Bwonsamdi, the Dead is a 7 Mana Cost Legendary Priest Minion card from the Rastakhan's Rumble set!
Battlecry: Draw 1-Cost minions from your deck until your hand is full.
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Bwonsamdi, the Dead Card Review
If I have seen this card in vacuum, I wouldn’t like it at all. However, after seeing it together with Spirit of the Dead, I enjoy the flavor, as well as the card’s potential. So, here’s the thing – if you play a deck that runs Spirit of the Dead, you most likely also want to run Bwonsamdi (the only exception is Combo Priest, which would play the card for a 0/3 Stealth body, not for the effect). Those two just belong together.
In a deck without Spirit of the Dead? Hmm, very hard to say. Let’s start analyzing it by looking at the stats. 7 mana 7/7 is War Golem, which is obviously something you would never put into your deck, but it if gets a nice effect, the stats are good. It’s not a huge tempo loss, since you actually develop a meaningful body. That’s good. But a regular Priest deck won’t use this effect very well, since it does not run 1-drops. Northshire Cleric is the only common Priest 1-drop, and given that you mulligan for it, by the time you play Bwomsandi, you will probably have only one or maybe even none left in your deck. That’s not a great use.
Do you want to put more 1-drops into Priest? Maybe, if you’re playing a sort of Tempo / Aggro Priest. But I just don’t see it. Even in a deck like that, you still don’t want to put THAT many 1-drops. Just think about Quest Hunter and why the deck is bad. Playing a lot of 1-drops is not a good idea – they are impactful on Turn 1, but get much worse in the mid game and are nearly useless in the late game. If we’re talking about regular 1-drops without late game scalling, the only thing that Bwomsandi would do in such a deck would be increasing the quality of further draws. But that’s not very important in a deck that wants to finish the game just around the time it drops this Legendary. So no.
The only application outside of the Spirit of the Dead synergy I see right now is in APM Priest. Your combo pieces – Stonetusk Boar and Test Subject – are 1 mana minions. But then again, I think that Witchwood Piper is just better – while it draws only one, playing him on T4 is much easier. On T7 most of the time you will be looking at Psychic Scream, playing a 7 mana 7/7 is waaay too slow when you’re staring at lethal or nearly lethal on the board (which is basically nearly every game).
P.S. I’m not even discussing Surrender to Madness synergy, because Surrender to Madness is one of the worst cards in Hearthstone ever.
Card rating: 5/10… basically, it solely depends on Spirit of the Dead now – a deck that runs Spirit of the Dead to shuffle a bunch of 1 mana copies of minions MIGHT (and probably will) include Bwomsandi as its card draw, but doesn’t have to. It needs more synergies to be seen as something more than a card complementary to Spirit of the Dead.