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Top 5 Draw Cards in DP-On
(After Cities)
3.. 2.. 1.. HAPPY NEW YEA--er, I'm a bit late, aren't I?

So, with the City Championships out of the way, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the Top 5 Draw Cards in DP-On, which, for some reason, didn't have Uxie LA on it. Whoops.

As donks courtesy of Machamp and Kingdra become more commonplace, Supporters are too slow to meet the needs of the growing Kingdra player, who wants that Rare Candy, Kingdra, Water Energy, and possibly a PlusPower, and wants it Turn 1.

With the metagame getting faster, drawpower becomes even more important. You need to go through your deck and set up, and you can't do that without draw cards, now can you?

Before I let you have a looksie at the Top 5, however, there are a few topics we should address.

I knew I was missing something!
Uxie vs Claydol

You should all be aware that Uxie and Claydol are the best draw cards in the format. And if you didn't, well, hopefully you do now. And for Pooka's sake, take out those Mom's Kindness from your deck.

So between Uxie and Claydol, who is the best? Here's what Chris "Best player ever, God's gift to women, and Defender of Modesty" Fulop (#1 Global, Masters) has to say on the subject matter:
If I had to choose between only running Claydol or Uxie, I would choose Claydol without a doubt. At the same time, each of them seperately is significantly weaker than using them together. If I could allocate 4 spots between the two, I'd go 1-1 Claydol, 2 Uxie. Uxie alone isn't enough for your midgame, and Claydol doesn't offer the speed necessary to keep up in this format. Not to mention, Uxie is vital in recovery in case your opponent finds a way to kill or remove your Claydol. Yet to answer your question, you get significantly more milage out of a Claydol than any single Uxie.
If you're still a little confused, think of it this way: Uxie is Jirachi ex, and Claydol is Gardevoir SW. Gardevoir is the main player, yet Jirachi ex offers you the speed and recovery to complement Gardevoir. Now replace "locking Powers" with "drawing cards." Uxie offers the speed and recovery to complement the slower but more recurrent Claydol.

Handsome's Investigation from Galactic's Conquest

Handsome's Investigation


Look at your opponent's hand

Shuffle your hand into your deck and draw up to 5 cards, or have your opponent shuffle his or her hand into his or her deck and draw up to 5 cards.

You can only use a Supporter once during your turn. To use it, put it into play next to your Active Pokemon and discard it at the end of your turn.

Translation from PokéBeach
Team Galactic's Wager vs Handsome's Investigation

Handsome's Investigation is currently unreleased in the United States, but it will be floating atop some Lapras' backs to California soon enough, so it wouldn't hurt to mention it here.

This card will offer an alternative to Wager as a disruption Supporter card, allowing you to look at your opponent's hand, and either give yourself or him/her/it a brand new 5-card hand. Knowing your opponent's hand is always a plus; there will never be a time where you would be better off not knowing what cards your opponent is holding. And if you don't like what you see, you can get them to shuffle that hand back in! Or just give yourself a new hand. The possibilities are endless! OK, not endless, but um, relatively a lot! Yeah.

Chatot: It's bad now

After Cities, it became apparent that using an attack to draw cards is simply too slow. If only Mimic was a Power! Which, um, would make it broken. Oh well.


And here's the updated list.

The List


Sorted by descending numerical order, starting from the number "5." Plus bonus honorary entries 5.5 and 6.0!

6.0) Felicity's Drawing (Great Encounters)

Yes, TV Reporter was better. But Felicity's Drawing offers those decks that need to get certain cards into the discard pile -- I'm looking at you, Regigigas Lv.X -- a practical option, letting them discard 1 to draw 3, or 2 to draw 4. In case you couldn't read the card.

Felicity's Drawing
That keyboard has far too few keys

5.5) Professor Oak's Visit (Secret Wonders)

A neutral drawing card that can be thrown into a wide variety of decks. Pretty standard: you get 2 new cards that you pick out of the top 3 cards in your deck. It's good if you don't want to get rid of your hand.

Professor Oak's Visit
Don't you have a lab to run, Professor Oak? Shame on you! You can't just leave like, a bajillion Pokémon back at the lab to take care of themselves while you go birdwatching!

5) Team Galactic's Wager (Mysterious Treasures)

Previously #5 on the list, at #5, here's Team Galactic's Wager! Ohh..

Wager still remains a very nice card, although Handsome's Investigation will give it a run for the title of the best disruption Supporter in the format. When there are only 2 of them, it really isn't that hard to usurp that title anyway. Team Galactic's Mars doesn't count.

Back on topic, Wager is a great counter to Sableye. They just Impersonated Bebe's, and got their Kingdra? Wager! They have a 10 card hand? Wager! You have a 10 card hand, and you're about to deck? Wager! It's situational -- not purely a draw card like Professor Oak's Visit, and a potential game winner when used properly.

Team Galactic's Wager
Playing Rock-Paper-Scissors in Pokémon -- admit it, you love it.

4) Cynthia's Feelings (Legends Awakened)

Cynthia's Feelings is still a good card. It's just that Handsome's Investigation and Uxie are better, and offer more options.

It still wouldn't hurt you to run this card, but why bother, when you can have your cake, eat it, and have some Coke?

Cynthia's Feelings
She's holding a Luxury Ball! That means you can use Luxury Ball's effect when you play this card!

3) Handsome's Investigation (Galactic's Conquest)

Handsome's Investigation -- aside from having a ludicrous name -- is a card that can do no wrong.

  1. Look at your opponent's hand? Good!
  2. Make your opponent shuffle in their hand and draw 5 cards? Good!
  3. Instead of #2, shuffle in YOUR hand and draw 5 cards? Good!
As you can tell by that highly scientific hypothesis, this card is good.

Handsome's Investigation
Try to get as many of these as you can at the Prereleases. Seriously.

2) Uxie (Legends Awakened)

Uxie is immense.

It's not a bad starter, it can shuffle itself back into the deck, has a good Lv.X, its Power is fantastic, helps you set up the first few turns, recover lategame, and draw that last Warp Point/PlusPower for the win. It's hard to name another card that does all that.

It does all those nice things, and it's not even evolved! It's just a Basic!

Uxie from Legends Awakened
A truly special card. Offers recovery, speed, and even attacking options. Plus, doesn't get donked by Kingdra, unless they have a PlusPower.

1) Claydol (Great Encounters)

While Uxie does more things overall, you get more draw out of Claydol. And that's what that counts in this article.

Have you ever had your Claydol knocked out, and still tried to use Cosmic Power the next turn anyway? Of course you did. That's how ubiquitous the card is. Claydol offered the players an unprecedented level of draw from a Poké-Power, and draws an interesting comparison with the number of draw cards used back in the days of Wizards -- 30+ Trainers, and no draw offered by Pokémon, save for Cleffa. Whether it was better then or now is up for debate, but that's for another article.

Claydol remains the king of draw cards in DP-On.

Claydol: Just so good



(You can send in your feedback at PoJoMOTL@gmail.com)

OK, why is Totodile “Egg-semplary” as a basic?

Have I missed something, some Crocodiles come from eggs joke?

Ever since the comic “Pearls Before Swine” by Steven Pastis, I cannot ever look at Crocodiles the same way again.

A good read for those who have the time.

MOTL…just tell me you are coming in for Nationals! Will be a fun time in my hometown!

I am hoping to crack out my “Ness Wannabe” jersey by then.

Vince – Meganium45
I just got a little carried away with Ex-egg-utor puns. Besides, not only do Crocodiles come from eggs, so does every single Pokémon! Even Jynx, which admittedly is a bit creepy. I can not even imagine how that egg-sactly works!

I'm coming in for Nationals, but I'm afraid of Colin M! His Grass Pokémon will gain +30 HP at Meganium45's Gym :(


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