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I just asked a question about whether to trash an Estate with Jack of All Trades or play a Witch to curse my opponents. The answer was a definitive "trash!", because Jack is so good at trashing that the curse wouldn't be effective at all at slowing the others. My question now is how good does a trasher have to be to make trashing a better move than Cursing?

I put a list below of (I think) all the action cards costing $5 or less that you can use to trash one of your own cards but don't give +Actions. Given the same set-up as in the previous question, which of these should be played rather than a Witch?

## Trashers
Ambassador
Bishop
Chapel
Island
Jack of All Trades
Masquerade
Mine
Moneylender
Remake
Remodel    
Salvager
Steward
Trader
Trading Post
Transmute

As in the other question, the other cards available are

$6: Harem, Fairgrounds
$5: Witch, Horn of Plenty
$4: Bureaucrat, Gardens, Smithy
$3: Smugglers
$2: Pearl Diver

It's early in the game, no opponents have a Witch yet, the both have 1 trasher, and your hand is

Trasher, Witch, Estate, Copper, Copper.
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It would depend to me on what the other player(s) have in their deck. That would be a VERY important part of what would make me choose which one to play.

If no one else had a card like Jack of all Trades (something to trash cards with) then I would 100% go for playing the card handing out curses! It would serve to do two things. 1) Slows their plays down, and 2) Forces them to buy cards not in their original strategy. In doing this you force them to play your way, in which they are already behind your lead.

If 50% of the people had nothing to trash with I would still do it because I would have gained control over half of the table.

Less then 50% I would use the Jack of all Trades to trash the Witch. ;) At that point the curse is going to be no where near as effective as the Jack of all Trades. I would need to make ground on getting my deck slimmed down instead of trying to fatten up everyone else's decks.

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Thanks for the answer! The Jack case is discussed pretty well in my previous question, this one is focused on the different trashers, assuming your opponents have them. I agree that with Jack, probably Remake, maybe Chapel, the trashing renders the Witch near useless, but what if the only trasher is Remodel? I think I'd still Witch so just so they'll waste actions changing Curses into Pearl Divers and such. The question is where to draw the line between trashers. –  shujaa Aug 13 '12 at 18:16
    
Welcome to B&CG! –  Pat Ludwig Aug 14 '12 at 16:37
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