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A collision refers to having two or more given cards together in the same hand.

A terminal collision occurs when you draw two or more terminal Action cards into your hand without enough actions to play them both. One of the two Action cards is essentially a dead card, reducing your effective hand size. This is particularly bad when two powerful cards are drawn together, as one of the cards will have to wait for another reshuffle before it can be used.


To “collide” two cards is to have them in your hand at the same time. Depending on the nature of the cards in question, this may enable some beneficial interaction, or completely stymie your ability to use them. You should seek out ways to set up certain collisions, while aiming to avoid others.

Good collisions

Several cards have effects that activate only if you can collide them with another card or type of card. For example, ProvinceProvince.jpg activates TournamentTournament.jpg; ShepherdShepherd.jpg is useless in a hand without Victory cards; and Throne RoomThrone Room.jpg needs to collide with another Action card. Other cards simply synergize with each other and can be put to more effective use if they appear together in your hand, e.g. VillageVillage.jpg and SmithySmithy.jpg, or RemodelRemodel.jpg with GoldGold.jpg.

Drawing your entire deck is the most effective and reliable way to collide any cards you want. If you have overdraw, you can even gain cards and then draw them immediately in order to collide them with other cards in your hand. However, in many cases, your ability to draw your deck is dependent on certain cards colliding in your starting hand, such as VillageVillage.jpg with SmithySmithy.jpg. Therefore, increasing your starting hand size (using Duration draw cards like WharfWharf.jpg, or other effects such as ExpeditionExpedition.jpg or Way of the SquirrelWay of the Squirrel.jpg) can be an especially powerful way to ensure you collide the cards you need to. Sifting cards, especially those such as DungeonDungeon.jpg that activate at the start of your turn, can also help you collide the cards that you want to see together, even though they don’t increase your hand size.

Some effects can ‘seed’ your next hand to guarantee that certain cards will collide in it. ChurchChurch.jpg and GearGear.jpg do this by carrying cards over directly from your previous hand; other effects, e.g. ArtisanArtisan.jpg or DemandDemand.jpg, can do so by top-decking the desired cards. An indirect way of seeding your next turn is to put the cards you want to collide into your discard pile (assuming it’s empty) and trigger a shuffle at the end of your turn—as an example, ShepherdShepherd.jpg commonly encourages such triggers.

Bad collisions

The most common example of a collision you would rather avoid is terminal collision, in which multiple terminal Actions appear in your hand without enough +Actions to enable you to play them all. Some cards anti-synergize with other cards in your hand in different ways: for example, MenagerieMenagerie.jpg only activates if no cards in your hand have collided with copies of themselves, while Poor HousePoor House.jpg won’t generate any $ if it collides with too many Treasures.

In order to avoid terminal collision in a deck-drawing engine, you should make sure you have enough terminal space. Extra terminal space may be desirable to gain and play additional terminals during your turn. In a deck that does not draw itself, for example a money strategy, you may consider adding more terminal Actions than your total terminal space would typically dictate.

Similar techniques to those that promote helpful collisions, including careful management of shuffle timing, play order, and the balance of your deck’s contents, can help you minimize the risk of harmful collisions. The discarding component of sifters and cards such as MillMill.jpg can also be particularly helpful here.

Deck archetypes Big MoneyComboEngineRushSlog
Strategic concepts CollisionCounterCyclingDeadDuchy dancingEndgameGreeningMegaturnMirrorOpeningOpportunity costPenultimate Province RulePayloadPinPiledrivingReshuffleSilver testStop cardSplit advantageStrictly betterSynergyTerminalityTerminal spaceThree-pile endingTurn advantageVictory pointVillage idiot
Rules Blue dog ruleCostDeckGameplayMaterialsNo Visiting ruleStop-Moving rule (previously Lose Track rule) • Supply (Kingdom) • Triggered effectsTurn
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