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Pojo's Harry Potter Card of the Day

Potions Class Disaster - Quidditch Cup

Potions Class Disaster
Power Needed: 12 Potions
Card Type: Spell
Effect: Your opponent chooses 5 of his or her cards and discards them. Those cards can come from his or her hand or from play or from both. (If there are fewer than 5 total cards in your opponent’s hand and in play, he or she discards them all.)
Card No: 20
Rarity: Rare/Foil
Set: Quidditch Cup
Average Rating: 3.997 (based on 4 reviews) 
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.


This card has the same casting level as Obliviate, reviewed yesterday. It will thus also take about 20 turns to play, unless you load up your deck with Wands, Cauldrons, and cards like Wand Shop. However, unlike Obliviate, the payoff is rather nice if you can get up that high. They have to lose 5 cards one way or another. This is especially nasty if you catch them with an empty hand, since those 5 cards in play took 10+ actions to get out, versus only two for this card, a potential whopping 8 or more actions edge. Since PCD doesn't require you to discard your own lessons, you are free to cast them repeatedly, quickly reducing your opponent to helplessness in just a couple of turns. So this card can be the key for some deck designs. It just requires that your deck be fully dedicated to churning out the learning. If you can't do that, then you shouldn't fit this in.

Rating: 2.5


I don't care how much this card costs, it is worth every, pretty penny. Plus the art on the card is quite nice don't you think! ;o) I love the monster combo of Obliviate and Potion Class Disaster. Just how does one play when half way through the game they feel like they have to start all over again? 5 card denial is just huge! If the opponent has or 3 cards in their hand, it is still worth spending it without Obliviate. If you were to play 2 Potion Class Disaster's together, well they are starting from scratch now aren't they? Neville may have caused a Potion Class Disaster, but thanks to Harry Potter TCG, we are truly glad he did!

Rating: 5


Oh Professor Snape, how I loath you. You know I could make potions just as good as you, as I explain in my book, "Everyday Potions for the Beautiful,” but yet you still doubt me. Yes, your Potions Class Disaster is impressive, but your opponent could possibly have 10 cards in their hand and 5 cards discarded from their hand might not cause that much pain. However, if we bring into the fray my biggest area of expertise, Obliviate, Snape you and I pack a fearsome punch. We can Obliviate their hand and then force them to discard 5 cards from play. What are they going to do now? Just submit to our will and realize defeat. If we add Potions Exam, Titillando, and Alihotsy Draught, we'll be able to keep denying them cards in play while doing damage that they won't be able to recover from. Yes Snape, you and I can make a good team, if only you weren't so ugly.

Rating: 3.5


Dear Professor Lockhart,

With all due respect, you should not antagonize Professor Snape So. Heaven knows what vile concoctions he has stored away in his private stores. And now he's gone and got angry and made a mess of the entire Potions Classroom. Having a winning smile is all well and good, but it will be of no use if you are wearing it as a toad.


Potions Class Disaster......... YES, IT"S MESSY!!!! at the very worst, your opponent discards five cards from his or her hand and at best, five cards from play. Anyone who isn't tempted to put this in a deck is absolutely boggy woggle. Twelve is fairly high, but definitely not unreachable with cauldrons and wands and *hint* *hint* *cough* cough* *nudge* *nudge* wand shop *burp* excuse me! heh.... combine this with more denial cards and an obliviate or two and you have yourself one sitting duck of an opponent.... and we all know what they say about sitting ducks... so i won't mention it :)

Rating: 4.987654321

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