Pot of Desires comes just short of the top spot in
pojo’s card of the day top 10 list, which means you
can probably guess tomorrow’s winner by now. I
personally had Pot of Desires at #9, lower by 7
spots for two reasons: first this card’s future
potential is extremely limited. Currently, those who
can afford Pot run between 2-3 in tournament decks.
However, once this card is inevitably limited to 1,
literally everyone will run it without question. And
like all pots before it, Desires will eventually be
banned once it reaches the end of its tail, never to
see the light of day again. But the second reason I
have Pot of Desires so low is simply because of the
cards I ranked higher than it. 2016 was a year
without compare for Yu-Gi-Oh. In particular Breakers
of Shadow is considered by many players to be a top
5 set all-time. Pot of Desires is definitely a
game-changer, but a lot of cards in 2016 were.
Making this list was pretty darn hard. I just
happened to see some things my peers did not.
So what else can be said about this little spell?
Does it deserve to be #1? Well, it’s an argument
that probably pulls people in different directions.
On one hand, drawing two cards is king. Always has
been. On the other hand, how many times has the
spell quite literally destroyed the deck of its
user? I’d wager there are millions of stories out
there about this pot of bad luck. I guess perhaps
the real question we should be asking is: Was Pot of
Desires good for the game? To me, the answer is a
resounding “no.” Just like Sixth Sense, it feels
like Pot was released solely to sell cards, and I’ve
never liked that feeling. So, in the end, I’m glad
that Pot of Desires didn’t come out on top.
I gave Pot of Desires a glowing review when it
first came out and it was a controversy for some.
Still, I'm going to admit I did that in a total a
I determined that it would be great for 2 reasons:
1) It's a +1 like Pot of Greed
2) Not all costs are equal.
Drawbacks and barriers aren't the same thing.
A drawback is a cost you can pay but may not be able
to, and what's a drawback to some decks might not be
to others. A barrier is something that
prevents you from using it. Discarding, for
example, is a barrier.
But Pot of Desires doesn't tax you from your
immediate resources so you can use it the second you
draw it. All it needed was cards to capitalize
on the banishing effect.
If you said anything similar to the above sentence
and you were serious, then you probably don’t
understand how card advantage works, nor do you
understand why Pot of Desires is not only a +1, but
one of the best cards ever made.
Position on my list: #1
As I have stated above, I think Pot of Desires was
the best card of the year, and one of the best cards
ever made. I’m okay with it clocking in at #2
because I think the #1 card is also one of the best
cards of the year and ever made.
This card is Pot of Greed. Simple as that. You play
it, you draw two cards, it’s a +1. It is Pot of
“But Riko, you also have to banish 10 cards. That’s
waaaaaaaaaaaaay too many.”
Here’s the flaw in that logic. If you play Pot of
Desires, you banish ten cards facedown, so you
don’t have them. If you don’t play Pot of
Desires, then you keep them in the Deck. In other
words, you don’t have them. The game is so
fast paced that those ten cards are likely not going
to matter anyway. The only Decks that can’t use Pot
of Desires are ones that want to keep specific cards
in the Deck and/or are reliant on 1-of cards. I’d
argue that actually makes it less balanced (but not
better) than Pot of Greed; the latter at least can
be used by any Deck in the history of the game. The
same can’t be said for Pot of Desires.
But I digress. A basically free +1 will never not be
good, and that’s what Pot of Desires is. It’s very
good, and is imo a banworthy card.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Pot of Desire comes up just short of being the best
of the best in 2016.
Banishing 10 for a +1 after all is done still
doesn't make much sense to me. Yes, you can look at
the cards banished face-down and know what's left in
your deck, and while you get two cards for the
activation of your Pot of Desire, I feel the risk of
banishing something useful is too high. I think of
Lightsworns when I read this card, except
Lightsworns still had access to the cards they
milled. Not only that, but the cards you draw come
after the banish. However, if you run a strategy
that uses 3's of a number of cards, or run a
strategy that can function without needing certain
cards to be successful, this card may be for you.
Also, there are some 60 card decks that could run a
playset of this and be successful.
A great card for many, too risky for others.
Honestly, I expected Pot of Desires to come in at
#1. This card is fun, because even though the
"Draw 2 cards aspect" related here, this isn't
necessarily going to be a card that generates you
any advantage. It can be used and abused,
absolutely, but there are times, too, where it's not
going to do much for you other than give you the two
cards from your Deck. (And remember, 10 cards,
even if not lost forever, is a huge cost...and
remember, these cards are removed face down, that's
important too). This card is also likely to
see Ban Land pretty soon I would imagine.