Duration draw

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Caravan, a duration draw card.

Duration draw is a collective term for abilities that increase the number of cards you have in hand at the start of your turn. Most of the effects that provide duration draw are Duration cards—hence the name—but there exist a number of landscapes and Reaction cards that can increase your hand size on a future turn as well. The primary use cases of duration draw effects depend on the amount of cards drawn. If an effect provides a net increase in handsize over all the turns it is active, it can fulfill a similar function to other draw cards. In any case, duration draw effects offer extra flexibility and reliability for your deck.

HorseHorse.jpg gainers (like SuppliesSupplies.jpg) work similar to duration draw because gaining a HorseHorse.jpg is similar to a future one-card handsize increase.


[edit] Strategy

Duration draw is valuable in engine decks because it increases the probability that you will be able to line up key engine components to start your turn; the effect is therefore similar to guaranteeing a non-terminal draw card in a normal-sized hand. The power of duration-draw cards is mitigated by the fact that Duration cards remain in play for multiple turns, and can therefore be played less frequently than comparable non-Duration cards. Moreover, the benefit duration-draw cards provide is delayed; most of them provide little or no value on the turn you play them. One reason WharfWharf.jpg and GearGear.jpg are considered very powerful cards is because they can provide both terminal draw when you play them and duration draw the next turn.

Most cheaper duration-draw cards, such as HavenHaven.jpg, increase the size of your next hand by setting aside cards from your current hand to add to your hand later—thus increasing your handsize at the beginning of your next turn comes at the expense of being able to use those cards on the current turn. More expensive duration draw will typically just give you +Cards from your deck on your next turn, or occasionally cards set aside from somewhere other than your hand.

Duration-draw cards often provide defense against handsize attacks, since they can allow you to re-draw to a full-size hand after being hit by an Attack like MilitiaMilitia.jpg. However, this is not true of effects that increase your handsize at the end of your turn, such as Way of the SquirrelWay of the Squirrel.jpg. because they increase your handsize before you're hit by the Attacks and are therefore almost completely negated by such attacks.

[edit] List of sources of duration draw

[edit] Cards that create more draw than they cost to set up

EnchantressEnchantress.jpg, CaravanCaravan.jpg, ArchiveArchive.jpg, Den of SinDen of Sin.jpg, FigureheadFigurehead.jpg, StowawayStowaway.jpg, LongshipLongship.jpg, Haunted WoodsHaunted Woods.jpg, HighwaymanHighwayman.jpg, WarlordWarlord.jpg, WharfWharf.jpg, HirelingHireling.jpg, Sinister PlotSinister Plot.jpg, Horse TradersHorse Traders.jpg (only Reaction), DeliverDeliver.jpg

Optional as duration draw (can have a different effect): GearGear.jpg (can be used as direct draw or duration draw), BargeBarge.jpg (can draw now or later), StrongholdStronghold.jpg (can generate $ instead of duration draw).

Varying amount of draw (in some cases these only transfer a card to a later turn or replace themselves): MonkeyMonkey.jpg, GarrisonGarrison.jpg, CryptCrypt.jpg, ConjurerConjurer.jpg (generates surplus draw as soon at it is played on two or more consecutive turns), TacticianTactician.jpg (in this case the card cost of setup varies), SirenSiren.jpg

[edit] End of turn draw

ExpeditionExpedition.jpg, FlagFlag.jpg, Way of the SquirrelWay of the Squirrel.jpg, The River's GiftThe River's Gift.jpg (will sometimes only replace a card that gave you the Boon)

[edit] Cards that replace themselves and increase future handsize

CobblerCobbler.jpg, CorsairCorsair.jpg, HavenHaven.jpg, Cargo ShipCargo Ship.jpg, Ghost TownGhost Town.jpg, Village GreenVillage Green.jpg, SaveSave.jpg, CageCage.jpg, GrottoGrotto.jpg, RopeRope.jpg, TricksterTrickster.jpg

Effects that can transfer multiple cards to your next hand: Coastal HavenCoastal Haven.jpg, ChurchChurch.jpg

Only replace themselves except against discard attacks: Faithful HoundFaithful Hound.jpg, GuideGuide.jpg

[edit] Cards that can generate duration draw from normal draw and cantrips

The following cards can play Action cards at the start of your turn and thereby generate duration draw if they are used to play normal draw cards or cantrips: PrincePrince.jpg, GhostGhost.jpg, CaptainCaptain.jpg, MastermindMastermind.jpg, Royal GalleyRoyal Galley.jpg, ContractContract.jpg, DelayDelay.jpg, and SummonSummon.jpg.

[edit] Gallery

[edit] Net handsize increase

Archive.jpgBarge.jpgCaravan.jpgDen of Sin.jpgEnchantress.jpgGear.jpgHaunted Woods.jpgHighwayman.jpgHireling.jpgHorse Traders.jpgStronghold.jpgWarlord.jpgWharf.jpgSinister Plot.jpg

[edit] Variable amount of draw


[edit] Handsize neutral

Cargo Ship.jpgChurch.jpgCobbler.jpgCorsair.jpgFaithful Hound.jpgGhost Town.jpgGuide.jpgHaven.jpgVillage Green.jpgCoastal Haven.jpgSave.jpg

[edit] End-of-turn-draw

Expedition.jpgFlag.jpgThe River's Gift.jpgWay of the Squirrel.jpg

[edit] Can make duration draw from normal draw or cantrips

Captain.jpgContract.jpgGhost.jpgMastermind.jpgPrince.jpgRoyal Galley.jpgDelay.jpgSummon.jpg

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