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Yu Yu Hakusho
Pojo's The Spoils Card of
enters play with 3 tokens on it.*This card loses
1 strength and 1 life for each token on
it.*INSTALLMENT PLAN*COST - Pay 3.*EFFECT -
Remove a token from this card.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5
scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 09.03.06
||Today we have
the Banker Character Amortized Straw Man.
Upon first glance, a 6/6/3 for a cost of 5 with a
low threshold of 2 looks like a sweet beater. Until
you get to the text: “This card enters play with 3
tokens on it. This card loses 1 strength and 1 life
for each token on it.” Not so great…at least from
The best case scenario I can think of is following
it’s play with the Arcanist Tactic Voidal Poisoning.
It allows you to spend tokens on your cards to pay
for effects listed on it. Do that, and
presto!...6/6/3 beater in the house. Plus you could
have dished 3 damage or drawn a card and dished some
damage, tutored for anything etc etc. Barring that,
you’ll have to bide your time and pretty much choose
between removing a token and drawing a card, as they
both cost 3.
To balance the benefit you’d get from Voidal
Poisoning is the Arcanist token generator Insidious
Ecto-Manipulator. If you opponent pulls one of
those, he can ADD a token to your Straw Man each
turn until his life reaches 0.
I’d only use this in sealed play if I had to fill
one more character spot. I’d be surprised to ever
see it in constructed outside of a creative token
My problem with this card is that it isn't
exceptional. For a five cost character, 6/6/3 is
exceptional. 3/3/3 is not. An 8 cost character
should have more than 4/4/3 just as an eleven cost
character should have more than 5/5/3. If the cost
is above ten and it's not on par with the 'bomb'
tactics or Dragon Tank, I'm not going to use it in
constructed. It is simply not going to happen. Now,
if this card were in Gearsmith I might consider it.
In fact, that's the real place that this card
belongs. In Gearsmith. It's effect seems somewhat
like Runic Circutry. In fact, its effect goes very
well with Runic Circutry. This card might also go
well in a Banker/Arcanist cross deck, as long as the
Arcanists play four copies of Voidal Poisoning. Now
that would be truely awe inspiring. However I would
not play the card in a normal Banker deck. I would
take Concealed Goon, Mau Tough, or Union Leader over
There is one neat trick you can do with this card
though. If your opponent uses a destruction tactic
or ability that works with a specific amount of life
or strength, activate this card to move itself up a
notch. Your opponent will effectively have wasted
2/5 Constructed Banker
3.5/5 Oddball Constructed Cross With Arcanist