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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Steven

- Roaring Skies

Date Reviewed:
May 21, 2015

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.25
Expanded: 1.00
Limited: 4.00

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being horrible.  3 ... average.  5 is awesome.

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aroramage

And now we come to a card based off of a living legend, a man fascinated by stones and ancient lore, loves to hang around caves, and appreciates the finer things in life...like being the Champion and having a Mega-Metagross. That's right, today we review STEVEN!! 

Still not as good a Champion as Lance, but what can you do... 

Steven here is, naturally, a Supporter! And what kind of Supporter you may ask? Well he's one of those "fetch" Supporters like Skyla and Korrina - he grabs something out from your Deck that you need based on the situation and puts it into your hand. It's a pretty essential concept to have, and in some decks it can even lead to essential cards; Skyla would be run in Empoleon and Dusknoir decks for that Rare Candy while Korrina is definitively Fighting-support. So what does Steven grab? 

Another Supporter and a basic Energy card! 

...alright, that's not terrible. Maybe you got cheated out in the first hand and don't have any Energy to play - which by the way, if you've got the right Supporters, that should never be the case. So you need to grab yourself a Supporter to get the card you need, right? Right! There's just one problem: you just played your Supporter for the turn. What's his name? STEVEN 

In an environment where Supporters play a very particular role, Steven ends up supporting Supporters. That's like Trainers' Mail in a way, only you can only one per turn and you can't play the card you just added to your hand. It's TERRIBLE!! There's also the idea that it's a deck thinner by about two cards, but you know what does it better? Battle Compressor, and at least it has the decency to be an Item! 

I would've though Steven could go places - he was one of my lower picks for the Top 10 - but just thinking about the way Steven works is just...no! NO! Steven shouldn't be hindering you like this! Maybe if he grabbed any Energy - just that on its own - that'd be fine, or better yet he helps bring out your Megas - kinda like how he was helping the player in ORAS in terms of working on that Mega Evo, he hands you the stone your starter Mega-Evolves with for crying out loud! 

But nope, he's just a Supporting Supporter for Supports with a little Energy grab, and in an environment where Supporter spaces are contributed to stuff that actually aids the deck in terms of consistency, Steven is just not worth running.

Rating 

Standard: 1.5/5 (the .5 is only for the Energy grab and the deck-thinning, and even then, let's be honest, there are much better options for both) 

Expanded: 1/5 (NOPE) 

Limited: 3/5 (alright, he's...I dunno, okay here? He can nab you a Wally or Winona for the Supporter, which is...well, limited, let's be honest. Deck thinning I suppose is its biggest contribution here) 

Arora Notealus: Don't get me wrong, Steven's a cool guy. Knows a lot about the Hoenn region, and he's a lot more active as a Champion, which is something few other Champions can speak for. In fact, I think only Cynthia, Lance, and heck even Blue in a way are like that. Alder...well, he's around, but you don't fight him till post-game, Iris isn't as active in B2W2, and you only really see Diantha once. Let this be a lesson to GameFreak: BRING BACK ACTIVE CHAMPIONS WHO DO STUFF!! 

Next Time: Speaking of a rival like Blue!...except for the whole Blue-part of it.


Otaku

Steven’s Advice (EX: Hidden Legends 92/101; EX: Power Keepers 83/108) is a Supporter that allows you to draw a card a number of cards equal to the amount of Pokémon your opponent has in play, though it does carry the catch of not working if your hand is too large (seven or more cards, including Steven’s Advice itself).  Had it been re-released in recent history, it may or may not have been very good; Cheren is a guaranteed three cards and under normal circumstances you wouldn’t do better than five.  Had it been re-released in this set it might have become another solid one-of or perhaps even more at least in decks using Sky Field.  So, did the new Steven (XY: Roaring Skies 90/108) upgrade the card enough to help it at least come close to where it once was? 

Nope; oddly enough Steven instead snags a Supporter and Basic Energy card.  Another old card was Scott (EX: Emerald 84/106; EX: Power Keepers 81/108); it allowed you to search for up to three cards that were either Supporters, Stadiums or a combination of the two.  We know that Cilan could fetch up to three basic Energy cards and has been easily outclassed by the Item Professor’s Letter that itself snags two basic Energy cards.  So the new Steven may bear a superficial resemblance to three good-to-great cards (Steven’s Advice, Scott and Professor’s Letter) but it definitely isn’t their equal.  Scott worked because you could snag a Stadium to drop that very turn (an immediate benefit), a Supporter for the next turn and then a spare of either (in case of changing situations).  Or of course three of either.  It also wouldn’t be as good right now since you can rarely count on your hand remaining intact that long.  Professor’s Letter works because it is an Item; as a Supporter three basic Energy didn’t cut it, so why would two?  Why would one, even if it snagged a replacement Supporter for the next turn?  The simple answer is that is doesn’t, except in Limited play where it is a must run because you won’t have a functional deck that lacks Basic Energy (though you may lack an additional Supporter to add to hand). 

Ratings 

Standard: 1/5 

Expanded: 1/5 

Limited: 5/5 

Summary: If you didn’t make use of Steven at your Prerelease, you’re not going to make use of it anyplace else.  I did consider Magnezone (BW: Plasma Storm 46/135) since you could search out a Supporter while adding a Basic Energy to hand and then play the second supporter, but I’d rather burn a Skyla or take a chance on a Random Receiver or non-Supporter draw effect.


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