Pot of Prosperity
There is no question that when it comes to Pot of Prosperity – the hype is real. But just because a card is hyped, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is good for all strategies.
‘Pot’ cards in the past have always aimed to provide an advantage to the player by having them draw or add cards from their deck to their hand. Aside from the banned Pot of Greed, all of these cards have a cost and some even have restrictions to ensure that they are balanced. So the question is, does Pot of Prosperity’s advantage outweigh its cost and restrictions? Let’s find out!
Pot of Prosperity was released recently within the Blazing Vortex set. A set that wasn’t very well-received by the Yu-Gi-Oh! player base, due to a lackluster line up and minimum competitive viability for the cards it contained. Pot of Prosperity is one of the few cards in the set that is competitive and can be used across multiple strategies to increase consistency in a player’s deck.
This could be one of the reasons this card is so hyped, being that it is by far the best card within a mediocre set. But, is Pot of Prosperity actually worth the hype/price that it is currently at?
Pot of Prosperity reads as follows:
Secret Rare / Prismatic
Banish 3 or 6 cards of your choice from your Extra Deck, face-down; for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, any damage your opponent takes is halved, also excavate cards from the top of your Deck equal to the number of cards banished, add 1 excavated card to your hand, place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. You can only activate 1 “Pot of Prosperity” per turn. You cannot draw cards by card effects the turn you activate this card.
In a nutshell, Pot of Prosperity is a fusion of both Pot of Duality and Pot of Extravagance in the one card (hence the artwork). To find out if this card is good for your deck or not, let’s do a good old-fashioned Pros and Cons list.
- Being able to handpick the card of choice from the top 6 cards of your deck. It can provide the missing piece in your hand, whether that be a starter, disruption, or a way to blow out your opponent’s board.
- You CAN special summon the turn you activate this card, which was the biggest downside in Pot of Duality. This gives decks that do a lot of special summoning another draw-card to utilise.
- You CAN choose which cards you banish from the extra deck. This is a massive upgrade from Pot of Extravagance, as the cost of banishing 6 random cards from your extra deck to draw 2 cards was just not an option for so many strategies. But, being able to choose which cards you banish will open the door to many decks that don’t need their entire extra deck to succeed.
- Not to mention you have the option to banish only 3 cards from your extra deck to become a Pot of Duality with different restrictions.
- It can be paired with Pot of Duality (for more control decks – dare I say it, Mystic Mine). This duo is deadly, once you’ve used Pot of Prosperity’s effect to dig six cards deep into your deck, you place the other 5 cards that you did not choose to add to your hand on the bottom of the deck. This means that if you happened to draw Pot of Duality as well, you can dig another 3 cards deeper into your deck, knowing that you won’t be seeing the same cards as you did with Pot of Prosperity.
- It can make games 2 and 3 in a Yu-Gi-Oh! match much more impactful. We all know how important side decking is during a match. You now have the knowledge of what your opponent is playing and the choice to add specific cards from your side deck to combat their strategy. Pot of Prosperity gives players a higher chance at drawing one of their side deck cards (i.e. Imagine playing Pot of Prosperity and choosing a Dark Ruler No More to add to your hand to completely shut off your opponent’s board).
- You still have to banish 3 or 6 cards from your extra deck. Sadly for some extra deck-reliant strategies this still won’t be an option.
- You can’t draw cards by effects the entire turn you activate this card. This means the dream of resolving a Pot of Extravagance and then a Pot of Prosperity is crushed. Unlike Pot of Extravagance which reads “For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot draw any cards by card effects”, Pot of Prosperity restricts you to not drawing cards for the whole turn. This is a pretty steep restriction, considering if your effects get ashed (negated by Ash Blossom and Joyous Spring), you still won’t be able to draw cards during your turn (because you activated the card).
However, remember that you can still add cards from your deck to hand (i.e. Pot of Duality).
- Any damage to your opponent is halved. This can be a big restriction for some decks, as it makes it very hard to OTK your opponent if all the damage they take is halved. Getting 16,000 on board in one turn isn’t easy for any deck. So strategies that aim to finish their opponent in one turn will probably want to avoid a card like this.
- It is only a one for one. What I mean by this is that you are using one card (Pot of Prosperity) to get one card from it. A card like Pot of Desires or Pot of Extravagance has you gaining an additional card because it is a draw 2. The downside to those, however, is that the cards you draw are random.
Overall, Pot of Prosperity is a fantastic card that will provide consistency to a variety of strategies. It is well balanced and will find a home nicely in decks that don’t get hindered by its restrictions.
Here are 10 decks that I believe will benefit from Pot of Prosperity:
- Sky Striker
- Mystic Mine
I’m very interested to hear what you all think about Pot of Prosperity, so make sure to leave a comment below.