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Volkner's Philosophy

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Date Reviewed: 05.12.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.17
Limited: 4.50

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

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MN State Champion
Today's card of the day will be a welcome change from the long string of Pokemon we've had so far. That's right, it's the one previewed Supporter card, Volkner's Philosophy.

Not much to say here, but Volkner's lets you optionally discard a card from your hand to draw until you have six cards in your hand. Once Claydol is rotated out (of it is), hands will get a lot smaller with just Uxie to rely on, so this card can be come really good. But the downside is, that you may end up only drawing one card.

Modifed 3/5
Don't throw away your Professor OAk's Visits yet, after Battle Roads, we'll see how this works.
Limited 4/5
In Limited, small ahnds rule, so Volkner's can get you a lot of cards, unfortunately, as I learned when I was at my PR, two Volkner's plus multiple uses of Snorlax Lv. X's Poke-Power make your deck run out pretty fast. That's all that there is to prevent a five.

Steel_Winger Welcome back to Pojo's COTD! Today's card is one that I was personally hyped about when I found out about it: Volkner's Philosophy!

(Just what does that guy think about besides the apparent lack of Pokemon trainers that can give him a good match?)

Volkner's Philosophy, like the ever-popular Claydol (GE) allows you to draw cards until you get six in your hand. Unlike Claydol, however, you can discard only one card instead of up to two, and that card goes to the discard pile instead of the bottom of your deck.

So, where are its uses? To me, it's best in the early game. You can get rid of a card that you feel you don't need and instantly replinish your hand. It's not a PokePower like Claydol's Cosmic Power is, so no worries about getting Power Sprayed. (Not like many people spray Claydol a lot...) Also, if you discarded a Pokemon or an energy, you can alwats get it back with Pokemon Rescue, Energy Restore, Night Maintenance, Time-Space Distortion, and some others depending on what you discarded.

It also makes the PERFECT topdeck against those decks that force you to deplete your hand. I'm looking at you two, Absol (SE) and Emploeon LV.X (DP).

Will it see use? Probably by an average amount. Hand sizes in the Pokemon TCG tend to be rather large half of the time with all the draw power in this game, and most of it isn't held back to a specific theme. But if you are in need of options and don't mind getting rid of something you probably don't need, I suggest trying this out. I am.


Modified: 3.5/5 Pretty useful in a low hand size situation.
Limited: 4.5/5 It is here, however, where this card really shines.

This is Steel_Winger, signing off 'till next time!
Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Volkner’s Philosophy


Claydol in Supporter form! (And we all know how useful Claydol is!)


Since we lost TV Reporter and Steven’s Advice in the last Rotation, there hasn’t been any really good draw Supporter. Volkner’s Philosophy is not nearly as good as Steven’s Advice but for the moment it is the best that we have.


Being able to discard a card before drawing (but only if you want to!) is a real bonus for decks like Tyranitar SF, Regigigas LA, and Blastoise/Delcatty PL, because they can make good use of discarded Energy to power up their attacks. With so many decks using Power Spray and Mesprit LA to lock Powers that are used for drawing (Uxie LA and Claydol), it’s good to have a Supporter that can be used to fill the hand again. It is also a nice counter to any hand disruption decks that use cards like Absol SW and Giratina to reduce hand sizes.


I can see Volkner’s replacing Professor Oak’s Visit as the default draw Supporter in a lot of decks.




Modified: 3 (solid Supporter draw)

Limited: 5 (ANY draw is good here . . . even Mom’s Kindness!)


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