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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Top 10 XY Cards

#7 - Professor's Letter

- XY

Date Reviewed:
February 13, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 4.00
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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Baby Mario
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#7 Professor’s Letter 

Occasionally Pokémon will come along and give us a card that makes another one completely obsolete. In this case the card that has been superseded is one that has been doing a decent job right from the early days of the TCG (Fossil Set, to be precise), so it’s kind of sad to see it cast aside. 

Yep, Energy Search, that staple of almost every theme deck ever sold, can now be left out in favour of the #7 card on our list. The old Item let you search you deck for a Basic Energy, while this fancy new one lets you grab up to two. This means there is no reason whatsoever not to play Professor’s Letter: if you only wanted the one Energy card, that’s all you have to get, but it’s far more likely that you will use it to the full extent. 

For a lot of decks, getting two Energy instead of one will just be a way of ‘thinning’ the deck while searching Energy – after all, you can only attach one per turn. For some though, Professor’s Letter will be a great asset. Most obvious are the decks which like to have multiple Energy in hand for acceleration with Emboar LTR or Blastoise BCR, but decks which like to get Energy in the discard such as Darkai, or some Plasma variants will also appreciate Professor’s Letter. It can provide your normal attachment for the turn and an Energy to pitch with Ultra Ball so that you can bring it back with Dark Patch or Thundurus EX’s Raiden Knuckle. 

No matter how you feel about old cards being made useless, the fact is that you’ll embrace this card in your deck. It’s a significant upgrade for anything that played Energy Search before, and a real boost for those ‘Rain Dance’ style decks. 

Rating 

Modified: 3.75 (not all that exciting, but very good)

Limited: 4.5 (given the ‘rainbow’ nature of a lot of limited decks, this is even better in limited) 


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Unlimited 150

Professor’s Letter.

Modified.
Energy Search has been with us since the first few sets of the game and has always seen at least a little play here and there but never been a highly played card. This strict upgrade however is very likely to be all over the place. It nets you card advantage rather than just replacing itself, fixes your Energy types by grabbing up to 2 different Energy cards in one go and it’s an Item! For just one less Energy than Cilan you don’t use up your Supporter for the turn and you can even play more than one! Decks that run more than 1 Energy type or even just tech in a couple of different Energy will want it. Mono type decks will run it too like Blastoise and also Emboar, decks that can dump both Energy into play in 1 turn. Being an Item has the drawback of being lockable (Trevenant or Gothitelle) but you can Junk Hunt and Dowsing Machine it back, really this is one crazy Item card!

Unlimited 150.
Everything said above and then some. Techs and counters are the name of the game here, so practically every deck will have more than one different energy requirement in there somewhere. Energy Search sees play for this purpose so Prof’s Letter just gives players the bonus of an extra Energy. Blastoise is a popular deck in this format too and LBS variations (Lugia Blastoise Steelix, classic deck there people!) will appreciate the ability to sort out their varied Energy requirements.

Ratings.
Modified: 4
Unlimited 150: 4.5


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