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Card Review
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Card text:

Master: unique location.
You may tap this location to move a card from your ash heap to this location. You may use a master phase action to move a card from this location to the top of your library. Any vampire may burn this location as a (D) action.

  • Number: 235
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Master
  • Artist: Eric Lofgren
  • Clan: Harbinger of Skulls
written by xyphus
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Review republished from the Malkavian Antitribu Newsletter, Feb 2006.

Card recycling is very good, especially in a combo-deck that relies on
certain key cards. This card is somewhat similar to The Sargon
Fragment: both allow you to play a single card in your ash heap again
and again. The Fragment is more likely to be contested, and the card
retrieval action can be blocked, but Maabara is going to be stolen
unless you can protect it. You don't need to play an intercept deck to
protect Maabara - one Guard Duty may be enough, especially in
combination with a good weapon like Ivory Bow. Even if you lose
Maabara, you may still return it with Anthelios, Red Star or the Sargon
Surely, spending a MPA for Maabara's ability is harsh, but if you have
more than 1 MPAs per turn (The Parthenon, Rumors of Gehenna and so on),
this card becomes extremely advantageous. Again, Maabara is especially
good with Sibyl's Tongues,since it allows you to recycle Tongues and
play the first one several times.


Modified on November 29, 2010 10:51 am

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Subject: Additional Thoughts   Posted: November 29, 2010 10:51 am Reply with quote Report content icon

If you can't protect the Maabara, it ends up getting burned (not stolen). Also, Guard Duty probably isn't your best choice. Harbingers have plenty of Auspex so defending it should not be too big of a problem, even more so with Necromancy S:CE or Fortitude prevention.
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