The Paladin set is upon us, and for once it's... fairly focused? They have a mechanic, they've mostly stuck to it, and they've only added in a couple of Murlocs this time!

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Aldor Attendant Card Image

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The Aldor can't see you right now, they're fully booked.

Quote From linkblade91

The first of two Libram-reduction minions, Aldor Attendant is a perfectly reasonable vanilla 2-drop. There's not much to say here, as she does what she sets out to do: an early-game card that functions to improve your turns later on. Pure Paladin (and Buffadin, if you go that route) have both lacked an early game in the past, so this could help "fill the time", as it were, until you're ready to start playing the good stuff.

Hand of A'dal Card Image

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Be A'dal and give me a hand, would you?

Quote From Demonxz95

This card is just simply strong. A +2/+2 buff for 2 mana with a cantrip? Sign me up. We already had Mark of Y'Shaarj which saw play where the card draw was conditional, and Fresh Scent is currently seeing some play now with card draw and only being able to target Beasts.

There's absolutely no way to doubt that this card is strong and I reckon it will be a 2-of in every Paladin for time being. The only disappointing thing is that we got no A'dal Legendary to go with it.

Libram of Justice Card Image

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What do Paladins and Frost Mages have in common? Justice.

Quote From linkblade91

A one-sided Equality combined with a Light's Justice…oh and you can reduce the cost of it by playing Aldor Attendant or Aldor Truthseeker. Yeah, this card is pretty good. The Paladin has been looking for a way to destroy the enemy board without mirroring the effect back on himself for some time now. Combine Libram of Justice with Wild Pyromancer, and this time your side of the battlefield might actually survive! Hooray :D The only major downside is that you won't be able to rely on Lady Liadrin to acquire new copies of this card…but there's always Lightforged Crusader.

Imprisoned Sungill Card Image

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Put that thing back where it came from or so help me...

Quote From ShadowsOfSense

Paladins don't get to play with the Demons this expansion; instead they imprisoned… this. For good reason.

This card is bad. Delayed a full turn over the already fairly unplayable Murloc Tidehunter for the scant bonus of an extra 1/1 Murloc. Yippee! Being able to play this on turn 1 is no consolation for its frankly abysmal stats when it finally turns up. Where other Imprisoned minions deal large amount of damage to the enemy's face or board, or give your other cards large bonuses, this gets you a bad stat pile of badness. I wouldn't run this in a Murloc Paladin deck, and I don't even expect one of those to exist post-rotation.

Libram of Wisdom Card Image

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We're gonna be enriched!

Quote From linkblade91

Essentially a reprint of Explorer's Hat, except in the class that wants to buff things and it's called something different. Turns out the name is pretty important, because with the combination of Aldor Attendant and Aldor Truthseeker you'll be able to reduce the cost of Libram of Wisdom to zero quite consistently. And because both minions specify the cost reduction occurs "this game", as opposed to singularly, you'll be able to continue casting this card at 0-mana again and again and again, until you run out of minions (or someone drops a Silence on ya). Play Libram of Wisdom a bunch of times, then reload your hand with Lady Liadrin and do it all again!

Aldor Truthseeker Card Image

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Turns out he's 100% that bitch.

Quote From linkblade91

The second of two Libram-reduction minions, the Aldor Truthseeker is a fairly vanilla card otherwise. Thank the almighty Blizzard gods that he came with Taunt, because otherwise I would struggle to have nice things to say about him. A 5/4/6 "do-nothing" is a hard sell, even if it's for something as powerful as mana-cheating/cost-reduction. As things stand, he's a decent play in the middle of the game, and, should he survive, he'll make an excellent candidate for using the Libram of Wisdom on. If the Libram "mechanic" succeeds, the Truthseeker will be the one getting things done.

Underlight Angling Rod Card Image

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Try it once and you're hooked.

Quote From Avalon

After Tip the Scales and Scalelord, another specific support card for Murloc Paladin, an archetype that has had its time to shine in the past as an hyper aggressive strategy but didn't make the cut in the long run. Being offensive-statted (3/2 instead of 2/3), this weapon supports the aggressive strategy of the deck and, in the meantime, gives you something to play in order to not empty your hand too quickly. As we've seen many times in the past, value generators are good for offensive builds, and Murloc decks are no exception (see Underbelly Angler). Even if you don't get a valuable unit, it will still be a body to slam on the board and to hit your opponent with. Moreover, Murlocs have insane synergy between themselves (see Murloc Warleader, Murloc Tidehunter and Toxfin), so if you include the core cards in your deck by yourself, even just an additional vanilla minion with the tribe tag could be really useful.

Libram of Hope Card Image

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It's a lot easier to have hope behind a blazing guardian of purity.

Quote From linkblade91

With two copies of Aldor Attendant and two copies of Aldor Truthseeker, you could theoretically drop the cost of this card by 6-mana, a full two-thirds of its original cost. That's absolutely huge, and could very well be the back-breaker one needs to stabilize against an aggro assault. Even a slight adjustment to the cost is significant, as the original cost of 9-mana is pretty reasonable for what you get. You can create multiple additional copies with Lady Liadrin, and it can even count towards Lynessa Sunsorrow or The Last Kaleidosaur if you want it to. A great card for Pure Paladin, and possibly a great card for Buffadin. I'm a happy camper.

Murgur Murgurgle Card Image

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Murgurgle Prime Card Image

Murgur murgurgle? Murgurgle murgur!

Quote From ShadowsOfSense

This card is very deceptive at a quick glance. I'll forgive everyone their ignorance of how good the average Murloc is - I'm sure Battlegrounds has ridiculously skewed our perceptions of the little buggers. In general however, Murlocs are very small and quite weak minions, especially so when denied some of their Battlecries.

However, the key to making a Murloc deck work is twofold; density and velocity. You need a lot of Murlocs, and you need to get them out there as quickly as possible. In the past that might have meant specific combinations of Murlocs with a card like Anyfin Can Happen; overwhelmingly recursive waves of Murlocs through Murloc Knight and Vilefin Inquisitor; or more recently splurging out a deck of Murlocs onto the board through Prismatic Lens and Tip the Scales. Murgurgle Prime is a little Murloc engine all on its own, and it even protects them too.

While fantastic in a Murloc deck, it should be said that it does well on its own - it does summon enough Murlocs by itself for them to be a reasonable threat to the opponent even without inherent synergy from your deck. This could easily find itself slotting into a Midrange list that just wants a bunch of bodies every once in a while. The fact that it could potentially recur itself infinitely by summoning another Murgur Murgurgle makes it an especially juicy option for consistent value.

Lady Liadrin Card Image

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Got a problem? She'll sword things out for you.

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Now that we've seen the Libram cards, my interest in Lady Liadrin has increased significantly. I was already intending to try her with Lynessa Sunsorrow and The Last Kaleidosaur in Wild, but now…now she might have some hope in Standard after-all. The first thought that comes to mind is a Pure Librarian Paladin, utilizing the cost reduction of Aldor Attendant and Aldor Truthseeker to play a seemingly-infinite number of Libram of Wisdoms, which you can then replace with Liadrin. A combo not unlike Sound the Bells!, only cheaper if you can believe it. Note that Liadrin says "friendly characters", so spells you play on your hero also count (like Libram of Hope). Finally, an archetype of the Paladin is seeing significant support! A singular vision, instead of a bunch of scraps…*looks at the Murloc cards*…well, I tried.