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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Hugh

- Boundaries Crossed

Date Reviewed:
December 3, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.17
Limited: 4.00

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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2010 UK National
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Hugh (Boundaries Crossed)

Hello and welcome to another week of Boundaries Crossed reviews here on Pojo’s CotD. We have some interesting stuff for you this week, even if not all of it is going to be exactly playable.

We kick off with Hugh, one of the two new Supporters from the set. A new Supporter should be an occasion for great rejoicing in the TCG world, as right now we have a very limited selection, with virtually all decks running the maximum numbers of Professor Juniper and N, supplemented with a few Cheren, Bianca, and now Skyla. Unfortunately, we are going to have to wait for a bit of diversity when it comes to draw Supporters though, because Hugh is, to be honest, a bit rubbish. It’s not blatant rubbish like Rival from Diamond and Pearl, and it’s not one of those cards that’s just useless because it is so outclassed by everything else (Supporter Bill, Mom’s Kindness). In fact Hugh looks as it there should be a use for him. And there probably is . . . it’s just it will be an incredibly situational use that will almost never happen. The other 99% of the time, you will spend wishing you had a different Supporter in your hand.

What Hugh does is basically force both players to five cards. However, it doesn’t do this in the nice, shuffle-draw way that Judge did, it does it by making both players either discard or draw until they have five. When would it be good? Well, maybe if you had a very small hand of cards (in which case you would be better off with Bianca), or perhaps when your opponent has a very large one (except that N would be better as it wouldn’t allow them to pick and choose what to discard). I suppose you could make the argument that you could benefit from the discard with Hugh by losing cards like Ho-oh-EX, or Lightning Energy in an Eelektrik deck . . . but then so could your opponent. However you play this card it seems like there is a massive risk of it backfiring and doing more good for your opponent than you.

When it comes to setting up and getting the stuff out of your deck that you need, Hugh is an abject failure. Just because it is possible to imagine obscure scenarios where he would be great (opponent has 10 cards and doesn’t want to discard any of them), doesn’t mean he is ever worth playing for the rare chance it will happen. When it comes to draw Supporters, stick to what we have for now, and wait to see what future sets will bring.

Rating

Modified: 1.75 (for some reason, I find this card quite difficult to pull out of packs. Can’t say I’m sad about that)

Limited: 3 (draw Supporters normally get a 5 here. This should tell you how poor of a card it is)

virusyosh

Welcome back, Pojo readers! I hope that all of you had continued success at your City Championship tournaments this weekend. We're continuing our Boundaries Crossed reviews this week, so be sure to check back to see if your favorites are being reviewed. Today we're reviewing a new Supporter from the set, Hugh.

As previously stated, Hugh is a Supporter, meaning that you can only play it once per turn, and after you do so, you can't play any more Supporters during that turn. Hugh's effect is pretty interesting, forcing both players to either draw cards until they have 5 cards in hand (if they started off with fewer than 5 cards), or discard down to five (provided they started with more than 5 cards). For Modified, players tend to prefer shuffle and draw cards like Professor Juniper and N, as they can often bolster bad hands much more effectively that cards that straight up draw like Cheren and Hugh. Since you'll probably never play this when you have five or more cards in hand, Hugh has the added bonus of forcing your opponent to discard if they have more than five cards, something that the other Supporters cannot do. Unfortunately, given the relatively big hand sizes in Modified (usually between 4-6 cards on average), chances are you'll only end up being able to draw a single card or force your opponent to discard one or two cards most of the time. Therefore, you're probably better off using something like Professor Juniper for card draw, or N for disruption.

Modified: 2.5/5 Hugh is a usable but somewhat inferior option to the Supporter staples we've come to know and love in Modified. While Hugh's discarding ability can come in handy on occasion, most of the time it is better to force your opponent into bad situations with your own cards. Additionally, your opponent chooses which cards to discard (greatly weakening the card's effectiveness), and the draw is somewhat lackluster compared to Bianca, Cheren, and Professor Juniper. Overall, you can give Hugh a shot in your Modified deck, but chances are you'll be better off using other cards.

Limited: 5/5 Card draw is very rare huge hand sizes are common in Limited, so Hugh can be very disruptive to the opponent. Taking these into account, you should run Hugh if you get it, as card draw in slow formats is a great thing.

Jebulous Maryland Player

Hugh

Hugh is a Supporter that makes both players draw or discard until they have 5 cards (opponent goes first). Well, this is another disruption card. Sadly it's not a great one. The best strategy is to only have Hugh in your hand and your opponent have a lot more than 5 cards. That way you draw and they discard. Unfortunately that isn't going to be seen in this format. A lot of decks are playing items that you can use instantly, so once they see the first Hugh, they'll know how to counter it.

The big draw Supporters now are Professor Juniper, N, Bianca, and Cheren. When these are played, the opponent's hand size will be 7, max of 6, 6, and x+3, respectively. In any case they will play a couple of cards that they get (that is the point of playing a draw card, to get something else to play). There have been time where I draw and get nothing playable, but that has been rare.

So worse case scenario for your opponent, they can't play anything after their Supporter. You play Hugh and they discard 2, max of 1, 1, and x-2. So the best case is after a Cheren and they already have a considerable hand size (though Cheren is probably the least played of the 4).

Anyway, all that was to show that not many cards will be discarded. On top at that, players in this format don't usually keep large hand sizes. And the disruption isn't much, seeing as how they still have 5 cards (of their choice). So I doubt they'd discard anything critical.

As for disruption, I'd place this after N and before Hooligans (because I dislike coin flips). N messes their hand up and you get to draw. Hugh discards (maybe) and you draw (YOU SHOULD). Hooligans shuffles 3 back in their deck (optimal if they only have a hand of 3 and you flip heads).

So if you want to add more disruption to your deck, Hugh is a viable card. You need to look at how it plays against other decks though. You don't want a draw card that will let your opponent draw too...


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