Gloom Stag is a 5 Mana Cost Epic Druid Minion Beast card from the Hall of Fame set!
Battlecry: If your deck has only odd-Cost cards, gain +2/+2.
Majestic. Ethereal. Still pretty down in the dumps, though.
Gloom Stag Card Review
If you play a full Odd-cost deck, it’s a 4/8 Taunt for 5. Which is obviously good – but not “amazing”. Such a card would normally be priced at 6 mana. Druid already has a 4/6 Taunt in the 5 mana slot (Druid of the Claw), which has some extra flexibility, as it can Charge too. At 6 mana, Druid has Dark Arakkoa, which is a 5/7 (comparable stats to 4/8), but with an extra effect of buffing C’Thun. I wouldn’t be surprised if Druid got a 4/7 vanilla Taunt for 5 mana some day.
So in case of this card, the upside isn’t really great. 4/8 Taunt for 5 seems bad compared to other odd/even synergies revealed so far. Of course, if Odd Druid will be played, this card WILL see play – there is simply no reason to not put it into such a deck. But it simply doesn’t add a lot of incentive to run such a list. Why?
Because there is no way, and I mean NO WAY that a slower Druid deck (even Midrange) would want to drop all of the even cost cards. Just look at them and think for a bit. Wild Growth, Wrath, Swipe, Oaken Summons + Ironwood Golem, Branching Paths, Spreading Plague, Ultimate Infestation. Those are all cards you would want, or at least consider running in such a deck, and they’re all gone. Half of your deck. It’s really not worth it. I mean, Oaken Summons into Ironwood Golem is a 4 mana 3/6 Taunt which gives you 6 extra Armor. I’d say that it’s already comparable with a 5 mana 4/8 Taunt. And you don’t have to throw away all your other even cost cards to play it.
So right now, the only way I can imagine Odd Druid seeing play is through some kind of Aggro build. However, Aggro builds will have their own problems – Enchanted Raven, Mark of the Lotus and Mark of Y'Shaarj rotate out. Odd cost cards would also mean that you can’t possibly play Power of the Wild, which means that you would be left with no AoE buffs – not to mention that you’d need to drop any 2-drops like Dire Wolf Alpha or Druid of the Swarm. Is it worth it? I really doubt it.
Card rating: 2/10
Gloom Stag Full Card Art