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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Shauna  

- XY

Date Reviewed:
March 6, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3.25
Limited: 5.00

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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Shauna (XY) 

The release of a new draw Supporter is always an excuse for me to have a little mini-rant about how our over-reliance on them brings too much variance into the game, and how they’re all a bit mediocre anyway (apart from Juniper). But even I have to admit that a new, playable draw Supporter is a very welcome thing indeed, and that’s what we get with Shauna.  

The effect is pretty straightforward – shuffle your hand into your deck and draw five – and very reminiscent of Professor Oak’s New Theory – which became a staple card during the HeartGold SoulSilver era of the game. Not sure why the card designers felt the need to reduce the draw by one card though: PONT was in no way overpowered, it was just a solid draw card. 

So, where does Shauna fit in amongst out Supporter selection? Juniper still pretty much rules the roost, but Shauna is good enough to replace or run alongside pretty much anything else. I suspect most players will prefer N because of the disruption element, but at least you can use Shauna when you have a big Prize lead. She’s usually better in the early game than Colress, but doesn’t have the same huge potential later on. Shauna is definitely superior to Bianca and Cheren. 

I would probably classify Shauna as a ‘safe’ option for most decks: something that can be used to round out your draw Supporter count, especially in decks that don’t run a large Bench to fuel Colress. I expect that she’ll see a moderate amount of play, which is about what she deserves. 

Rating 

Modified: 3.5 (a nerfed PONT is better than no PONT at all)

Limited: 5 (draw in this format is something you treasure)



HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150
Shauna.
There’s quite a lot of draw Supporters legal in Standard now, just about every variation on “draw some cards” seems to be done now they’ve reprinted a slightly weakened Professor Oak’s New Theory with Shauna. Now it’s just a case of deciding which you prefer, the most obvious comparison for Shauna is to N, the other shuffle-draw Supporter. N will get you more cards early game but gets weaker as the game goes on whereas Shauna will always guarantee you the 5. The disruption N provides shouldn’t be overlooked, though it just being popular in the format forces people to dump their hand onto the table anyway.
For slower decks that might get behind on prizes then catch up as the game progresses N is certainly a better choice but a more aggressive deck that wants card fuel right up until the last prize might prefer Shauna. Of course a mixture is an option and just being a draw Supporter means this card will see at least some competitive play.

Unlimited 150.
As I said above, Shauna is outclassed in U150 by Professor Oak’s New Theory. As far as I’ve seen, not many people even play PONT, disruptive shuffle draw like N or Looker’s Investigation is much more useful to mess with people’s carefully selected starting hands or to stop people hoarding answer. For someone just getting into the format, Shauna is a fine option, but in the history of the game there’s much better cards to use to just draw more cards.

Ratings.
Standard: 3
Unlimited 150: 2


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