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It seems like Possession in Dominion: Alchemy is one of those cards that only very experienced players really know how to counter. Heck, I tend to see myself as an experienced Dominion player and I don't really see any ways to counter Possession at all, besides for the obvious way of trying to accumulate more Possessions than the other player(s). Does anyone have any idea as to a reasonable counter of Possession?

Disclaimer: I do not own Alchemy, (but have played with it before), and have heard rumors from friends who have played with Possession before that it is an exceedingly powerful card and incredibly difficult, if not impossible to counter

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A good discussion with lots of tips to that exact same question is here: http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=10001.0.

In general, more often than not you can just ignore Possession. It's really expensive, and on many boards, you can just get enough points without it that your opponent who is going for it will be too far behind. Remember that if you have $6 and a potion, then if that Potion had been a silver instead, you'd have $8 for a Province.

Attack cards are another good counter. If your opponent wants to make the best out of the extra turn, he'll have to play cards that hurt his own deck. Be careful to not build a super strong deck that can buy many Provinces each turn; but if your opponent can't do more than buy one Province or Duchy on the extra turn, then he's not getting a lot of use out of the Possession.

If the Kingdom makes it possible to have a deck that can play many Possessions per turn, then the best thing may be to get Possessions yourself and play as many as you can.

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A Goons strategy counters perfectly. Opponent only gains cards not VP tokens, so if you have a deck of nothing but +actions +cards and Goons, it is difficult to lose to possession.

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