Combo: Philosopher's Stone and Herbalist
|Philosopher's Stone / Herbalist|
Philosopher's Stone and Herbalist on their own are both relatively weak. However, together, they create a rather powerful combo that allows the player to start buying Provinces or Colonies quickly and reliably.
Philosopher's Stone and Herbalist are not great cards. Herbalist is usually a weaker Woodcutter, a weak card to begin with. Putting a treasure card on top of your deck is usually unreliable. And Philosopher's Stone wants a fat deck to be good. But with a bloated deck, you aren't able to play it very often. However, these cards both solve each other's deficiencies to create a powerful combo, much greater than the sum of its parts.
The goal is simple: buy as many Herbalists and Philosopher's Stones as possible. Open Potion/Herbalist. You never need to buy a second Potion. Initially, buy Philospher's Stone whenever you can, followed by Herbalists and Coppers. Never let a buy go unused. You want to bloat your deck as fast as possible. Keep buying more Herbalists. You don't care about terminal collision, you just want to ensure you have one every turn to play to keep playing your important treasures every turn. Start by continually returning your Potion until you have several Stones, and then switch to returning the Stones once you start being able to afford Provinces.
Be warned - this combo can be very dependent on shuffle luck. With your thick deck, you may not draw your Herbalist with your Potion at the right times.