Review: Class Cards of The League of Explorers - Part 1
A total of 45 new cards are being added with the release of the League of Explorers. Included in that are two commons and a rare for each of the respective classes. Today we're starting off with a look at the first five: Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, and Priest. We'll be following this up tomorrow with the rest of the classes and concluding our reviews on Wednesday with the majority of the Neutrals.
You'll begin seeing these on Thursday with the release of the Temple of Orsis wing which we
As a reminder, all 45 cards are available in our deckbuilder, go start preparing yourself for Thursday!
At BlizzCon, Hearthstone developers admitted that this is the most Spell Damage they've ever put on a single card that isn't and therefore it's very volatile. Against an aggressive deck that uses burst spells like Hunter or a more control oriented one like Mage, this can be a very risky card to play. As such, it's unclear as to whether or not it will actually see play in constructed. It's probably most comparable to due to the fact that you never just want to play it by itself on the field, you'll usually want to have other Mana to allocate as fit.
Druid is one of the strongest classes for spell power with huge swing cards like and other highly influential cards such as and .
As such, we think it'll be a niche card for inclusion in spell power decks like .
The three mana slot has always been one of Druid's biggest weaknesses. is okay at best while only sees play in Mill decks. Aside from the combo potential, this is one of the main reasons you frequently see in most, if not all, decklists. The addition of should help bolster its curve a bit, though there may be some concern over the fact that in an ideal situation the Druid skips turn three thanks to or . And despite what you might think, there are actually a bunch of
good 1 Mana drops
that can come out of it.
Honestly the biggest question about is whether or not you can fit it into the deck. With such an intense focus on ramp and high mana cost creatures, there isn't a ton of room for cards that aren't guaranteed value. There may be some argument towards cutting in favor of something that could potentially be better, but you have to remember that it can also be worse. has incredible flexibility in that it can help stall against aggression, push for damage, or help you fill the board for .
That said, there's such a wide number of cards that could come out of . Seven Mana for another ? Not bad. Or maybe Eight Mana for a third . And because you get to choose between three different cards, you have less of a chance to simply get stuck with a dud.
Okay, so no Hunter deck currently out there would benefit from . Many were confused as to why the class would even need a card like this, but a
made an excellent video on how it essentially gives Hunter the option to replace its hero power with something that helps board control. So if that ever becomes a thing, maybe we'll see a bit of it, but we would advise you not to hold your breath.
This camel is nuts. There are no other three drop minions in the Hunter class that are currently being run and you can probably expect to see this one. It's of huge benefit to the Hunter if the opponent doesn't have any 1-Cost minions in their deck and on top of that it also has some really solid stats with four health.
Look at it this way: it's not strictly worse than , , or . Considering that, there's a chance we'll actually see it played, especially in some of the Hybrid Hunter decklists.
The one thing Hunter secrets have had going for them is that they're consistent. is the first exception in that it deals 5 damage to a random enemy. It could be face, it could be a high value target, or it could be that 1/1 . Therefore we don't expect to see much of this at all, it's arguably worse than and that doesn't see a ton of play either.
The four mana slot of Mage is actually surprisingly crowded. easily remains the staple of that, but and the like on your face, this prevents that from happening and is a completely unique offering thus far in Hearthstone.
On stats alone this Conjurer is just too weak. It can be killed by most two drops and that alone detracts from most of the value that it brings to the table. In essence it's a two mana cheaper that can only be activated once, gives you a choice between three spells, and has one more attack at the cost of two health. And even though that sounds okay, it really isn't just because of how fragile this minion is. Playing it is basically just throwing away a card.
Value! You'll probably see contend for spots in the average Freeze Mage deck. It simultaneously offers early board clear while giving you a 3-Cost .
This marks the second content release in a row that Blizzard has been pushing Murloc Paladin decks. is indeed a fantastic fit for that deck but it didn't really do anything but strengthen the fourth and sixth turns for Paladins.
serves as an interesting card for Casual play and Tavern Brawls, giving you a way of summoning
any combination of
7 Murlocs that died this game.
The main problem lies in the fact that a 10 Mana card pretty much needs to win you the game, and this really doesn't do that. There's no guarantee that the Murlocs it spawns will immediately give you the win with how many great board clears there are these days.
The only other four drop minion in the Paladin's arsenal is which is most certainly better than this. On top of that you have all the neutrals including . Those two facts alone make us hesitant to say this will see any Constructed action. It might not be bad at all in Arena though, especially as a common.
Well the good news is that doesn't make Secret Paladin any better than it already is against Control decks. That considered, Secret Pally was already incredibly strong against Aggro decks that just don't have the resources to be able to push through the incredible walls that and put up. So as long as we continue to see board presence remain a premium, we'd expect to see this sneak into most Secret Paladin decks.
is basically trash. A 2 Mana card that only sports 1/2 in stats and simply Discovers you a card with Deathrattle? Even if that's something like , you've still put yourself incredibly behind in the early game where Priest struggles to begin with. Therefore this should see little to no play in Constructed, might be a different story in Arena however.
Another relatively abysmal card. has no reason to be run over which does one less damage, yes, but also heals you for two and doesn't give the opponent the same damage you just gave them. There's some argument towards the fact that in a pure aggro meta this might make sense because Control decks really aren't going to be phased by three damage, and it does give them an extra card that they don't want, but overall it's probably just not worth it.
is honestly one of our favorite cards from the set. Basically a that puts the enemy minion into your own deck, you not only get to skirt any Deathrattles but the card gets added to your own arsenal later in the game. On top of that it's only 6 Mana, so you can play something alongside it such that your turn wasn't completely about removal. Control Priests are going to be stealing s for days.
What are your thoughts on the cards we've discussed so far? We'll be back tomorrow with the rest of the cards for the four remaining classes.
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