|You may trash a Copper from your hand for +.|
Moneylender is an Action card from the Base set. When played, it lets you trash a Copper from your hand and gives you + if you do. It is similar to terminal Silvers, since it gives you more than you would have had from just playing the Copper; however, it also gets the Coppers out of your deck so you can draw your better cards more often.
- You only get the +Copper. if you actually trashed a
Moneylender provides a mix of economy and trashing. Many cards that trash from your hand can leave you generating little money on that turn, but Moneylender gives you a money boost when it trashes. Moneylender allows you to remove the Coppers from your deck while still allowing you to purchase the more expensive and powerful cards.
Though Moneylender gives +Copper instead of getting to play it, so the net economy you get is similar to Silver., you have to trash a
Moneylender trashes only one card at a time, and often compares unfavorably to trashers that can trash multiple cards at once, such as Chapel. Moneylender also cannot trash Estates, and often benefits from being played alongside other cards that can, such as Remodel. The other trasher can then also trash the Moneylender once you have finished trashing your Coppers.
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In the first edition of Dominion, Moneylender's text did not include "you may": trashing a Copper was mandatory if Moneylender was played. Donald X. Vaccarino revised the card because that offered no provision for keeping the player honest: if a player claimed that they had no Coppers in hand, and that was why they weren't activating Moneylender's ability, there was no way for their opponents to verify that this was the case. This rarely made a difference in gameplay—if a player didn't want to trash a Copper, they simply refrained from playing Moneylender.
|Trash a Copper card from your hand. If you do, + .||Dominion 1st Edition||October 2008|
|You may trash a Copper from your hand for + .||Dominion 2nd Edition||October 2016|
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