Cheap Shot

Cheap Shot Card

Cheap Shot is a 2 Mana Cost Common Rogue Spell card from the The Witchwood set!

Card Text

Echo Deal 2 damage to a minion.

Flavor Text

50% off. Every shot must go!

Cheap Shot Card Review

This card is cool. On the one hand, it seems like a worse Hunting Mastiff, which I rated at 6, but context is important. Not only is this a spell, this is a pretty cheap spell you can cast multiple times in Rogue, a class that benefits from such spells the most.

This is not a gamebreaking card, but the flexibility is what might make it good enough. It’s a bit like Forbidden Flame – you can deal 1 damage to a minion per mana point. Or rather, 2 per 2 mana points – that’s one of the disadvantages compared to FF. For example, when you’re at 3 mana, you can’t deal 3 damage, it jumps from 2 to 4 to 6 etc. On the other hand, the damage can be spread between multiple minions (that’s a big plus in Rogue, a class that might struggle against multiple minions), and each cast counts as a separate spell.

This looks like a solid Miracle Rogue card, because of the synergies. In the late game, you can play it 3 times and then drop 8/8 Edwin VanCleef, for example – deal 6 damage and play an 8/8 is quite good. It combos with Auctioneer if you’re missing other spells. This + Prep alone means 4 draws from Auctioneer on Turn 10. It doesn’t seem like much, but remember that it will be harder to get big Auctioneer turns now without Counterfeit Coin.

It also combos nicely with Spell Damage – if you play Bloodmage Thalnos and then cast it 4 times in the late game, that’s 4x 3 damage + Thalnos on the board.

While 2 damage to a minion is not very impressive, the flexibility and multiple synergies should make it a solid card in Miracle Rogue. That said, Miracle Rogue isn’t doing too well right now, so it’s hard to say how well it will work after the rotation.

Card rating: 7/10

19 Comments

  1. Helioshadow
    March 30, 2018 at 5:14 am

    I like it… I guess… I mean, not so flashy, not a lot of flavor, but meh. Decent card I guess. Works decently in Miracle assuring you more draws on the chance you’re not drawing well, and it DOES draw you multiple cards if your Gadgetzan can live a turn (without stealth from Conceal or Xaril toxin… not so sure). Decent multi-minion removal, something Rogue has generally lacked. Maybe the start of a new Control Rogue with Face Collector wincon? We’ll see :3

  2. Perry Manson
    March 30, 2018 at 3:05 am

    I don’t understand why the cost isn’t 1.

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 30, 2018 at 3:29 am

      Because it would be completely broken at 1 mana, that’s why.

      • SwoleLord
        March 30, 2018 at 5:52 am

        But what if… 0 mana?

        • Random Dude
          March 30, 2018 at 7:30 am

          Yes, yes, I see where you’re going with this… how about… 0 mana and it GAVE you 2 mana after you play it?

          Don’t play curve. MAKE your curve.

          Still lose to priest.

          Because Blizzard.

          • Nightfall
            March 30, 2018 at 12:26 pm

            0 mana fill your empty mana crystals, deal 2 damage to a minion

        • Ertje
          March 31, 2018 at 2:57 am

          0 mana, deal 5 damage to enemy character, echo, count’s as playing a minion. when first played, starts the rogue quest. give minion’s in your hand and deck +1/+1 and charge whenever you play this card

          That is a better balanced version if you ask me

  3. Ertje
    March 30, 2018 at 2:26 am

    Look! It’s pyroblast for rogues. But only for minion dmg

  4. Crapcrack
    March 30, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Not good at all

  5. Schmog
    March 29, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    I bet the golden animation will be rainbow-colored and while mouseover you will listen to Elton John songs.

    • Mockingstuffs
      March 29, 2018 at 11:39 pm

      remember to say “no homo” after casting this card

      • aaron
        March 30, 2018 at 9:54 am

        or, anal before it. oh god i hope they print rupture or crimson tempest.

    • Chupekín
      March 30, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Nice.

  6. Soup And Salad
    March 29, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    This is the sort of card miracle Rogue could love, decent early game removal and something that can fuel an Auctioneer turn. Granted, that fuel can only really do a whole with an auctioneer when its still alive the turn after you play it.

    Maybe it is just because WANTED! is so bad, but this seems rather good at least by comparison. Even though the current Miracle Rogue lists will be pretty much unchanged with the rotation, losing only counterfeit coin, I can see this being fit into the deck unless something better comes along.

    I would not be too surprised if this ends up being one of the better cards Rogue gets in this set though. HS R&D are really weary on giving Rogue too much good stuff since SI7 Agent, Eviscerate, Edwin VanCleef, and really almost all of the classic and basic sets is all amazing. That classic Rogue core is still making waves in the metagame with decks like Frozen Thrown Tempo Rogue. Perhaps, the classic set will be shaken up next year, and Rogue can finally start getting undeniably good support in the expansion sets.

  7. KaihatsuJai
    March 29, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Anyone ever play headcrack? It comes back to your hand too!

    • Biqi
      March 29, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      I play Head Crack all the time. No better way to complete the “Play X Combo cards” quest.

      • KaihatsuJai
        March 29, 2018 at 9:37 pm

        That nerd who did this card reveal should have added that to his lyrics.
        “I pway headcwack aww da time! MC Weifu in da howse!”

        Terrible hip hop + watching him dance while taking out a full board of living mana creatures, then Eviscerate the opponent’s face and drop a 24/24 Edwin. Wow! Mana doesn’t matter anymore!

        Echo rules!

    • NIGHTxBLADE
      March 29, 2018 at 9:31 pm

      Headcrack only hit enemy hero this card is not bad but we were expect better replacement for shadow strike
      I give 2/5

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