun if they did, maybe Unlimited decks would have a little more variety)

Although we have a lot of (somewhat underused) retrieval power in the current format, I doubt this card is going to be very powerful until Uxie LA gets rotated out. With another way to draw 7 cards being easily available (especially one that doesn't require the sacrifice of your whole hand) most players will prefer using different forms of draw power that don't burn their Supporter use for the turn.
 
Modified: 3.5 (Professor Juniper has the potential to become very powerful once its competitors are rotated out, and using a single copy as a tech would be a good idea in most decks to recover agianst certain matchups, especially if your run a deck with heavy discard penalties [Tyranitar SF, CharPhlosion, BlazePhlosion, some Rain Dance builds])
Limited: 5 (I dare you to write in and say you have had a single match at a draft event where you haven't had a handful of fodder you would love to replace. Just one match where discarding your hand to draw 7 cards would NOT have been helpful. I Double Dare you)
 
Combos with: Junk Arm, Palmer's Contribution, Poke'mon Rescue

conical

4/11/11: Professor Juniper(Black & White)
 
Well, we ran out of theme weeks. So I guess we have to—hold on, Black & White cards? Let's do it! Go go go!
 
The first card of a new generation is a familiar one; if Professor Juniper's text looks familiar, it's because it's the exact same effect as the legendary Professor Oak card, from Base Set. The difference? Juniper is a Supporter, and thus can only be played once, eliminating the possibility of milling through an entire deck with Juniper chains. Unlike the format in Base Set, however, Professor Juniper has a bit more competition in terms of ways to refresh your hand. Juniper is a superior card to say, Professor Oak's New Theory, in that it draws you an extra card. Copycat could theoretically draw more cards, but that is more dependent on the opponent, and it's nice to have a sure thing. On the other hand, you have to discard your hand, and while that may not be a problem in some decks(hello Gyarados!), there are decks that can't afford to just throw away resources.
 
Honestly, though? I don't think that discarding your hand is that much of a problem. Maybe it means that players have to run an extra Palmer's Contribution/Flower Shop Lady, and maybe a couple of Junk Arm, but I think the card draw is worth. Here's to the new age of draw Supporters!
 
Modified: 4/5
Limited: 5/5


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