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Name a card, then reveal the top card of your deck. If you named it, put it into your hand.
Mystic is an Action from Dark Ages. When you play it, you guess at the top card of your deck, and draw it if you're right. So if you guess right, Mystic is almost as good as a Grand Market, but if you guess wrong, it was like a Silver in action form. Mystic interacts well with other cards that depend on the top of your deck—including other copies of Mystic—and if you guess wrong with your first play of Mystic, you now know what's on top of your deck and can correctly name it with your second Mystic.
 Official FAQ
- You get +1 Action and + .
- Then name a card ("Copper," for example - not "Treasure") and reveal the top card of your deck; if you named the card you revealed, put the revealed card into your hand.
- If you do not name the right card, put the revealed card back on top.
- Names need to match exactly for you to get the card; for example Sir Destry and Sir Martin do not match.
- You do not need to name a card available in the Supply.
 Other Rules clarifications
 Strategy Article
original article on the forums by shark_bait, comments by many others
This is really quite a simple card. When guessing correctly, it is a cantrip card that gives + . It is really that simple. The fun in this card is making sure to get that extra +Card. We are already Familiar (pun intended) with the text portion as we saw that in Wishing Well way back in Intrigue. By correctly guessing, or should I say knowing, the top card of your deck, you may place it in your hand. I say knowing, because that is where the true power of Mystic comes from. The key different between Mystic and Wishing Well is the lack of +Card in the simple text. With Wishing Well, you are forced to draw the top card of your deck before you guess. This means that you must know more than just the top card of your deck. You must know the top of your deck to a depth of at least 2 cards. This distinction greatly affects the ability to use Wishing Wells text with certainty. Wishing Well therefore only combos with Navigator (needs villages), Cartographer, Apothecary, Wandering Minstrel (kinda) and yes I’m really saying this, Scout! Mystic lacks the initial +Card meaning that you can combo it with so many more things. These include the following and are sorted in terms of how the combo works.
 Non-terminal Actions
- Pearl Diver -
- Vagrant -
- Apothecary -
- Lookout -
- Wishing Well -
- Spy -
- Ironmonger -
- Wandering Minstrel -
- Scout -
- - Mystic
- Cartographer -
- Tournament (when a Prize is gained but the draw is countered) -
- Bag of Gold -
This non-terminal action group is the bread and butter of making Mystic shine. The only synergy required is having both of these cards in your hands at the same time and voila, you just made Mystic a card that grants +Action, +Card and +virtual money and only 4 cards in hand. I would say that virtual money is well worth the cost of having 1 less card.. The real power comes from all of the cheap cantrip actions that are available. It is easy to get a slew of these in your deck with your Mystics. In that way, you will almost always have the required cards in hand to successfully pull off the combo. It is worth noting that things like Cartographer, Scout and Apothecary can set up consecutive successful Mystic plays. You can therefore have a greater density of Mystics and still pull off the combo fairly regularly. Notice that Mystic can actually combo with itself! If you guess wrong with the first one and have another in hand, you will be guaranteed to get the bonus for the second play. It is not perfect, but think of it as starting with
 Village Support Required
- Survivors -
- Courtyard -
- Duchess -
- Develop -
- Armory -
- Scavenger -
- Navigator -
- Graverobber -
- Count -
- Mandarin –
This section is quite explanatory. The benefit is the same in that you can get the top card of your deck, but the ability to pull it off just became more difficult. You must have surplus action available because these cards are terminal and you must be able to play your Mystic afterwards. That being said, if there are good opportunities for +action, making use of Mystic with any of these cards can yield great benefits.
 Protection from Attacks
- Top-decking Attacks: Bureaucrat, Sea Hag, Ghost Ship
- Deck-inspection Attacks: Spy, Scrying Pool, Rabble, Fortune Teller, Oracle
There are a number of attacks that mess with the top of your deck. These can be quite irksome and any way to diminish their effect is a good thing. Mystic will to a certain extent lessen the damage from these attacks making your next hand a little bit better.
There are a few reactions that impact the top of your deck. Beggar and Secret Chamber can be revealed in response to an opponent’s attack. A Mystic after either one will allow you to start off your turn by grabbing for free the top card of your deck. With Watchtower, you can place cards gained mid-turn on top of your deck and then draw them with Mystic.
 Other Synergy
- Minion - non-terminal source of +Coin (you probably want to buy the Minions first though)
- Conspirator - Works in conjunction as both a source of +Coin and an activator
- Village/Draw Up To X- The benefit is guaranteed as you will just draw up to X amount of cards anyways making it more economical.
Like any card that works best when it works with another card, trashing can be very useful. By removing the extra fluff from your deck, you will ensure you draw the cards together and use them to their fullest potential. Mystic works best with Moderate to Heavy trashing. These include things like:
As you can clearly see, there are many instances where Mystic can be used with certainty. It is obviously at its best when it gets the +Card with certainty. But remember that you will not always know the top of your deck when you play Mystic. When that is the case you must find the right balance between what you need the most and what is the most probable. If you are trying to get up to a crucial money level because you absolutely need to get there this turn, guess for what you need. If you just want to cycle your deck, guess for the most probable. Always remember to keep track of your deck when playing with Mystic. As you get closer and closer to a reshuffle, if you have been keeping track of what cards you've seen, you can greatly increase your odds of successfully drawing a card from Mystic.
- As listed above, cards which affect the top of your deck, especially cantrips
- With a Mystic as one of your five first cards of a turn, City Gate acts like a Hireling.
- Various Cornucopia cards which reward variety, making it harder to guess correctly if you haven't set up the top of your deck
 English versions
|+1 Action. +. Name a card. Reveal the top card of your deck. If it's the named card, put it into your hand.||Dark Ages 1st Edition||August 2012|
|+1 Action. +. Name a card, then reveal the top card of your deck. If you named it, put it into your hand.||Dark Ages 2nd Edition||September 2017|
 Other language versions
 Secret History's that didn't use up your action. I made a list of cards to try, and we tried them, and this one stood out. It's just Wishing Well with + instead of +1 Card. Only, as with Highway vs. Bridge, that change means that various combos that don't work with Wishing Well actually work with Mystic.