Hench-Clan Thug

Hench-Clan Thug Card

Hench-Clan Thug is a 3 Mana Cost Common Neutral Minion card from the The Witchwood set!

Card Text

After your hero attacks, give this minion +1/+1.

Flavor Text

Hard time making ends meet? Hate the League of Explorers? Get a job henching!
  • Mana Cost: 3
  • Attack: 3
  • Health: 3
  • Crafting Cost: 40 / 400 (Golden)
  • Arcane Dust Gained: 5 / 50 (Golden)
  • Rarity: Common
  • Class: Neutral
  • Type: Minion
  • Set: The Witchwood

Hench-Clan Thug Card Review

This seems like a very strong card in Rogue. Probably not in any other class – even heavy weapon classes like Warrior or Paladin don’t attack every turn. It could also work in Druid, but Druid doesn’t want to Hero Power every turn. Rogue can Hero Power every second turn and this will still grow.

Assuming you play weapon in Rogue on Turn 2, play this on Turn 3 and attack, it starts as a 3 mana 4/4 that will grow every turn by +1/+1. While it doesn’t snowball hard, if your opponent doesn’t remove it immediately, it will only get harder and harder. In case it’s Silenced by Spellbreaker, it’s not that bad – you can trade your 3-drop for their 4-drop and they’ve used their Silence already.

It won’t be wide-spread on the ladder, because it pretty much fits only into a Tempo Rogue deck (or maybe Miracle, but I’m not sure) – but it looks really promising in that build.

Card rating: 8/10

Hench-Clan Thug Decks

These are the most recent decks that have featured Hench-Clan Thug in the last year.

21 Comments

  1. MelaMalone
    April 10, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Fool’s Bane synergy! Not that anybody plays it, but it sure would be fun to see a 3 mana 7/7

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  2. Makaku
    April 10, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Inspire?

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  3. NIGHTxBLADE
    April 9, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    This CARD IS AWSOME SAY HAIL FRIEND FOR A NEW TEMPO ROGUE

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  4. Soup And Salad
    April 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Self buffing cards have rarely seen play, and its safe to say this will be another one since it doesn’t buff itself fast enough to make it worth playing over some of the best three cost cards out there at the moment.

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    • Whut
      April 9, 2018 at 11:15 pm

      What are you talking about? :’D
      This card gets buffed the turn it gets out. As Rogue you always have the option to dagger up on turn 2, then play this on turn 3 and swing with your weapon immediately, so it’s always a 4/4 for 3 mana the turn it comes out with potential of getting stronger.
      I can totally see this being played in Keleseth Rogue, where most of the time you dagger up on turn 2 anyway.

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      • NIGHTxBLADE
        April 9, 2018 at 11:40 pm

        Yeah its awsome

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      • Xix
        April 10, 2018 at 1:45 am

        Or in odd rogue and have a 2-2 weapon on curve. 😉

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      • Soup And Salad
        April 10, 2018 at 2:30 am

        I don’t think a conditional three mana 4/4 is worth playing either. The others in the game at the moment haven’t really seen play outside of arena or at all.
        Plus, Rogue has access to better three cost minions, SI:7 Agent, Edwin VanCleef, Tar Creeper, even Blink Fox and the new weapon buff minion.
        Sure, this can get bigger than 4/4, but that buffing is slow and won’t happen every turn even in Rogue and Druid.

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        • Just saying
          April 10, 2018 at 3:53 am

          The only condition here is that you have to have a weapon to attack with, which is rather easy to get atleast as rogue.

          Turn 3 you play this and attack with face, turn 4 you attack again and have 5/5 to use if not killed turn before

          Just vanilla 4/4 would be good and 3/3 not horrible

          Plus, SI:7 agent reguires you have a card to combo with and the new weapon buff minion reguires the weapon as well as the combo card and VanCleef is hardly used as 3 drop.

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          • Soup And Salad
            April 10, 2018 at 2:53 pm

            A vanilla 4/4 for 3 would not see any play at all unless it had a super beneficial tribal tag. A similar card example would be Daring Reporter from Mean Streets, which while it was a vanilla 4/4 for 4 at the start of your opponent’s turn, it was easier to grow passively since your opponents want to draw.

            In the situation you are describing with Rogue, this would be a very slow card to play with. Maybe it will be fine on curve if all you did was use your hero power on turn 2, but the odds are stacked against this card at the very least. This is far from Shade of Naxx, and that only saw regular play in Druid, a class that was able to summon it turn 1.

            Also, Rogue can pretty easily play SI:7 and other 3 cost combo cards since the class has Preperation, Back Stab, and other 0 cost cards, and with the right hand, Edwin can easily be a 6/6 on 3.

    • Nickname23
      April 11, 2018 at 9:51 am

      I think you are wrong on this one. This is way above average for rogue on 3. I don’t know, if you played Keleseth Rogue pre Patches nerf, but if you did, you will have played SI:7 Agent on 3 for tempo a lot of times, not making use of its combo. While SI:7 having its own strengths, this is a much better proactive play.
      It knocks for 5 on Turn 4, demands an answer, but has a good survivability with 4 health, baits the removal if they have it, even aggro opponents would often care about it to prevent favorable trades for you. All in all it sets up an uncomfortable turn for your opponent (curve/gameplan disruption) and if they can’t answer it, it even hits harder next turn.
      I also don’t know why you compare it to cards in the 4 cost slot (Darin Reporter), but I’m sure Tempo Rogue is glad having both SI:7 and this one. In miracle i could see the Fox, though. Not sure.

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      • Soup And Salad
        April 11, 2018 at 2:48 pm

        I might be admittedly, but the history of self buffing cards and conditional 3 mana 4/4s would suggest the odds are at least against this card from being successful. Perhaps intersecting the two might be enough to make the concept of either viable, but I won’t be convinced until I see it.

        At least its a common either way.

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  5. MockRock
    April 9, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Pretty “meh” on this one. Hyldnir Frostrider does essentially the same thing (because you’ll have to have played a weapon on 2 for this to be a 3 mana 4/4) and sees absolutely zero play.

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    • Nickname23
      April 11, 2018 at 8:40 am

      You forget, that you don’t want to freeze your minions in tempo rogue, not to mention what a bad topdeck Hyldnir Frostrider can be.

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      • MockRock
        April 11, 2018 at 12:55 pm

        Of course you don’t want to freeze your minions, but the point is that the power spike of either card is on turn 3 after daggering on 2, and it’s still not good enough for either of them (yes, this is marginally better than Frostrider). Another comparision: Silithid Swarmer. A 3 mana minion which instantly comes with 5 health and benefits off of a weapon on 2. Thug is a maximum 3 mana 3/5 IF it doesn’t die and you get both attacks off with the dagger, after which you need to redagger to keep building it and therefore lose the tempo lead. Even if Thug DOES grow to a 5/5 (which will be very unreliable), Silithid Swarmer’s 3 attack is still generally enough to kill anything in the turns where it’s relevant, a 3/5 is much better than a 4/4 on the turn it’s summoned…and it saw absolutely zero play. No reason to think differently here.

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        • Nickname23
          April 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm

          Sorry, but I think you only see, what you want to see here. First of all, I don’t get the point with the power spike. I can immagine what you mean with it. I think you want to say, that a 4/4 on 3 isn’t that great standalone. I think a 4/4 on 3 is good in tempo rogue, as long as it doesn’t freeze your fire firefly of turn 1, and even more important, your whole board later in the game. The potential to become a 5/5 unanswered, makes it even better. Now you say it could be answered and I say, of course it can be answered. But it’s a lot harder to answer than a tempo SI:7 against control for example. That’s what makes it such a good proactive turn 3 play. Think of Warlocks or Priests removal options in the current Metagame. A 4/4 on Turn 3 is nuts against these decks. Do we really have to discuss about Swarmer? Yeah, you’re right, Swarmer has a great Statline on 3, but the downside of having to attack is so bad, i don’t know what to say else here, honestly.

          What you do is comparing slightly overstatted cards with a reasonable downside, what makes them unplayable in constructed, to a slightly overstatted card (in rogue), which even has an upside.

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  6. one
    April 9, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    WU TANG CLAN?? ANYBODY? NO?

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  7. EksSkellybur
    April 9, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Rouge might pick this Up.

    Paladin would have to experiment it a bit with Buffs before liking it.

    And Warrior isn’t too font with the Card, so they are the least to take the Card.

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  8. Matt
    April 9, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Kind of awkward with woodcutters.

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  9. GlosuuLang
    April 9, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Another Tempo Rogue buff in the form of a minion. This can work very well in both Warrior and Rogue. Maybe even Shaman. 3 mana 4/4 with potential to snowball is GOOD! 4/5 stars.

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  10. InfinityMinusOne
    April 9, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Sweet Arena card for Rogue. Hero Power T2 into this T3 means you get a 4/4 for 3 mana that gets bigger pretty much every one of your turns.

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