Counter: Embargo vs Potion
|Embargo vs Potion|
|Set(s)||Seaside / Alchemy|
Alchemy card happened to show up in the Kingdom, right after your opponent picks up that Potion. Now they either wasted that , or they're going to be junking themselves with Curses, should they decide to persevere with their original strategy. This counter is so potent, that most players will simply ignore -cost cards if Embargo is on the board.-cost cards, while usually excellent cards to have in your deck, especially en masse, are extremely vulnerable to effects that punish gaining lots of cards from a single pile, namely Embargo. While you can simply drop your Embargo token on Potion if it hasn't been bought yet, most players who go for a Potion strategy will open with one. Fortunately, given that there are over 200 different possible Kingdom cards, the likelihood of more than one -cost card showing up in a game is slim. Therefore just drop the Embargo token on whichever
This becomes weaker if other cursers are available. If Familiar is that curser, it might be totally worth it to take a one or two Curses, if that means your opponent will get the rest of them. If non -cost cursers are in the Kingdom, the Potion player simply has to wait until the Curses are gone before switching gears to -cost cards, which, in a cursing game, will often still be a viable option.