pokebeach.comWhat’s up, guys! I’m here with yet another Card of the Day. Today, I’m going to talk about Alph Lithograph from HeartGold & SoulSilver.
This is definitely an interesting card. The Unowns translate into “LOOK AT YOUR OPPONENTS HAND!”. In straight LostGar (no Vileplume), this card can easily be used instead of Mr. Mime. Mr. Mime’s “Trick Reveal” Poké-Power says that your opponent needs to reveal his or her hand.
The downside? You have to show your hand as well. That is why Alph Lithograph ONE, in my opinion, is superior to Mr. Mime. Mr. Mime should be reserved to Trainer Lock LostGar, and Trainer Lock LostGar only.
I mean, your opponent can totally cripple your set up with cards like Judge, Giratina (PL #9), and Cyrus’s Initiative, and they know whether or not to use their Smeargle next turn with Mr. Mime. Alph Lithograph ONE prevents that.
But don’t just reserve this for LostGar… it is a very helpful disruption card, as well! You can put it into pretty much any deck (save Trainer Lock), and it can help. Also, Trainer cards can’t be Power Sprayed, while Poké-Powers (obviously) can.
Running this with Dialga G LV.X can also help, as you can then use Alph Lithograph ONE no matter what (except for when they use that blasted Level Down power… Power Spray, here we come! :D). I think that this card can be very helpful, as with all of the Alph Litho’s. They are all overlooked, and thought to be just a collector’s card. I would be glad to obtain one.
Pairing this card with just about any deck would be great, especially if that deck is LostGar or DialgaChomp (DialgaChomp has Dialga G LV.X for Vileplumes, plus Power Sprays for those pesky Level Down’s). I would definitely keep this as a tech. Just like Jay Hornung said in his last article, I would definitely bring tech cards such as this one in a small binder for last-minute changes.
So I’d rate this card a 4 out of 5, mainly because it is so versatile. This card can be very helpful for any deck, save Trainer Lock, like I stated earlier. Thanks for reading, and I’ll catch ya later. See ya! :)