How to use Seeker

by Pikkdogs ~ December 13th, 2010.

A big Hello to all members of Omar Nation.  This is Pikkdogs here with a strategy article.  As you can see, this article will be about the card Seeker.

Well to start out, Seeker has a simple effect.  Both players pick up a Pokemon from their bench, the person who plays it chooses first.

It may be a simple effect, but the many ways that it can be used make it a card that is complicated to use.  It also is a pivotal card, that can easily change the fate of the game.  That being said, it is important that every player know how to play the card.  First we must look at how this card is played.

  1. The first way that this card is used is to heal a benched Pokemon.  This is fairly simple, just setup two main attackers, when one is damaged beyond repair, you retreat or warp it out and then use Seeker and throw those damage counters away.  This use makes it useable for almost any deck.   If you use this strategy, be sure to have Broken Time Space in play, so you can lay down the Pokemon back down again.
  2. Another way to use this card is to use it to re-use a coming into play Poke-Power.  For example, if you only have Seeker in your hand, you can play Seeker and pick up your Uxie La, and then use “Set-Up” again for 7 cards.  This card is also useful for cards like Crobat G, Mespirt La, and Azelf La.
  3. Seeker can also be used to pick up resources on the field.  For example, if you are playing a Gengar deck and have just lost a Gengar.  You do have a benched Gengar on the field, but no energies in your hand or deck.  You can still use “Shadow Room” if you use “Seeker” to pick up a Pokemon with an energy.  You can then attach the energy to Gengar.  You can also use it to pick up and Energy Gain when you need it, or pick up an Expert Belt when you think that your opponent might knock that Pokemon out for two prizes.                 
  4. Seeker is also used in donk decks to get rid of HP Pokemon.  The most popular example of this is in the modern Uxie Donk deck.  For example, on one of J-Wittz’s Profit Episode he outlined a situation when he had an active Dialga G and three benched Pokemon.  His opponent used a bunch of trainers and Crobat G’s to knock out two of J-Wittz’s benched Pokemon.  Then he played a Cyclone Energy to send Dialga G to the bench, then played Seeker.  At this point J-Wittz had to pick up his Dialga G, then his opponent was able to knock out the active for the game.  It also can be used in combination with Sableye Sf.  If your opponent has a high HP benched Pokemon, you can use Seeker, the opponent will pick it up, then you can “Impersonate” for  a Judge to get rid of the high HP Pokemon.
  5. Another use for this card is to re-use sprayed “one per turn” Poke-Powers.  For example, if you have an active Gyarados and no Magikarps in the discard pile, but two in your hand you can use Regice’s power “Regimove” to discard two Magikarps and power up Gyarados’s attack.  Well you try to play the Power and your opponent uses “Power-Spray” to get rid of the effect of the power.  So to use the power again you can play Seeker to pick up the Regice and use the power again.  If you don’t get another Power-Spray you can then use Gyarados’s attack for a base damage of 60 instead or 0.
  6. You can also use it as another Poketurn or Super Scoop Up.  You would just use it to do whatever you would do with the Poketurn or Super Scoop Up.        Regice - LA

As you can see, this is a very versatile card, that can be used in any deck.  But I do not recommend using this card without proper discretion.  Here are some tips on using this card.

  1. When your opponent uses it, take your time.  It is likely that when your opponent plays the card he/she will know why he/she is using it, you may not.  So don’t let your opponent rush you in making a decision.  Pay attention to the game state, what they grabbed up, and why they grabbed it up.  From that, you should be able to decide if you need to grab one your of your  benched Pokemon to prevent a prize, or if you can choose whatever you want.
  2. You may not want to play more than 1 or 2 copies of this card.  This rule is mostly for the player who uses the card for the coming into play Poke-Power.  If you play 2 copies of this card and your opponent plays 2 copies, well then that is 4 extra times you can use the Power.  You may be able to benefit from your opponent’s Seekers.  Just don’t expect your opponent to play it when you need it the most.
  3. Analyze to see who will benefit from the Seeker.  Before you use Seeker be sure to look at both benches.  You may want to use Seeker to get an Uxie back to get 4 cards that you don’t really need, but your opponent could have a damaged expert belted Pokemon on the bench.  Using Seeker here would not be a smart thing to do.
  4. Remember that this card is a supporter.  It sounds like a stupid thing to say, but I have seen people make this mistake.  They use Seeker to grab up a damaged Pokemon, then still expect to use Cyrus’s Conspiracy to get an energy.  So make sure you plan out your whole turn before you play the card.

Okay that’s all my knowledge on this card.  It is a very useful card, without question the most versatile card to come out of the Triumphant set.  With so many games dependent on a prize race, this card could make a big impact.  It also brings back the Uxie Donk deck.  This fact alone makes Seeker a very impactful card.  It is in the best interest of all players to know how to use this card and how to play against it.

Thats all for now, so long and thanks for all the fish!

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