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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Research Record

Call of Legends

Date Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.67
Limited: 4.17

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

Research Record

Here’s an interesting card. It doesn’t seem all that much at first, but it does look like it can be used in any deck that can take advantage of some drawpower.

Research Record is a Trainer, which is great in that you can play as many as you like on your turn. It’s not so great in that it can be locked by four very popular cards: Spiritomb AR, Dialga G, Gastly SF, and Vileplume UD. Its effect is to let you look at your top four cards, put as many as you like on top of your deck, and put the rest on the bottom.

Obviously, by itself, Research Record doesn’t do very much. Where it shines is in combination with draw cards. If you are playing anything which draws the top card(s) of your deck, then Research Record can be a very useful way of trying to maximise the effectiveness of what would otherwise be just some random topdecks. So what does it work with? Well Uxie LA is a staple draw card in virtually every deck. Magnezone decks that run the Prime will also benefit from using this, as will Fire decks with Ninetales HGSS. Then there are decks that use draw Supporters like Volkner’s Philosophy (seen in some Gyarados) or Engineer’s Adjustments (I’ve seen it in a Steelix deck before).

With space so tight in a competitive deck, though, the question is: should you make space for this card? In all honesty, I’m a bit doubtful. While it does do something useful, I’m not sure if it is worth putting 2-4 copies of this in your deck just to combo it with Uxie. In the end, there is always going to be something I would rather have, such as the fourth copy of a consistency card like Pokémon Collector, or maybe something like Energy Exchanger or Warp Point.

That said, I do think it is a card worth testing, especially in decks using cards like Magnezone Prime or Ninetales which can call on regular drawpower.

Rating

Modified: 2.25 (useful, but is it useful enough?)

Limited: 3.75 (It’s a Trainer that helps with topdecks. If you pull it, play it)

Combos with . . .

Uxie LA

Magnezone Prime

Ninetales HGSS

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia
Research Record (Call of Legends)
 
Today we have one of the few Trainers in the set u for review. Pojo presents: Research Record!
 
This card is interesting in that it revolves around fixing up your topdeck but isn't completely terrible. Allow me to elaborate.
 
Fixing your topdeck so that you know what cards are coming and being able to switch them around to get to them faster is great, but drawing the cards immediately without having to wait for the start of your next turn is a far superior method for setting up your field and winning the game. Even if the cards you draw aren't very useful, you still can use them as fodder to pay the sacrifice for another card (Bebe's Search, Pokemon Communication and Junk Arm are all good examples of cards that require a sacrifice).
 
To make matters worse, deck lists are always very tight because you always want to use more cards than can fit into your deck (if you don't it means that your collection is tiny, or you haven't done enough playtesting) so there is very little room for niche cards, such as cards that rearrange the top of your deck. The final nail in the coffin of topdecking being a good strategy in Pokemon is that Slowking HGSS and Chatot G, while not incredibly popular, will still pop up from time to time in competitive play and totally ruin your topdeck after you just rearranged it.
 
Screwing with your opponent's topdeck is a lot more effective, provided you combine that strategy with cards that deplete your opponent's hand so that the other player will run out of options and just concede. Sadly, Research Record doesn't do that.
 
What it does do is let you look at the top 4 cards of your deck and place the ones you still want back on top of your deck in any order, then you place the cards you didn't want on the bottom of your deck in any order. The usefulness of this effect is that you can thin the top of your deck by 4 cards each time you play this Trainer, which is great for decks that love to draw through their entire deck on the first turn of the game (Uxie Donk, Shuppet Donk and some Gyarados builds). While you still have to draw the cards with other Trainers like Poke Drawer + and Pokedex Handy-101 (and the ever-present draw Poke-powers like Uxie LA), you can make your draw count by removing cards that aren't immediately useful to the bottom of the deck so that you can get to the rest of your draw Trainers and Uxie LA's that much faster for a more consistent setup.
 
Most players won't want to touch this card, but if you need to thin your deck really quickly, then Research Record may well be your cup of tea.
 
Modified: 3 (you won't want to use it most of the time and Trainer lock is still as powerful as it was 3 months ago, but Research Record is the best deck-thinning card we have right now)
Limited: 4.5 (rearranging your deck is great in Limited, especially since you can drop the fodder to the bottom and get to the good stuff quicker)
 
Combos with: Uxie Donk
virusyosh

Happy midweek, Pojo readers! Today's Card of the Day is one of the new Trainer cards from Call of Legends. Today's COTD is Research Record.

Research Record is a Trainer card with the straightforward effect of allowing you to look at the top 4 cards of your deck and then put as many of them as you like back on the top of your deck in any order, with the rest going to the bottom in any order. In Modified, I don't see much use for this card right now, as you can search for most important cards that you may need. Additionally, even if a card you're looking for is unsearchable, you can just use something like Uxie to draw into it, provided your deck is consistent enough. If Research Record allowed you to take one or two of the cards from the four you look at and put them into your hand, it would be more playable. As it is now, it really just seems to be a waste of a slot.

In Limited, however, this card is quite playable, since there isn't nearly as much search. Looking at the top 4 cards of your deck can ensure that you get that crucial Evolution or Pokemon that you need, or just allow you to cycle through your deck faster if you don't need any of those 4 cards.

Modified: 1.5/5 I can see times where it would be useful, but really, I don't see that much of a reason to run it here.

Limited: 5/5 Unlike Modified, including this in your deck will almost never hurt you, due to Limited's lack of search.


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