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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Super Rod

Noble Victories

Date Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.25
Limited: 4.00

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

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Super Rod (Noble Victories)

Depending on how long they have been playing the TCG, players will have one of three reactions when they see this card . . .

Veterans who remember ye olde days will say ‘oh look, they have reprinted Nightly Garbage Run again’.

People who started playing in the Diamond and Pearl era will say ‘yay! Night Maintenance is back’

Relative newcomers will say ‘great! Now I don’t have to rely on a subpar Supporter to get back my Pokémon and Energy’.

Super Rod is a Trainer with a simple but incredibly useful effect: it shuffles any combination of up to three Pokémon and/or Energy back into your deck from your discard pile. Sure, it doesn’t do quite as much as Flower Shop Lady, but then it doesn’t burn your Supporter for the turn either, meaning you can get back what you shuffle in with Pokémon Collector, or try and draw into it with something like Cheren, or Professor Oak’s New Theory.

No, it isn’t a sexy glamour card, but it does do something very useful, especially in a format where the very best draw cards (Sage’s Training and Professor Juniper) require you to discard cards from your deck or hand. The decision to let a potentially important Evolution or Energy hit the discard so you can grab the Supporter you need next turn, or the Basic you want right now is made a lot less painful with a card like Super Rod in the format. This gives the card versatility beyond simply shuffling back in KO’d Pokémon so that you can search them out again.

Most decks that don’t play Vileplume Trainer Lock will want to include a copy of this card. Decks which discard heavily (like anything that uses Electrode Prime for Energy acceleration) might well want to use two. Super Rod may not be as obviously game-changing as Trainers like Pokémon Catcher and Eviolite, but it will achieve semi-staple status, and in its own way could be the difference between a win and a loss over the course of a game.

Rating

Modified: 4.5 (so what if it’s not the most exciting card in the world? We needed it)

Limited: 5 (you won’t have many good Pokémon. You will want them back when they get KO’d)

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia

Super Rod (Noble Victories)

I remember using this card when it was first printed but it had a different effect then. Are all of the old Trainers based on in-game items going to be rewritten like Great Ball was?

Much like Great Ball, the funtions of both the old and the new versions of Super Rod are similar. Also like Great Ball, the new function has been printed exactly the same way on a Trainer with a different name, in this case Night Maintenance.

The original version made you flip a coin, and on a Heads you returned an Evolution card from your discard pile to your hand, while on a Tails you returned a Basic Poke'mon instead. This version of Super Rod allows you to look through your discard pile and shuffle up to 3 Poke'mon and basic energy cards back into your deck. This is definitely a useful card to have in your collection, as Professor Juniper has a tendency to discard useful things from your hand (like Legend Pieces and Stage 2 Poke'mon that you can't play before using a Juniper) so having a way to retrieve them without using up your Supporter for the turn is very handy.

Ever since we lost Palmer's Contribution there's been a void which Super Rod has now filled, so expect to see at least a single copy of this card in pretty much every deck as an insurance policy against losing valuable support Poke'mon, or simply against decking out. With Professor Juniper being such a powerful hand refresh card, anything that helps mitigate the drawbacks of discarding your hand will definitely see play.

Modified: 4 (I can't think of a single deck that would not benefit from having a single copy of Super Rod for just-in-case scenarios, although if your deck doesn't have a lot of single copies of Poke'mon or if it doesn't draw a lot of cards then you could live without it)

Limited: 3 (Being able to get back an entire Poke'mon line that you only had single copies of is a powerful play, but I doubt you'll be able to draw into thos restored Poke'mon any time soon. Still, it stops you running out of cards in your deck)


Otaku

How fascinating, the powers that be are once again playing with the minds of long time players by re-releasing a Trainer with a completely altered effect! Super Rod once was a “normal” Trainer that required you flip a coin to use. If the results were “heads”, you added an Evolution to your hand, and if it was “tails” you added a Basic Pokémon to your hand instead. That effect would have been better now than it was back in the day due to the specifics of our metagame versus back then. Mainly we have Basic Pokémon that are incredibly attackers and the draw/search power to make getting what you recycled back into hand a lot easier. The old version dated back to Neo Genesis, after all.

Guess what Super Rod does now? That’s right; now Super Rod has Nightly Garbage Run’s old effect, but enjoying Item status. Only half a Flower Shop Lady, but you keep your Supporter for the turn… and I like that. Running a key combination of three Basic Pokémon (say Zekrom, Pachirisu, and Shaymin?) you can Super Rod them back into your deck then drop a Pokémon Collector to bring them right back to hand. It isn’t as fast retrieving specific Evolutions or Energy, but you still can draw for them. You can even Junk Arm for it is you desperately need to spam recursion, or if you had to dump a lot of Pokémon and Energy early game for various costs.

Ratings

Unlimited: 3/5

Modified: 4/5

Limited: 5/5

Summary

So in Modified, you’ll see this. Probably not everywhere, since Item-denial decks will shut it off but not touch Flower Shop Lady, but I can think of a lot of decks that want to use their Supporters elsewhere. In Unlimited, Supporters aren’t as important for draw power so using it for recursion isn’t a big deal, plus they never lost Nightly Garbage Run. In Limited, Trainers are almost always extra useful since they are scarce, and using this to recycle some desperately needed Pokémon or Energy, especially if it was something potent or that you couldn’t run a lot of, is magnificent.

Yes, still selling stuff on eBay here. More stuff will be added Saturday because I broke my glasses yesterday. >.> Just a reminder, Pojo is in no way responsible for any transactions, merely letting me link to my auctions.


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