First ‘Sword & Shield’ Supporter Cards Revealed!

The first two Supporter cards from Sword & Shield have just been revealed!

The Supporter cards will be featured in five “Starter Set V Decks” that are releasing in Japan on November 29th, and will likely be incorporated into our first Sword & Shield set next February. Thanks goes to Bangiras for translations!

Professor’s Research – Trainer
Supporter (Professor Magnolia)

Discard your hand. Then, draw 7 cards.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).


Marnie – Trainer
Supporter

Both players shuffle their hands without looking and put them at the bottom of their decks. Then, you draw 5 cards and your opponent draws 4 cards.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Professor Magnolia isn’t in the name of her Supporter card. Instead, her name is on the right under the word “Supporter.” This might mean that we’re getting multiple “Professor’s Research” cards that each feature their own Professor, or that they’re introducing a new mechanic where you can have a certain amount of cards with terms like “Professor Magnolia” on it. We’ll find out soon!

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  1. TatsuyaOrimuta Aspiring Trainer
    TatsuyaOrimuta

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    DISCARD DRAW 7
     
  2. TatsuyaOrimuta Aspiring Trainer
    TatsuyaOrimuta

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    oh and marnie's good too
     
  3. TokenDuelist YGO TCG is Cheaper. Fight me.
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    Not looking forward to big basics yet again. I've grown so tired of this card game and have just strictly stuck to collecting cards I like... which is unfortunate.
     
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  4. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
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    Hopefully this means we're getting "Professors Research" as a reprintable card. It's pointless to collect ANOTHER playset of the same card.
     
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  5. Yen Aspiring Trainer
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    I think the "Prof Magnolia" is just some flavour text to denote just what generation Professor the "Professor's Reserach" card is portraying. I think they want to avoid the Sycamore/Juniper fracas at the B&W/XY transition, so hopefully, future "Discard hand, Draw 7" supporters will just be named Professor Research.

    Marnie might be pretty strong, though it is less powerful will the new Supporter Rules
     
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  6. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
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    They haven't shown any evolved Pokemon as V. We don't know if they've ditched evolutions EX-style and that will make or break those Pokemon.

    Btw Dynamaxing is a lazy and rehashed mechanic, so V-Pokémon have to stay faithful.
     
  7. Hunga Oh no! Rotation in sight
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    What do you mean, there is a change?

    I think she is a N on steroids and N was in the standard format for 8 or so years? And all these years he was a staple!
    So welcome Marnie, everyone will support you too! :p
     
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  8. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
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    • Professor's Research - 5 Geodudes. Maybe 4.9999 Geodudes because you can't T1 it if you go first. But hey, Sycamore is back bois.
    • Marnie - I luv Marnie. Decent draw, Decent Distruption. 5 Geodudes
     
  9. Yen Aspiring Trainer
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    Player who goes first now can't use a Supporter on their first turn, so no Marnie to disrupt their hand. Marnie is not N on steroids because N is just a card too powerful and versatile and will overshadow any supporter that deals with having to shuffle both players hands into their deck,
     
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  10. Hunga Oh no! Rotation in sight
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    Urgh!

    I really want to return to the game but then... THIS!
    The PTCG has one of the maybe worst powercreeps in card games.

    Why do you need to boost the HP even further? Why is V a basic Pokémon mechanic?
    There is just no more real reason to go for any Stage 2 anymore, since they can't keep up anymore.

    It would be a risk to lower the HP and go a step back from the current powerlevel?
    This might help the game a bit from the current state of nearly every Pokémon having a devasting 1-hit K.O. attack that grants 3 prizes.

    As stated, I don't play currently but when I look at the cards I just can't help but feel that the strongest move in the game is to win the coin flip and be the starting player to set up and then knock out the first Pokémon.
     
  11. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.
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    Finally they amalgamate the Professor cards into one card with several alternate versions / arts!!

    Also re: the Pokemon V: holy power creep. Remember that the first cards of any new major block (like Megas, TTGX, EX, ex, GX...) are always the worst. If these are the bottom-of-the-barrel in terms of Pokemon V, then we have some crazy powerful cards coming down the pipeline.
     
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  12. Nyora Ticked Off ^^
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    Marnie is better worse N- awful if your opponent has a bad hand, amazing if they have a good hand, awful if you have a good hand, amazing if you have a bad hand.
     
  13. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
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    Marnie isn't N, she's a better Judge. Judge can sometimes see play, so I'd expect Marnie to do too.
     
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  14. TatsuyaOrimuta Aspiring Trainer
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    we don't know that yet? sure the hp of the ones we know about might indicate this, so far every v we've seen is just a basic by default anyway? (yes i know every EX pre legendary treasures did this as well but it doesn't mean it'll be the same thing) if i'm wrong, then i'm wrong oh well.
     
  15. JustInBasil Aspiring Trainer
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    Anyone else notice anything odd about the Pokémon-V?

    Celebi-V, Victini-V, and Keldeo-V are both #/23. Yet Regirock-V and Tapu Koko-V are both #/24...
     
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  16. CaptZero Aspiring Trainer
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    I think they are clearly viewing from the perspective of the Pokemon League. Bigger stronger attacks that give more prizes means faster games. As for HP, when those Pokemon are contained within their own sets the HP really doesn't matter. Power creep is important in video games because it effects the whole cast, but if you are playing standard play in the Pokemon TCG the monstrous HP is only going to be matched up against other things with big HP numbers. It's not really fair to saying winning is just a matter of getting the flip, it's definitely not that cut and dry. Not to mention they made a huge new rule change.

    I do wish they would do more to bring evolution back into the limelight though. I thought that GXes where an opportunity to do so.

    My biggest frustration with these reveals honestly is that we just got 5 new V cards, which there usually aren't a ton of per set, and they're all old Pokemon with no abilities or special mechanics (that we know of).
     
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  17. Oddish22 Aspiring Trainer
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    Even the card design looks like EX - just bigger pictures., probably V max will be like M EX.
    It's a bit disappointing, as I liked GX more than EX. And the illustrations are really boring. If they could do it more like the GX alternative artworks, the ultra rares would be something worth to collect, but now they probably all look worse than regular holos again.
     
  18. dmein89 Aspiring Trainer
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    Ok but Pokebeach hasn’t reported that Japan is changing the rule to player who goes first cant play supporters (starting with this release).
     
  19. Tytus Expanded Legend
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    Oh yay are we going to see a V.S. seeker reprint too.
    Also, the lack of work being put into the art on the V cards is becoming sad because pokemon knows that they will be producing 2 more arts/rarities for them.
     
  20. steffenka Miss Vaanjie
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    We have! It's mentioned in this article!