Deck inspection attack

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Oracle, a deck-inspection attack card.

A deck inspection attack is an Attack card that reveals cards from an opponent's deck and does something with them. Trashing attacks and deck order attacks usually fall into this category. They often combine well with each other, in that some deck inspection attacks will let you determine what card is on the opponent's deck so you know how beneficial it will be to play another deck inspection attack; for example, SpySpy.jpg or Scrying PoolScrying Pool.jpg can let you set up an opponent's deck to have a good card to hit with JesterJester.jpg. In other cases, they conflict with each other, and playing a second deck inspection attack will cancel out the effects of a previous one; for example, Fortune TellerFortune Teller.jpg will leave a dead card on top of your opponent's deck, but attacking with Pirate ShipPirate Ship.jpg afterward will discard that card and will have only one chance of finding a Treasure card instead of the usual two.

Secret ChamberSecret Chamber.jpg is a often a good defense against these Attacks, since it gives the victim some choice over what card the Attack will find on the deck.

Deck inspection attacks do not interact with the -1 Card token; the token is put back on the relevant player's deck once the card is done inspecting.

[edit] List of deck inspection attacks

Cards in italics have been removed. Hexes listed function as the relevant Attack when revealed by an Attack-Doom card.

[edit] Fringe cases

  • TributeTribute.jpg and Chariot RaceChariot Race.jpg are not Attacks, but they reveal cards from an opponent's deck and have effects that depend on the revealed cards, so they fit into some of the same strategies as deck-inspection attacks (and Tribute is often mistaken for an Attack by new players).
  • Sea HagSea Hag.jpg discards the top card of the opponents' decks, but the effect of the Attack does not depend on what the discarded card is.
  • Similarly, MinionMinion.jpg, MargraveMargrave.jpg, SoothsayerSoothsayer.jpg, and LegionaryLegionary.jpg are Attacks that cause opponents to draw, at least, the top card of their decks.
  • BureaucratBureaucrat.jpg, Ghost ShipGhost Ship.jpg, Haunted WoodsHaunted Woods.jpg, and HauntingHaunting.jpg do the opposite, causing opponents to put cards from their hand on top of their decks.


Attacks CurserDeck inspection attackDeck order attackHandsize attackJunking attackTrashing attackTurn-worsening attack
Buy/Money +BuyCost-reducerDisappearing moneyOverpayPeddler variantTerminal silverVirtual coinVirtual +Buy
Cycling Deck discarderDeck inspectorDiggingDiscard for benefitSifter
Terminality CantripNon-terminalNon-terminal drawSoft terminalTerminalTerminal drawThrone Room variantVillage
Other Alt-VPBasic cardsDuration drawEmulatorGainerLuck-basedNon-Attack interactionOne-shotSplit pileTop deckerTrasherVanilla
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