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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Steven's Advise

Hidden Legends

 

Date Reviewed: 09.09.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 2.62
Modified: 4.1
Limited: 4.75

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

Bullados Steven's Advise HL

Advantages:
Straight draw. It only has to compete with a very few number of cards in the Modified format for straight draw (Mary, TV Reporter), which automatically makes it a good choice.
Draws for opponent's Pokemon. This is big, netting you up to 6 cards. Even the almighty Oak only draws 7, and THAT's at the cost of a massive discard. 6 with no discard is very nice to have, and virtually unparalled in Pokemon.

Disadvantages:
Draws for opponent's Pokemon. If your opponent plays a deck that generally has very few Pokemon in play, such as Turn 2 Control, then you're in for a rough ride. 1-2 cards doesn't look nearly as good as 6. In Unlimited, this is really not a big deal, as there are only 2 decks that don't fill the bench regularly: Raindance and Hay Fever, both of which are turn 2 evolution decks that only need 2 Pokemon in play to be effective.
Supporter rule. If you're going to only draw 1-2 cards in a turn, you won't want to use your Supporter for that.

Ratings:

Unlimited: I'm surprised that this card isn't seen here all that often. Many of the decks here rely on a full bench in order to work, especially the vaunted Sneasel. I wouldn't go so far as to say that this can replace Oak, but it can be very nice in certain situations which crop up very often here.
3.75/5

Modified: A very balanced card here. Its good points are highlighted, while its disadvantages are minimized. Turn 2 Control is a bother, but not as bad as it really could be for the best general draw card in the Modified format, outshining TV Reporter (discard) and Mary (can't play stage 2s).
4.25/5

Limited: Incredible here. Any draw is fantastic, and this is powerful draw at that. If you pass this thing up, you're either trying to lose or are raredrafting. Even if you are Raredrafting, you should pick this card up, as it's very tradeable and one of the better cards made recently.
4.5/5
 
Pidgeot5 Steven’s advice

Steven’s advice draws cards based on how many pokémon your opponent has in play. Obviously it is a good card, your opponent does need pokémon to win and may need to have a few more benched in order to pull off a combo their deck is based on (Ludicargo anyone?). Steven can exploit this and give you a material advantage but be aware that you can’t play it if you have 7 or more cards in hand (not more then 7), but its not often that you can’t reduce your hand to this size in order to play the card especially if your bench has only two or so spots filled perhaps in order to stop your opponent getting a big draw by playing Steven’s advice themselves. Just weigh the situation before you play Steven, because playing it incorrectly can be game losing.

Unlimited: It’s another card that does okay if you are lacking resources although I’d avoid it, Oak, comp search, item finder, copycat and even professor elm are good enough.
1.5/5

Modified hl on: It can draw more then Bill’s maintenance or Mary’s request, however it can be near worthless and be your only drawing card when your opponent has only 1 or 2 pokémon in play. Only play it such situations unless it’s absolutely essential, when they get to 3 or more it’s usually worth playing as it at the very least equals Mary’s request. With bench sizes tending to get smaller and people being more cautious before they play the basic Steven is not as useful as he was at first but is still very much playable. Also like copycat this card can either do miracles for you, or it can be useless, it can be a good idea to play other draw in addition to these two and not depend upon them too greatly or you may be in trouble when they fail you.
4/5

Limited: It draws cards so that usually automatically makes it good, however should you have your hand flooded with unwanted and unusable cards it may be tricky to play it, although it’s still an excellent card as basics tend to flow a little more freely in this format.
5/5
 


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