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Professor’s Corner – Pitfall Conventions: Cards In Your Hand 01/19/2012

Posted by raznprince in Ask a Professor, Pokemon TCG, TCG Strategy.
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A lot of common mistakes occur in the TCG when it comes to playing certain cards during a player’s turn. Most of that stems from the player’s interpretation of the cards based on experience with other TCG’s besides Pokémon and sometimes those cards are played incorrectly. Other times it may be a simple misinterpretation of the cards in general. The best way to understand how the card works is to understand it in its literal meaning. However, sometimes the meaning of the cards, and sometimes rules, isn’t always clearly understood.

The following tips will clarify the situations regarding hand size:

  1. There are no limits to the number of cards in your hand at any given time. Your opponent is entitled to know how many cards are in your hand, but not allowed to view your hand unless playing a Trainer Card or using a Pokémon effect that requires it.
  2. You can never “not” have a hand in this game. In this case, you can have a hand with zero cards. If you or your opponent plays a card or effect that requires shuffling your hand into your deck, you must still shuffle your deck (especially before drawing any cards) because your hand consisted of zero cards at the time the effect took place. Effects from Trainer Cards and attacks do not necessarily fail because you have no cards to shuffle back into your deck unless the effect says otherwise.
  3. The above is especially true for when you have to discard cards from your hand of zero cards. Effects from Trainer Cards and attacks do not necessarily fail because you cannot discard cards from your hand unless the effect says otherwise.

Specific Examples:

  1. You can play Professor Oak’s New Theory and shuffle your resulting hand of zero cards into your deck (basically just shuffling your deck), then draw 6 cards as the Supporter Card instructs.
  2. The above is also true for cards like N, Judge, Copycat, and Pokémon effects (attacks, abilities, etc.).
  3. You can play Professor Juniper and discard your resulting hand of zero cards, then draw 7 cards as the Supporter Card instructs (basically just drawing 7 cards).

I hope this clears up a little bit of concern on hand size. Please let me know if you have any feedback!

Professor Raz

Professor Knowledge Difficulty: Basic

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