Counter of the Day #3: Possession v. Ambassador

This isn’t strictly a “counter”, but it’s absolutely something to watch out for.  Had enough of your opponent’s smug Ambassadors, showing up at your door with unwanted Estates and Coppers?  Simply Possess him, then watch him howl with fury as you Ambassador away two of his Colonies and hand one out to everyone else in the game.  In a two-player game, this can result in a 30VP swing!  In multiplayer games, it is the only way to permanently remove cards from an opponent’s deck with Possession (since it doesn’t count as “trashing”) to directly benefit yourself, and it is a vicious counter to one of the most effective early-game attacks.

In a two-player game, Masquerade is a good substitute, though slightly less effective (since you can only cost the player one card instead of two).  In a multiplayer game, the Possessed Masquerader will be passing cards to someone other than yourself, so you can hurt the Possessed but not help yourself.

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6 Responses to Counter of the Day #3: Possession v. Ambassador

  1. I wonder if it would ever be effective to Ambassador/Masquerade your opponent some Ambassadors to be able to use against your opponent when you use Possession.

  2. rrenaud says:

    In order to do that, you need to risk having them in your deck. It might be worthwhile if you have great control of your deck and your opponent doesn’t have a possession yet, but it’s super risk.

  3. Keith Grant says:

    “it is the only way to permanently remove cards from an opponent’s deck” — As Kevin pointed out, Masquerade does this, too.

    I look forward to the day I can pull one of these off. Even Islanding away someone’s Possession or Grand Market would be viciously fun.

  4. tamm says:

    i’m confused as to how it “permanently removes cards from an opponent’s deck” since possession only discards and doesn’t trash.

    btw, LOVE the blog.

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