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Speak to the Dead

Speak to the Dead

Speak to the Dead

Type: Event Faction: Yog-Sothoth
Cost: 3
Game Text:
Action: Discard the top 4 cards of your deck. Then, add any 2 cards from your discard pile to your hand.
Set: WitD
Number: 20
Illustrator: Jeff Himmelman


FAQ 3.4 - Restricted

I know there's probably not going to be anymore updates to the Restricted List, but I'm surprised this card stayed Restricted all the way to the game's conclusion.  The Large Man and Rite of the Silver Key are two examples of non-Restricted cards that act in a similar way to Speak to the Dead.  All of them fill up the discard pile and then recur cards out of the discard pile.  True, Speak to the Dead doesn't limit which cards you can grab, but it also comes with a pretty hefty price tag of 3.  In my limited experience with this card, I struggle to play it because while I'm doing some deck/discard/hand shenanigans, my opponent is playing B. Ramsdale Brown (for example) and winning stories.  So, good card, but not worth Restriction IMO.

I believe Speak to the Dead was restricted as a part of the "Great Yithian Restriction" of 2013.  Cycling cards to your discard was critical to the Yithian Mill deck, and discarding 4 cards with the ability to pull two that you don't want in the discard back to hand is strong in that deck.  This card, plus the ability to recur spells with Carl Stanford (ST) can fill your discard with Yithian Cards in preparation for a Migration or two.  I don't know if it really deserves restriction or not, but no one wants the return of the Yithian Mill...

    • RichardPlunkett, jensarne and Track8 like this

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