Counter: Library vs Militia

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Library vs Militia
Library.jpg Militia.jpg
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LibraryLibrary.jpg vs MilitiaMilitia.jpg is a counter that uses Library's "up to this number" drawing to make amends for Militia's (or any handsize attack's) discarding effect.

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This is a classic base-game “soft counter” that just about everyone discovers at some point or another. It’s beautifully simple and powerfully effective — Militia cuts your hand size, but Library draws it right back. (Added bonus: Libraries can discard unwanted actions, thus eliminating the danger of playing a terminal +Cards only to draw dead Actions.)

Of course, the counter applies equally to GoonsGoons.jpg and TorturerTorturer.jpg, and possibly best against Ghost ShipGhost Ship.jpg. And WatchtowerWatchtower.jpg can be substituted for Library — you draw one fewer card, but Watchtower also has other uses, especially if you have your own Goons...

Counting HouseCounting House.jpg can also similarly counter discard Attacks. When you can't decide which cards you want to discard, you can safely discard CopperCopper.jpg, knowing you'll be able to draw them back in hand with Counting House later. This is useful if you know your opponent is going to play MountebankMountebank.jpg, and you want to keep your CurseCurse.jpg in hand. MenagerieMenagerie.jpg also fares well against Militia, as you can discard unwanted duplicates, ensuring that Menagerie will draw optimally. Jack of all TradesJack of All Trades.jpg was explicitly designed as a card to retroactively defend against all four main categories of Attack, and thus also counters Militia well, though not as powerfully as Library.

Cards $2 CellarCellar.jpgChapelChapel.jpgMoatMoat.jpg $3 HarbingerHarbinger.jpg • MerchantMerchant.jpgVassalVassal.jpgVillageVillage.jpgWorkshopWorkshop.jpg $4 BureaucratBureaucrat.jpgGardensGardens.jpgMilitiaMilitia.jpgMoneylenderMoneylender.jpgPoacherPoacher.jpgRemodelRemodel.jpgSmithySmithy.jpgThrone RoomThrone Room.jpg $5 BanditBandit.jpgCouncil RoomCouncil Room.jpgFestivalFestival.jpgLaboratoryLaboratory.jpgLibraryLibrary.jpgMarketMarket.jpgMineMine.jpgSentrySentry.jpg • WitchWitch.jpg $6 ArtisanArtisan.jpg
Removed cards $3 ChancellorChancellor.jpgWoodcutterWoodcutter.jpg $4 FeastFeast.jpgSpySpy.jpgThiefThief.jpg $6 AdventurerAdventurer.jpg
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