Face Collector is a 3 Mana Cost Legendary Rogue Minion card from the The Witchwood set!
Battlecry: Add a random Legendary minion to your hand.
“I’ll trade you a Malfurion for an Anduin.”
Face Collector Card Review
At this point I think that Blizzard is making fun of Rogue players. And I don’t mean that the card itself is bad. It’s just yet another card that could actually be powerful in another class, but not in Rogue. No viable Rogue deck in history wanted to play cards that are super low tempo and give you more value. Rogue was always about the tempo or combo tactics. About efficient minions/removals (tempo strategy) and cycling through the deck (combo strategy). This is a strictly value card.
But, digressing from the Rogue class for a moment, what value card it is. The best part about it (and well, about any other Echo card too, I guess) is that it’s super flexible. You can play it on Turn 3 as 2/2 that draws you a card. Which is obviously not great, but at least it gives you a body on the board, which can sometimes be useful vs faster decks. And vs slower decks, you could keep it for the late game and get three random Legendaries out of nowhere.
It gets even better if you combine it with Shadowstep. For example, you can play it three times then Shadowstep one of the copies. While you’re left with only two on the board, next turn you can play it FOUR times. How crazy it is? You spend two cards and end up with a bunch of small minions on the board and a hand full of Legendaries. That’s really cool. If you play a slow deck vs a slow deck, those few extra Legendaries really do matter and can give you an edge in the long terms value war.
One more thing worth mentioning is how random this effect is. When reading “Legendary” you immediately think of powerful stuff, like The Lich King or Alexstrasza, or maybe Archmage Antonidas. But the truth is that there is a bunch of weak / useless Legendaries. You have just as high chance to get, I don’t know, Ozruk (without Elementals in your deck), Dragoncaller Alanna (without many, or any high cost spells in your deck), Lynessa Sunsorrow, Millhouse Manastorm etc. You get my point. Random Legendary sounds great on paper, but it’s not always good. It has a chance to draw you a bunch of useless/situational cards that will stay dead in your hand. We got so used to Discover mechanic that we sometimes don’t consider how random the “truly” random effects might be.
So, as much as I like it and I’ll probably play it in some meme deck if I open it, I don’t think it’s going to be good enough in the context of its class. Control Rogue is not a thing. Rogue cards just don’t support this kind of strategy. The only way for this to really see serious play is if Blizzard goes balls to the wall and decides to print a full expansion (or two.. or three..) of powerful Control Rogue tools. But so far, Control cards for Rogue were mostly outliers – because that’s just not the class identity.
Card rating: 3/10
Face Collector Full Card Art