Pot of Extravagance

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What Does Pot of Extravagance Actually Do?

One of the most iconic cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! would hands-down be Pot of Greed. But due to the sheer complexity of its effect, Pot of Greed hasn’t seen any play for years. Plus, there have been many easier to understand alterations of the card. The latest of these is Pot of Extravagance. Much like its predecessor Pot of Desires, Pot of Extravagance became a topic of discussion during its early days.

Understanding Pot of Extravagance isn’t all too hard. Just like Cold Wave, it can only be activated at the start of your Main Phase. For its cost, you’ll have to randomly banish three or six cards from your extra deck face-down. If it resolves, you draw one card for every three. There's a major catch, however: For the rest of the turn, you can’t draw any more cards.

Candidates for Extravagance

Unlike Pot of Desires, wherein duelists managed to bypass the risks that come with its cost by playing triples of their necessary combo pieces, Pot of Extravagance makes it more difficult to do so. The extra deck is already too tight for many strategies, so decks that rely on toolboxing from the extra deck will not benefit from it. The safest strategy is playing Pot of Extravagance in decks that don’t require the extra deck at all. True Draco decks immediately come to mind, but Extravagance’s other restrictions create awkward positions, turning off other powerful cards such as Card of Demise. Altergeists were also said to be able to abuse this card, but banishing Altergeist Hexstia can be fatal in the long run. The card made some appearances in pure Trickstar builds, but the fickle nature of banishing half your extra deck has kept that deck from consistently performing well.

Boarder Stun decks definitely check all the boxes when it comes to successfully playing Pot of Extravagance, but that deck has been struggling to keep up with the competition. Currently, the only meta-relevant deck abusing this card is Subterror, also referred to as Guru Control. This deck barely uses its extra deck and mainly uses it as a large pool of Super Polymerization and Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries targets. Contrary to other strategies, it does not have other draw engines competing with Pot of Extravagance and can easily get their engine rolling thanks to its Field Spell cards.

The "Other" Risk

People hyped up Pot of Extravagance when it was released in Savage Strike (2019), painting the card as the band-aid that could fix up a lot of rogue decks’ problems. However, due to the aforementioned factors, the card quickly fell out of favor. It started at well above the 70,00 € mark, dropped down to about 55,00 € prior to YCS Düsseldorf, and due to Subterrors not taking the event by storm, the card is down to about 46,00 € on the market. Picking up a playset under 150,00 € isn't impossible, and people who paid more than 200,00 € for it might be hitting themselves on the head about it now.  However, with a probable reprint in the not-so-distant future and the card being versatile, despite its risks and drawbacks, owning a few copies for potential decks might not be the worst idea ever.

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