Bloodscalp Strategist is a 3 Mana Cost Rare Hunter Minion card from the Rastakhan's Rumble set!
Battlecry: If you have a weapon equipped, Discover a spell.
Flavor Text“Shoot them in the face” is more of a tactic than a strategy.
Bloodscalp Strategist Card Review
3 mana 2/4 that discovers a spell is pretty good. While you’d rather draw a card from your deck (Hunter’s pool of spells is large and not very consistent), you wouldn’t complain about that. The condition is… quite easy to meet if you’re running both Candleshot and Eaglehorn Bow, although you would sometimes need to drop it as a vanilla 2/4 or wait a few turns, because there is a quite high chance that you will draw this without a weapon or vice versa (and use your weapon before you draw this), your weapon can also get destroyed.
But the main issue I have with this card is mana cost. 3 mana slot in Hunter is soooo full. Animal Companion, Kill Command, Unleash the Hounds, Deadly Shot, Eaglehorn Bow, Bearshark, Stitched Tracker, Devilsaur Egg, Terrorscale Stalker, Spider Bomb… those are all 3 mana cards played in Hunter decks – of course not at once, but there are just so many of them that every Hunter archetype already finds this mana slot quite problematic and usually tries to cut from it, not put more cards in there.
It’s a good card, especially if Hunter gets another weapon it wants to play (because some decks don’t run Eaglehorn Bow, only Candleshot), but it might be very hard to slot into something.
Card rating: 7/10
having acces to a third copy of play dead, hunters mark, flanking strike or even a deadly shot or spellstone could be massive even getting a secret would be good in some cases i think its a great utility card 5/5
Not a beast
If this is foreshadowing a 2 drop hunter weapon, then this will probably be really good and see play. Otherwise, maybe it might be just an okay tech option for card draw in probably a hunter deck with secrets.
Having a weapon equipped as a Hunter is not difficult, especially with Eaglehorn Bow’s ability to constantly gain durability and Candleshot only costing one mana to play. While Bloodscalp Strategist will have to compete with the other myriad of good three cost cards Hunter has to offer, it is one of only two minions or minion generators that can draw a card, and her stats are better than Stitched Tracker.
The typical Hunter deck plays about four weapons, two Bows and two Candleshots, and each should be around for about three turns on average, so triggering the battlecry shouldn’t be that hard. Even on turn three if you have no weapon but need stats for whatever reason, a 2/4 isn’t terrible. Plus, every deck would play a three cost Gnomish Inventor is they could.
As I said earlier though, she will have to compete with the seven often played three cost cards for a spot in any Hunter deck in the coming format, and Candleshot will be leaving Standard in April. Granted, a new one or two cost weapon in this or the next set would remedy the latter issue. Plus, three of the seven three cost cards will also be leaving Standard at that time.
Granted, the lack of a beast tag also hurts the card in the same way it hurt Duskhaven Hunter from the Witchwood.
The odds are in favor of this card seeing play somewhere in hunter but perhaps only just in the next format. However, it wouldn’t be surprising if it starts seeing play in everything other than Midrange Hunter once April comes around.
Auto add for odd hunter or secret hunter
This expansion continues with its less pack filler approach. I love that.
The card isn’t useless and you can toy with it in some meme/hipster decks, but won’t see competitive play. 2/5
hunters getting all these cool unique cards even if theyre not all top tier i really really love em
The card itself is actually good but not to useful and I can’t imagine hunter swapping anything for this.
Decent stats, nice battlecry. I Like!