New Druid Minion - Pathmaker

Fractured in Alterac Valley
  • Arthas's Avatar Black Lotus 880 2544 Posts Joined 03/10/2019
    Posted 1 week, 4 days ago

    A new Rare Druid Minion, Pathmaker, has been revealed!

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  • Lundy's Avatar Little Devil Teemo 1300 684 Posts Joined 06/21/2019
    Posted 1 week, 4 days ago

    This can be really good. Since this doesn't need to be played the same turn, just sometime after a Choose One spell to be playable. Play Nourish for mana crystals, then drop this to draw 3 seems great!

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  • Geno9999's Avatar Pirate King 1080 404 Posts Joined 11/10/2019
    Posted 1 week, 4 days ago

    Anti-synergy with Jerry Rig Carpenter, as the split spells won't count as Choose One. Currently there isn't whole lot of Choose One effects to pair with this or Jerry Rig, but that didn't stop the latter from appearing in both Taunt and Anacondra Druid deck lists, and I think this card will similarly see solid experimentation.

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  • dapperdog's Avatar Dragon Scholar 1475 3298 Posts Joined 07/29/2019
    Posted 1 week, 4 days ago

    Probably a bigger threat in wild than in standard, because Nourish is probably the only good choose-one card available, and probably the only one significant enough to actually compel playing 2x of these in the deck.

    There's Feral Rage, Faire Arborist, and Runic Carvings as basically the only ones I can think of that might tempt you to play these. But none of those curve well into or before this. And runic carvings can only be good assuming you dont mind the overload.

    Might be good later when more choose-one cards are available, but for now its a meh. Maybe nourish would be good enough, to be honest, because with guff you'll nearly always make good on gaining mana.

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  • Hydrafrog's Avatar Gul'dan 1630 2858 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 1 week, 4 days ago

    I'm glad I reread that to say that it is a battlecry.  If this was a static effect, that would be ridiculous

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  • meisterz39's Avatar 880 1152 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    Pathmaker only triggers the other side of spells, leaving you with pretty limited options today in Standard:

    • Power of the Wild - 5 mana to get a 4/5 and a 4/3, and buff your existing board +1/+1
    • Sow the Soil - 4 mana to get a 4/4 and a 3/2, and buff your existing board with +1 Attack
    • Capture Coldtooth Mine - 5 mana to get a 3/4 and tutor 2 cards
    • Feral Rage - 6 mana to get a 3/4, +4 attack to your hero, and 8 armor
    • Nourish - 7 mana to get a 3/4 and draw 3 cards (because you'd play the gain 2 first)
    • Runic Carvings - 9 mana for a 3/4, four 2/2s and 8 damage to enemy minions.

    Neither Power of the Wild or Sow the Soil seem worth it in a format with Arbor Up and Composting - you'd have to make some hard replacements in existing Aggro Druid lists for those combos, and I'm not convinced the redundancy helps when you have so much draw potential. The Capture Coldtooth Mine one is good value, particularly in Wild for some Maly Druid that wants to pull Moonfire and Malygos, but I'm not convinced tutoring both ends of your deck will be anything beyond a solid value play in Standard. The Runic Carvings looks to me like a complicated way to get something only slightly better than Goliath, Sneed's Masterpiece.

    So that really just leaves Feral Rage and Nourish. Right now Anacondra Druid is the only deck using either of those spells, and it's not super competitive. It also includes Jerry Rig Carpenter, which has some anti-synergy with this*. All in all, it's a cool effect, but I'm not convinced it has a home.

    *I'm assuming that this only triggers off of the actual choose one spells, but if you could play one of the "half spells" from Jerry Rig Carpenter and then pick up a copy of the other half from Pathmaker that would radically change my view on the value of this card in Standard. That behavior seems unlikely.

    EDIT: I think I slightly misjudged this card. The text just says "...last Choose One spell you've cast" which implies that this can cross between turns. That does change the calculus a bit on this, and makes its applications in Token decks a lot more interesting. Curving Power of the Wild into this is no joke (so long as your opponent can't kill your 3/2 before this triggers), and curving Nourish on 6 into a 3-mana 3/4 that draws 3 leaves you with 5 mana for any number of good 5-drops (Arbor Up, Wildheart Guff, Teacher's Pet). I'm still not sure it will displace some of the key cards from existing Archetypes that might benefit from the extra value, but it's certainly stronger than I gave it credit for.

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  • Horus's Avatar Skeleton 2170 2503 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    Flavor has to be about eco-friendly reusable options

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  • YourPrivateNightmare's Avatar Skeleton 1660 3568 Posts Joined 03/25/2019
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    Sounds powerful on paper but my god the current spellpool is terrible for this. Like...what do you even do with it realistically? Feral Rage for damage on 3 and then gain the Armor later? Summon a Panther on 2 and then a 4/5 on 3?

    IT's not terrible, but I fail to see which deck would spare a slot to run this.

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  • Caro's Avatar Alterac Academic 1645 1358 Posts Joined 03/12/2020
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    Wow, I really like this card. Even if it isn't good, this is my kind of value! Pretty insane with Nourish and any other high cost choose one spells, but there's not many of them in Standard atm: https://outof.cards/hearthstone/cards/?has_mechanics=7&collectible=yes&standard=yes&card_type=6 

     

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  • Erodos's Avatar Crossroads Historian 905 1001 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    Most decks run very few Choose One cards, and would rather run Jerry Rig Carpenter than this.

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  • UVE's Avatar 1080 780 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    Why this card isn't a parrot? Looks like a Deadmines card.

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  • Brandon's Avatar Old God Fanatic 995 1415 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    Step 1: Celestial Alignment.

    Step 2: Nourish for the mana option.

    Step 3: Pathmaker for the draw 3 cards.

    Step 4: ???

    Step 5: Rank 1 legend.

    Okay it's probably not THAT good, but still pretty good. Especially if you Nourish for 0 during your Celestial Alignment turn thanks to Pride Seeker.

    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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  • Swizard's Avatar Wizard 1075 586 Posts Joined 04/30/2020
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    Will be good if more choose one spells come out. The current ones are not good enough for this to see play.

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  • ElSabidon's Avatar Salty Dog 820 670 Posts Joined 06/07/2019
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    Most of the time this will read "Battlecry: Draw 3 cards" as there aren't enough great Choose One cards for this to abuse. That being said, it allows Druids to be more open minded with ramping with Nourish, so any deck that relies on some late game strategy will at least consider Pathmaker.

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  • BigE's Avatar The Cake Is A Lie 1010 586 Posts Joined 05/28/2020
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    I like it, but I am not crazy about the choose one pool. Warshack's reveal was great, though! 

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  • GoddammitDontShootMe's Avatar Drek'Thar 1500 721 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 1 week, 2 days ago

    Might have potential, but that depends on how many good choose one spells there are.

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  • Sykomyke's Avatar Grand Crusader 750 901 Posts Joined 05/30/2019
    Posted 1 week, 2 days ago

    Great write up.  Pretty much my own thoughts as well.  I'm hoping next expansion after AV or mini-set introduces some better/neat choose type cards.

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  • edalyas's Avatar Magma Rager 395 154 Posts Joined 05/30/2019
    Posted 1 week, 1 day ago

    Will be really fun to play it in Wild. As observed in posts above, Standard doesn't have plenty spells now but in Wild... oh boy, it does have a chance to be cool addition for some ramping decks if they will be able to spare a slot or cut Vargoth package.

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  • DragonDraena's Avatar 250 42 Posts Joined 08/10/2021
    Posted 1 week, 1 day ago

    A Wild-only question for now: targeted or targets chosen randomly? 

    There's at least one Choose One spell that's a buff option (is it summon two raptors or give a minion stats+taunt?). Do you get to pick what to buff? 

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  • KillaFIsh's Avatar 340 198 Posts Joined 07/10/2019
    Posted 4 days ago

    I like the card, but don't really see it fitting into any deck currently.  I hope more choose one support comes in future expansions, I love when classes focus on their class specific keyword.

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