Pojo's Harry Potter Card of the Day

Flourish and Blotts - Diagon Alley


Flourish and Blotts
Power Needed: 3 Transfiguration
Card Type: Location
Effect: When you play this card, discard any other location from play (yours or your opponent's). Either player may use an action and discard 2 of his or her lessons from play to draw 5 cards.
Card No: 8
Rarity: Rare/Foil
Set: Diagon Alley
Average Rating: 1.71 (based on 6 reviews) 
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.


Aardvark

Let's start by comparing actions. It takes 4 actions to draw/play two lessons and a 5th action to use this card. You get 5 draws in return, which is equivalent to 5 actions. Sounds balanced to me (I'm ignoring the actions needed to draw and play Flourish and Blotts here). Since you are trading cards in play for cards in hand, this will slow development. It doesn't appear to be a good early game play. The extra cards drawn could be useful in solving a Privet Drive or using with a spell like Spiral Dive, but neither application seems worthy to me. At the end of the game, when you have plenty of lessons out, this helps you draw into the game-ender. Too bad that it does the same thing for the opponent. The synergy with Philosopher's Stone, coming out in the next set, is obvious. But if you were able to cast that card, why would you need this one? In my opinion, this card is more Blotts than Flourish.

Rating: 1


Crusader

Discard two lessons to draw 5 cards? No thanks. I'll take Strategy Session any time over this. Same with Pulling Up. And, the new card coming out in Adventure at Hogwarts, Owl Post, which lets you draw 3 cards. This card just kills lessons...only type of deck its good in is a Spiral Dive deck. And those are VERY hard to use!

Rating: 2


MadEye

I personally love the name and art work, but am not impressed with the effect. This location is a place to buy your books and get the heck out of there. If you are going to play this card your opponent will get the benefit from it before you will unless you are toting extra actions. If you think this is a good card you are playing the wrong opponents. This card will hurt you more than help you. There are other ways to draw multiple cards and this is one that I would leave off of your good list. Sure you may have lessons to spare, but why bother with it this card when you could be adding more creatures or spells to your deck.

Rating: 1


Prof_Lockhart

I have been told by the Ministry of Magic that this weeks cards are Location cards. And there is a little saying they have in the real estate business, Location, Location, Location! As a worldly traveller, I can assure that different locales bring out different situations, and the same can be said in the world of Harry Potter TCG. Today's location is Flourish and Blotts. I honestly think one of the best traits about putting Location cards in your deck, is that its an easy way to rid yourself of your opponents Location. If you're running transfiguration and creatures, this might help if you're opponent has played Wand Shop. Now onto the specific card itself. You discard 2 lessons to draw 5 cards. Well in a world, where power is prime and the high the power you have the better the damage you can do, I don't know if this will necessarily help, however, if you only seem to be drawing lesson cards and you need some spells and creatures, this might be a wise tactic to try and load your deck with those cards. This might also help if you stack the bottom of your deck with healing for a huge play of destuction at the end. I don't know, but I honestly think that this Locations power isn't that impressive, but for the sheer fact that you can rid your opponent of their Location, I'd say its still somewhat valuable.

Rating: 2.25


Snuffles

I keep putting this card in decks and then only using it once or twice per game. When you play with a location, theoretically you should use it every other turn or so if possible. The most comparable card to Flourish and Botts is Color Changing Ink. Both require an action to use and both help out your hand. If you think you will have fairly large hands... even three or four cards... you might want to go with Color Changing Ink cuz that way you can put the cards you don't need on the bottom and draw a whole new hand.... Yet... there is the eternal threat of Wand Shop and there are bound to be more locations coming out in the new set. This is one location that you can almost bet with certainty will never benefit your opponent. So if you are a Locophobic (intense irational fear of locations), and you don't mind losing a couple lessons to make your deck move faster, throw it in and see how it works. Might be kinda fun with Spiral Dive :)

Rating: 2


Wozniac

What can I say, the card has a lot of potential but the cards right now just can't seem to bring it's full power 1out. I am looking forward to use this card with AaH and particularly with a stone that can turn lead into gold and make an elixir that gives eternal life *wink wink*. Let's wait and see!

Rating: 2