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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Trick Shovel

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
May 27, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.50
Limited: 3.75

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
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Trick Shovel 

Hello and welcome to a short week of reviews here on Pojo’s CotD. We’re going to spend it looking at some of the Trainer cards from the latest Flashfire set. We kick off with this strange little card. Trick Shovel can be used to look at the top card of either your own or your opponent’s deck. You can then choose whether to discard or replace it. 

Obviously, there is useful information to be gained either way, and the potential to stop your opponent getting something useful or avoid drawing something you don’t want . . . but that’s not really good enough is it? This is actually a card that screams ‘put me in a hand disruption deck!’ The theory being that if you can limit, or preferably destroy your opponent’s hand, fixing their top deck for the next turn can prevent them from recovering it (unless they have two Supporters there, of course). 

We’ve actually got quite a few half-decent hand disruption cards at the moment: Red Card, Hooligans Jim & Cas, and Malamar XY are the obvious ones (N is likely to help rather than hurt your opponent in a deck like this). We also have Sableye DEX, so we can use Junk Hunt to keep on using Trick  Shovel while winning via Poison damage from Hypnotoxic Laser. It all sounds as though it might be fun (unless you are playing against it), but it’s one of those decks where a lot has to go right for it to work (especially Malamar flips). 

Because of that, I don’t see Trick Shovel/disruption decks being too competitive right now, but who knows what the future will bring? It could end up being very nasty indeed. 

Rating 

Modified: 2.5 (funny little card that can be used in an annoying combo)

Limited 3.75 (you could even consider using it to give yourself a better draw here)


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Trick Shovel.
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In Standard, Trick Shovel seems to have missed the milling party with the rotation of Durant last season.  In U150 there are plenty of cards that mill (TCG lingo for discarding cards from your opponent’s deck) but of course, it’s harder with much bigger decks to discard. 

So how much of an impact can this card make, discarding just 1 card? It won’t suit any other deck but dedicated mill decks might want to try it out as it has some utility beyond just discarding. Many mill decks focus on some sort of lock to make their job easier, checking if your opponent is going to draw a key card to break the lock or not a turn in advance could be useful. Also, like Sableye (Crystal Guardians) you might even want to use it on yourself if you’re desperate to dig for certain cards. Combined with Junk Arm and Item Finder you can even get a few uses out of it. 

For anyone interested in building mill here’s a few ideas! Aggron (Dragons Exalted) mills while Aggron ex (Crystal Guardians) can stall out Basics. Palkia & Dialga LEGEND mills 2 cards at a time and adds prize cards to your opponent, helping stall them out. And of course, there’s Durant (Noble Victories) who did well discarding people’s whole decks in Standard. 

Rating: 2 (Interesting but a very niche usage effect.)


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