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Since Ascension: Storm of Souls is both a standalone and expansion to Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, is there any reason to buy COTG? SOS adds new mechanics and seems to have better artwork.

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I own all of the Ascension blocks and personally play CotG the most since the minimal mechanics allow it to be more accessible to my wife. I find it as a good introduction into the world of Ascension and then once she becomes more comfortable with it, I'll pull out the other blocks :-)

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Not to be Captain Obvious, but you would buy CotG if you want the cards.

I quickly glanced at the card list and a few "must-haves" stuck out:

Enlightened: Master Dhartha, Twofold Askara, and Tablet of Time's Dawn (though you might NOT want the possibility of infinitely many turns...)

Mechana: all the constructs in this set are valuable, Burrower Mark II maybe not as much.

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Burrower Mark II is at least one 'free' card, often several over the course of the game, virtually never dead in your hand, and 3 veeps for 3 cost. It's a rock-solid card. –  Steven Stadnicki Oct 18 '12 at 20:51
    
All the Mechana constructs are 1:1 (cost:VP), though, aren't they? Maybe it's just a preference. I've gotten to the point where I own 40+ constructs, with infinite turns. In this context, the BMII is barely on the radar :) –  The Chaz 2.0 Oct 18 '12 at 21:04
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