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A gainer is any card which allows you to gain cards without buying them. The simplest example is WorkshopWorkshop.jpg. They often work well with GardensGardens.jpg strategies, as they allow you to gain more cards than you have buys. They're can also be useful for picking up engine components, especially cheap ones.

Cards that allow you to trash one card and gain another, like RemodelRemodel.jpg, are usually considered to be in a separate category from gainers, since they don't increase your deck size. However, they can sometimes have similar functions for gaining engine components or accelerating a three-pile ending.


Types of gainers

Workshop variants

These cards let you gain cards up to a particular maximum price. Most of them work well in combinations with cards like HighwayHighway.jpg, which will let you gain more expensive cards than you usually can.

(FeastFeast.jpg gains a card, but as a one-shot it acts more as a temporary replacement than a gainer. If you play Throne RoomThrone Room.jpg, ProcessionProcession.jpg or King's CourtKing's Court.jpg on it, it acts more like a gainer.)

Silver gainers

Since SilverSilver.jpg is present in every game, and is almost always a useful card but never super-powerful, there are several cards that use gaining Silver as a decent but not overpowered bonus.

Other treasure gainers

These cards can be used to gain other Treasures—some specifically CopperCopper.jpg, GoldGold.jpg, or SpoilsSpoils.jpg; others whatever Treasure happens to be available.

Other specific-card gainers

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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