New Demon Hunter Minion - Warden of Chains

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  • Arthas's Avatar Black Lotus 880 2537 Posts Joined 03/10/2019
    Posted 2 weeks ago

    A new Rare Demon Hunter Minion, Warden of Chains, has been revealed!

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  • YourPrivateNightmare's Avatar Skeleton 1650 3568 Posts Joined 03/25/2019
    Posted 2 weeks ago

    While the statline is good the deck you'd put this in is genuinely awful. Big Demon Hunter still suffers quite a bit from the fact that most of its draw options are Outcast based and clash with the big boys. It also struggles through not being able to really make any progress before turn 6 (and this 3/8) will barely slow down the many tempo decks that can come up with answers to this.

    I'll try it again but as of yet there's not enough glue to hold the deck together (and no, just running this alongside Inquisitor is not consistent enough)

    I tried having fun once.

    It was awful.

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  • ElSabidon's Avatar Salty Dog 820 670 Posts Joined 06/07/2019
    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Warden of Chains reminds me of Twilight Guardian, in the sense that Warden of Chains is also a big beefy guy that combats early aggression. However, there's one big difference between the two: Twilight Guardian has other dragons to curve into him, while Warden of Chains doesn't, due to the nature of Big DH. That's why that 4 mana 3/6 Taunt was better than this 4 mana 3/8 Taunt. That and the massive powercreep, but that's another issue.

    Warden of Chains is a good anti aggro tool for Big DH, I just feel there's something else missing.

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  • Brandon's Avatar Old God Fanatic 985 1414 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Good statline and good anti-aggro effect, so you would think it would be a good card... However it costs 4 mana, which means you can't really run it alongside Vanndar Stormpike and Proving Grounds. And that hurts Warden of Chains a LOT, considering BIG DH is probably the best deck to slot it into. And if you dont get the battlecry, its just a Stegodon without a tribe. But still it does have a lot of potential, and who knows what kind of support it will get.

    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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  • Erodos's Avatar Crossroads Historian 895 1001 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 2 weeks ago

    It's a lot of stats, but it clashes with the two main ways we actually want to play Big Demons right now, Vanndar Stormpike and Proving Grounds. I don't see it being good enough by itself to replace those.

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  • meisterz39's Avatar 880 1151 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Warden of Chains is a Stegodon that sometimes buffs up to a Lakkari Felhound. Honestly a 3/8 taunt for 4 is pretty strong, but Demon Hunter has a lot of competition for 4-drops that would probably be more relevant in a Big Demon deck (e.g. Vanndar Stormpike and Raging Felscreamer).

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  • Tumbleweedovski's Avatar Protector of Elwynn 1245 552 Posts Joined 06/12/2019
    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Arena: Battlecry will hit sometimes, but even when it does Warden of Chains is still not amazing. However, when the battlecry whiffs she isn't unplayable either, so certainly draftable.

    Constructed: Too weak and obstructs Vanndar Stormpike's battlecry, so won't see play. Just maybe in a Midrange deck with not a lot of 5+ mana minions, but enough for Warden of Chains' battlecry to be consistent.

    Arena > Wild > Standard

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  • dapperdog's Avatar Dragon Scholar 1475 3292 Posts Joined 07/29/2019
    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Im actually waiting to see if dhunter gets more early game cards that can decently curve into this so we can have a midrange dhunter deck of which this card may be the perfect 4 drop in.

    Its obviously not designed to be placed into big dhunter. Team5 have subtlely set its cost to 4 to interfere with the obvious Vanndar synergy and its fairly obvious that getting this out from Proving Grounds will prove disastrous that no one will do it.

    We'll have to see from further reveals. But for me, this is midrange stuff, not big demons.

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  • Lundy's Avatar Little Devil Teemo 1290 684 Posts Joined 06/21/2019
    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Big DH support. Kinda weird that that deck will want to run Vanndar Stormpike, but this needs to be played before any 5/6/7 drops or else those won't trigger it. That said, even if it doesn't trigger, it's still a base stat Taunt like Stegodon

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  • FieselFitz's Avatar Prince Charming 865 1104 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 2 weeks ago

    At first i thought it could be decent in aggro-Token but then i saw that the effect only goes off if the demon costs 5 or more ... 

    so , pretty meh card ... could give early protection against aggro if you play Big Demon Hunter tough ! so i would change my "meh" to "ok card" :) 

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  • Hydrafrog's Avatar Gul'dan 1630 2858 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 2 weeks ago

    4 for a 3/8 taunt at most... meh

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  • sule's Avatar Content Squad Zombie 575 370 Posts Joined 08/21/2019
    Posted 1 week, 6 days ago

    Could be an OK defensive Taunt for slower Big Demon decks, but DH already has a number of purely defensive Taunt minions, and none of them see play so I hardly think this one can make Big Demon Hunter a thing (especially since it interferes with Vanndar Stormpike, which is substantially stronger in that kind of deck).

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  • GoddammitDontShootMe's Avatar Royal Librarian 1490 721 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 1 week, 6 days ago

    Might be decent in big demon DH. 3/8 taunt for 4 seems pretty good.

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  • Caro's Avatar Alterac Academic 1635 1354 Posts Joined 03/12/2020
    Posted 1 week, 6 days ago

    Well this will be an auto-include in big Demon DH, that's for sure. 3/8 taunt is pretty good stall at 4 mana and demands hard removal or it'll take a few minions to get through. With all the draw DH has, it's fairly consistent that you'll get a big demon in your hand to activate the effect. 

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  • Horus's Avatar Skeleton 2160 2502 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

    I want to believe that more Big Demons are coming our way - I'm a believer .. and a demon lover

    Struggle with Heroic Galakrond's Awakening? I got your back : 

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  • Swizard's Avatar Wizard 1075 583 Posts Joined 04/30/2020
    Posted 1 week, 1 day ago

    It’s ok but kind of weak in wild.

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  • KillaFIsh's Avatar 340 198 Posts Joined 07/10/2019
    Posted 1 week ago

    I think it will be ok in Big DH, but not spectacular.  You just put him into stop early aggression, but it doesn't even do that too well.  But you will still run it probably.

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  • Sykomyke's Avatar Grand Crusader 745 898 Posts Joined 05/30/2019
    Posted 1 week ago

    It really speaks to the level of powercreep when a 4 mana 3/8 taunt (situational) is considered bad.  Oh how far we've fallen.

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  • edalyas's Avatar Magma Rager 385 154 Posts Joined 05/30/2019
    Posted 3 days, 20 hours ago

    If Big DH will ever pop, this will be the cherry on the top of it but so far, even with quite a lot of support for slower decks, I am not seeing this as meta-defining card.

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  • randomfan's Avatar Lion's Guard 1030 711 Posts Joined 03/17/2019
    Posted 1 day, 13 hours ago

    I really like the fact that this isn't a demon. It helps to provide some early control support for the big demon set up, without polluting the cards that interact with the demons. I think I may actually try to play and level up my Demon Hunter this expansion.

    Unfortunately, common sense isn't as common as it should be.

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