Combo: Bishop and Fortress

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{{Card|Bishop}}/{{Card|Fortress}} is a special kind of Golden Deck that can exist in the absence of Chapel, and which can cause the game to last indefinitely long. The end state of the deck is Bishop x4, Fortress x4. Each turn, the Golden Deck player has at least one Fortress in hand, so he plays Fortress x3, drawing everything from his draw pile and accumulating 4 actions, then plays Bishop x4 on the remaining Fortress, generating {{Cost|4}} and a whopping 12{{VP}}. As long as the state of the deck does not change, it can go on like this until the end of the game. This can make for indefinitely long games, as the Bishop/Fortress player has no incentive to buy any cards with his {{Cost|4}}.
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{{Infobox 2CardCombo
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|name1 = Bishop
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|name2 = Fortress
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|set1 = Prosperity
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|set2 = Dark Ages
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|type = Golden Deck
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}}
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'''{{Card|Bishop}} and {{Card|Fortress}}'''  is an extremely powerful [[Golden Deck]] variant. It does not require [[Chapel]] or any other [[trasher]] besides Bishop; in addition, it can be sustained indefinitely, as it does not cause any piles to run out. The goal is to create a deck with 4 Bishops and 4 (or more) Fortresses. With only 4 Bishops, you are guaranteed to have a Fortress in hand, allowing you to draw through your remaining few Fortresses and Bishops. You then play four Bishops, repeatedly trashing the same Fortress and returning it to your hand. This gets you 12{{VP}} and does not change the state of the game in any other way.
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It is theorized that in some cases, this combo will give rise to stalemates, where one or more players are earning 12{{VP}} per turn and do not have the ability to end the game without giving up their advantage. In most cases, however, there is a way out.
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* The player executing the combo can safely buy [[cantrip]]s of cost {{Cost|4}} or less. If there are three different cantrips in the Kingdom costing $4 or less (including Fortress itself), the player with the lead can buy those to end the game.
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* If only one player has gone for the combo, they can buy all the Fortresses to prevent the other player(s) from mirroring. They can then build up an unsurmountable points lead before allowing the combo to break down while they run down three piles. 
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* If both players have attempted this combo, Bishops and Fortresses may run out quickly. If there is any one other pile of cantrips costing $4 or less, whoever is leading can buy up all the cards from that pile, one by one, to end the game.
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* If both players have bought 4 bishops and 4 fortresses and are close enough in points so that each player takes the lead at the end of their turn, a stalemate may in fact be possible.  
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Revision as of 18:17, 21 April 2013

Bishop / Fortress
Bishop.jpg Fortress.jpg
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Set(s) Prosperity / Dark Ages
Type Golden Deck

BishopBishop.jpg and FortressFortress.jpg is an extremely powerful Golden Deck variant. It does not require Chapel or any other trasher besides Bishop; in addition, it can be sustained indefinitely, as it does not cause any piles to run out. The goal is to create a deck with 4 Bishops and 4 (or more) Fortresses. With only 4 Bishops, you are guaranteed to have a Fortress in hand, allowing you to draw through your remaining few Fortresses and Bishops. You then play four Bishops, repeatedly trashing the same Fortress and returning it to your hand. This gets you 12VP.png and does not change the state of the game in any other way.

It is theorized that in some cases, this combo will give rise to stalemates, where one or more players are earning 12VP.png per turn and do not have the ability to end the game without giving up their advantage. In most cases, however, there is a way out.

  • The player executing the combo can safely buy cantrips of cost $4 or less. If there are three different cantrips in the Kingdom costing $4 or less (including Fortress itself), the player with the lead can buy those to end the game.
  • If only one player has gone for the combo, they can buy all the Fortresses to prevent the other player(s) from mirroring. They can then build up an unsurmountable points lead before allowing the combo to break down while they run down three piles.
  • If both players have attempted this combo, Bishops and Fortresses may run out quickly. If there is any one other pile of cantrips costing $4 or less, whoever is leading can buy up all the cards from that pile, one by one, to end the game.
  • If both players have bought 4 bishops and 4 fortresses and are close enough in points so that each player takes the lead at the end of their turn, a stalemate may in fact be possible.
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