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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Erika - Gym Heroes

Thanks to Birgir for the 
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Name: Erika 
You may draw up to 3 cards, then your opponent may draw up to 3 cards.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Standard: 2.96 (based on 6 reviews)
Modified: 2.83 (based on 6 reviews)
Reviewed January 30, 2002

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


Erika isn't that bad of a card.  In standard, in seldom-seen Crazy Sneasels, it can allow a deck to easily have access to all it's cards to get a fast start.  Imposter Oak's Revenge allows the downside (of giving your opponent 3 cards) to be reversed.  Erika is best when your opponent is low on cards and you have gotten off to a slow start, since they can't draw that much when their deck is low.

In modified, if you play Erika, you play Imposter Oak's Revenge.  Not bad to set up for a Mean Look. 

I'd give it a 3 in both standard and modified.


Erika is very good in the right deck. Yes, it gives you 3 cards. But it also gives your opponent 3 cards. You have to think very carefully before you spend your resources to help your opponent! Typically, you would want to play Erika together with Impostor Oak's Revenge. That allows you to reap the benefit while stripping it away from the person you are playing against. It is very useful in Trap decks and I have seen it used to good effect in Modified Traps as well.

So, while it is like Bill, you have to be more skillful to play Erika effectively. It will not fit in every deck.

Standard: 3/5

Modified: 2.5/5


Draw 3 cards, then your opponent gets 3 cards. Where have I seen this before...? Oh yeah, Computer Error! Well they are very similar... but think about this. Where have you seen Erika in a deck? *RaNd0m looks at the room, sees a small kid in the corner with a nike hat: "Trap Decks!" Very good! If I was the pokemon DJ, I'd give you a booster pack! =P And thats pretty much their use. Use erika like 3 times, then imposter oak's revenge so they don't have any cards ^_^!

Standard Rating: 3.0/5 - It's a good card... but giving your opponent cards isn't the best decision. There are better drawing cards out there... besides, why would you use this when Bill isn't even used that much anymore?

Modified Rating: 3.5/5 - Better here, but there are STILL better drawing cards.


In standard, Erika does something you don't ever want to do: Help your opponent. They get 3 free cards, or if their deck is thin, they don't have to take any. It's a rare, and only nets you 1 card more than Bill. There are better alternatives. 1.5/5

In modified, there is no Bill, or Oak, or Computer Search. It's now a little more appealing, but I would only play it with Imposter Oak's Revenge. Better through lack of options. 2.5/5


Erika... she's such a nice character in the cartoon series, and that kindness extends to character in the TCG. Share and share alike, Erika isn't going to be selfish and draw cards all for herself... your opponent gets to draw too! The advantage to you is that you decide when you need the cards, but honestly, unless you have a way of reducing your opponent's hand, it can also be an advantage for them. If you're packing Erika, consider packing Imposter Oak's Revenge or some other hand reducer.

In limited, Erika is decent in that any card that let's you draw is good. But you are letting your opponent draw, and it is highly doubtful that you will run across a hand reducer for your opponent in a draft. Still, you should always take draw of any kind in drafts.

Constructed: 3
Modified: 3
Draft: 4


Ah, yes...Erika. One of the only "Gym Leader" cards that can be used on its own and not get you laughed at(Lt. Surge, anyone?).

In Modified, this card can pack quite a punch when coupled with Imposter Oak's Revenge-essentially giving you three cards and screwing your opponent over royally. This is actually quite useful in Modified; although the format has its fair share of draw power, some people are just not comfortable using Misty's Wrath. This is where Erika(and IOR) can be subbed into almost any deck.

In Standard, Erika loses some ground. In an environement where speed and drawing is everything, giving your opponent the chance to grab three cards can be a death sentence. And in Standard, one may find it harder to fit in IOR to get rid of the opponent's card advantage, so Erika is not as good as it could be.

All in all, still a good card...just not as could as it should be. =/

Modified: 3.75/5
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