Saturday, May 14, 2011
Back when I was just playing with the Base set, this was an awesome card. You gain a Silver on the deck, AND you potentially fuck up your opponent's next draw! It was almost too good to be true.
Nowadays, of course, Silver isn't worth as much as it used to be, and many decks won't be bothered and might even be assisted by you messing with their Victory cards. (I'm thinking specifically of Native Village tucking the thing away.)
However, the biggest indictment of Bureaucrat is that it just doesn't combo well. You could figure out a few ways to draw those Silvers, but then you've still got a deck full of Silvers at the end of the day. Back then, that was fine; these days, that can be a liability.
And how about that Victory card the opponent has on the deck now? You could Swindle it, but most of the things you could do with it might only help him. Jester is a cool solution now, as when he reveals it, he'll get a Curse... but there are certainly more straightforward ways of Cursing someone, and anyway that's not how I prefer to use my Jesters.
And once you hit the late-game, you just don't want to see that fucking Bureaucrat anymore.
An obsolete attack. Rest in Peace.