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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Professor Birch

Power Keepers

 

Date Reviewed: 03.09.07

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.00
Modified: 1.86
Limited: 4.75

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


Jason
Klaczynski
"Ness"
2006 World
Champion
Professor Birch:

Birch is just under being playable in my opinion. Drawing up to 7 might have made it decent. The problem with Birch in modified is that hands simply get too big. Any deck relying on the Holon Engine will use Holon's Castform to produce a large hand, and Birch ends up useless. Even without the Castform engine, decks are required to run cards Windstorm, Energy Removal 2, more supporters - all cards that get stuck in your hand and will prevent you from drawing a lot of cards with Birch.

Modified: 2/5

Otaku

Name   : Professor Birch

Set       : EX Power Keepers

Card#   : 80/108

Rarity   : Uncommon

Type    : Trainer

Sub-type: Supporter

Effect Text: You can play only one Supporter card each turn.  When you play this card, put it next to your Active Pokémon.  When your turn ends, discard this card.

 

Draw cards from your deck until you have 6 cards in hand.

 

Professor Birch is a solid draw card that probably isn’t going to see play outside of specialty decks right now due to its nature: it’s only really good if your hand has three or less cards in it.  Well, that’s not too hard to do, but what play-testing I’ve done indicates most players will have large hands due to the current available draw power.  This makes other cards that much better (like Copycat) and Professor Birch that much worse, since he might be dead in your hand for a good, long while.

 

Still, it’s a solid effect and as the format slowly changes, we might either find combos or more decks that burn through their hand fast enough for Professor Birch to shine, so he receives a solid score from me for Modified.

 

Of course he’s pointless in Unlimited: if you’re going to burn your hand you might as well run Professor Oak.  With upwards of four copies of Item Finder, you shouldn’t need anything more for that style of play.  Finally in Limited, he is of course golden even though he might be hard to use there as well (so many potential dead draws) but any draw power is usually a must in Limited.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1/5

Modified: 3/5

Limited: 4.5/5

-Otaku


Raichu88
My name is Birch
I’m a Poke-Professor
I could draw 6 cards
So you like me better


Unlimited: We have better Professor called Oak.

Rating : 1/5

Modified: Normally we have bigger hands than 6 cause of Delta draw or Copycat somebody’s Delta Draw. I guess you could run it when your Deck has a low hand count or when you play low budget.

Rating : 1.5/5


Limited: Draw is good here any Draw you can get take it.

Rating : 5/5
Alex Bramham

 

Professor Birch

Cards are generally difficult to dump from your hand without the use of another supporter and you will often find yourself in positions of having evolutions in your hand still to be played or spare energy or supporters.
Comparing the card to Steven's advice that will net around 3-4 cards with all the Mentoring in format, Birch requires your hand to be 2-3 in size after playing it. Birch does not have the luxury of being transceiverable nor the "discard one to draw one more" luxury that some decks benefit from (Banette ex, Dragonite ¦Ä). Simply a below average supporter.

Modified: 2/5

Anthony C
AKA- The Ft. Laud. Loud Mounth
League Leader
Top 32 Grinder 2004
Worlds 2004 Player
Top 8 FL States 2005
Prof. Birch
 
Unlimited- There are better draw cards in this format such as: Prof. Oak, Prof. Elm, Bill, Juggler. Rating: 1/5

Modified- There are better draw cards in this format as well such has Copycat, Holon Scientist, Holon Adventurer, Mary's Request, TV Reporter and Stevens Advice. Rating: 1/5
 
Limited- Any draw power you pull in Limited events are godly and should be used. Rating: 5/5
Koopa
Troopa

 

 

Prof. Birch’s Reseach
Modified: There are far better supporter choices to go with, but its not too bad if you don’t have anything better. 2/5
 
Unlimited: You won’t find it in any decks for this format. 1/5
 
Limited: DRAW POWER! Sold! 5/5
garsh0p
3/9 Professor Birch

With the presence of the Holon Engine, Birch doesn't really have a place in most decks. Most of the time, if you have less than 6 cards in your hand, you would rather play Steven's Advice over this. The net amount of cards you draw in most cases isn't very many.

1.5 / 5
 


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