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Pojo's Harry Potter Card of the Day

Albus Dumbledore - Adventures at Hogwarts

Albus Dumbledore
Card Type: Character/Wizard/Unique
Ability: If you have at least 4 Lessons in play, your Spell cards with a printed Power cost of 6 or more need 2 less Power to play. (You still need at least 1 Power that matches.)
Card No: 1
Rarity: Rare/Holo
Set: Adventures at Hogwarts
Average Rating: 3.44 (based on 4 reviews) 
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.


After Dumbledore's little stooge McGonagall created such a splash upon her entrance into the game, many of us waited in anxious anticipation for the arrival of the Hogwarts headmaster. My first thought, when reading the description of his card was: "Is that all?". Sure, he provides at least one more lesson of learning for you than all characters other than the top student, but the limitations are a royal pain. You must have four lessons down to gain any benefit. So he can't help you get a fast start, and you are left vulnerable to denial decks. An added stipulation that he only affects cards with a printed Power cost of six or more is currently a redundant restriction with the requirement to have four lessons in play. However, it is possible this additional wording will gain some significance when future cards are made. Anyway, the other limitation that does matter is that Albus only helps out with spell cards. Given that he does not provide any lesson color of his own, he should only be considered as a starter in a deck of 1 or 2 colors, composed predominantly of spell cards. Personally, I prefer the colormasters (Snape, Hooch, etc), as they offer a useful one-time service, as well as allowing access to another color of cards, with no loss of deck consistency.

Rating: 2.5


As the card stands now, Dumbledore is extremely powerful, however if he affected Items and Creatures, you would be able to totally own your opponent. As it stands now though, Dumbledore is the only starting character that can provide you with two lessons in essence. That is a pretty powerful standard. It might allow for you to play damage a degree or two higher then you normally would. The only bad thing is that he doesn't actually provide a lesson type or that to play cards of 5 power you need 5 power showing. All in all I think Albus is extremely powerful and will definitely have decks crafted around his awesome power today and tomorrow.

Rating: 4.15


Vacation is over and it is time to torment you readers with my humdrum all over again. ;o) I like having early starting characters with early lesson power. Albus seems to like to hang out for a short while and then get involved in the game. I think that if you can be patient enough (I usually can't) to use him, he can be a powerful starter for you. I really like his effect in Quidditch, but I feel he could be brutal in Potions. He can make those heavy spell cards hit earlier than normal. Most will say he only saves you one turn worth of lessons, but I disagree. He comes in after you get your dealt lessons in your hand. That is like saying, "when I get to four lessons go ahead and put me a 6 but don't use any actions to do it. The way I see it you are not drawing or playing for those later lessons to get to 6. Also, keep in mind that Albus is really there for the spell cards, so don't get too excited creature and item players.

Rating: 3.6


Ever wished you didn't have to spend an action for Bravado? Tired of getting beat by eensy weensy decks cuz you can't cast your big spells? Well then have i got a deal for you! All of your spells can cost two less by just adding this one card to your deck! But truth be told i can't tell if i think this guy is a good starter or not. He seems to fit in well with Quidditch, but i get the feeling his talents could be used more in the realms of Transfiguration and Potions. He could be a powerful secondary character except then you can not count on drawing or playing him. So you would still need the power advancement to cast your bigger spells. In a lot of ways i prefer a lesson provider because they always have a special power and reduce all of your power costs by one (not just your spells) and you don't have to bother with that extra lesson type. Don't get me wrong, i have seen some powerful decks built around this guy. hmmmmmmm..... Snuffy is stumped.

Rating: 3.5



When this card was first previewed on the wizards site I was like really really really excited. This is the card everyone had been waiting for (besides a character that provides a comc power) and the possibilities for this card while not what I imagined they would be they are actually quite good. Lowering the cost of any card above six by 2 is very nice in almost every type of deck that needs to get six power for a spell. Albus is best played however as a secondary character in a PCD type deck or in a quid/charms deck in combination with Quidditch Pitch. Can we say Mid-Air Collision or Out of Control for six power. Yes ladies and gentlemen that is six lessons, four lessons and a borrowed wand, it really doesn't get cheaper than this. On the downside he doesn't work on items that ability would have made him a real quality starter rivaling Professor Flitwick, and Draco Malfoy, Slytherin. Overall he is a really cool card that in the right deck makes for a force to be contended with.

Rating: 3.4 (Guest Reviewer's ratings are not added into the average.)

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