|Type(s)||Action - Duration|
Set aside the top 3 cards of your deck face down (you may look at them). Now and at the start of your next two turns, put one into your hand.
Archive is an Action-Duration card from Empires. It non-terminally increases your handsize on future turns, while letting you choose the order in which you'll draw the three cards it gives you. It was the first Duration to stay out for more than two turns, but not indefinitely.
 Official FAQ
- You look at three cards, and get one now, one next turn, and one the turn after that.
- Put the set-aside cards under Archive.
- If you play two Archives, they get separate sets of cards.
- If you Throne Room an Archive, keep the sets of cards separate; you get one from each each turn.
- If there are fewer than three cards, just set aside what you can, and Archive will run out of cards faster and still be discarded the turn it has no cards left.
 Other Rules clarifications
- A Throne Room on an Archive remains in play even if there are not enough cards left in your deck to sustain a second Archive effect for the full 3 turns.
original article by 4est
Archive is an odd card.
As a sort of mash up of Caravan, Haven, and Gear, Archive can provide duration draw, deck thinning, and next-turn set up all in one package, however it does each of these things very differently compared to other cards that provide these benefits individually. This often means that on boards with better draw or thinning, Archive will be passed over in favor of more reliable and more typical options (especially given its high price which competes with other powerful s). But under the right circumstances when draw or thinning are lacking, Archive can humbly step in as a quiet yet versatile hero. By learning how to recognize boards where Archive is useful and where it’s less so, we can get better at noticing when key deck components are missing, and capitalize on “unconventional” solutions.
 What does it do?
As mentioned above, Archive provides three essential benefits: duration draw, deck thinning, and next-turn set up. We’ll briefly examine each piece and discuss how Archive is different from other cards that fulfill similar roles.
Similar to Caravan, Archive only increases your handsize on its duration plays. When you take into account the ability to decide what you draw when, Archive plays as a strong cantrip the turn you play it, a strong Laboratory the second turn, and a weaker Laboratory on the third. As a non-terminal action, Archive’s draw requires no village support; thus multiple Archives stack very easily (also similar to Caravan) giving you greater control and flexibility of what exactly your larger starting hand looks like. However, Archive gets tricky in decks which want to draw themselves, since you’ll be required to leave some of your cards set aside. This can hurt especially in conjunction with heavy trashing and powerful payload cards—it’s sad to see Archive turn over three great cards that you’d love to play all of, but be forced to set two aside for later (e.g. King’s Court, Platinum, Goons). Thus, in slim and powerful deck-drawing engines, Archive is often passed over in favor of more typical draw cards.
Archive is obviously not a trasher. And as mentioned earlier, Archive can be a liability when used in decks that trash most or all of the starting cards. However, in kingdoms where trashing is weak or unavailable, Archive’s ability to set aside cards can function as a sort of cycling/pseudo-trash ability, keeping Coppers and Victory cards out of your deck for a few turns. With multiple Archives, you can very quickly get a large percentage of your cards set aside, literally making your deck thinner, and providing surprising control even in an untrimmed deck. Archive can work well as both an early game cycler, and a late game Province stasher, keeping your deck reliable while managing the green.
 Next-Turn Set Up
This component is not quite as important as Archive’s draw and thinning, but the ability to seed your next turn and help prevent duds is quite powerful. This often occurs unintentionally—your Archive turns over two Villages so you take one and leave the other for next turn—but with careful deck tracking, you can use Archives to set up a big plays later. Archive also works well in money-ish decks by smoothing your price points, very similarly to Gear—if Archive turns over Gold, Copper, and Estate, with in hand, you can take a Copper, buy Province, and leave the Gold for hitting again next turn. Finally, this effect can be used for connecting cards like Tournament + Province, Crossroads + Victory cards, etc.
 When is it most useful?
Archive is a situational card and not always a must-buy. First, it has stiff competition at the Attacks, draw, and trashers are of much higher priority. Second, what Archive actually does is sometimes outclassed by more conventional draw and trashing cards when they’re available—on a board with Laboratory and Chapel, it’s possible you won’t really need Archive. With this in mind, Archive is actually least useful in kingdoms with heavy trashing and strong draw.price point—many
Where Archive shines is when crucial engine components are missing. On boards with no +Actions, Archive’s ability to non-terminally increase hand-size looks pretty attractive. On boards with no Copper trashing, Archive is excellent at sifting through those Coppers and keeping them out of your deck to get to your payload faster. When Archive is in the kingdom, always look to see how it compares to other draw or thinning cards on the table—if they’re present, Archive may be of less use, but if they’re lacking, take care to consider Archive more highly in your deckbuilding process, as it might be the best patch for those missing pieces.
Finally, this isn’t to say that Archive is useless if there’s other draw or trashing available. To the contrary, Archive fits very well into the support card role, to supplement other draw and trashing as a sort of sifter/cycler, not unlike something like Forum or Cartographer. It’s not a powerhouse card here, but it certainly can keep your deck more reliable and reduce the chances of stalling. If there’s time, it’s definitely worth adding, but may be a bit lower on your priority list of other deck components.
 Playing with Archive
How you play with Archive largely depends on what you’re using it for—using it as your primary draw or deck thinner will look different than if you’re using it as a supplemental cycler or sifter. Based on this, let’s touch on a few general play principles to be aware of with Archive.
First, how many Archives do you need? With most Duration cards, you end up playing them less frequently than normal actions since they stay in play multiple turns and will often miss shuffles. This is exacerbated further with Archive since it stays out a full turn longer than typical Duration cards. When it’s your primary draw and/or deck thinner, you’ll usually want several Archives, ideally played on staggered turns to maximize their effect and keep things consistent. When Archive is functioning more as a support card and is supplementing other draw or thinning (e.g. as an early game cycler or late game Province sifter), usually just one is enough to get the job done—with too many, there’s the risk of having key cards stuck outside your deck.
Next, how do you decide which cards to take after playing Archive? Usually, this is intuitive—if you need +Actions right now, take the Village; if you need just Silver. But more importantly than what you take now, pay attention to what you leave for later turns. Do you know you still have two terminals left in your deck? Maybe leave that Village for next turn. Did you reveal two Estates and a Copper? Great, they’ll miss some shuffles! And what about when you reveal another Archive? If you’re digging for a key card this turn or need to set up a big next turn, go ahead and take the Archive—but if you really need the consistency, stash it away for next turn so your Archives can alternate.more to hit Province, take the
 Learning to Work with What You’ve Got
Archive is a unique and versatile card that fits in a variety of decks and plays different roles, depending heavily on what else is available. The key with Archive is learning to recognize which role it can play in your deck, given each kingdom. When Archive is out, look over the other actions to see if there are stronger ways to draw or thin your deck—if there are, Archive is more likely just a support card. If not, then Archive might just be your best bet for building a winning deck. Ideally, this is a skill that all players should be doing to begin with in any Dominion game: start by scanning the kingdom for the key deck components (draw, trashing, +actions, payload), and identify which cards will play which roles. If you aren’t starting each game by doing this, try to make it a habit before jumping into your turn one buy.
So much of Dominion is learning how to work with what you’ve got. Archive isn’t the best draw or the best deck thinner, but in some games, it’s your best option. And that’s the funny thing about analyzing cards in a vacuum—we can compare and contrast and rank, but at the end of the day, the only cards that matter are the ones in the game you’re playing, which means sometimes an “unconventional” solution is the way to go. Sometimes Summon is your only +Actions. Sometimes Spice Merchant is your only +Buy. (And sometimes a "boring" Big Money strategy is faster than that fancy Summon engine). In Dominion, a little bit of adaptability goes a long way.
 English versions
|+1 Action. Set aside the top 3 cards of your deck face down (you may look at them). Now and at the start of your next two turns, put one into your hand.||Empires||June 2016|
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