A new Legendary Priest Minion, Darkbishop Benedictus, has been revealed!
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Finally some shadow priest support. Makes it so you technically don't really need to run Shadowform anymore. However it does need some more support. Shadow priest seems like more of a aggresive deck because of the hero power, but the current shadow spells are a lot more control focused. So i wouldn't be surprised if some kind of control shadow priest shows up that either kills their opponent with the hero power, or uses the hero power as removal.
In wild i think this might give rise to some shadow priest deck. Such a deck always suffered from the "darn, my Shadowforms are my last 2 cards" syndrome, so with that gone it might make the deck... semi viable? At least it buffs the deck from garbage into meme tier at the very least.
But yet again, we gotta wait for some more support for it, which im 100% sure were going to see this expansion, the HS team has already teased it a while ago AND they wouldn't print Darkbishop Benedictus without support, that would be REALLY weird. Still i'm glad we get another version of Archbishop Benedictus, considering the original Archbishop Benedictus is such a fun card.
RNG is only fun as long as there is a 50/50 chance of getting something really good or trash level of bad. If RNG always results in something good, then it's not fun.
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There a good reason for everyone to want this card to be good: if you ever see it, that means you're not facing bs priest
Its tailor made for aggro priest to be a thing, since essentially you're transforming your priest to hunter at no cost except to play no healing spells. Hell you can legit make a deck with nothing but Raise Dead as the only spell and this card will still work. Just add a few more damaging shadow spells and woila you've just solve the priest equation - Make a tempo priest deck that's a priest, except its not priest, because it does absolutely nothing what a typical priest would do.
I don't think that Aggro Shadow Priest is the right call, as Brandon mentioned there are a lot of control tools that are shadow. Insight, Palm Reading, Raise Dead, Soul Mirror, just to name a few. I think that Shadow Priest will instead look more along the lines of Control Mage than anything else.
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Control priest is currently too dependant on Renew and Apotheosis for keeping themselves alive, both of which are Holy spells. Not only that, Draconic Studies is also in the deck to help fixing their curve.
So, while there is a chance control Priest switches to full Shadow spells (both Insight and Thrive in the Shadows, aka, their semi tutored draw engines), switching from a resource generation gameplan to a more proactive one where there is a clear win condition (like C'Thun, the Shattered), we need more support for that deck. Like I said, shadow priest loses their survivability and Palm Reading can only get you so far. Even Clown Priest, who actually uses the shadow draw engine, also includes at least Renew.
This is clearly a wait and see card, but the last two Start of Game cards that interacted with your Hero Power were deemed too strong for the game and removed from standard prematurely, which makes me very scared of Darkbishop Benedictus's ability to warp the meta.
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I want this to be good. Just looks so fun to get that shadow fantasy done well. Also that art is sick. One of my favorite characters from WoW that didn't get the story or reveal he deserved. Him being the Twighlight Father was just so unimpressive. "Just here he is, kill em, get loot, next."
Also I wish Shadowformdid something. Upgrade or refresh the hero power. I hate seeing this card brought back but not useable.
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Always liked Shadow Priest and the Idea behind it and maybe Shadow Priest can Rise once again this upcoming Meta.
Now let's hope for some new and cool Shadow Spells to support this even further.
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First idea. The goal is to go aggro but I've also tried to include a package for the mid/late game in case you're running out of steam. I'll tinker with a Highlander list next, it will be very interesting to see if a Shadow version of Raza Priest works out.
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How do you think will Darkbishop Benedictus interact with Baku?
Edit: It doesn't work :((
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What's the point of adding Shadowform to the core set then? This card is cool, don't get me wrong. Just feel there's a big misdirect, considering Shadowform is now useless 🤔
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Quote From ElSabidonControl priest is currently too dependant on Renew and Apotheosis for keeping themselves alive, both of which are Holy spells. Not only that, Draconic Studies is also in the deck to help fixing their curve.So, while there is a chance control Priest switches to full Shadow spells (both Insight and Thrive in the Shadows, aka, their semi tutored draw engines), switching from a resource generation gameplan to a more proactive one where there is a clear win condition (like C'Thun, the Shattered), we need more support for that deck. Like I said, shadow priest loses their survivability and Palm Reading can only get you so far. Even Clown Priest, who actually uses the shadow draw engine, also includes at least Renew.This is clearly a wait and see card, but the last two Start of Game cards that interacted with your Hero Power were deemed too strong for the game and removed from standard prematurely, which makes me very scared of Darkbishop Benedictus's ability to warp the meta.
I guess the Priest who runs this package may like the Panda Importer (which gives you a spell which was not in your deck) to get the necessar Holy spells.
The card looks fine, but needs more support actually the standar shadow spells are controllish, just Raise Dead, Auspicious Spirits, Psyche Split, Palm Reading, Insight and Thrive in the Shadows can fit in a aggro/midrange deck, and some of them are bad or not worth cards.
I hope that the new legendary quest sinergizes with Darkbishop Benedictus in some way, could be cool!
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God, I hope this ends up being viable at some point. I'm so sick of the un-proactive Priest decks were seeing in meta after meta.
That restriction is really limiting though, considering that most of Priest's best spells are Holy. Hopefully the devs push this archetype in this expansion and introduce lots of good Shadow spells.
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Oh, I wish it would work with Baku the Mooneater and give you an upgraded shadow form that deals 3 damage. Probably not though.
Nice idea, although stolen from the contest here some weeks ago. :D
Lokks very interesting, the ability to deal 2 damage each turn without playing a card (Like Shadowform or Wildfire) is really nice. It doesn't have to be an aggro deck, maybe a control deck with less stalling/bs could use this. Will try if opened!
Realistically, this is never going to see competitive play ever. It eliminates a control approach because you can't play Control Priest without HOly Spells (not to mention you can find Shadowform in Control Priest most of the time anyways, so there's no real benefit). I really don't think we're gonna get some funky aggro Priest, at least no unless the entire set supports it.
That being said, it's still a good effect and should hopefully create some bottom tier 3 meme deck that you can maintain a 50% winrate at ranked floors. Might also improve as time goes on since the more Shadow Spells you can choose from the better.
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I hope an aggresive shadow priest deck will rise, control matches take 20+ minutes.
It's very nice they are taking the things in a different way.
This is a hard card to read right out the gate. Priest's tool belt relies on a lot of variance with spells. There needs to be serious Shadowform support for this
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