A New Challenger… is a 7 Mana Cost Epic Paladin Spell card from the Rastakhan's Rumble set!
Discover a 6-Cost minion. Summon it with Taunt and Divine Shield.
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A New Challenger… Card Review
First of all, quick reminder that Discover effects can pull only Class + Neutral minions, so in this case it will be Paladin + Neutral.
The current pool of Paladin + Neutral 6-drops is… okay. It’s not amazing, but there are some cool cards. You can hit some really great combos, like pulling a Damaged Stegotron (5/12 Taunt with Divine Shield), Frozen Crusher (8/8 Taunt with Divine Shield), even something like Mechanical Whelp can be great in the right scenario (not a big initial body, but Taunt forces your opponent to trigger the Deathrattle and you get a 7/7 on top of the 2/2 with DS + Taunt). Cairne Bloodhoof is very good value, obviously, and giving it Taunt means that it becomes much faster. Bone Drake is also solid if you want more value. There are definitely some good options. On the other hand, though… We have a bunch of very weak cards, such as Glowstone Technician (Paladin card, so will come up more often), Arcane Dynamo, Mossy Horror, Priestess of Elune, or anti-synergy cards, such as the ones which already have Taunt, Divine Shield, or both (Sunkeeper Tarim, Argent Commander and especially Sunwalker come to mind). I think that there are significantly more below average pulls than above average pulls, but given the fact that it’s Discover, you will be able to get something decent nearly every time.
The card reminds me of Free From Amber. It’s not the best card around, but having an option to pull one of the three minions depending on the situation is a pretty strong effect, plus the fact that it summons this minion means that it skips the Battlecry – it can be a good thing in some cases (like Damaged Stegotron, which doesn’t deal damage to himself).
Overall, it’s an okay defensive tool, but it just seems to have a slightly too weak pool of cards to consistently deliver. Control Paladin might like it, but it would like it even more if some more strong 6-drops, especially Paladin 6-drops, get printed. If that’s the case, I could see it in this kind of archetype, or maybe even some Midrange build. Especially since it has nice synergy with Shirvallah, the Tiger – reducing its mana cost by 7 could go a long way, especially if you could play those two together on a single turn, it’s a really solid tempo play.
Card rating: 6/10 (higher if some good 6-drops get revealed, especially for Paladin)