Bonfire Elemental is a 5 Mana Cost Rare Mage Minion Elemental card from the The Witchwood set!
Battlecry: If you played an Elemental last turn, draw a card.
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Bonfire Elemental Card Review
They are indeed pushing Elemental Mage deck, most likely a minion-based one with the new Archmage Arugal and Book of Specters. And yeah, 5 mana 5/5 that draws a card is good. But didn’t we have something similar before?
I’m obviously talking about the Servant of Kalimos. Both are 5-drops, both have the same requirement, both are Elementals and both give you one card. The stats are obviously in favor of Bonfire Elemental – 5/5 doesn’t seem much stronger than 4/5, but believe me that it is. You’re facing 5 health minions quite often in the mid/late game, and having the ability to just cleanly kill them off without having to use your Hero Power is a big deal.
Then, about the discovering vs drawing a card. Which one is stronger heavily depends on the pool of cards you discover from. In case of Servant of Kalimos, those are Elementals. Which is good since you’re playing an Elemental deck. However, Mage doesn’t have lots of class-only Elementals you’d really like to Discover (nothing like Kalimos, Primal Lord in Shaman). Discovering Bonfire Elemental or Pyros is really slow, while Steam Surger is an okay card, but nothing impressive.
The advantages of Servant of Kalimos are the fact that you can pick the card that fits the current situation, that you don’t get further into fatigue in case of a long game (unlikely, but still), that you can potentially chain them for great value (very slow, but might work in some matchups) and that the Discovered Elementals can be discounted with Leyline Manipulator.
Bonfire Elemental’s advantage is that it has more attack (a really big advantage in this context) and that drawing from your deck lets you dig through it faster to find your win condition (which would most likely be Frost Lich Jaina), drawing card also combos with Arugal (if you draw a minion, you get a duplicate).
And while you can put both into your deck (but do you really want to?), Servant of Kalimos isn’t really seen as a very powerful card, even in the few Elemental decks we had. It was okay, but nothing impressive. And this card is comparable. It might be slightly better, but only slightly, so I can’t really see it being a reason to play an Elemental Mage. If anything, the deck’s power will come from the Book of Specters (or even the combo with Arugal), and not necessarily from this.
Card rating: 6/10
Bonfire Elemental Full Card Art