New Warlock Spell - Backfire

  • Arthas's Avatar Black Lotus 775 1901 Posts Joined 03/10/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    A new Common Warlock Spell, Backfire, has been revealed!

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  • Thonson's Avatar HearthStationeer 1260 1216 Posts Joined 03/24/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Compared to the Warlock hero power Life Tap this is one more mana, one more self damage, draw 2 additional cards!

    Looking forward to reworking my old Malygos Lock list in Wild now with this crazy card draw addition.

    Quick!  Someone give me something clever to write here.

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  • UVE's Avatar 935 650 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Arcane Intellect on steroids and synergizes with BDSMlock.

    By The Holy Light!

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  • Loknax's Avatar Gul'dan 405 21 Posts Joined 07/25/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Looks like Darkglare Warlock has become even stronger :(

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  • Sykomyke's Avatar Explorer of Dragons 425 344 Posts Joined 05/30/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Strong card, but I feel like this card gets overshadowed by the mere fact warlock has *so many* different draw options that it's almost inundated by how to draw cards.  

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  • DarkFrostX's Avatar Old God Fanatic 730 1041 Posts Joined 07/26/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    I think this is mostly better than the other draw options, especially in standard.

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  • Bersak's Avatar Partygoer 565 367 Posts Joined 06/12/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago
    Quote From Thonson

    Compared to the Warlock hero power Life Tap this is one more mana, one more self damage, draw 2 additional cards!

    Nope, it’s just one additional card since you have to spend a card doing so. And for a card to be stronger than a hero power is not exactly a good reference.

    Winner winner chicken dinner

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  • dapperdog's Avatar Dragon Scholar 1310 2287 Posts Joined 07/29/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    At first I was thinking what would warlock do after Veiled Worshipper rotates and they lose that massive card draw engine, and here comes that one card that handlock needs.

    Basically you're drawing 3 cards for 3 mana. How much more insane can it be?

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  • Horus's Avatar Mankrik's Wife 2020 2141 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Wowzer, great card - auto include in most Warlock brews

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

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  • Brandon's Avatar Old God Fanatic 750 1022 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    WHAT. WHY would they print this? This is Arcane Intellect but WAY better! Does it even have a downside? Because self damage is something Darkglare Warlock and zoolock loves so they can refresh mana crystals and cheat out Flesh Giant. Heck even Tickatus Warlock MIGHT consider Backfire in order to draw more cards.

    Standard: Zoolock/Darkglare Warlock will have a field day with this giant buff of a card. Standard players beware the atrocity that is darkglare warlock.

    Wild: Darkglare warlock was already decent, and now it's probably going to be oppresive again. "can't wait" to see turn 3-4 Flesh Giants and Molten Giants again...

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  • Tetsuo's Avatar Ice Rager 735 474 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Such a great card. I can see this being an auto-include in almost any kind of Warlock archetype: Zoo and Darkglare Warlock could definitely use this as a reload option, and slower Warlock decks could probably slot this in too since card draw is always welcome. 

    Legend: Season 74, 77, 80, 81, 82

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  • Caro's Avatar Crossroads Historian 1245 776 Posts Joined 03/12/2020
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    it's about time warlock got some busted cards. Those zoolocks are gonna run rampant now

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  • Thonson's Avatar HearthStationeer 1260 1216 Posts Joined 03/24/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago
    Quote From Bersak
    Quote From Thonson

    Compared to the Warlock hero power Life Tap this is one more mana, one more self damage, draw 2 additional cards!

    Nope, it’s just one additional card since you have to spend a card doing so. And for a card to be stronger than a hero power is not exactly a good reference.

    Saying it's only one additional card because you have to spend one to draw three is Mountain Giant math I suppose, but in actual card draw math it's three, two more than the hero power.

    And I don't think it's wrong to compare Life Tap and this card as they basically do the exact same thing but on different levels.  Of course the card is stronger, otherwise why print it?  But making this comparison is the same as comparing Lost in the Jungle to the Paladin hero power, and even to the upgraded hero power.  Or comparing Kobold Librarian to Life Tap as the minion is the hero power for 1 mana and with a body.  This is an actual comparison I saw many times when Librarian was revealed.  So yeah, when a card comes out that does something the class's hero power does, but better or more efficiently it's a valid comparison to set a baseline.  Especially when talking about Life Tap, which most people would agree is the most powerful of the original nine base hero powers.

    To further that comparison, you ARE drawing three cards, paying three mana and three health.  While you have to first include the card and then draw it to play it, you essentially use it to replace three Life Taps, and in doing so save an accumulative 3 mana and 3 health.  This comparison shows the card's playability.

    Now compare it to Hand of Gul'dan.  Both area a card that draw three cards!  Both cost 6 resources, but Hand is all mana, while Backfire is 3 mana and 3 health.  Hand is used a lot right now in discard decks, because the discard can be targeted to discard Hand and draw 3.  Because paying 6 mana for three cards is way too much.  Backfire brings that same level of card draw to Warlock decks without discard mechanics.  Which is why I mentioned Malygos Lock in my initial post, because in combo decks like that I want great card draw options without having to risk discarding essential pieces.

    Quick!  Someone give me something clever to write here.

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  • Pezman's Avatar Unwrapped 1605 1354 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Insane. Like Warlock ever cares about 3 damage. Heck, he WANTS to take that damage.

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  • Hydrafrog's Avatar Gul'dan 1445 2207 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    All the recent card draw that Warlock is getting is great.  I'm just hoping that we can utilize it better than Mountain Giant and Abyssal Summoner

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  • randomfan's Avatar Academy Sleuth 865 415 Posts Joined 03/17/2019
    Posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    This is a great Warlock card. It does exactly what any Warlock deck already wants to do. Honestly, this would be a good card for almost any class in almost any deck.

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

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