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Downsizing

Destroy all characters. Your opponent's faction gains X influence, where X is the number of characters destroyed.

Card Ratings
Limited: 4.25
Constructed: 4.5

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


Date Reviewed - 10.16.06

doc We start “Bomb” week with the Rare Banker Tactic Downsizing.

As with other expensive cards, you expect to get what you pay for. At a cost of 10 and a threshold of 4, I’d expect something devastating…game altering…and completely demoralizing to your opponent. Downsizing is all that without question!

There are plenty of cards that can eliminate one character and others can take out more than one at a time in given situations, but only Downsizing can nuke’em all! “Destroy all characters.” Period. Without a handy Tactician Vacation or Limited Liability, say bye-bye to your entire troupe of characters. Granted, it’s every character on both sides of the board, so if played against you your opponents board is cleared as well. In addition, you’d be the recipient of “X” influence where “X” is the number of characters destroyed. At least that’s something…

Quite simply, if you can set up this play by holding off your opponents attacks for a few rounds (which isn’t hard at all with Bankers in general) and focus on getting some extra resources in play while holding back on a few characters to spring all at once, you’re looking at one of the best ways (tune in all week for more of them!) to take complete control of the game.

If you pull this card in a Limited event, you’re praying for resource acceleration and/or ways to stall. Get 4 threshold and 10 resources ASAP then wait anxiously to see Downsizing grace your hand. Then it’s “BOOM” time!
In constructed you can build acceleration, stall and tutoring into your Downsizing deck to come up with a beast!

Limited: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
 
lgmk Downsizing

This is the first day of 'bomb tactic' week and we're going to start it off with Downsizing. This rare tactic, like the other three bomb tactics, costs ten and has a threshold of four. What makes this card worth the price? The fact that it destroys every character on the field.

Of course, this means that you've already lost control of the game to some extent. Or does it? After all, if you've lost all those characters, your opponent had to do something to make you lose them. Unless you just marched them one at a time into a Blanching Butcher or some such thing. You're making your opponent use tactics, one at a time, using items like Slingerang and Jacques Trap. Then you pull this thing out and wipe the field clean. Of course your opponent gains a measly one influence for each character destroyed, but if you're willing to play Irresistible Bribe, you should be willing to play this.

Sealed: 3.5/5 If you've got the resources, play it. You can always set it face down.

Constructed: 4/5 It takes some concentrated effort to build a deck that can utilize this well. A deck that can re-bound easily from an empty field and one that won't have any characters on the field before it empties.
 

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