Kathrena Winterwisp is a 8 Mana Cost Legendary Hunter Minion card from the Kobolds and Catacombs set!
Battlecry and Deathrattle: Recruit a Beast.
She’s not one of those treehugger elves – but she does like the occasional cuddle.
Kathrena Winterwisp Card Review
Finally, a great Hunter legendary! What makes her great, you ask? The value. Recruit is a really powerful and dangerous mechanic and this is one of the cards where we can see why. Because of her text, Kathrena is never an 8-cost 6/6, because she is ready to bring her pets along for the ride, which can be anything from Savannah Highmane to Swamp King Dred. The potential value is absolutely insane and this should take one of spots for “most scary card of the set”. Tutoring things for free is extremely powerful and she even gets to do it twice! All that’s required is that what you want to get is a beast.
So, naturally, Hunters are known for playing beasts. Especially in Standard, Hunters actually play lots and lots of beasts, most of them considerably smaller than what’s necessary to make Kathrena Winterwisp live up to her potential. When you’re tutoring up a Kindly Grandmother or Alleycat, you’re suddenly not very excited to pay all of that extra mana. However, when she puts a charging King Krush into play alongside a 6/6, suddenly she feels a lot more broken. The big question here is this – can Hunter guarantee good pulls by only playing big beasts? It is certainly a theme in the most recent expansions, a value-oriented Hunter who generates and restocks on big threats with lots of Deathrattle and Beast synergy – from Abominable Bowman to Kathrena, there are plenty of ways to exploit those Highmanes, including curving all the way into N'Zoth, The Corruptor. What remains to be answered is whether or not this deck can exist or not.
Giving up the good early plays for Hunter will be a tall order to achieve. Keep in mind we’re not talking about the mythical unicorn that is the Control Hunter dream, rather about a top end-heavy midrange deck that can get through the early game with non-beast minions and spell support. We will have to evaluate that in the context of the full expansion, if there are enough non-beasts to make it happen, however right now it’s looking decently plausible and if the metagame manages to slow down by a turn or two, however unlikely that might be, this style of Hunter deck will be laying in wait to feed on its prey. Either through big, value-oriented beasts or charging monsters such as King Krush and Charged Devilsaur, Kathrena will provide a big pile of stats and get a lot of mileage out of just about any hunter deck. Outside of the worst cases, even smaller minions can be decent pulls and Hunters are never sad whenever they can put up a bunch of stats on the board.
Card Review by Chimbarozo
Kathrena Winterwisp Full Card Art