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Pojo's Harry Potter Card of the Day

Mandrake - Chamber of Secrets

Power Needed: 5 CoMC
Card Type: Creature - Plant
Ability: You may use an Action and discard Mandrake from play to put a non-Healing Character card from your discard pile into your hand.
Damage each turn: 3
Health: 1
Card No: 34
Rarity: Rare/Foil
Set: Chamber of Secrets
Average Rating: 3.53 (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 is a tricky card. Many people will look at this and won't be able to fathom why they would use an action and discard a creature doing three damage a turn to their opponent, just to get a non-healing character into their hand. Personally, I can't think of any character that I'd want to pay such a dear price for. This is especially true when you note that the action expended to do this would normally mean you can't play the character you retrieved that turn. But don't let all of this distract you from the true point of this card. The Mandrake is actually another Cunning Fox, and if you have Sprout in play, it becomes a cheap Vicious Wolf. This card is the largest self-contained threat in standard builds of plant decks. Once you realize that even when ignoring the character fetching ability, this is still a quality card, then you'll understand it's actual worth.

Rating: 4


1 health? Won’t withstand any anti-creature ;/ 3 damage? That’s ok…same as Cunning Fox. But, with Sprout, this card gets a boost…sorta ;x 3 health still won’t withstand any anti-creature still except Doxy. It’s effect is good in decks that run characters…but what kind of creature deck does that? =/ Not that good of a card, and easily countered.

Rating: 3


A Cunning Fox with a separate ability! Where do I sign up? Cunning Fox is a great creature and the ability that this guy adds makes him that much better. It is often useful to get your Hannah Abbot or your Argus Filch from your graveyard. Did I mention it is like a Cunning Fox only better?!
Gotta Love this card.

Rating: 4.5


They way it boils down is the Mandrake is a Cunning Fox with an ability. Combo'd with Sprout, its a viscious wolf, a lesson sooner. So just how good is this cards ability? Depends on if you're playing characters or not. Overall I think this card is as least as good as the cunning fox and because it can get you a character like Griphook or maybe Filch or say Hannah, it could come in handy if your characters go bye bye. So I would suggest this card as an extra bunch of foxes as the very least.

Rating: 3.5


Cunning Fox? No, it's Mandrake! This doesn't require any discarding of CoMC lessons and is a plant, so it is IDEAL for a Sprout deck that splashes CoMC. And when you're using it with Sprout, it becomes a cheaper Vicious Wolf. It's also got a last resort ability that most of the time you would never use, but it's nice to know you've got the option if you're in dire need of a fallen ally.

Rating: 4.5


Well if your deck revolves around a certain character being in play, this is a nice way to get them back. This could also be used with those one time use characters. You play Forbidden Corridor and uhm... I dunno... Griphook maybe? Use your Griphook and then sack him to the Corridor... use your Mandrake to get him back and then use him again. Pretty slow combo, that, but you could prolly make it work. I am not overly fond of the ability here as Characters take 2 actions to play most times, but if you really need someone out, this would be the way to ensure it.

Rating: 1.7



"No Professor Sprout, he's fainted"- Seamus; "Oh well, just leave him there"- Prof Sprout
Hehe..anyways... I like this card not for its ability, but because of the fact that its a Plant. CoS has so many combos with plants now...Sprout (If you're not playing her, don't use this card), Dragon Dung, Greenhouse3, etc... Now if you're playing with supporting characters (unfortunately Pomfrey can't be retrieved) you can go ahead and use the ability. But doing 3 a turn, its not really worth it. So basically, this card is Cunning Fox's replacement. Unless you don't have 4 or these, or just wanan go overkill on cheap creatures like these, don't use Fox, use this!!

Rating: 3.5 (Guest Reviewer's ratings are not added into the average.)

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