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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Pokémon Center Lady

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
May 29, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.75
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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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Pokémon Centre Lady 

We end our short week of reviews with a look at a Supporter from Flashfire. Anyone who has ever played a Pokémon game will have a pretty good idea of what a card called ‘Pokémon Centre Lady’ will do – heal a Pokémon. 

In this case, she will remove six damage counters and all Special Conditions from one of your Pokémon. Her effect is superior to that of Potion and Super Potion, and doesn’t have the massive Energy-discarding downside of Max Potion. I actually think this is a pretty solid card when looked at in isolation: able to prevent some two-hit KOs and remove some very annoying effects, such as Hypnotoxic Laser’s Sleep and Poison, and Accelgor DEX’s Paralysis. Previously you were relying on switching Trainers or Keldeo EX to do that. 

Even the fact that she is a Supporter can be a good thing, if you are under Item-lock, that is. This card would have been a fine answer to those Gothitelle/Accelgor decks that were so successful and annoying last year. In most situations though, being a Supporter is a terrible drawback, as using her means that for the vast majority of decks, you will have no draw for that turn. A card as powerful as Lysandre can just about get away with this, but Pokémon Centre Lady? I fear not. 

So I guess she is destined to join a growing list of interesting Supporters like Cassius and Iris which won’t see play because we are just too dependent on using a Juniper, N, or Colress whenever we can. That’s really unfortunate, as cards like that can do a lot to make the game more interesting and varied. 

Rating 

Modified: 2.75 (decent card, shame about the format)

Limited: 4.5 (go ahead and use her – you are unlikely to have other Supporter options)


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Intro to
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Pokémon Center Lady.
Unlimited 150 review.

First, I just have to state my relief that they didn’t rewrite yet another old card for this by changing the text on Pokémon Nurse even though it’s resulted in a rather unusual card name.

The last few sets have been really encouraging for people wanting to build tank decks; all the Megas have tanking potential, Goodra will probably be very strong once it gets some more support in its line and now we have today’s card Pokémon Center Lady.

 

Cards like Full Heal have seen very little play because they’re only useful in a few situations and switching your active out is usually a better solution. Cards that do a few things in addition to the Full Heal effect are more playable, such as Heal Energy. Pokémon Center Lady might be another such card. In Standard it might be hard to play her, as decks rely so much on Supporters to draw card whereas in U150, a lot of card draw is done via Abilities. This means you can use utility Supporters such as this easier. One solution to taking down huge HP monsters like the Megas is to Paralyse lock them and take them down in 2 hits, Pokémon Center Lady will help combat this strategy.

 

The other type of deck that will appreciate PCL will be Supporter toolbox decks, namely those running Staraptor FB LV.X. SP decks got 2 very useful utility effects in this set with this card and Lysandre so I wouldn’t be surprised to see their popularity grow a little as a result.

 

Rating: 3.5 (It will just slow down some decks but tank and SP builds should find a use for it.)


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