@sandsmash23 First, Ness actually did run a single copy of Mary's Request in his deck. Next... Hau is clearly not Mary's Request. Hau draws three cards, Mary's Request draws one but lets you draw two more if you have no Stage 2 Pokémon in play. When Mary's Request first released, most competitive decks either ran Pidgeot w/Quick Search, ran stuff just to counter it, or did both. XD Half the World Championship decks ran Pidgeot in 2006, and that underrepresents the actual, competitive metagame of the time. Even then, most decks weren't running TV Reporter. Why? Here's a quote from Ness's own article covering his time at the 2006 World Championship: No link because I'm not sure if it is allowed (it is a non-subscription, but still commercial, TCG website). Googling "Jason Klaczynski 2006 Worlds" or the like should bring you to it, or a list of articles written by him which contains it. This may sound pretty obvious - especially if you know what all those cards do - but circumstances matter. TV Reporter was not a new card for the metagame; instead, it was the older one that most decks have moved on from using: look at the other three World Championship Decks from 2006, and you'll see none use TV Reporter. Even those with a Stage 2 Pokémon favor other draw options. This was a time when the "Holon Engine" was legal and when we still had cards like Steven's Advice kicking around. Ness had a TecHed out deck and feared Rocket's Admin. That isn't too dissimilar to the present, actually, but our metagame is much less Stage 2 heavy and we've currently got a lot of better options. Post Rotation, we'll still have a decent amount of options, but there is a chance TV Reporter will see more than niche play in the competitive sphere.