New Neutral Minion - Onyxia the Broodmother

Core 2021
  • Arthas's Avatar
    Black Lotus 1215 4978 Posts Joined 03/10/2019
    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago

    A new Legendary Neutral Minion, Onyxia the Broodmother, has been revealed!

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  • YourPrivateNightmare's Avatar
    Skeleton 1980 4495 Posts Joined 03/25/2019
    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago

    So just a straight upgrade? Smol Kel'thuzad?

     

    I actually really like this. Onyxia becomes a mustkill and can technically serve as a lategame threat in a slower token deck (even if the lack of Bloodlust and Savage Roar makes the existence of those dependant on new cards)

    It's basically Shu'ma except it doesn't suck complete dick

    I tried having fun once.

    It was awful.

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  • Me0203's Avatar
    Design Champion 740 473 Posts Joined 06/13/2019
    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago

    They really did these new dragons dirty with the art. It's great art, don't get me wrong - just not on a card.

    It's too detailed. There are too many colors for us to imagine a simple and majestic image with just the card's thumbnail. Compare to the old Malygos. The subject is the same (dragon breathing fire), but it's colored all in shades of blue. Some detail is omitted and the camera is zoomed in so that it reads on a small card. On this new Onyxia, almost the whole dragon is shown, with every part in full detail.

    It's also too stereotypical. Look at the new dragons altogether. Notice how there are only two poses? They're the most typical poses, too. Sitting or breathing fire. Some of the old dragons share those poses, but they're twisting, turning, more sinuous and beautiful. Old Onyxia, for example - look how there are three distinct levels of detail to the pose. The head is most detailed, and then the body in the mid-ground, and then finally the tail whipping out. It's a sinuous and beautiful arrangement that guides your eye along the dragon's form. New Onyxia is a chonky block with a huge foreground, a tiny mid ground, and no background at all. 

    Finally, just look at the freaking pretty abstraction of a dragon that is old Deathwing. None of this new art comes close to that level of beauty. He is a looming, undeniable, animalistic force of nature. We read him differently because he looks different than what we know 'dragon' looks like. He's special. He's Deathwing. Deathwing the Destroyer, while undeniably produced by a skilled artist, lacks the spirit of individuality that set the old one apart. The artist drew a dragon, but he didn't go so far as to ask, "How can I represent the spiritual form as well as the physical?" "What holistic decisions can I make that will produce a unique whole?" In the old art, those radical decisions were the symmetry and the geometry (look at how the V of his jaw extends all down the chest. Not natural, obviously, but beautiful!).

     

    Anyway, I'll stop spewing my thoughts on the keyboard now. I'm a l'il disappointed at the lack of artistry, but that's okey. The new ones are still pretty.

    Better call Thrall!

     

     

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  • Brandon's Avatar
    Old God Fanatic 1310 2008 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago

    AMAZING rework! Old Onyxias trouble was that her board was too easy to clear, and this fixes it. Also: if your opponent doesn't clear Onyxia the Broodmother, and she spawns tokens at the end of your opponents turn, will those tokens be able to attack on your turn? IF so then that's potentially 16 FACE damage. I'm REALLY glad that this releases AFTER Unseal the Vault rotates, that would have been a nightmare to face.

    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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  • AngryShuckie's Avatar
    1705 1729 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago
    Quote From Brandon

    AMAZING rework! Old Onyxias trouble was that her board was too easy to clear, and this fixes it. Also: if your opponent doesn't clear Onyxia the Broodmother, and she spawns tokens at the end of your opponents turn, will those tokens be able to attack on your turn? IF so then that's potentially 16 FACE damage. I'm REALLY glad that this releases AFTER Unseal the Vault rotates, that would have been a nightmare to face.

    They should be able to attack yes, because they were summoned on your opponent's turn. It's one of the few instances where the difference between 'end of each turn' and 'start of each turn' matters.

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  • JackJimson's Avatar
    670 664 Posts Joined 11/19/2019
    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago

    A stronger but slower version of Shu'ma. Board control in a single card.

    As AngryShuckie, the whelps have no summoning sickness, so they can hit face on your turn. The 8/8 body itself is a soft taunt and it's pointless to clear the whelps as they generate every turn. If you cant clear her, on an empty board, this is 14 damage every turn (8 from Onyxia + 6 whelps).

    Downsides I see:

    • Very slow. Will be run only in control decks or top heavy mid range.
    • If your opponent has no board, this card will board lock you every turn.
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  • dapperdog's Avatar
    Dragon Scholar 1810 4685 Posts Joined 07/29/2019
    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago

    Too slow. And since the original never saw play what makes anyone think this one will?

    Yes, we can fantasize about this card generating 6 damage worth of whelps with charge. But if your opponent decides to leave this one alive, what makes you think you're not already going to win?

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  • FieselFitz's Avatar
    Prince Charming 1105 1355 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago

    Interesting Card - not sure if this will see much play. Could work in some sort of Token as a late Game Refill.

    Challenge me ... when you're ready to duel a god!

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  • DarkFrostX's Avatar
    Old God Fanatic 830 1229 Posts Joined 07/26/2019
    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago

    It's just a direct buff compared to previous Onixya, but still not good enough.

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  • Hydrafrog's Avatar
    Gul'dan 1825 3154 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago

    The artwork is truly something out of this world by comparison.  The ability though, meh

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