The Bite-Sized series of articles is meant to take the most powerful cards in Dominion and give a short explanation of what makes them powerful.
The main power of Clashes comes from Archer and Warlord. Archer’s attack is devastating against just about any deck, requiring you to have to build your deck much more if it’s getting played on you consistently. Warlord’s attack limits the overall potential of your opponents, and its duration draw is welcome in decks having Archer played on them consistently.
The other cards in the Clashes pile are not weak by any means, but making sure you can play an Archer consistently and getting as many Warlords as possible are the keys to playing well with the Clashes pile.