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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Will Turner Chamber #234 (Uncommon)
Strikes - Lion/Sword, Advantage -
Body, Ally - Shadow.
First Sig Move - Hold Your Ground (0 payment, 6 Intercept, 3 Force "For Each Ally you have "Hold Your Ground" has +1 Force).
Second Sig Mov - Jus' Like Ol' Bootstrap (1 green cost, 3 Intercept, 8 Force "For each ally you ahve "Jus' Like Ol' Bootstrap" has +1 Intercept).

Card Ratings: 3

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed - 07.03.06


Name: Will Turner
Type: Chamber
Card #234
Rarity: Uncommon
Strikes Allowed: Lion & Sword
Advantage: Body
Ally: Shadow
Signature Move #1: Hold Your Ground (0 payment, 6 Intercept, 3 Force "For Each Ally you have ‘Hold Your Ground’ has +1 Force”).
Signature Move #2: Jus' Like Ol' Bootstrap (1 green cost, 3 Intercept, 8 Force For each ally you have ‘Jus' Like Ol' Bootstrap’ has +1 Intercept).

Pirates of the Caribbean is not the first CCG I’ve ever played, thankfully. If it were, I probably wouldn’t give CCGs a second thought. The game itself lacks any higher strategy other than putting together your deck and hoping for good draws. However, this game, while not so complicated as to confuse the younger set, does have a playability that I haven’t seen in a long time. If you’ve read my introductory article which was published last week, you know the game runs extremely fast, and while the only real strategy is in putting together your deck, there is some complex decision making involved in the game play, where the wrong choice CAN cause you a point, or the game.

Each week we’ll try to take a look at one chamber card and at least a couple more cards that can be played with that chamber. I know for our inaugural week everyone would have liked to have seen Captain Jack Sparrow, but since I hadn’t yet pulled a Jack Sparrow chamber and only recently acquired one through trading, he’ll have to wait. I haven’t even played with my Jack Sparrow deck yet.

So instead, we’ll start with the stalwart Mr. Turner, who makes men jealous and women swoon. In putting together a deck for Mr. Turner, you’re only allowed to use Lion and Sword strikes, Body advantages and Shadow allies. For the “hero” pirates such as Elizabeth, Jack and Will, this seems to be pretty standard. I do question the choice of Body for advantages, since Will doesn’t strike me as being overtly physical, though he is a fine fencer, thus the Sword trait ability. Lion strikes are supposed to be more physically oriented as well, so I suppose within it’s own internal logic, this makes sense, though I don’t particularly think of Will in this way.

Both of his signature moves are very similar; they have a low payment cost and depend on how many allies you have in play to add a bonus to the statistic that is lacking. In order to use these moves wisely you’ll need to ensure that you not only have all three zones charged, but you’ll need an ally in all three zones in order to get the maximum +3 bonus to either your Force or your Intercept. Even then, “Hold your Ground” can only be a maximum 6 Intercept, 6 Force, and “Jus’ Like Ol’ Bootstrap” can be a maximum 6 Intercept and 8 Force. Of the two, obviously the second Signature Move is better, though I have yet to be able to play it in a game. If I had I would suspect that it would be a game ender, since by the time you get all three zones charged twice you’ll be in the final point, and an 8 Force is just too much to defend against at that point.

As many of my long-time readers know, I love to give you guys and gals a sense of value for your cards. Unfortunately, PotC is just too new to figure out what that value actually is. There are no Ebay auctions for singles, and there aren’t any online sites selling singles quite yet. Since packs are about $4 each, and each one comes with a Chamber card, I’d say that the common chambers are worth a buck or so, uncommon chambers, like this one, should be $2 to $3, and the rare chambers, depending on who they are, should go for between $3 and $5. You might end up having to spend a bit more on Will, Elizabeth and Jack Sparrow Rares though.

My ratings:
Playability 3 of 5
Collectability 2.5 of 5

Next time - STRIKES


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