Top 10 Cards to Watch Out for in Kobold’s and Catacombs
Panda Global’s rayC here again to bring you an article on what I think the top 10 cards to keep an eye on throughout the metagame are going to be. These are cards I think will have a huge impact on the metagame at some point, even if its not within the first week.
#10- Dire Mole
Dire Mole is a vanilla 1/3 Beast for one mana with nothing special about it. That said, I think it’s going to be one of the most useful cards to come out of this expansion. As the metagame evolves I expect decks like Aggro Druid and aggressive Hunter decks to come out of the woodworks. Those decks will love having Dire Mole at their disposal. It will be a staple minion in future aggressive decks.
#9- Lesser Emerald Spellstone
The Emerald Spellstone cards have the potential to be broken if you can power them up on curve. Imagine getting 12/12 in stats on turn 5 in one single card! The Spell Hunter archetype may end up being moot as the hype dies down and people get their fill, but there are other ways to play this card. An aggressive Secret Hunter could find its way back into the metagame similar to what was played during last years world championships with Cloaked Huntress. Emerald Spellstone is exactly the kind of card that deck was looking for to help bring it back and I’m excited to see how that deck develops over time.
#8- Drywhisker Armorer
Drywhisker Armorer feels like a Spreading Plague for Warrior. If your opponent goes wide on the board, it has insane armor gain potential for such little mana! Combining this card with AOE like Reckless Flurry means you will clear nearly any board from an aggressive deck. It is perfect for any Control Warrior archetype that isn’t abusing the new recruit mechanic. This card didn’t get much hype because it’s not going to slot into a new and exciting deck but I believe it will be incredibly strong.
Voidlord is an army of stats and minions packed into one card. The fact that it can be pulled from Master Oakheart means it will see play in nearly every Control Warlock. The demon tag makes it resurrectable by Gul’dan which makes this a perfectly designed Demonlock card. Demonlock got a plethora of new tools in this new set and I’m excited to see what a refined list will look like. There is no way that refined list will not include at least one copy of Voidlord even if they don’t end up playing Oakheart. Voidlord by itself makes Gul’dan’s battlecry create an army of demons.
#6- Master Oakheart
I talked about the synergy with Master Oakheart and Voidlord but this card has so many more synergies. This new set gives us insane low attack high value minions such as Dragonhatcher and Silver Vanguard. If you build a deck that can play cards like that naturally, Master Oakheart will be the highest value legendary you could ever play!
Imagine summoning 18-20 mana worth of minions for just one card. That absolutely blows my mind! The question becomes whether or not those decks will be too slow and if they are positioned well in the future meta. If the insane combos are not viable at least Master Oakheart will see play in Demonlock because they want to naturally play cards like Voidlord and Tar Creeper. I’m excited to see what crazy combos the community is able to come up with that abuses Master Oakheart.
#5- Cavern Shinyfinder / Kingsbane
Cavern Shinyfinder and Kingsbane is a natural combo that was printed in Kobolds. Novice Engineer was nerfed from a 1/2 to a 1/1 because it was too powerful. Cavern Shinyfinder is a 3/1 that has an effect that’s stronger than drawing a random card. It draws Kingsbane (presumably) which is the new Rogue legendary weapon.
If you can even get one Deadly Poison onto Kingsbane it’s a fantastic card. Obviously, we are going to see players go all out and play numerous weapon buffs and effects but that strategy of going all in on creating an insane Kingsbane might prove too slow. I think it will be played solely with Deadly Poison and that will be strong enough.
#4- Kobold Librarian
Like Cavern Shinyfinder, Kobold Librarian feels like a buffed-up Novice Engineer. With the new Warlock spellstone and Hooked Reaver dealing damage can be a positive effect. This card will be a solid staple in every warlock deck. In control it is a cycle that helps contest early game minions. In aggro it’s a solid aggressive one drop which isn’t a dead draw late game. You’re going to see this card a lot if Warlock becomes pertinent.
#3- Twilight Acolyte / Duskbreaker
Both cards are going to be played in Dragon Priest and they are both amazing. Twilight Acolyte gives you value trades and opens any creature to being stolen or Shadow Word Pained. Duskbreaker is the best anti-aggro card printed in a long time. Time will tell just how powerful Dragon Priest is going to be, but Blizzard seems to want it to be a thing with the printing of these cards. Dragon-Raza Priest may end up being worse than the standard variant since you would likely have less draw potential and most games come down solely to who gets the combo first. We saw Dragon-Raza Priest have a small surge towards the end of the last metagame, but I think that was due to boredom and wanting to try something new. With these cards though, it could just be the superior variant.
#2- Psychic Scream
This card is arguably the best board clear ever printed and it’s going to be a staple in any Control Priest deck, namely Raza Priest. It’s such a natural fit for the deck that I’m confident in saying you will see this card a lot from now on. Once the excitement of the new set dies down Priest will rise higher in popularity since it’s still one of the best decks. This card dilutes your opponent’s deck with cards they don’t want to draw on top of everything else like not triggering deathrattles. Priest seems poised to crush all of the greedy and non-refined decks that will litter the meta.
#1 Explosive Runes
Explosive Runes is exactly the card Tempo Secret Mage desperately needed to lock in a spot in tier 1. In previous metas Tempo Secret Mage was played, and it was good, but it was always on the cusp of tier 1. I foresee it finally making that push to tier 1 on the back of Explosive Runes. Dealing damage to your opponent’s face while answering the board is precisely what Secret Mage wants in a Secret. I think this is the most powerful card of the new set.
Thank you all for reading this and let me know what you think the most powerful card from the new set is! Or just what your favorite card is on twitter @PG_rayC. I’m excited to see how the meta evolves throughout the first couple weeks and I hope you all have a good time experiencing this with me!