Terminal draw

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Smithy, a terminal draw card.

Terminal draw cards—Action cards that increase the number of cards in hand but do not provide +Action—can be a core component of both engine and Big Money strategies. In Big Money games, terminal draw cards can put large numbers of Treasure cards in hand and increase buying power; in engines, when supplied with sufficient villages, terminal draw cards can provide the large handsize necessary to line up cards and execute combos. In both cases terminal draw aids deck cycling, helping new buys get shuffled into the deck sooner.

The chief danger of terminal draw cards is their ability to draw other Action cards you are unable to play; these Action cards are said to be drawn dead.

Terminals that provide +3 Cards or more are sometimes referred to as SmithySmithy.jpg variants, after the simplest vanilla terminal draw card.


[edit] List of terminal draw cards

Way of the ChameleonWay of the Chameleon.jpg from Menagerie can turn most virtual coin cards into terminal draw and vice versa.

Cards in italics have been removed.

[edit] Cards providing +3 Cards or more

[edit] Small draw with filtering

These cards only provide a total of 2 cards, but allow some filtering or sifting to help you draw the cards you want.

[edit] Cards providing +2 Cards

These cards' principal functions are usually something other than terminal draw. They provide +2 Cards as an additional vanilla bonus to ensure their effects are balanced and competitive with other cards at the same price.

[edit] Targeted handsize

Three terminal Actions draw up to a specified handsize. These are especially useful against handsize attacks or other cards that can reduce handsize between turns, and in engines with handsize-reducing components such as FestivalFestival.jpg and HamletHamlet.jpg.

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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