Pojo's Harry Potter Card of the Day

Alihotsy Draught - Diagon Alley

Alihotsy Draught
Power Needed: 7 Potions
Card Type: Spell
Effect: Do 6 damage to your opponent OR choose 1 of his or her Items in play and discard it.
Card No: 31
Rarity: Uncommon
Set: Diagon Alley
Average Rating: 3.35 (based on 6 reviews) 
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I casually dismissed this card the first time I saw it. Six damage for a spell needing seven lessons seemed unremarkable. Although I like the idea of being able to nail an opposing item, at this level of lessons required I felt I should be able to get that and the damage, not or the damage. Well, if I want to do that, I can play quidditch and use Bludger in the Stands. This is a potions card, and is expected to have a different set of strengths and weaknesses. One potion strength is to deal out a lot of damage, and this card does a fairly decent job, as it administers six. Although it doesn't pack quite the punch of a Malevolent Mixture or Draught of the Living Death, it also doesn't require the lesson discard that they do either. That means this makes a decent set-up card for the later big boys. Think of this as a role player and not the main star, and you'll hopefully appreciate more what it can do for you.

Rating: 2.5


Items causing you trouble? This card is the answer. Your opponent has no items? This card is still the answer! And, your Potions lessons stay untouched! Multiple choices with cards is good, and the fact it can be a Potion damager without discard is even better! In stall decks, this card is sweet. Your opponent got out a Wand and you don't have a Potions Exam ready? Well, play this, and your opponent's wand is gone! Hehe, you gotta love options. ;)

Rating: 4


Now this is a rather nice card. It is dual purpose (I am a big fan of dual purpose cards) you can either kill off one of their items or do 6 damage to them. It is also very cost effective 6 damage for 7 power is in the league of most charms spells with similar effects. Plus there is the big bonus it doesn’t require a discard! Play this card in your potions decks it will most likely help you out it has help me many a time.

Rating: 3.4


This card is an often underutilized card but it works well in potion decks that you don't need to discard in. I've seen very good PCD/Obliviate Decks incorporate this card into their decks. Its the primary cause of damage and lets you use Snape as your starter, while you use charms and wand shop. Throw in some Bulgeye Potions and some other important cards and you got a pretty formidable deck. This card is a good card that just doesn't get that much respect.

Rating: 3.5


Good way to take "care" of pesky items, and if need be, go in for the kill. Some items that help your opponent too much, or put you at risk, are definatly worth saving this guy for, but if you find out that your opponent hasn't discovered the wonders that are items, you wouldn't need to use the item denial part, so doing 6 damage ain't to shabby, considering most other Potion cards that do damage require some sort of discard.

Rating: 4


6 damage from Potions and no lesson loss! Downside is that it has to go to your opponent. Plus it is variable. You can crunch that Sickle your opponent just played or get rid of that Silver Unicron Horn they haven't discarded yet. There are definitely some nasty items out there and this is a great way to get rid of them. Fits in great with those Potions Class Disaster Decks and the like. Overall, i prefer the big booms for potions. But if your starter is Snape or you have limited potions lessons, this is a great option.

Rating: 2.7



Ok. Easy one. This card pretty much rocks. Not many potion spells do damage without having to throw away potions, and this one does 7...not to mention...being able to discard an item instead if you want to! I'll give this one a pretty 4.0 - 4.5 depending on if you are also playing with transfiguration.

Rating: 4 ~ 4 (Guest Reviewer's ratings are not added into the average.)