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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Good Manners - Gym

Thanks to Birgir 
for the card scan

Type:  Trainer 
Card #: card 111/132 
Rarity: Uncommon 

Text: In order to play this card, you can't have any Basic Pokemon cards in your hand. Show your hand to your opponent, then search your deck for a Basic Pokemon card, show it to your opponent, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterward.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Standard: 2.67 (based on 6 reviews)
Modified: 3.05
Reviewed January 24, 2002

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


  Well, it can get you out of bad situations early by getting you a Cleffa.  Unfortunately, it's not always going to have it's uses.  For example, you may need to get that Cleffa versus Slowking, but you have an Unown N in your hand.  You can't play it with basic in your hand, and if you play it, you lose the game.  (and hopefully most of you are aware that Murkrow will eat your Unowns and no good Slowking player will let you get away with benching it).  Anyway, it can be used to get your basics down and ready to evolve.  Slowking shows up again!  You could use it to get your Slowpokes, but with Slowking, you have to utilize your bench spots, and not bench everything you draw.  So you'll most likely have to hold on to some basic, and that makes Good Manners useless.  This card simply isn't worth it in standard... but it can help out simply on luck of the draw.   2.25/5

Definitely useful in Blaine's Magmar decks, but those decks aren't especially great, either.  Of course, Entei made them better.  Good Manners works to get your Enteis/Blaine's Magmar etc. into play to help those low basic decks not run out of Pokémon quickly.  3/5


Good Manners is truly an undervalued card.

This is one for one. Trade one Trainer for the choice of any Pokemon in your deck. This is similar to Pokemon Trader, except that instead of having to have another Pokemon card in your hand to use it, you can't have a Basic in your hand. This is a requirement that is relatively easy to meet in both Standard and Modified, especially when you consider the low Pokemon count of most Standard decks. I find it to be a very flexible card.

Standard: 3.75/5

Modified: 4/5


Good Manners in my opinion is a bad card, but it does have usefulness. Mainly it is in a Blaine's Magmar/Entei deck. You can use good manners to search your deck for an entei and put it in play. Those decks are hilarious though, they usually look like this ;x

4 Entei, 4 Blaine's Magmar, 4 Good Manners, 4 Cleffa, 44 Fire Energy LOL but its fun to play. Overall...

Standard ~ 1.5 - No usefulness outside of the deck I mentioned.
Modified ~ 3.0 - Entei/Blaine's Magmar is a force in modified.


Good Manners is pretty plain vanilla if you ask me. You tip your hand in exchange for a basic Pokemon of your choice.

In standard, there are better choices, which don't let your opponent see your hand. That's really all I can think of to say. I give it a 2 out of 5 in standard.

In modified, there's no Pokemon Trader or Computer Search, so it becomes slightly better by comparison. If you have basics that are absolutely critical to have, it works well, but I prefer just regular old card drawing.I give it 3 out of 5 in modified.


Good Manners (Standard) I guess it could be considered a good card. You get to search your deck for a Basic Pokemon and see what is currently in your deck too. But first you have to show your hand to your opponent that you have no basics. Good Manners could help a lot late game when you need to see what the cards are in your deck before Oaking. I could see this card being used in Hay variants that use lots of tech and splashable cards... maybe? A free look at your deck and being able to chose a basic from it doesn't sound that bad at all.

Good Manners (Modified) - Of course we have Misty's Wrath, Master Ball, Erika's Maids, Professor Elm and maxed out Cleffas to get what we want in Modified...would Good Manners be worth playing? Since 99.9% of all Modified decks focus around Evolution, and Manners allows you to get a Basic Pokemon (not an evolution), I would say no. It's good in Standard, but I wouldn't suggest playing it in Modified because we have much better options to chose from.

Standard: 3/5
Modified: 2.25/5


Hmm...Good Manners. This is an interesting card to review, in that it is neither worthless nor a staple in every deck.

There was a time, however, in which Good Manners was used in a lot of decks. However, something has happened since then-maybe it was just too cumbersome to use a space or two for a Trainer that is a bit too situational.

In modified, it's used even less-though I suppose it could be put to use in a Lava Snails deck, but I haven't seen many of those decks in action, so I wouldn't know. an environment such as Modified, where many games come down to who gets what the fastest, letting your opponent take a gander at your hand doesn't sit right with me.

Still, it does have it uses. If you run an incredibly low basic count, this is the card for you. Otherwise, skip it.


Standard: 3.5/5
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