Gandalf's Search

Event. Cost: X.

Action: Look at the top X cards of any player's deck, add 1 of those cards to its owner's hand, and return the rest to the top of the deck in any order.

"Less welcome did the Lord Denethor show me then than of old, and grudgingly he permitted me to search among his hoarded scrolls and books."
Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring
Mike Nash

Core Set #67. Lore.

Gandalf's Search

There are many candidates for worst card in the game including Power in the Earth and Taking Initiative, but for me, this is it. This is the only card in the game that is just flat out unplayable. The absolute best thing you can do with the card is pay 1 and draw 1, which makes it like Hidden Cache. Other than that, the effect is useless unless you pay more than 3 resources, in which case it is absurdly expensive. Let's just compare this card to the ally Galadriel. Galadriel costs 3, and for that price you get to do basically the exact same thing as Gandalf's Search going 5 cards deep, except instead of drawing a card you can get a FREE attachment and a pretty decent one turn ally for questing or chump blocking. The comparison immediately reveals how Gandalf's Search is utter garbage. People barely run Galadriel and she is a hundred times better than Gandalf's Search. The card is so bad it is insulting and nauseating.

Nice analysis, but you forgot The End comes in your list of unplayable cards. :-) — Lecitadin 144
I feel like this is a tough claim to make while Harbor Master and Brok iron fist exist :) — clm133 7

On the contrary, I would argue this is a semi-strong card and not garbage. The ability for any deck to pay one resource to draw one card during any Player Action window could be valuable. This card, and Ally Galadriel, synergize nicely with Elrond/Vilya decks. Paying 3 resources to play a card during any Player Action window that allows you to draw a card and know what the next two are could be gamble with a possible huge pay off (like placing a Ally Gandalf or Glorfindal in line to be played by Vilya for free...5 cost card for 3 resources, not to mention the card you put in your hand). Ally Galadriel can only be played in the Planning phase unless played with Sneak Attack, Timely Aid, etc.