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Ecto-Distillation

Card Ratings
Limited: 2.5
Constructed: 3.50

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


Date Reviewed - 02.21.0
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doc Hump day brings us the rare Arcanist tactic Ecto-Distillation.

The card could be known as “The Crazy Tutor.” For a cost of 4 with a threshold of 3, you get to tutor for a card. Seems a bit expensive to me…

Consider Luteoderm Prototype (cost 2 threshold 1), the most often used card that can tutor for anything, or Servile Centipede (cost 4 threshold 1 tactic tutor that’s also a 1/3/3) and you’re left wondering, what’s so special about this card to make its cost/threshold so high? AND it’s a rare.

Deck thinning. If there’s ever a sure fire 2 or 3 or 4 card “instant win combo”, this is the card that will make it happen.

Name a card, search your deck for any number of copies of that card, reveal them and put one in your hand. The rest go into the discard pile. Then, you opponent has the option of searching your deck (by this time they probably already know what they’re going to find) and putting into the discard pile any copies you missed.

So what if you name Obsession and have 60 copies in your deck? Presto! All that’s left in your draw pile is the cards you need for the insta-win!

Ok, so this has all been theoretical, and no such combo exists. And quite frankly, the people at Tenacious Games aren’t likely to even allow such a combo to come into existence anyway.

But it will still thin your deck and net you a card. If that’s what you’re looking for, here it is!

In limited, it can be an expensive tutor for one card. In constructed, it just seems like it’ll have a great use…some day.

Limited: 1.5/5
Constructed: 2/5
 
lgmk Ecto-Distillation

Ecto-Distillation is an amazing enabling card for constructed decks. The first use that should occur to you is using it to search for 'tech' cards that you're only running single copies of. But the primary usage, in my mind, is searching for resources. If you want to be able to play such powerhouses as Gargantuan Garbler and Ashes of Zenobia, you need to be able to get up to four threshold. Yet reaching that threshold involves playing a lot of resources in your deck. This will cause you to draw resource cards when you need to draw critical cards to ensure your survival. I've seen games be determined by who could draw a character first. The problem with resources is that as soon as you've met threshold, the become blank cards. Once you've met one below your maximum threshold, Ecto-Distillation can get you the last card you need and pull all the rest out of your deck. That's incredible. Hypothetically you could fill your deck with a staple resource and a few key cards you need to win, and then use this to leave you only with the cards you need.

If you get this in Sealed or Draft with a few Servile Centipedes, it can enable you to do a two trade deck with high threshold Arcanist cards and no dead resource draws. That's an incredible ability.

Constructed: 5/5
Limited: 3.5/5

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