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Pot of Greed
Draw 2 cards.
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3 is Average.
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July 8, 2015
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Last we reviewed Pot of Greed, it was July 2005.
Wow. That's a long time ago. The
consensus was that an easy +1 and drawing an extra
card is a no-brainer and it literally equates to
whatever card you were going to draw anyway, plus
another one. And that consensus is still true.
Okay, why are we reviewing this? My idea.
I wanted to sprinkle in a little fun review this
month to add a little variety. That, and with
the ban list, I didn't want to prematurely review
anything that would get hit, so I picked the one
card I knew they would never make legal.
You know, some say that Pot of Greed should stay
illegal, but I say there are way worse options out
there that are already legal. Nekroz of
Trishula is devastating minus 3 for the opponent.
Djinn Releaser of Rituals cripples most decks
outright. But they get to stay legal, despite
the fact that those cards defeated more players.
Do you know many players Pot of Greed defeats, in
and of itself? Zero.
Pot of Greed may make you draw an extra card, but it
doesn't hurt anyone. All it does it make
people happy. Alas, it's no Painful Choice.
It's no Spellbook of Judgment. Does it belong
in those leagues? Is a +1 really that bad
considering how many cards provide +1's these days.
Some people say using Pot of Greed makes you lazy
because of how easy the +1 is, but don't listen to
Let's hear some quotes from our old friends on Pojo
"It does have a connection to Harry Potter.
Harry Potter has also been called Harry Pothead.
Thus the link."
- Ex Minion of Darkness
"Reviewing this would only waste precious seconds.
- Lord Tranorix
"Anyone who doesn't rate Pot of Greed a 5/5 is
- Sand Trap
"This card gets a well-earned 5/5 in every deck
- Coin Flip
"If you have a copy, play it"
"The teeth are stained Yellow, I wonder why?"
- Dark Paladin, 2005
"Wait, why are we doing this?"
- Dark Paladin, 2015
Hello Pojo Fans,
Pot of Greed...three of the best words for a duelist
to stay. This card doesn't need a long review, it's
simple, OP and the definition of “staple” when
talking about Yu-Gi-Oh. A +1, a topdeck that is 98%
of the time playable (spell negater present or less
than 2 cards in your deck) and can be a
game-changer. Draw two of of one card without a
drawback. There aren't any other draw cards in the
game that have that kind of power, they all have an
exchange that balance them, or give you a minus.
In Traditional Format, PLAY IT. In Advanced (if ever
unbanned) PLAY IT. Doesn't matter if it would throw
a ratio off or put you at an odd number of cards or
too many cards, PLAY IT.
Advanced-NA/5- Banned. If it wasn't, 5/5
Art-4/5- Such nostalgia
Until Next Time
“Draw 2 cards.”
With how complex some of the card effects in
Yu-Gi-Oh! can become, a card with just those three
above words as its text is in comparison quite
simple. And that’s exactly what Pot of Greed is: a
very simple card. You play it, and you draw two
cards. There’s nothing else to it.
And yet, it’s the best card in the game.
Yes, you read that right; Pot of Greed is, in my
opinion, the best card in the game. This is
something that a lot of newer and/or inexperienced
players don’t understand. After all, how can a card
that does nothing more than “just” let you draw 2
cards be so good that it’s been banned for ten years
The answer? Because Yu-Gi-Oh! is a game driven by
card advantage; whoever has more cards has more
options, and therefore usually has more control of
the game. Pot of Greed happens to be a free +1 (you
play the card itself, which is a -1, to get two
cards, which is a +2).
Okay sure, that definitely makes it an incredible
card, but the best card in the game? That seems like
a bit much, right? Well, can you name a single
instance in which Pot of Greed is not useful? The
only one I can think of is if you have two or less
cards in your Deck, which is so incredibly rare that
it will almost never happen, and may as well not
count. Can you think of any Deck that would not play
Pot of Greed if it was legal? I can’t (and before
you say Infernity, yes they would play it; the extra
card is worth the risk of drawing two monsters,
which shouldn’t happen often anyway due to the
Deck’s lower monster count). Quite simply, every
other powerful card in the game has some situation
where it’s not useful. Pot of Greed doesn’t (not one
that’s relevant, at least). There is no reason to
play it the moment you draw it, unless it’s one of
the last three cards in your Deck.
It rewards you with free advantage for doing nothing
more than drawing it. Anyone who’s played Yu-Gi-Oh!
knows that extra draw power can come in handy often,
and Pot of Greed gives you that with no downside. It
gives you an extra card with no downside.
Pot of Greed
has no downside. It is
the best card
in the game.
If this card comes off the list, we all owe a big
thanks and a kiss to the almighty Pojo. This normal
spell card cannot be any more simpler. Draw 2 cards.
Pot of Greed was the original staple. The only
reason I can think of this of why this card should
go to limited status is because of the rule that
whoever goes first cannot draw their 6th card and
has to work with what they have. It's also one of
the few cards anyone is happy to see, anytime during
the duel. I remember when this and Graceful Charity
were both legal, Going from one into the other was
the best. While there are other ways to draw cards
these days, no card did it better than Pot of Greed.
No drawback, no cost, no muss, no fuss.
Advanced: 5 (Assuming it ever comes back)
Pot of Greed has always been a
problematic card. It's simple, basic effect allows
you to gain card advantage as soon as you draw it,
which is purely attributed to a luck factor. An
inherent plus one, if one duelist draws it
throughout the game, and the opponent doesn't, it
puts them at an automatic disadvantage. There is a
good reason this card is banned, it doesn't do
anything beneficial for the game. It's pretty ironic
how it lives up to its name and reputation its
inspired. Pot is a lot of fun to use, but is it
Mechanic Design: 1/5 (Game breaking design,
the creators of this card must have been on a lot of
Pot if they thought this card would be a good idea
for the longevity of the game )
Art: 5/5 (once you have seen this card, you will
never forget the image, truly unique and disturbing)
Okay, today for some reason we're looking at Pot
of Greed. I'm looking at Odd-Eyes Absolute
Dragon after this writing, so feel free to look at
that also, or instead. Pot hasn't been
reviewed in a decade, and only old man grandpa
Paladin here has looked at it before. I don't
mind looking at Banned cards, when they change to or
from Banned status, but it did irk me quite a bit
that we're looking at a Banned card that has been
for so very VERY long. Pot is a part of a
trinity of cards in Yugioh that should be Banned
forever...they include Pot of Greed, Chaos Emperor
Dragon, and Yata. Anyway, as for Pot, it's not
only the best Draw card in the game, but perhaps the
best overall. It's a free and automatic +1.
No cost, no penalty, no anything...two free cards to
your Hand. The ONLY time Pot would hurt you is
if it's card 39 or 40 that you Draw, as you
obviously wouldn't have the two cards to Draw from
your Deck. Now, enough wasted time, let's look
at something relative to the week, as the two
remaining cards this week also, ARE NOT...
Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon is still only Japanese.
But this is a Rank 7 XYZ Monster, of the
Dragon type, and Water attributed for some reason,
who has 2800 attack and 2500 defense, and is XYZ
Summoned with two Level 7 Monsters. So first
off, when any Monster, belonging to you or your
opponent attacks, you can discard an XYZ Material to
negate said attack. That's great, as at least
as long as it has XYZ Material, your opponent is
forced into using a card to destroy it, and
attacking over it won't be that easy anyway with the
2800 attack. OH, and after negating the
attack, you can Special Summon from your Hand OR
Graveyard, an "Odd-Eyes" Monster. Secondly,
you can Special Summon an "Odd-Eyes" Monster from
your Extra Deck. Both effects can only be used
once a turn. This guy is a beast. The
Water part still kinda irks me, but he's strong, he
adds protection, and he has swarm capability.
He really helps bring the Deck together.