New Warrior Spell - Frozen Buckler

Fractured in Alterac Valley
  • Arthas's Avatar Black Lotus 880 2537 Posts Joined 03/10/2019
    Posted 1 week, 6 days ago

    A new Epic Warrior Spell, Frozen Buckler, has been revealed!

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  • NegativeNemsy's Avatar 335 164 Posts Joined 07/10/2019
    Posted 1 week, 6 days ago

    Similar to Bring It On!. I don't think that card saw too much play, and I don't think this one will either.  It will need synergy with frost spells, 2-cost spells,  or dare I say Spell Warrior!... none of which exist as of this reveal.

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  • dapperdog's Avatar Dragon Scholar 1475 3292 Posts Joined 07/29/2019
    Posted 1 week, 6 days ago

    I admire the design, but unfortunately its likely not going to see much play because Heavy Plate is just better in most cases, if not at least more flexible than this card. This one needs to stop at least 10 damage or you're basically paying 1 more mana for an Iron Hide.

    But if theres more cards that combo with armor, this might just take precedence over heavy plate since its ultimately 1 less mana and that can count for a lot. At least if it does nothing youre still up by 5 armor so theres that.

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  • Lundy's Avatar Little Devil Teemo 1290 684 Posts Joined 06/21/2019
    Posted 1 week, 6 days ago

    Could be played in a heavy Control Warrior deck that knows its going to take 10 damage next turn, and so the armor loss is negligible. Still might not be played though.

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  • sule's Avatar Content Squad Zombie 575 370 Posts Joined 08/21/2019
    Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

    A decent stall for slow Warrior decks, to be played at a time where you'd expect to lose all of your armor to the incoming damage anyway. It's pretty bad in any situation that isn't purely defensive, since unlike Shield Block it doesn't gain you any extra benefit. My guess is that this won't be a big part of the meta.

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  • YourPrivateNightmare's Avatar Skeleton 1650 3568 Posts Joined 03/25/2019
    Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

    Not terrible as an anti aggro tool, but I think Heavy Plate is better in general. Generally it's better to just clear the board instead of undoing damage.

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  • Brandon's Avatar Old God Fanatic 985 1414 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

    Meh, Heavy Plate is better. The only time Frozen Buckler is better is if freeze warrior has frost spell synergy and your desperate to run Frozen Buckler AND your opponent has 10+ attack of stats on board. Just playing Frozen Buckler without expecting to get damaged just makes it a worse Iron Hide, and Iron Hide has pretty much never seen play.

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  • Erodos's Avatar Crossroads Historian 895 1001 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

    Cute idea, cute reveal video, but warrior has better, more permanent defensive tools.

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  • meisterz39's Avatar 880 1151 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

    I love the design of Frozen Buckler - 10 armor if you're under a lot of pressure is great, and the drawback of losing 5 next turn makes it fair for the cost.

    I see a few folks here saying "Heavy Plate is strictly better, and the fail state here is a worse Iron Hide." That's probably mostly true, but I think there are a couple of ways in which that's unfair. First, this is cheaper, stronger synergy for Shield Slam. Second (and less compelling), this offers a way to curve out armor generation into [Hearthstone Card (Iron Clad) Not Found]. (Yes, you technically have your hero power for that, but it's a lot harder to remove 5 armor on turn 2 than it is to remove 2 armor, so you're more likely to get the stat boost.) All that is to say, I don't think it takes a ton of armor synergy to make this an interesting card you might seriously think about running.

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  • FieselFitz's Avatar Prince Charming 865 1104 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

    Seems ok to me, nothing spectacular tough :) 

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  • Caro's Avatar Alterac Academic 1635 1354 Posts Joined 03/12/2020
    Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

    So this is a stall effect similar to Conjured Mirage which never saw play, coz even aggro decks can wait one turn and with Frozen Buckler, the opponent card still hit face and not loose any minions, compared to Conjured Mirage. What Frozen Buckler would be good with is another card that synergizes with lots of armor like Shield Slam and Reckless Flurry

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

    This card has an amusing design, but other than the smile it brought me, I don't think it is bringing much novelty to the table. I'd be surprise if this makes the cut into Tier 1 decks

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  • GoddammitDontShootMe's Avatar Royal Librarian 1490 721 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 1 week, 4 days ago

    Interesting idea for sure. Obvious move would be to play this when the other player has a good amount of attack on the board to hopefully buy you another turn.

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  • Tumbleweedovski's Avatar Protector of Elwynn 1245 552 Posts Joined 06/12/2019
    Posted 1 week, 4 days ago

    Arena: Frozen Buckler is almost certainly never the correct pick in your drafts unless you somehow have amazing synergy with armor or Frost spells something among those lines.

    Constructed: Slightly more likely that said amazing synergy comes together in a constructed deck, but I highly doubt it. I'm not even sure if this is better than Bring It On!.

    Arena > Wild > Standard

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  • Hydrafrog's Avatar Gul'dan 1630 2858 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    2 mana for 5 armor alone isn't bad at all.  Holding back an onslaught from your opponent for a turn, wonderful.  Especially in the aggro heavy meta we are seeing, 10 armor in mid-late game would only last one turn anyway, good way to set up for a Brawl on the next turn.

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  • SilverWolf's Avatar Tauren Chieftain Addict 905 919 Posts Joined 04/01/2019
    Posted 1 week, 1 day ago

    Maybe they might reveal some card that use your armor in order to do something more, let's wait and see

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  • Sykomyke's Avatar Grand Crusader 745 898 Posts Joined 05/30/2019
    Posted 6 days, 5 hours ago

    Great synergy with other armor combos, and a decent stalling tool.  

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  • doingtheobvious's Avatar Alterac Historian 1040 639 Posts Joined 06/01/2019
    Posted 4 days, 23 hours ago

    So it's a worse Shield Block. Okay.

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  • edalyas's Avatar Magma Rager 385 154 Posts Joined 05/30/2019
    Posted 3 days, 16 hours ago

    Lovely anti aggro card and the fact that this almost single handedly makes new legendary gain stats and charge - it will be played.

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  • randomfan's Avatar Lion's Guard 1030 711 Posts Joined 03/17/2019
    Posted an hour ago

    We now know it is supposed to combo with Shield Shatter. Is it good enough by itself that you can run it and be happy playing without drawing that card? Since you won't go negative on the armor, it can be a good boost of armor that you were counting on losing anyway.

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

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