Dollmaster Dorian

Dollmaster Dorian Card

Dollmaster Dorian is a 5 Mana Cost Legendary Neutral Minion card from the The Witchwood set!

Card Text

Whenever you draw a minion, summon a 1/1 copy of it.

Flavor Text

The children were puzzled by the scratches covering the insides of their toy-boxes.

Dollmaster Dorian Card Review

I always like to see new mechanics, but I’m not a big fan of this one in particular. It takes the draw RNG to the next level. Not as bad as Barnes, but let’s say that you have 5 great targets out of 20 cards left in your deck. You can either not draw any of them or draw 3 in a row, the difference is going to be massive. But, let’s first rate this card before complaining about it.

You obviously can’t build your deck around this card. It’s only a single card, so you might not draw it. It also doesn’t win you the game right away. So you basically can’t play this + a bunch of cards like high value Deathrattles to synergize. The deck has to work without this card.

And it’s actually quite hard to imagine a deck that would. Realistically you’d want to play this in a deck with BOTH good targets to summon as 1/1 and lots of card draw (or a way to tutor specific card you want to summon).

For example, Aggro Paladin. Or rather, a slightly slower version, some form of Midrange Paladin (maybe the new version of Dude Paladin) maybe? This + Divine Favor would be an insane Turn 8 play. Summoning a bunch of minions, including Divine Shields, or possibly some Deathrattles. Even better if you can draw a Tirion Fordring. However, it’s unreliable, as the combo costs 8 mana and you’d need to be playing against a deck with lots of cards in their hand (while your hand would need to be relatively empty).

In Warlock – you could play this + Sense Demons to get two Voidlords and immediately summon 1/1 copies of them. But it would be useless after you draw Voidlords, it would also make Lackeys useless, making the whole combo very questionable.

Rogue also has some combos. On turn 9, you could play this + either Elven Minstrel or Preparation + Sprint. Elven Minstrel would guarantee two 1/1’s, but then again, Rogue doesn’t really benefit from the small tokens and doesn’t play cards that are good to summon like that. Gadgetzan Auctioneer is one, but now you are left with only 1 mana to work with, not a perfect scenario. Possibly if you run Kobold Illusionist, it could be a way to activate some combos, but that’s a long shot.

Not only would it be very hard to fit into a deck, but it also comes with a downside. You give your opponent lots of information. If it summons a minion – they now know that you’re holding it. It might be a big deal if you get e.g. Sunkeeper Tarim – they will for sure try to remove the whole board now. And if you don’t get anything, your opponent knows that you drew a spell instead, also giving them some form of intel.

This card is really hard to evaluate, as it’s a completely new effect, but I think that it’s leaning towards a “meme” card and not an actual playable Legendary. It MIGHT work in some deck that I didn’t think of, but it would be incredibly hard to find a deck like that. People are looking at the best case scenario too often and ignore the fact that it’s unplayable by itself (5 mana 2/6), you need to combo it with stuff in the late game, it doesn’t really fit anywhere, it’s hard to make work etc. Yes, in the best case scenario you will play this + some powerful card draw in the late game and summon a bunch of strong Deathrattles. But most of the time it will be stuck in your hand and you will question your deck building choices.

Card rating: 2/10

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  1. dollmaster weeblord
    April 13, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Just don’t run him in a deck with Doomsayers, lol

  2. hero
    April 11, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Deathrattle Quest Priest with a good card draw engine is the first deck i’m going to try him in.

  3. PoopyPants
    April 7, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    omg, if you go to the Hearthstone cinematic Hearth and Home on Youtube and go to 3:16 you can actually see Dollmaster Dorian.

    • Xavier
      April 8, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      Hear me out, if you were to use this and then Elven Minstrel, and that pulled Spiritsinger Umbra and a deathrattle minion, would said deathrattle activate?

      • PoopyPants
        April 9, 2018 at 8:00 am

        I think it would. But if it was the other way around it wouldn’t i think.

  4. Greg
    April 4, 2018 at 9:36 am

    This is a cool add on to deathrattle decks. Won’t break the game I don’t think but there will be some fun clips to watch. I think the “dolls” made should have the “mech” tag, just my opinion.

  5. af
    April 4, 2018 at 5:00 am

    People comparing this to barnes have no clue. You want reference to how hard it is to draw into good cards on random cards from deck, Wrathion did not have good enough odds with 15 dragons in deck.
    It can only work in Miracle with Minstrel, maybe comboed with Malygos or something similar. But Malygos rogue did not see play wit Barnes, so why would it with this?

  6. Xix
    April 4, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Why do people rate this card so high? It’s a meme card. Examples that people give here below are cases that are really hard to pull. It’s a 5 mana card really hard to combo with drawing cards, since drawing cards is very expansive mana wise.

    One of the best scenario’s would be Dolmaster Dorian + elven minstrel and getting booth Auctioneer and Malygosh on the board and you having coins, backstack, prep etc. in hand and being able to cycle all the way through your OTK. Well GOOD LUCK with that.

    Another option option would be: Dolmaster Dorian + cleric + wild pyromancer + powerword shield (or coin) into circle of healing. HOWEVER the wild pyromancer will kill off all 1-1 minions so they have to be deathrattle minions, like the new coffin crasher wich could pull himself out. In addition you could mill yourself if loot hoarders or the oracle shows up. Again to get to pull this off is to fringe to make this worth it.

    Druid with Nourish maybe? that might be the best combo since it only requires 2 cards and it’s a class that can have slow cards like ysera and such. But druids that run such slow cards allso have alot of spells in their deck and on turn 10 it’s probably better to play ultimate infestation. Allso alot of big cards are leaving the meta. So if this ever sees competive play it’s probably druid but probably not this meta. (unlesh a meme deck)

    And dont start about the shaman combo, since that one cant even be played in 1 turn. Wich makes it even more unlikely.

    The card is interesting, but only for meme purpose.

    • MrStrategy
      April 5, 2018 at 1:43 am

      Right now, I’m playing a “deathrattle” warlock deck, with Rin the 1rst disciple. One of the key cards of this deck is Barnes, since almost every minion in my deck has a positive deathrattle, divine shield, poisonous or taunt. Therefore Barnes almost always summons a 1/1 minion whose actual worth is 2, 3 or even 4 mana. Of course, now that Barnes is being taken out of standard, I need to find a replacement. This card is perfect for me, even more than perfect actually because it can summmon more 1/1 minions than Barnes, all the more so as my classes’ hero power draws a card. I think this card is much more than just a meme card for my kind of decks.

  7. GlosuuLang
    April 4, 2018 at 1:59 am

    So with this minion Blizzard is telling us that they really liked Barnes and that they’re sad he’s rotating out, so they print this Barnes-wannabe. To be honest I like Barnes as a card, it just got out of control with Big Priest –
    it turns out to be too much of a swingy card where drawing it before 4 almost wins you the game thanks to their obnoxious resurrection mechanics (they shouldn’t be able to resurrect the full-stated minion), but not drawing it before is a huge setback. And it’s not fun to win or lose a game depending on whether you draw a very specific card or not, neither for the player nor its opponent. This said, Barnes summoning a Deathrattle minion (which is probably the role Blizzard intended for him) is reasonable.

    So now we have this Legendary. Barnes brings out a minion immediately, so that’s a huge setback already: while in Turn 4 you put 9 stats on board, with this you only put 7. On the other hand, this can get more value if it survives and in the next turn you cast a card-draw spell. So it will work very differently. You may consider it in Big Priest, since contrary to Barnes, it’s NOT TOO BAD to resurrect this minion (or getting it from Shadow Essence). Other than that, we need to wait to see what combos people come up with. Maybe this + Elven Minstrel on Turn 7 for Rogue?

    All in all, I like it since it doesn’t look like it will be as oppressive as Barnes. It will probably be difficult to get good value of it though. So… 3 out of 5 stars.

  8. TonTon
    April 4, 2018 at 1:16 am

    This + Bogshaper + Unstable evolution is womb o combo

  9. OnlyMatt
    April 3, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    WAIT! This can actually do some Wombo Combo with cursed castaway.The question is:will blizzard make some interesting combo deathrattle cards?

  10. Danny
    April 3, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Obvious malygos.
    Play in cubelock deck draw (hopefully either doomguard or voidlord) play cube on them next turn or if they’re killed off then that’s just more copies for deathreaver gul’dan to resummon. Or drawing possessed lackey is fine too.

    If you draw Ixlid fungal Lord… Then play the ixlid you drew for two and a half ixlids on the board!

    Good for astral tigers

    The new coffin crasher card can essentially summon itself from your hand if you kill the 1/1 copy of it…

    Cursed castaway gets you a combo card right away free.

    “So many possibilities”

  11. Warptens
    April 3, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Needless to say that if the best things to do with that cards are 8+ mana combos that fill the board with a 2/6 and a few 1/1s, Norian is nowhere near constructed good.

  12. wow
    April 3, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Imagine drawing duskfallen aviana…

    • Iplitan
      April 3, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      druid t10, plays this and nourish, draws 3 cards, 1 being duskfallen aviana, the other being ultimate infestation…

  13. NIGHTxBLADE
    April 3, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    When you draw a minion???! Really?

  14. Some Dude
    April 3, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    The only downfall is that it reveals your minion draw to your opponent or points out when you draw a spell or weapon or hero card or whatever, when its not a minion which will have NO effect

    It’s a small spy mechanic for your opponent but this effect should go more in your favor

    • Bnetts101
      April 3, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      I bet with booth being gone turn eight summon one or two voidlords turn 9 dark pact it makes guldan better. Idt it’s a card your gonna play when spying on someone’s hand matters much. Rogue also won’t care that much

  15. Skurttle
    April 3, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Doll + Divine Favor + Murlocs

  16. WolfieBane
    April 3, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    all the direhorns!

  17. Bnett101
    April 3, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Crazy long shot but if this stayed on the board and you drew that 3/7 warlock legendary you’d have echo on your cards right off the bat. Sense demons and oakenheart are also cool.
    Playing it post Aluneth would be interesting as well. I bet it finds a deck on ladder and will just be fun to mess around with

    • Jonathan
      April 3, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      I think you misunderstand. Summoning a minion does not trigger battlecries. So “oakenheart” [sic] would do nothing as a 1/1. Perhaps a similar card, with a deathrattle instead of a battlecry (e.g. Grizzled Guardian) is what you are looking for.

  18. Penoyer79
    April 3, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    God help us. Someone is going to break this card.

    The miracle shenanigans will be otherworldly

  19. LeonardoFRei
    April 3, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Getting a Malygos from this and getting lethal must feel really good

  20. asd
    April 3, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    I think this will be good in mindrange deathrattle decks like priest or rouge potentially.
    You need a deck full of good hits to make this worth it and hopefully a draw spell…
    This + Roll the Bones turn 7? I could see that doing some pretty crazy things

    • Matt
      April 3, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Good point. Definitely putting it in my deathrattle quest deck.

      • Matt
        April 3, 2018 at 2:43 pm

        Used for the deathrattle quest not actually running quest.

  21. Vincent
    April 3, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Hard to judge atm. Too bad N’zoth and small-time recruits rotate out. Minion has poor stats. Probably works best for rogue. Main problem is that you can’t setup a combo, because you can’t influence a specific minion being drawn. Yet. Maybe a card in the future will.

    • Sismo
      April 3, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      You can if there is not many minios using elven harpist. Even tough I don’t think that would be really reliable.

  22. PanttiAntti
    April 3, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Crazy card for resurrect priests

    • Gody322
      April 3, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      I don’t think it’s as good as Barnes though. But still good.

  23. Matt
    April 3, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Comboing it with minstril is good but not great and without drawing the combo it sucks. Anyone see anything else? Big priest or malygos combo both seem super unlikely.

  24. Lugea
    April 3, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Sense Demon ….

    • Nope
      April 3, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Or RNG hot trash, we’ll see.

  25. fabio
    April 3, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    with legendary of druid
    aviana duskfaller

  26. Miagamus
    April 3, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    This guy with roll the bones & elven minstrel can make for a great midrange deathrattle rogue. Even add in kobold illusionist for extra 1/1 pulls. Which is nice seeing as rogue has been getting s%$t on this expansion thus far.

    • WildRage
      April 3, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      I don’t think he needs extra help in a Rogue deck. Honestly it feels like a Miracle card. You could slap a black background and call it a Rogue Legendary ’cause I doubt other classes will use him.

      • Matt
        April 3, 2018 at 2:03 pm

        Doesn’t seem great in a mostly spell deck.

        • Gody322
          April 3, 2018 at 2:58 pm

          Since Elven Minstrel will always draw two minions it’s good if you combo it with Dollmaster Dorian. Which may not even be that good since thats on turn 9, but imagine getting two Gadgetzan Auctioneer off of this.

          • Matt
            April 3, 2018 at 3:17 pm

            Yea, that’s pretty good.

      • Pirz
        April 3, 2018 at 3:26 pm

        I can see it being used in a zombie priest deck. They’re going to lose some strength losing Barnes.. This won’t make up for the lost pull, but it isn’t a stretch. They have plenty of card pull, and actually rewards them for accidentally pulling minions instead of stealing directly from the deck.

  27. Orasha
    April 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    This is a really fun card. Nothing broken comes to mind immediately, but I expect it to see heavy experimentation.

  28. Killyridols
    April 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Turn 8 in dude pally with a Divine Favor?

  29. Psycho
    April 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    This + divine favor…

  30. Thraben
    April 3, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Pretty insane deathrattle card, is there even any reason not to put this on a deathrattle deck? Obviousky works best with Rogue, Hunter lacks card draw so rip..

  31. Yamineko
    April 3, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    This can have nice synergies with Warlock and Bloodreaver Gul’dan. It may not seem much, but an extra way to add daemons to the pool will make turn ten even more horrifying for your opponent.

  32. EpsiloN
    April 3, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    This card will require some neat thinking before it goes in any deck. If you put this in your deck without giving it a thought, then the only thing you’ll be doing is giving your opponent information about your cards. This is a proactive card which might work with an elven minstrel or even in a big priest, although drawing a minion from a deck full of spells might seem a little bit too difficult….i know they’ve been trying to kill the hype train about big priest for a while now, but i can’t wrap my head around Blizzard’s decisions when releasing these cards. Still looking for that unicorn deck, Brode?

  33. Jed
    April 3, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    3rd rogue legendary?

  34. KingMidasXII
    April 3, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Nice Card, majority of the neutral cards would be massive value when combo’d with Lady In White. What do y’all think? Priest Lady In White deck on its way?

    • muzek
      April 3, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      super fun deck, but it won’t be good, maybe if you hold pyro-cleric-circle combo until you have this card, throw it in a deathrattle deck. but priest doesn’t have enough card draw to really make it work and most other classes favor battlecry more than continuous effect or deathrattle so they’ll mostly be summoning 1/1s which isn’t really worth it.

      that being said, I’ll definitely be playing it mostly because I favor fun over winning, but i can’t say the majority of hearthstone agree with me.

      • Muzek
        April 3, 2018 at 12:47 pm

        I take that back, I should’ve said a lot, not majority

      • KingMidasXII
        April 3, 2018 at 1:05 pm

        Couldn’t have put it better, hopefully Priest will gain some card draw in this expansion or perhaps the up and coming ones, but with or without the card draw, I think it would be one hell of a fun deck to play.

  35. Joeydungee
    April 3, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Since Master Oakheart was one of my fav’s last set, I’ve been looking at a lot of these cards those Oakheart glasses. I think this might work with him, probably not in a competitive sense, but maybe for fun combos

  36. CocoAsticot
    April 3, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Intersting card! Nice combo possible with Elven ministrel or Stitched Tracker. Too soon to say if it may be competitiv.

    • Kenchilada
      April 3, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      Stitched tracker discovers a card, it doesn’t draw it (hunter isn’t allowed to have cards that’s say “draw” on them)

      • Quester
        April 3, 2018 at 10:08 pm

        Flare?

        • Kenchilada
          April 4, 2018 at 4:27 am

          Well you got me, the only hunter card that says draw doesn’t have stats or any impact on the board. Just sometimes gets rid of a secret but against mage so does every other card in your deck. Flare is also in the classic set, and the only pseudo-draw mechanic they’ve had printed since the beginning of the game is in wild with quick shot. I do think spell hunter would be a lot more oppressive against secret mage and aggro paladin if it had card draw, maybe Blizzard is intentionally avoiding that

          • Kenchilada
            April 4, 2018 at 4:30 am

            I know tracking is cool too but I’m talking about pure draw. I guess tracking would be pretty good with Dollmaster Dorian if they had some powerful effects to pull off of it

  37. DukeStarswisher
    April 3, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    This could possibly replace Barnes in Big Priest.

  38. jason
    April 3, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    cool card… probably wont be OP but can use it in malygos rogue

  39. Krieger
    April 3, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Barnes you’re looking one mana more expensive

    • InfinityMinusOne
      April 3, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      The connection is definitely there, though I think this card isn’t quite as ridiculous as Barnes. While Barnes can do some pretty crazy things early on, game-deciding-on-turn-four-three situations won’t happen nearly as often with this one. Even if Big Priest winds up running this (which I’m not even sure it will, given Big Priest’s very low creature count), it can’t do anything stupid until turn 6+ (or 5+ on the con) because it still needs the mana to draw cards. That being said, Priest might no longer be the “Big” deck of choice. Tbh I could very easily picture Warlock using and abusing this…

      • Matt
        April 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm

        If you draw a card in a big priest deck what are the chances of even hitting a creature?

  40. sek
    April 3, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    2/6 and a “believe in god wombo combo” – who wants to play this shit competitively?
    1-Star

    • Jaych
      April 3, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      SOMEbody doesn’t know how to have fun.

    • WildRage
      April 3, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      I’m looking forward to a meta-deck that proves you wrong.

      • Syrea
        April 3, 2018 at 1:09 pm

        Namely none. The card is trash lol

        • Chaos
          April 3, 2018 at 1:31 pm

          Last time I checked there was a Legendary from Ungoro that activated Deathrattles when a minion is summoned. I don’t know the viability of building a deck around this card and Umbra but I will say its worth testing a few if only for a laugh.

      • SkywardStryk
        April 3, 2018 at 1:25 pm

        Dude yeah people like that are dumb. The list of cards that had bad rating and end up being good is just as long as the contrary, and people throwing cards like this out before seeing the rest of the set are no doubt going to be the ones crawling back when they see what the meta actually is.

    • Eh
      April 3, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      I doubt this will see play in a combo deck for the reason you are alluding to, but there are current meta decks that could fit this in. This could possibly be a Barnes replacement for big priest for obvious reasons (if big priest can survive the loss of cards like Barnes and Y’Shaarj). But this card could also see play in cube warlock, simply because warlock has very easy draw and making a copy of cards like Doomguard and Voidlord give Bloodreaver Guldan a much higher impact, as well as making it easier to set up for Cube. You could also just pull cards like cursed lack to pull your demons out. It doesn’t matter if you low roll and get minions that don’t do anything, because the high rolls for this card can be very powerful. My only grievance is that barnes didn’t make the cut for cubelock before, so it seem like this card may not either, but there is still potential. Definetly not a 1 star card.

      • af
        April 3, 2018 at 10:38 pm

        With maybe 4 good cards to hit and 6 ok in cube lock, you are still talking a chance of around 33% total. It is VERY bad.
        In big priest chances are even lower.

        • dollmaster weeblord
          April 13, 2018 at 4:43 pm

          I’m not sure what list you are running, but Dollmaster works great if you draw plated beetle, doomguard, possessed lackey, or voidlord (so 8 cards). Its just a 1/1 if you draw librarian, cube, faceless, or mountain giant. I’d say a 50% chance of great synergy if you draw a minion is solid, especially with the option of running sense demons. Feeds Gul’dan nicely. Not the best card in the game, but certainly not “VERY bad”. I just dropped a Gul’dan that brought 6 Doomguards, thanks for the OTK setup Dollmaster Dorian 😉

  41. Moltar
    April 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Intresting card.