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The next card you play this turn costs up to 4 less.*Draw a card.

Card Ratings
Constructed: 4
Limited: 3.5

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

Date Reviewed - 09.04.06

doc Today’s Gearsmith Tactic makes a statement about the Gearsmith Trade as a whole. Part of their “charm” is their leet speak, or today’s card, 1337!

For those who are interested, information about leet speak is readily available on the net. Check it out if you’ve never heard of it (I hadn’t until I picked up The Spoils) and open up a whole new aspect of The Spoils.

1337! could be the best utility Tactic in the game. For a cost of 3 with only 1 threshold, it turns 3 resources into 4 and gives you a draw. Granted the 4 are just a credit toward the next card you play this turn, but one extra resource early on can make a huge difference.

Open this in a pack during a limited event, and you’re going to automatically start looking for more Gearsmiths cards to go with it. Even if you’re short on Gearsmiths, it’s ever so splashable with it’s 1 threshold. In constructed, Gearsmiths have lots of cost reducing cards, so you can either go hog-wild to make the really expensive really cheap, or count on cost reducers that stay in play and give you a benefit more than once.

|_1/\/\173|): 4/5
(0|\|57|?|_|(73|): 3/5
lgmk 1337!

This card has godlike qualities, especially when played early. Let's say you play this your third turn after setting a resource each turn. Play this, draw a card, play something with cost 4 for free, then plop down b33fy 31f. Nice, no? The combinations are endless. Functionally it is a free tactic that makes any card in your hand cost one less and have the text 'When this card is played, draw one card.' Except that you draw a card whether or not you use the cost reduction ability. The one downside is that unlike many Gearsmith cards it only reduces the cost of playing cards, not any numeric cost.

Simple but brilliant, I like it.

4/5 All

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