Why Professor Oak and Computer
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This is the first of my (hopefully) many articles designed
to help new players learn techniques. By posting it here, I can help new players
learn more about the game, and reference this article while posting responses to
their decks. I have no set schedule for new articles--I am simply writing them when
I feel like it and when I have time.
So why do you need Professor Oak and Computer
These two cards are card-drawing engines, allowing you to go through your deck to
find what you need. It's always nice to get a fresh hand so you can use even more
of what you need.
Let's start with Professor Oak.
Professor Oak reads "Discard your hand, then draw 7 cards." Many
new players are afraid to play this card. At one point, so was I. I thought, "I
might deck myself, and I have to discard everything in my hand too!" Not until
I saw someone play it against me, and beat me in just a few turns did I realize what
Professor Oak could do.
If the cards are still in your hand, then you must not really need them since you
haven't played them yet. Go ahead and discard them, and get 7 more cards so you can
get what you truly need at that moment.
Next, let's move on to Computer Search.
Computer Search reads "Discard 2 other cards from your hand in order to search your
deck for any card and put it into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterward." This card lets you get exactly what you need. If you just need one
card, such as a Pluspower,
to defeat your opponent, then you can get it. Most often, though, you will Computer Search for Professor
Oak so you can get a completely new hand and even possibly
get multiple cards that you need.
Now, why not Professor Elm?
It reads "Shuffle your hand into your deck. Then,
draw 7 cards. You can't play any more Trainer cards this turn." Instead of just wasting your cards, they go back into your deck
to prevent decking. Many players prefer Professor Elm since it doesn't since you don't lose the cards that were in your
hand. However, the big downside of Professor Elm is not being able to play any more trainer cards. Many times the
purpose of getting a new hand is to get that one trainer you really need. You lose
that advantage by playing Professor Elm.
Bill? This card reads "Draw 2 cards." There's really
no downside to Bill. It
used to go in every deck, but I have now found it is not as useful as before. There
are so many trainers to choose from, that room must be made for other cards. If you
really need more cards though, Computer Search and Professor Oak
can help you do so.
If you're scared to play Computer Search and Professor Oak,
just give them a try. Put 3-4 of each in your deck, and playtest them. Don't be scared
to Oak your hand. What
you need could be in the next 7 cards.