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Spies at Court



Spies at Court

Spies at Court

Type: Event
Cost: 0
Clan: Neutral
Reaction: After you win a [Politics] conflict, dishonor a (friendly) participating character – discard 2 cards at random from your opponent’s hand. (Max 1 per conflict.)
Deck: Conflict
Number: 209
Illustrator: Mike Capprotti
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5 Comments

From the article review - http://www.cardgamed...-review-n-r2091

 

Benjoewoo – 3/5
This is the only neutral card that directly manipulates the opponent’s hand and it does so at a relatively minimal cost to potentially 40% of the cards in your opponent’s hand, which can be game winning. However, it does not proactively help you win the conflict it would be relevant in and may be difficult to play in certain honor situations, and will likely be phased out from being near auto-include as dishonor and honor victory based decks become more viable.

nyxnyxnyx - 2/5
The math here is 1 card + 1 dishonor (worth slightly more than 1 honor loss which is half a card), for 2 cards from your opponent, with an additional requirement to win a Pol conflict. Not great.

Grendel - 4/5
A win more card with a cost that can be irrelevant at times. Very good and highly playable, but I can see it not making the cut for some decks.

Kingsley - 4/5.
Trading one of your cards for two of theirs is often a good deal, and of course even better in decks that want to set up low bid situations. Note that dishonoring a guy matters more for some factions than for others.

What do people think of this card nowadays?

 

I still think there has to be a spot for this card in many decks. It is just such a nice pay-off from a political conflict, especially now that there are more times when they harpoon my characters. 

I agree with nyxnyxnyx...  Dishonoring a guy is worth more than half a card, so it's costing me almost as much as I gain.  That said, I'd still play it in Scorpion - decent number of ways to get rid of dishonor, plus the character that gets +3/+3 from glory when it's dishonored.  And having Favored Niece to discard it if it's not useful doesn't hurt, although I wouldn't say she's a necessary component of using it.

Blackmail + Spies at Court. Buenos días.

This card is really strong these days, as the current meta has 1-bids being much more common and so a 2-card discard is far more impactful. Also, the increased number of ways to offset or remove dishonor reduce the drawback. I actually think that Crane and Scorpion decks should run at least two copies each.