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Pojo's Harry Potter Card of the Day

Potions Exam - Base

Potions Exam
Power Needed: 10 Potions
Card Type: Spell
Effect: Your opponent chooses 3 of his or her cards in play and discards them (if your opponent has fewer than 3 cards in play he or she discards them all). Your opponent may prevent this by discarding 1 of his or her P Lessons in play and discarding it.
Card No: 63
Rarity: Uncommon
Set: Base
Average Rating: 3.75 (based on 6 reviews) 
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.


This spell is a weaker and cheaper version of Potions Class Disaster. I would expect it to see some play in decks built around Potion Exam's "big brother", PCD. I can also see it working in a dedicated lesson destruction deck (Lost Notes, Picking on Neville, Diffindo). In the latter case, such a deck design would greatly reduce the chance of your opponent avoiding the 3 card loss by having a potion lesson in play. This is not a card you want to toss willy-nilly into just any deck. That's because it is very slow to play and a three card loss isn't enough by itself to slow down a faster deck in the late stages of a game. Only in concert with the right supporting cast can this card start to shine. Don't underestimate the time it takes to be able to cast this card!

Rating: 2


This card is amazing...unless your opponent is using Potions lessons. Since they have to take 3 cards from play (unless they're using Potions lessons), its better then the other Potion denial, Potions Class Disaster. This card is in most PCD/Obliviate decks, since of its capabilities, and it should be! 10P for it, but it is really worth it!

Rating: 4


The Green Meany! It only has the one flaw. If your opponent has Potions out they can avoid it. 10 power for this card is nothing. I would gladly pay that price. The nice thing is you will usually know early on if you need to get to 10 or not by what they play and discard early in the game. If they have Potions, then use the other parts of your deck and don't worry about it. But when they do not have Potions out, this card is awesome. 2 of these together can wipe and opponent out of the game or at least put them out of commission for a few turns. This is a card that if you play big power, you really want to find room for it.

Rating: 4


Today is the finally day of this Cleaning/Sweeps week stuff and not a day too soon. My maid is getting tired. Which brings us to todays card, Potions Exam. My good friend, Severus, is at it again, making life hard and harder for those wacky kids. His latest Card costs 10P but it removes 3 cards from play. Now this card is very handy in the Potion Class Disaster and Obliviate Combo Deck, but there is a catch. If your opponent is playing with potions lessons, they can dump one of those to prevent discarding the two other cards. So while this card can be powerful it won't always have the effect that you want. I really think in the PCD and Obliviate deck this card just aids and makes it that much more powerful but alone it could have a weekness, but if there's one thing we've learned from Severus is, to include his cards in your deck or he'll turn you into a toad or something. Speaking of which I think I left the curling wand on....

Rating: 3.5


Potions Exam is a GREAT card! Even if your opponent IS playing potions, that is the one lesson that tends to eat itself. So even if this only kills a potions, it is still good for the deck and bad for the opponent. using this in conjunction with other denial cards such as picking, lost notes, diffindo, potions class dissaster, ec... is brutal! but even if this is all the denial you have, it's still a hit to the kidneys for your opponent.

Rating: 4.8


A card that forces an opponent to discard 3 cards? from play? Fantastic! If your deck is based on controlling cards on the table (which is usually the case if you use this card), this card is perfect. Its cost isn't big for it's effect, it doesn't require a discard but it's back door ability can be disturbing. When you land on a potion lessons user, it is always hard to get the card's full effect. Combined with transfiguration to remove those green lessons, it is just a great card.

Rating: 4.2

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