Ambassador

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Ambassador
Ambassador.jpg
Info
Cost Coin3.png
Type(s) Action - Attack
Kingdom card? Yes
Set SeasideSeaside icon.png
Illustrator(s) Alexander Jung
Card text
Reveal a card from your hand. Return up to 2 copies of it from your hand to the Supply. Then each other player gains a copy of it.

AmbassadorAmbassador.jpg is an Action-Attack card from Seaside. When played, it lets you return up to 2 copies of a card from your hand to the supply, and makes all opponents gain a copy of that card; it clears out your deck like a trasher while filling your opponents' decks with junk. It is an extremely powerful opening when setting up an engine in a 2-player game; in the late game, it can even be used as a Curser if you are willing to buy a CurseCurse.jpg for it to use.

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[edit] FAQ

[edit] Official FAQ

  • First you choose and reveal a card from your hand. You may place up to 2 copies of that card from your hand back in the Supply. Then the other players each gain a copy of it from the Supply.
  • You may choose not to put any of them back in the Supply.
  • If the pile for the chosen card runs out, some players may not get one; cards are given out in turn order starting with the next player.
  • If you have no other cards in hand when you play this, it does nothing.

[edit] Other Rules clarifications

  • If you reveal a card which is not in the Supply, such as SpoilsSpoils.jpg, MadmanMadman.jpg, MercenaryMercenary.jpg, or Shelters, Ambassador does nothing. Similarly, because none of the cards bought through Black MarketBlack Market.jpg are in the Supply, if you reveal a card bought through Black MarketBlack Market.jpg, Ambassador does nothing.
  • If you reveal a card which is part of a Supply pile with differently named cards, such as Ruins or KnightsKnights.jpg, you can only return two cards to the supply pile if they have the same name. Other players will only gain cards with that name.
  • If you empty either the Province pile or a third Supply pile, then use Ambassador so that the pile is no longer empty at the end of your turn, the game does not end.
  • If you return the bottom card of a Split pile when there is a top card on top, you still put the returned bottom card on top, not under the remaining top cards.

[edit] Strategy Article

Original article and deeper followup article by theory

Ambassador is a powerful card that combines trashing (technically pseudo-trashing as it returns to the supply) with a junk-dealing attack. At Coin3.png, it is an exceptionally powerful for its cost. Ambassador works well with engines, as it can be used to construct engines, and the drawing provided by engines both makes it more likely that you will be able to play Ambassador on a desirable target, and mitigates the reduced hand size resulting from playing Ambassador to return cards to the supply.

The presence of Ambassador on the board is bad news for a Coin5.png/Coin2.png player, possibly more than any other card. Along with ChapelChapel.jpg, Ambassador is one of Dominion’s two best openers. The first couple of turns are critical: if you fall behind in “estate tennis”, your deck will quickly crash and burn.

The most common Ambassador dilemma early on is drawing it with 3 CopperCopper.jpg + 1 Estate. Contrary to popular practice, Ambassadoring 2 Coppers (rather than 1 Estate) is the best play; deck-thinning is, at this point, more important than a marginal increase in your attack. Moreover, Ambassadoring the Coppers decreases the chance your opponent will Ambassador you two Estates while increasing your own chances for the same.

In the midgame, you can start Ambassadoring early cards that have outstayed their welcome: your opponent will likely have little use for a late game LoanLoan.jpg, MoneylenderMoneylender.jpg, Sea HagSea Hag.jpg, or ChapelChapel.jpg. If you have strong enough deck-drawing (perhaps your opponent foolishly passed up on buying an Ambassador), consider buying a CurseCurse.jpg and using the Ambassador as a pseudo-WitchWitch.jpg.

Like many attacks, Ambassador is great with Throne RoomThrone Room.jpg/King's CourtKing's Court.jpg: just be sure not to give away all the copies of the card you are Ambassadoring! In addition, Ambassador is the rare attack that does not conflict with other attacks. No matter when you play it, it is always dealing damage to your opponents. Of course, you will draw hands where you don’t want to play the Ambassador, but it’s nice to have an attack that amplifies other attacks rather than cancelling them. It is especially powerful with Pirate ShipPirate Ship.jpg.

Ambassador is also a great defense, especially against opponents that opened with MountebankMountebank.jpg, WitchWitch.jpg, or TorturerTorturer.jpg. That doesn’t mean that those cards aren’t important if Ambassador is available (if you’re Ambassadoring a Curse, you aren’t Ambassadoring something else), but it’s certainly a better defense than getting a MoatMoat.jpg and crossing your fingers. Mountebank works slightly better against Ambassador than other cursers, because it gives out two different types of junk cards.

Keep an eye out for Ambassador’s unique game-ending ability: it’s sometimes to your advantage to gift your opponent a ProvinceProvince.jpg or ColonyColony.jpg in order to force the game to end on your turn. (See, e.g., this game, where I win by gifting my opponent the last Colony instead of allowing him the chance to win with a lucky Tactician.) Even if you don't want to give your opponents VP.png, you may be able to end the game on piles if you gift them a kingdom card that is running low.

Ambassador also synergizes with CutpurseCutpurse.jpg: the added coppers make Cutpurse more likely to hit, making the attack retain its strength later into the game than it normally would. In multiplayer, this can benefit you even if you do not buy a Cutpurse, so long as other players do.

[edit] Openings

Ambassador is a strong opening buy. Double Ambassador makes a strong opening on some boards, especially when there are desirable Coin2.png-cost cards like Native VillageNative Village.jpg, CrossroadsCrossroads.jpg or HamletHamlet.jpg. Desirable Coin5.png-cost cards make opening Ambassador/SilverSilver.jpg more attractive. Ambassador can also be paired with Coin4.png-cost cards like CaravanCaravan.jpg or Spice MerchantSpice Merchant.jpg. QuarryQuarry.jpg is also a good buy as playing it does not take an action, and it can be used to pick up strong actions.

[edit] Weaknesses

Perhaps Ambassador’s greatest weakness is the dreaded PossessedPossession.jpg Ambassador. But even then, opening Ambassador isn’t dangerous so long as you have a way to get rid of your Ambassador (RemodelRemodel.jpg, SalvagerSalvager.jpg, BishopBishop.jpg). Indeed, stuffing your opponent with crap will probably keep him from Possessions and let you get first crack at them.

Note that Ambassador is significantly weaker in Dark Ages games using Shelters, since Ambassador cannot be used to get rid of your starting Shelters.

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[edit] Antisynergies

[edit] Alternate versions

[edit] Trivia

Official card art.

[edit] In other languages

  • Chinese: 大使 (pron. dàshǐ)
  • Czech: Velvyslanec
  • Dutch: Boodschapper (lit. courier)
  • Finnish: Suurlähettiläs
  • French: Ambassadeur
  • German: Botschafter
  • Italian: Ambasciatore
  • Japanese: 大使 (pron. taishi)
  • Korean: 대사 (pron. daesa)
  • Polish: Ambasador
  • Russian: Посол (pron. posol)
  • Spanish: Embajador

[edit] Secret History

Originally this had you pass cards directly to the other players (or they took them from the supply if you didn't have enough). It was simpler to have them go to the supply first. That version also let you get rid of one card per player, but that was too much in 4-player games, so now it only lets you get rid of two cards at once.


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Combos and Counters Ambassador/Pirate ShipBlack Market/TacticianDouble TacticianGuide/OutpostNative Village/BridgeWarehouse/Counting HouseEmbargo vs PotionLookout vs Sea HagMilitia vs WarehouseMinion vs TreasuryPossession vs AmbassadorSecret Chamber vs Pirate ShipTactician vs Ghost ShipVault vs AmbassadorWishing Well vs Ghost Ship
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Dark Ages Coin0star.png SpoilsSpoils.jpg Coin0.png Ruins (Abandoned MineAbandoned Mine.jpgRuined LibraryRuined Library.jpgRuined MarketRuined Market.jpgRuined VillageRuined Village.jpgSurvivorsSurvivors.jpg) Coin1.png Poor HousePoor House.jpgShelters (HovelHovel.jpgNecropolisNecropolis.jpgOvergrown EstateOvergrown Estate.jpg) Coin2.png BeggarBeggar.jpgSquireSquire.jpgVagrantVagrant.jpg Coin3.png ForagerForager.jpgHermitHermit.jpg (MadmanMadman.jpg) • Market SquareMarket Square.jpgSageSage.jpgStoreroomStoreroom.jpgUrchinUrchin.jpg (MercenaryMercenary.jpg) Coin4.png ArmoryArmory.jpgDeath CartDeath Cart.jpgFeodumFeodum.jpgFortressFortress.jpgIronmongerIronmonger.jpgMarauderMarauder.jpgProcessionProcession.jpgRatsRats.jpgScavengerScavenger.jpgWandering MinstrelWandering Minstrel.jpg Coin5.png Band of MisfitsBand of Misfits.jpgBandit CampBandit Camp.jpgCatacombsCatacombs.jpgCountCount.jpgCounterfeitCounterfeit.jpgCultistCultist.jpgGraverobberGraverobber.jpgJunk DealerJunk Dealer.jpgKnightsKnights.jpg (Dames AnnaDame Anna.jpgJosephineDame Josephine.jpgMollyDame Molly.jpgNatalieDame Natalie.jpgSylviaDame Sylvia.jpg • Sirs BaileySir Bailey.jpgDestrySir Destry.jpgMartinSir Martin.jpgMichaelSir Michael.jpgVanderSir Vander.jpg) • MysticMystic.jpgPillagePillage.jpgRebuildRebuild.jpgRogueRogue.jpg Coin6.png AltarAltar.jpgHunting GroundsHunting Grounds.jpg
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