I’m primarily a MTG player, but have a real soft spot for PTCG, primarily the WeeEggs decks in Expanded (Plasma Freeze Weevile that pitches pokemon to do damage alongside Propagate Exeggute). One thing that has really started to get to me is the seemingly abusive use of the phrase “shuffle your deck afterwards” or something of the like depending on card. Most notably this shows up on Trainer’s Mail, Great Ball, and Max Elixir. These cards do things that shouldn’t require shuffling of the deck upon completion, yet they do, adding more time to games. It feels like games could be shortened, drastically in some cases depending on how many of these cards are run in a given deck, with a simple change to having the unused cards be put on the bottom of the deck. MTG has cards that do similar effects where the top X cards are looked at by the using player, and all unused are put on the bottom and it works really well. People complain about too much shuffling, but that’s only when players also use some 8+ cards that search the deck, but that’s besides the point.
So what purpose does all this shuffling serve, when the entire order of the deck is still unknown by both players? I’m actually struggling to understand and would love some insight. Thanks!