I find myself thinking about the scenario about whether to recycle my own hand or to disrupt the opponent's hand a lot so I wanted to see what more seasoned players have to say. The two extreme situations usually go like this: Situation 1 - The ideal start. It's turn 1 and you're going first. You drew really well and were able to play most of your cards ideally onto the bench. The last two cards you have left in your hand is a Cynthia and a Marshadow with Let Loose. Your opponent has 1 active Pokemon only, meaning they have 6 cards in their hand (assuming no mulligans). Do you: 1A: Play Marshadow to basically remove 2 of their cards and hope that you draw a supporter? 1B: Play Cynthia to get more cards to further develop your board -- maybe you will draw Marshadow again to get the best of both worlds. Situation 2 - Things are going bad for you but your opponent has a big hand. Either you went second and it's Turn 1 or it's an early turn. You're not 100% sure if they have a dead hand or they're setting up for evolutions/etc., but they have 6+ cards in their hand. Their board is good/decent but your board is bad -- suppose you have something like a Tapu Lele-GX in the active position and something non-consequential on your board because of a bad first Turn 1. Once again, you have a Cynthia and a Marshadow in your hand. Do you: 1A: Play Marshadow to disrupt their big hand? There is a risk they'll still draw a supporter and it won't matter anyways. 1B: Play Cynthia with the goal of developing your own board -- it's possible they're setting themselves up for rare candy + evolution or other shenanigans if you do not find a way to find another Marshadow after your Cynthia. I think there are other situations where the answer is obvious: for example, if your opponent just used a Steven's Resolve to find 3 cards, then it is a no brainer that you should play Marshadow to try to disrupt their plans. However, for these extremes I find myself teetering. I realize a lot of the answer is "what is your win condition" but sometimes even knowing that, it is unclear what I should do. For example, if I'm playing Lost March, I'm trying to continuously dump my hand to try to maximize putting Pokemon in the Lost Zone, so it would seem I should favor playing Cynthia unless I'm against a low HP deck. However, sometimes I really, really want to get rid of that huge hand they have - maybe I saw them search for evo Pokemon, so I think that it's coming.