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Leon’s South Wall Corner Club
The Proper Applications of Pot of Avarice

December 20, 2005

Hello everyone. A couple of consecutive days off of work gave me time to give you all something else to think about over the week. This edition of the South Wall Corner Club is another tutorial of sorts. Its chief goal is educative, but despite your level of skill or knowledge I think there might still be something to take away from this. We will be discussing a single card today.

EEN-EN037
Pot of Avarice
Normal Spell
Select 5 Monster Cards from your Graveyard, then add them to your Deck and shuffle it. After that, draw 2 cards from your Deck.


I think it relatively safe to say that this card first made a wide, main-stream impact at SJC San Mateo. Many of us, upon rumors of its release, carried doubts as to its effectiveness. I hope to shed a bit more light now and explain how and why this card can work.

There are three general stages of game play: Early game, Mid-game, and Late game. Pot of Avarice is uniquely balanced between those three. You will never use its effect early game and almost always pull it off late game. Whether or not it can be utilized consistently in the mid-game depends on the deck construction.

The effect is more than welcome in this format. Almost all of our former draw speed tactics have been swept away. The real issue becomes one of practicality.

How often will you have 5 monsters in your grave?
How long will this take? (This can essentially count the turns that Avarice sits as dead weight in your hand.)
How can I accommodate this better or even use it to gain a better advantage?

Be warned. Pot of Avarice is not “splash-friendly”. A specific formula should be developed for the more consistent use of this card. Any card or effect that can contribute to burning monsters to the graveyard quickly is recommended. Also, any card or effect that can strip monsters from the deck, to later be in the grave, will also be welcomed.

Speed cards such as Magical Merchant, Cyber Jar, and Dekoichi the Battlechanted Locomotive provide excellent millstone power to the deck. The elemental searchers help simply by giving an additional field presence, which will later be an additional graveyard presence. Self replacing searchers also work wonders, including Nimble Momonga, Giant Germ, Gravekeeper’s Spy, and others. These can be even more effective as they can give you three monsters in the grave for price of one.

Now that we know the strategies that are beneficial let us discuss which strategies hinder the card. It’s quite simple: Anything that drastically disrupts the monster count in your graveyard. Most commonly this involves any removing from the game. Cards such as Bazoo the Soul Eater and Dark Necrofear should never be seen in the same deck as Pot of Avarice. Even cards such as Chaos Sorcerer should be used sparingly and intelligently. One should also be aware of specific disrupting cards such as Necrovalley and Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer.

But one might ask why would this card be beneficial? It seems you would be devoting too much energy to getting the desired monster count only to shuffle them all back in again. A card should not simply be used, but abused.

Can you think of no monsters worth recycling? How about the great one-for-one warrior Exiled Force? Or possibly one of the best two-for-one cards we have left: Breaker the Magical Warrior. If you are using searchers then this could be a beneficial opportunity. You would be recycling both the searcher and targets for later use.

Many people may look at this card and think that you would only draw two cards from a skewed ratio deck. Depending on the build, saying that you are getting a bit of speed in a reset deck would be more accurate.

In following tradition I will end this by posting a sample deck. This deck is designed for nothing drastically more then showing you how to accommodate Pot of Avarice.

Return of the Kitty!

[2] Berserk Gorilla
[3] Nimble Momonga
[3] Giant Rat
[2] Rescue Cat
[3] Three Hump Lacooda
[1] Exiled Force
[1] Injection Fairy Lily
[1] Sangan
[1] Breaker the Magical Warrior
[1] Morphing Jar

[2] Pot of Avarice
[2] Last Will
[2] Smashing Ground
[1] Dark Hole
[1] Premature Burial
[1] Snatch Steal
[1] Heavy Storm
[1] Mystical Space Typhoon
[1] Nobleman of Crossout
[1] Scapegoat
[2] Creature Swap

[3] Sakuretsu
[2] Bottomless Trap Hole
[1] Call of the Haunted
[1] Torrential Tribute

This will be just a little something for you guys to chew on before Christmas. Seriously, you guys all have a safe and happy holiday.

Until next time…

teamgkLeOn OUT!
 


 


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