Dire Frenzy

Dire Frenzy Card

Dire Frenzy is a 4 Mana Cost Common Hunter Spell card from the The Witchwood set!

Card Text

Give a Beast +3/+3. Shuffle 3 copies into your deck with +3/+3.

Flavor Text

It's always Huffer. And Huffer. And Huffer. And Huffer.

Dire Frenzy Additional Information

Dire Frenzy Card Review

I didn’t expect a card like this in Hunter, to be completely honest. And that’s why it’s super hard to rate. It looks powerful, but at the same time, it might not be something Hunter actually needs.

First of all, this card is pretty slow. +3/+3 for 4 that can only target Beasts is like a much weaker Blessing of Kings in a class with no Divine Shield 1-drops to get extra value from it. By itself it’s not good – it’s slow and clunky. However, shuffling three copies of the card with +3/+3 buff is a quite powerful effect. You can look at it in two ways. You can buff a small minion, like a 1-drop, and then shuffle high tempo 1-drops. This is great if you can constantly cycle through your deck, but if you end up in top deck mode, drawing a 4/4 with Charge is okay-ish, but not spectacular. Otherwise you can buff a bigger minion, like let’s say Savannah Highmane, and get 3 more copies of 9/8 Highmanes in your deck. Really good, but even slower. Better in top-deck mode, but worse if you’re drawing lots of cards and prefer tempo.

The card is bad against Aggro, unless you buff & shuffle a Taunt and then draw it, but there aren’t many Beasts with Taunt Hunter wants to run (you could theoretically use the new Witchwood Grizzly, but it’s a 9 mana combo if you want to play both cards immediately).

On the other hand, the card is quite good against Control decks. They might already have a hard time dealing with your board, and when you start drawing the buffed minions, well, that’s great.

The combo I’ve read about, which is actually interesting, is using this on Stonetusk Boar and then drawing the buffed copies with Tol'vir Warden. 5 mana 3/5 with “draw two 1 mana 4/4’s with Charge” is absolutely insane, but this might be pretty hard to set up.

All in all, the card is very interesting, but I fail to see what deck would really want to play it. Aggro or Spell Hunter are obviously out of the question. Midrange? Maybe, but I still doubt it. Midrange is rarely about the longer game, it’s about the tempo. This card is pretty weak tempo, and since you usually want to close out the game before the late game, you don’t have a very high chance to draw your buffed Beasts. Houndmaster is much better 99% of the time – +2/+2 buff and a 4/3 body is much better than +3/+3 buff and shuffling the buffed cards into your deck, as the initial pay-off is much higher.

It would be best in a slower deck with lots of cycling, one that could afford to not play for the tempo all the time and have enough card draw to get those buffed copies. But the thing is, I don’t think that such a deck really exists. Unless Control Hunter somehow suddenly starts to work. Possibly in Kathrena Winterwisp deck – you could shuffle more big Beasts into your deck. But then again, the big Beasts usually die the turn they show up on the board, so it might be hard to combo it with one before the very late game (+ the deck is losing some stuff).

That’s why I’m going to go against the popular opinion. Even though I like this card, I don’t think it is going to see lots of play.

Card rating: 4/10

94 Comments

  1. Flustered
    April 25, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I really like this card in my Quest Hunter, either by using it on the Queen herself or one of her kids.

    You get more chances at Spawn draws, and a chance that your draw will be a 6/5 instead of a 3/2. If you land it on Queen, you get three more 11/11s that spawn 15 more Spawns each, which allows you to flood the board and just win with a Rhino.

    I know Quest Hunter isn’t exactly good, but it’s a fun deck and I think this card makes it all the stronger.

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  2. Vaq
    April 4, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Are people forgetting Hunting Mastiff already? Cast this on one and you have three 2 mana 5/4 echo rush beasts in your deck you can even combo with stampede. Hunter’s gonna be bonkers this season.

    Reply
    • Genov
      April 6, 2018 at 11:46 am

      But echo copies will not keep the buff, they’ll be 2/1.

      Reply
      • Big Boy
        April 6, 2018 at 3:25 pm

        Is this confirmed?

        Reply
        • Kapy
          April 7, 2018 at 4:16 am

          I was also wondering whether echo cards keep buffs. I would assume yes because echo was described as “can be played several times in the same time”.

          Reply
          • GenuineGod
            April 13, 2018 at 3:23 am

            I just tried it–doesn’t work that way, unfortunately; lost a game because of that misleading idea haha.

  3. Blorp
    April 4, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Possible OTK Combo: Bluegill Warrior + Dire Frenzy. Wait to draw all 3 buffed Bluegill, play Emeriss. Next turn you have 30 OTK for 6 mana. (50 damage for 10 mana if you cast both Dire Frenzy, in case you need to kill taunts or go through additional health/armor)
    Problem is… hunter needs better draw and better control cards.

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    • My Big Huffer
      April 4, 2018 at 11:36 am

      That would work except Dire Frenzy only works on beasts…

      Reply
      • Blorp
        April 4, 2018 at 12:18 pm

        Right… I started doing the maths for Stonetusk boar, then figured that Bluegill would give more consistent results… completely forgot about the beast part.
        You’d need 4-6 8/8 boars, which would require both Dire Frenzy and a lot more draw…

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        • blep
          April 6, 2018 at 3:02 am

          Why not just dire frenzy the same minion twice on turn 7.
          You should get three 7/7 boars shuffled in your deck then right?

          Reply
          • Maelstrom
            April 6, 2018 at 11:49 pm

            That would shuffle six 4/4 copies since you have to cast both dire frenzies separately even if they are one after the other.

          • Raemahn
            April 9, 2018 at 8:43 am

            Would it be six 4/4 piggies, or would three of them be 7/7 at that point?

      • Blorp
        April 4, 2018 at 12:37 pm

        Thundra Rhino + 2 8/8 Young Dragonhawk, instead.

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    • The Golden Army
      April 5, 2018 at 12:42 am

      Dire Frenzy can only target a beast, so this wouldn’t work

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      • Organis
        April 9, 2018 at 10:52 am

        Dragonhawks ARE beasts…

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  4. Paccino92
    April 4, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I don’t see why some of you say that it’s only good in Arena. In my opinion, it can really be OP in Control Hunt if some more cards are released. Crazy how good that can be in Wild in a Deathrattle deck with Nzoth and Kathrena.

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  5. Spyda
    April 4, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Could someone please clarify the verbage for me. Since it says 3 copies, wouldn’t those copies retain any other enchantments or effects previously cast on them? Much like Astral Tiger does?

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  6. KingKronos
    April 4, 2018 at 5:21 am

    KATHRENAAAA !!!
    Never out of beasts anymore !

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  7. KingKronos
    April 4, 2018 at 4:55 am

    KATRENAAAAAAAAAAAA !!!
    Never out of beasts anymore

    Reply
  8. mason
    April 4, 2018 at 4:31 am

    So what we do it play wild.
    Then u play stonetusk boar, and play dire frenzy on it.
    THEN
    u play the DESERT CAMEL, and u get a 4/4 WITH CHARGE (is that pre-nerf tempo rogue who gets keleseth and shadowstep on turn 2???)

    EEEEEZZZZZ legend

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  9. wow
    April 4, 2018 at 4:23 am

    It might be somewhat good or bad in constructed but BOI this card is 10/10 in arena

    Reply
  10. Erik
    April 4, 2018 at 1:38 am

    What about stone tusk boar for a 1 mana 4/4 charge, 2 copys can also be drawed by the 3/5. Works well with buzzer for card draw to. Some sort of quest hunter will be a thing imo

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  11. Advocaat
    April 3, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Why is everyone considering spell hunter? That deck doesn’t exist without Barnes + Yshaarj. I guess maybe in wild, sure.

    Rhok’Delar is not nearly enough pay off for not playing any minions.

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  12. tokeghost
    April 3, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    even hunta lookin pretty stacked.. pretty amazing that dk rex and his beasts all fit into the evens, what a great tool for hunter to have.

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  13. Gody322
    April 3, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    This card sounds so fun.

    Reply
  14. Hox
    April 3, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    This is amazing for Kathrena and with some of the new beast we’re getting in other classes it can even be used on those if you can clear right after. Hopefully there’s some sort of draw, just any for Hunter this expansion because this one seems to have been good to Hunter so far.

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  15. LeonardoFRei
    April 3, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Well, This is insane to your own beasts, especially Zombeasts, and could actually be a really good removal, I mean, Hunter’s Mark + Candle Shot is already a darn good removal option, but it you use this on an opponent beast before attacking, you remove it without taking damage, and add 3 copies of it with +3/+3

    Imagine doing this to class specific beasts, like that new Warlock one with lifesteal

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    • Jonathan
      April 3, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      I don’t think the copied Warlock beast would keep lifesteal. You would have to trigger its battle cry, which won’t happen.

      Reply
      • LeonardoFRei
        April 3, 2018 at 2:30 pm

        All you need to do is take damage, as long as you have a weapon that can be done

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    • Sismo
      April 3, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      The card does not remove anything, it just add copies to your deck, does not suffle it. You would give +3/+3 to your opponent beast, then you would suffle copies into your deck.

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      • LeonardoFRei
        April 4, 2018 at 2:46 am

        Yes

        Thus why I said to use on a beast you would already remove

        Reply
  16. to
    April 3, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Finally expansion after expansion Hunter has been shit on….This expansion is pro Hunter thank god….druid looks terrible thus far and priest is as op as ever along with warlock. Warriors and shaman still look like they need a lot of help.. all in all I like the new direction of hearthstone…just hope they can balance things out better than they havthus far.s

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    • Soup And Salad
      April 3, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      All three sets from last year gave hunter at least a couple useful tools each to the point where Spell/Secret Hunter is considered a teir 1 deck. Druid’s card line-up has been rather weak, but last year, especially Frozen Throne, gave the class a lot of tools to play around with. As long as there is one playable Ramp card, the class will be okay.

      Also, Priest will be losing half of its good cards, one set’s worth of support will not be enough to fill the massive gaps all current Priest archetypes will have, and Warlock’s new cards likely will not see play within Cubelock other than maybe Godfrey. Cubelock will also be unable to go into the long game nearly as well as it currently can without N’zoth.

      Warrior and Shaman, even though the were the only two consistently playable classes during the Year of the Kraken, are getting some useful tool even if those tools are maybe a slightly above average. Granted, with the most popular classes getting knocked down a couple pegs, the Taunt Warrior and Elemental Shaman, two archetypes that will be pretty much untouched by the rotation, may be able to rise to the forefront of the metagame.

      Reply
  17. EpsiloN
    April 3, 2018 at 10:58 am

    This card may seem good overall but it doesn’t excuse the lack of card draw the Hunter currently has

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  18. EpsiloN
    April 3, 2018 at 10:53 am

    This is what you get when you try to combine blessing of kings with gang up. Looks like a good card. I don’t really see how Hunter can benefit from a card like this at the moment. The only thing that pops in my mind is Kathrena. It can also work in wild with the Y’Shaarj that you pull up with Barnes. You play Barnes on 4, then Y’Shaarj comes out. Next turn you can dire frenzy one of the Y’Shaarj and if you’re fortunate enough to have both alive, then you would have 26 additional stats on the board. I might be wrong and this card might not see play. Professional players are always wrong about these types of cards. Only time will tell

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    • Kondrias
      April 3, 2018 at 11:02 am

      That would not work. The card says specifically beast. And Y’sharaj aint no beast.

      Reply
      • Jonathan
        April 3, 2018 at 12:39 pm

        Hah yeah he’s a dumb dumb.

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        • EpsiloN
          April 3, 2018 at 11:19 pm

          Whoopsie! :)) forgot it has a beast synergy 😅😅

          Reply
  19. KingKronos
    April 3, 2018 at 10:14 am

    KATHRENAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!
    Never out of beasts anymore !

    Reply
  20. Dirgander
    April 3, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Given the number of beasts in this expansion among all classes and the fact that this can target your opponent’s minions too is actually pretty insane.

    Another potential use to help solve the card draw dilemma in Hunter may be to combo with Starving Buzzard to have multiple, well statted draw engines in your deck.

    Control Hunter will be a thing, I’m betting on it! Even if it’s not tier 1 or 2, it’s going to be fun to experiment with and play!

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    • muzek
      April 3, 2018 at 11:29 am

      I’ve pretty much hated hunter for all of hearthstone, it had the least interesting cards of any class, the least class specific mechanics and the worst decks. the only one that was remotely interesting was death rattle hunter back in the days of nax. but thats finally changing. i think blizzard has finally make cards that are playable in a control deck and not busted in an agro deck. can’t wait to experiment with control hunter as well.

      also I know it’s a bad deck but I’d love to also use this in a quest hunter shuffling three marsh queens doesn’t sound good, but it sounds fun.

      (i also think spell hunter is an interesting deck)

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      • Dirgander
        April 3, 2018 at 11:51 am

        Hitting this on the Queen is an interesting combo haha, end up shiffling 60 guys into your deck!

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  21. Lucasato
    April 3, 2018 at 9:53 am

    I feel like this expansion is bigger than another ones,so much new ideas,and is very rarely find out a card is ACTUALLY unseless

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  22. Helioshadow
    April 3, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Throw this on a Carnissa’s Brood and it’s insane. 1-mana 6/5 draw a card, which could potentially be another 1-mana 6/5 draw a card? Heck yeah. On everything else, though, it’s pretty bad; Hunters don’t have a lot of draw outside of Quest Hunter, soyou won’t be getting much value out of this card. But hey! Quest Hunter 😀

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    • Warptens
      April 3, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      Tracking and stitched tracker make hunter by far the best class at fishing for specific cards in their deck.

      Reply
  23. serjohn
    April 3, 2018 at 9:16 am

    hunter doesnt have card draw , this could be better in druid

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    • Frogbane
      April 3, 2018 at 10:49 am

      *cough cough* Control Hunter *Cough cough*

      Reply
  24. Jason Fleischer
    April 3, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Huffer

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  25. QuadCity
    April 3, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Play this in Quest Hunter. Easy 60 3/2 with draw a card. Go up against a Dead Man’s Hand Warrior and enjoy a 3 hour game

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  26. Name (Required)
    April 3, 2018 at 8:20 am

    I know this isn’t exactly an amazing play but you can give a Stonetusk Boar +3/+3 and shuffle 3 1-mana 4/4 boars with charge into your deck
    so for 5 mana you get a 4/4 beast with charge and 3 1-mana 4/4 charged beasts shuffled into your deck it sounds good for control

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    • Someone
      April 3, 2018 at 8:47 am

      And then play Emeris to make those to 1 mana 8/8 with charge.

      Reply
      • EpsiloN
        April 3, 2018 at 10:55 am

        Don’t let your dreams be memes!

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      • Smagel
        April 3, 2018 at 5:12 pm

        I’m gonna call it right here, Quest Hunter is going to be meta after this expansion drops.

        run tundra rhino, dire frenzy, emeriss and the quest. fill your deck with 3/2s and prolong the game until you have emeriss, tundra rhino and 5 3/2s in your hand (which isent that difficult), then play emeriss on one turn followed by tundra + 5 6/4s (with charge) next turn for 34 dmg OTK!!!!!

        i fail to see how this wont be a decent.

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        • (Edit)
          April 3, 2018 at 5:14 pm

          Voidlords are probably going to ruin this dream but one can hope…

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    • RinMathews
      April 3, 2018 at 9:50 am

      You should just play quest rogue in that case and get 5/5s with charge.

      Reply
  27. sina
    April 3, 2018 at 8:19 am

    3 mana 7 5 huffer

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  28. Nickname23
    April 3, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Could be good in Recruit / Big Hunter
    For faster stuff too conditional (like the dream of Huffer into this)

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    • Gully1824
      April 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Agreed about big hunter!

      Could even be part of combo with cube and katherina or vanguard with charged devilsaur

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      • Nickname23
        April 3, 2018 at 2:50 pm

        Yeah that’s the kind of deck! I played such a deck early in K&C (it wasn’t full combo, though) and it ran out of minions often enough.

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        • Gully1824
          April 4, 2018 at 6:09 am

          I’ve been toying with a deck that runs only king dread as a beast and abominables with play dead. Although losing barnes hurts that idea heavily

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          • Nickname23
            April 4, 2018 at 5:17 pm

            Nice 😀 yeah barnes moving to wild will hurt such decks a lot…not only your combo. Overall i think it’s good, that he rotates, but it’s a bit sad too. What do you think?

  29. Morei
    April 3, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Broken in Arena
    Arena is all about tempo

    In constructed, if compared to blessing of Kings, this gets more value over time and you can reshuffle valuable minions (i.e. Nzoth-like minions (I know it’s rotating out)). So yep, it is quite good.

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    • Xphlosion
      April 3, 2018 at 8:13 am

      I get what you are saying, but it is only beasts, so no nzoth even if in wild. Some neat combos might come from it still

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  30. kkk
    April 3, 2018 at 8:07 am

    new hunter meta

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  31. ChibiGR
    April 3, 2018 at 7:41 am

    The dependence on having a beast on your side of the board makes it a terrible arena card actually… as well as a not great constructed card. If it buffed something by 3/3 and IF it was a beast you would shuffle it, then yet it would be great. Now? Not so much imo

    1.5/5

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  32. puiuWarrior
    April 3, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Quest hunter?

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    • Silic
      April 3, 2018 at 7:51 am

      Shuffling 3 11/11 carnassas into your deck and getting additional 45 raptorst, lol

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      • Xander Raidon
        April 3, 2018 at 8:13 am

        This combo would be interesting if Hunter had some decent stalls/card draw.

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        • CD001
          April 5, 2018 at 6:06 am

          Quest Hunter does have card draw in the form of Carnassa’s Brood… if you put Hemet Jungle Hunter into the deck (and play him when you’ve got Carnassa in-hand – NOT AFTER YOU’VE PLAYED HER!) you can ensure you get rid of all the trash cards in the deck leaving nothing but Broods and (maybe) Tundra Rhino.

          This _could_ work in Quest Hunter … it’s just that Quest Hunter has never really been viable.

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  33. zeluca
    April 3, 2018 at 7:39 am

    if I hit my Hunting Mastiff with this, my echo copies also get the buff???

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    • Zac Galbraith
      April 3, 2018 at 8:03 am

      no, but you would get 3 copies of a 5/4 mastiff added to your deck

      Reply
      • Thraben
        April 3, 2018 at 8:07 am

        And??? They still have Rush even if they are copies.

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        • cool guy 69
          April 3, 2018 at 8:38 am

          woulnt the echo coppies have it though???

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          • muzek
            April 3, 2018 at 11:37 am

            no, echo works like the unstable evolution. if you reduce the cost of the first spell it’ll still cost 1 mana once it returns to your hand. or if you have the rogue deathknight you can see this too. if you buff a minion in your hand, the death’s shadow card will not have the buff.

            you’re adding a copy of the card you just played to your hand not replaying the exact card.

            another example would be with with zola the gorgon. if you have a 10/10 boar on the board and play zola the gorgon on it, you will get a 1/1 copy added to your hand.

    • Xander Raidon
      April 3, 2018 at 8:07 am

      Pretty sure not. Echo creates a copy of the card without any buffs/modifiers. However, the first one you play will have +3/+3.

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      • fred
        April 3, 2018 at 8:10 am

        I’m not sure about that one xander, i think we will have to wait and see if the copies retain the buff

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  34. fasty
    April 3, 2018 at 7:30 am

    my only concern is that i feel like hunter doesn’t have many options for drawing cards the same way other classes do so it may be hard to get the full value, but it’s still 6/6 stats immediately

    however, i would love to combo this with a hunting mastiff for some late-game shenanigans

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    • Jonathan
      April 3, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      A. How are you getting 6/6? It’s 3/3 stats immediately, not 6/6.

      B. There’s no late game shenanigans with hunting mastiff. Only the first played copy gets the buff, not the echoes.

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  35. Moltar
    April 3, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Obviously not the best use, but you can target and “steal” an enemy beast too.

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    • Jonathan
      April 3, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      A very good move if you have hard removal!

      Reply
  36. GlosuuLang
    April 3, 2018 at 7:26 am

    This is great in Arena. Maybe a bit too slow in Constructed though, since +3/+3 for 4 mana is slow and Hunter doesn’t have good card draw. Spell Hunter: it’s not a bad idea to shuffle buffed Zombeasts in your deck, although you should have used Rhok’Dhelar by then… 4.5/5 in Arena and 3/5 in Constructed.

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    • Jonathan
      April 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Lol literally the opposite. It’s far too slow in arena given the lack of card draw in arena for Hunter, and it’s lack of control tools in general, especially in arena.

      In constructed, it could have a chance to see play if Hunter gets a handful more control/draw tools (though again that would make a small difference in arena).

      And spell hunter is probably the worst Hunter deck for this to be in, besides possibly face Hunter, which Blizz is clearly trying to kill.

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      • GlosuuLang
        April 4, 2018 at 1:18 am

        You haven’t played much Arena, have you? Firstly, Hunter lacks card draw in BOTH Constructed and Arena. The difference is that Hunter actually goes into Turn 15 in Arena quite often, which gives him a higher chance to draw the buffed beasts. In Constructed Hunter has usually won or lost the game by Turn 10, Turn 7 if we’re talking about Aggro/Midrange Hunter.

        This is not a bad spell in Spell Hunter if you have already used Rhok’Delar, but then again, it probably is not worth a spot since Rhok’Delar has a high chance of generating it when you equip it. But don’t underestimate the power of buffed Zombeasts in Spell Hunter.

        Blizzard is not trying to kill Face Hunter, actually the best deck that probably will fit Baku is a Face Hunter one.

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  37. KLGamet
    April 3, 2018 at 7:23 am

    I’m confused. What exactly gets shuffeled into your deck?

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    • Stonekeep - Author
      April 3, 2018 at 7:26 am

      Minion you buffed, with the +3/+3 buff.

      E.g. you buff a minion with base stats of 1/1, you get three 4/4 copies of it shuffled into your deck.

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    • Moltar
      April 3, 2018 at 7:26 am

      The buffed minion

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    • Brattenbergus
      April 3, 2018 at 7:27 am

      The beast you put the buff on.

      Reply
  38. Jimilinho
    April 3, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Decent card, Obvious problem is that it doesn’t synergize with spell hunter well and is could be too slow for facehunter,

    Great arena card however!

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  39. RyHouYouDoin
    April 3, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Tons of value. 4 Mana for 12/12 of stats. Affects board right away. Could really see this make it into some decks

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    • RyHouYouDoin
      April 3, 2018 at 7:22 am

      Works well with kathreena too

      Reply
  40. Smell that?
    April 3, 2018 at 7:17 am

    That is some good shit

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  41. Skyscale
    April 3, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Good arena card. Bad for constructed

    Reply
  42. OMG
    April 3, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Arena LUL

    Reply
  43. fukulls
    April 3, 2018 at 7:13 am

    this card is very good

    Reply

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