The release of the Hunter quest for Hearthstone’s Journey to Un’Goro expansion is the fifth we’ve seen so far, which means there’s only four to go. The new Hunter quest is one of my favorites, mostly because of the complex deckbuilding it promotes. It’s called The Marsh Queen, and to complete the quest, you have to play seven one cost minions. Your reward for finishing it is Queen Carnassa, a five mana 8/8 Beast whose Battlecry shuffles 15 Raptors into your deck.
Raptors are really cool. No, not Bloodfen Raptors. Not Mounted Raptors. Raptor is a new card entirely, produced only by Carnassa–at least, as of right now. Raptors are one mana 3/2 Beasts with a Battlecry that makes you draw a card. The quest is fantastic, mostly because of the wide range of deckbuilding possibilities it opens up. Could Starving Buzzard actually be decent once more? Tundra Rhino has been seeing play lately, and he seems perfect for the job. It says ‘Play’, not ‘Summon’, so Desert Camel won’t help, but he might still be a good addition to Hunter decks after Un’Goro is released. There are so many possibilities around one mana cycle cards. You could even play Questing Adventurer–I don’t think it would be particularly good, but it’s possible and potentially even viable under the right circumstances.
The main reason I’m excited for The Marsh Queen is simply because I’m interested to see what people do with it. There’s a lot of potential here, and players will have to carefully choose which one mana cards they want to include. Deckbuilding will be the key to success with this card, which I absolutely love–it’s the most fun part of Hearthstone, as far as I’m concerned, and I’m looking forward to spending some quality time putting together new Hunter decks.
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New Warlock Legendary
The new Warlock quest, Lakkari Sacrifice, looks interesting but it’s probably not practical–discard six cards, and you’ll be rewarded with a Nether Portal, a five mana card that summons two 3/2 Imps every turn. Forever. (Seriously, you can’t get rid of it.) It sounds cool, but it’s slow and costly. Clutchmother Zavas, on the other hand, is an excellent card for Warlock. Discard Zoolock was becoming a thing for a while before Aggro Shaman pushed it out. Now that Aggro Shaman is getting worse, Zoolock is starting to re-emerge. The Standard rotation is only going to help that, and Clutchmother Zavas is the perfect addition to Warlock’s arsenal.
Clutchmother Zavas is a two mana 2/2, and whenever you discard her she gets +2/+2 and is returned to your hand. Now, first off, a two mana 2/2 is actually fine. It’s not good, but it’s playable, particularly if you drop it right on turn two. So she can be played for tempo, if the situation arises. However, if she’s discarded even once, she becomes insane. Not only does she become a two mana 4/4, she also added a card to your hand. A really good card. Instead of discarding a card, you gave a card a buff. That’s a massive difference, and will be majorly game changing.
Zavas is easily good enough that she’ll be run in any Zoolock in the future. She’s a very interesting design, and I’m glad they are pushing the discard mechanic. It’s a bit unfortunate that it’s still inherently random, but I suppose the insane power evens it out. I’ll definitely be playing Discard Zoolock, as I think it’s a deck with great potential, and is quite enjoyable. Hopefully they add more discard support in the rest of the set!
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