Lifedrinker

Lifedrinker Card

Lifedrinker is a 4 Mana Cost Rare Neutral Minion Beast card from the The Witchwood set!

Card Text

Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to the enemy hero. Restore 3 Health to your hero.

Flavor Text

In a pinch, he'll also settle for Holy Water: Zero.

Lifedrinker Card Review

This card is a bit counter-intuitive. It both deals damage to your opponent’s Hero and heals you. Those are usually the things you want to do in a completely different decks. Dealing face damage is good in Aggro, while healing your Hero is good in Control. Midrange deck also assumes either a control role (vs Aggro) or a beatdown role (vs Control), so it never really needs BOTH damage and healing at the same time.

For Aggro, the healing part can be ignored, 3 damage is good, but you’d rahter play a better body than a 3/3 on Turn 4. 3/3 is easy to remove, while something like even a vanilla 4/5 might be out of range and get in a hit or two (resulting in more damage overall).

Control deck would definitely play Earthen Ring Farseer before it – 1 mana cheaper and healing is targeted.

Midrange might POSSIBLY want to play it, but this card is still pretty bad on the curve. And although not as much as Aggro, Midrange decks also care about their early curve.

By itself, the card looks bad. The only potential I see is some wonky combo with Shudderwock – if you play a few of those, maybe some other Battlecries that damage your opponent, you could have a really solid burst finisher. But the combo is pretty hard to pull off, so it might not actually work.

Card rating: 3/10, maybe more in some fancy combo Shaman deck.

Lifedrinker Decks

These are the most recent decks that have featured Lifedrinker in the last year.

21 Comments

  1. BigSi
    April 10, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    What happens if you combine this with poisonous with rexxar?

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  2. RahulKid
    April 10, 2018 at 12:10 am

    This card have otk potential in Shaman

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  3. Soup And Salad
    April 9, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    This seems rather okay. I’m not too sure this will find its way into anything in particular, but it does have a sort of functional charge, and 3 face damage might be worth the 1 mana extra to push Earthen Ring Farseer out of Standard for a while if that were to ever see play.

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  4. MockRock
    April 9, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I really, really wish they had reworked this card a bit. If the text read “Lifesteal; Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to the enemy Hero, and lose Lifesteal afterwards” then it would have been functionally almost identical while allowing Ashmore and Corpsetaker synergies. As is, meh, nobody will play this. Too expensive and weakly statted for an aggro deck, too low impact for control.

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    • Matt
      April 9, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      A lot of stuff could be tried out if the even/odd thing is actually good. This ended up in my even hunter somehow.

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      • WellMaybe
        April 9, 2018 at 9:08 pm

        Think you mean “will go live in your Hunter deck.” The set hasn’t been released yet, only spoiled.

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        • Matt
          April 9, 2018 at 9:55 pm

          I’ve been playing around with the deck builder here more than I should.

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  5. EksSkellybur
    April 9, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    A powerful Support Card for anyone to pick up.

    I would see this as Platted Beetle’s Big Brother.

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  6. Law-kun
    April 9, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    People used to play a 3-3 heal 3 for 3 mana. For one extra mana you get to possibly clear the board of a cheap minion, finish off an expensive minion, or even hit face for extra pressure. It does so much, and its stats aren’t that terrible for the cost when you consider the battlecry. Very good card.

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    • Law-kun
      April 9, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      sorry, I missed the bit where it only targets the hero. Not as good as I thought it was. Maybe decent for face decks.

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  7. Anon
    April 9, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I’m probably missing something here. Is there a reason why community rating of this card is fairly high? I thought it’s… well not good, but also not terrible… so bad :/

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    • Alt3r
      April 9, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      The new Shaman legendary kinda makes any direct damage to the other hero battlecry at the very least ok, with this along with the chain gang + Grumble battlecries stacked on Shudderwock could make a very strong combo that could deal 30 and heal 30 (60 if you play 2 of these) on turn 10

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      • Zac Galbraith
        April 9, 2018 at 6:07 pm

        if you grumble shudderwock it probs interacts the same way as yog and stop his battlecry

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        • Bladeofsteel
          April 10, 2018 at 10:49 pm

          It was confirmed on stream by Ben bride that, that is not true. That was a need specific to yogg saron. Currently Tess greymane and shudderwock, do not have any needs and will proc all abilities until completed.

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  8. to
    April 9, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    So a lot of beasts in this set , I remember awhile back they announced that rexxar was getting an update to the build a beast menu. Does anyone know if that will be done on the expansion release or later..

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  9. SaturnRebirth
    April 9, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    This card is crazy

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  10. GlosuuLang
    April 9, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Nightblade is crying, since it got power crept. Still, this probably doesn’t make the cut in Constructed. 2/5 stars.

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  11. Blorp
    April 9, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    After Siege Rhino rotated out of standard, he found its way to Hearthstone!

    Gonna be great for Shudderwock decks!

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    • Gody322
      April 9, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      I guess it lost the 4/5 stats and trample on the way. 🙂

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  12. Alsozatch
    April 9, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Peace Pierce Strider

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  13. Alt3r
    April 9, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Hello much better Nightblade, how are you doing today?

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