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Pojo's The Spoils Card of
may search their deck for up to 5 staple
resources and put them into play.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5
scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 10.20.06
||For our final
Bomb of the week we give you the Gearsmith Tactic
Breaking from the mold of the other Bombs, and
perhaps some will say it doesn’t belong in the same
category as the previous 4; the cost of Research
Investment is 0. No, I didn’t forget the “1” in
front of the “0”. While it still has a threshold of
4, this card is otherwise played for free.
Unlike out other Bombs (again) this one is a boon to
both you and your opponent. “Both players may search
their deck for up to 5 staple resources and put them
into play.” Resource acceleration in a deck that
needs it is invaluable. While some decks will be
designed to stall until all the pieces of a combo
are in place or until you can afford to pull of your
1-2-3 in one turn, one Research Investment can get
you there up to 5 turns earlier.
Not only do you gain 5 more resources, you thin your
deck…another great tech trick.
Back to the benefit helping out you and your
opponent, naysayers will shout “But what if it helps
him more than it helps me???” Well, herein lays yet
another point of the strategic nature of The Spoils.
If your deck is designed to “go-off” after you get
to a certain point, and RI gets you there sooner,
you should be in the driver’s seat. Your opponent
will like having the boost, but because you’re
planning on putting it to good use and he is only
using it for what he can, the advantage should go to
Lastly, this card was part of many decks that
claimed 2nd or 3rd turn wins. When comboed with
Invent (pay twice X to tutor for X-1 cards) you
could have a ton of resources and the exact cards
you needed in your combo/win condition. It has
already been announced (just a few days ago) that
this card will be modified for First Edition due on
retail shelves in mid November. The threshold will
change to 6 and the number of Staples searched for
will only be 3.
In Limited RI will likely be too slow to be of any
benefit. In Constructed, as worded for Open Beta, it
was ˝ of many killer decks. With the change already
a done deal, we’ll have to see if the new stats
allow it to maintain such a lofty post.
Constructed: 5/5 as is for Open Beta
I'm not sure which version of the effect Pojo's
going to post, but it will be altered for the
release. The First Edition version of the card will
have a threshold of six, not four. In addition to
this it will only grant you three resources in place
of the previous five.
The old version of the card was the center of what
many believed to be the most broken combo in the
game. My opinion differs, but we can ignore that for
now. This combo involved using this card and a card
called Invent which allows you to pay any number of
resources to search your deck for half that number
of cards -1. Research Investment would fuel that
card allowing a player to search out more Research
Investments and then play some great big hulking
card that would domiate the game.
The new version of the card can still be used for
the previous purpose... sorta. It's just that it
can't go off on turn 2 any more and Research
Investment doesn't single handedly pay for Invent.
Ratings are for the First Edition version.
1/5 Limited (six thresh...)
The new flavor text is hilarious.