Necrium Apothecary

Necrium Apothecary Card

Necrium Apothecary is a 5 Mana Cost Epic Rogue Minion card from the Descent of Dragons set!

Card Text

Combo: Draw a Deathrattle minion from your deck and gain its Deathrattle.

Flavor Text

Necrium: Get the afterlife without the aftertaste!

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18 Comments

  1. Tricklas
    December 1, 2019 at 9:17 am

    This card will be the only reason waxadread deck will be a deck because it makes it consistent. 5/5

  2. Omnitarian
    November 25, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Big Deathrattle Rogue still feels a way off, even though it’s been getting support with Anka. But this is a good piece of the puzzle – the problem with Anka is that if you don’t draw her, your big deathrattles become stranded in hand. This gives you another way to cheat the deathrattles out early, and it curves well with Necrium Blade, Necrium Vial, and Anka alike. Glad they’re not giving up on the archetype!

  3. Lluadian
    November 25, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    And then someone drops this in turn after play spirit to draw 2 deathrattles.

  4. Spidermannerdlikeme
    November 25, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Really good but rogue needs more actual deathrattles than deathrattle synergies. I doubt we’ll get more because dragon rogue would need a lot of support and they probably would rather push that archetype more. Though this could just be used to get one good death rattle specifically. 4 stars

  5. EksSkellybur
    November 25, 2019 at 11:04 am

    So we heard that you wanted to play Rotspring, but Rotspring was too fringe of a card to use. So we decided to give you a “Rotspring” that also drew a Specific Card. Meaning that Rouge could go for some of the more creative yet wacky ideas that they could go for, such as a very memory idea with Necirum and Warbringer, but will VERY benefit for Hand Rouge for example. Or How about trying to play more Tempo instead? Well, now you can Fetch for something like a Loot Hoarder or a Thalnos to keep adding in Recycles. Now Granted that a 2/5 Body that has a Deathrattle is pretty awkward for rouges to try and pull off, but had Hearthstone try to make it tweak around the stats, say a 4/3 instead, then this card would be pretty strong. You could even pull off a threatening plan with the help of Mechanical whelp to drop a 7/7 for you, but it can be a Double-Edged Sword. Overall, It is a 4 Star Card at above average, but the pure creativity for this card is 6 Stars for Variety. You can do SO much with this card, despite wanting to delay the Deathrattle.

  6. Orasha
    November 25, 2019 at 10:21 am

    A tutor effect that allows you to double up on useful battlecries. Seems incredibly powerful with high-cost deathrattle minions, or in combo decks that revolve around drawing specific deathrattle minions. Also works in Wild; deathrattle rogue has been experimented with time and time again and usually falls short, but maybe being able to draw the deathrattles more consistently will be enough.

  7. GlosuuLang
    November 25, 2019 at 8:58 am

    So Myra Rotspring but actually playable? I want my Legendary Dust back, k thx. 🙂

  8. Lluadian
    November 25, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Auto include in a deathrattle rogue is all can say there’s a nice list of cards this can tag and be worth it and there’s only a handful of cards you wouldn’t want this to grab.

  9. Sealbinder
    November 25, 2019 at 5:40 am

    I loved deathrattle rogue before the last rotation. Big deathrattle rogue was one of my favorite decks of year of the raven. The past two sets have not included a lot of support for the archetype (outside of Anka). Hope we get more support in this set before Necrium Blade/Vial rotate.

    This card would be great in any deathrattle rogue. Would be fun to try out with Blatant Decoy and larger minions. Lots of craziness could occur.

  10. LegendaryBot
    November 25, 2019 at 5:33 am

    This is totally a boomsday card, chemists and deathrattle was rogues flavor in that expansion.

    As for deck ideas, waxadred, mech welp but perhaps galakrond rogue with a deathrattle package.
    Tempo rogue could drastically change thanks to this and perhaps become slower but probably not.
    This is amazing with a coin, but consistently will be turn 5-6.
    hopefully rougue gets a good deathrattle for this other than mechanical welp.

    • GoldDust
      November 25, 2019 at 6:24 am

      Death rattle wasn’t rogue’s Boomsday flavor, it’s supposed to be part of the class’ strengths. The necrium part though is very Boomsday.

      There’s also the 9/6 with the +3/+3 handbuff deathrattle, but that’s probably on the weaker side.

      • WingedCastaway
        November 25, 2019 at 1:30 pm

        Nah, I’m here to defend my fellow Memebaron Togwaggle, Deathrattle WAS Rogue’s Boomsday Flavor. In Boomsday Rogues were about chemistry, potions, poisons and other original chemicals, including Necrium. And Necrium is about Deathrattle. So, yes, while you might say that Rogue does have a history of synergy with Deathrattle through other expansions, Boomsday Rogue WAS mostly about Deathrattle, since the main Legendary was related to Necrium i.e Deathrattles. Also yes there’s the handbuff one but the issue is that you don’t really want to run it in your deck in the first place cause the minion itself is pretty subpar compared to other Deathrattles, way too slow.

  11. Jed
    November 25, 2019 at 5:29 am

    Just as I am rotating out of standard too 🙁

  12. WingedCastaway
    November 25, 2019 at 5:22 am

    I like this a lot. While it may seem « out of flavor » for this expansion, it is undeniably a very strong card. Remember Elven Minstrel ? It was a very good card back then. It shared the same mana cost, tutoring draw effect, and Combo requirement. However, I feel that although this isn’t as flexible and useful to all decks as Minstrel was, it’s still pretty big. Stats are slightly higher, though not necessarily better, than Minstrel’s. As a T3 with the coin, it is outright amazing. You can obviously see that we have a few Deathrattles that could make this little rat scientist a force to be reckoned with, at a rather cheap cost. Rogue isn’t in shortage of cheap activators in the current meta, as far as I’m concerned, with good options such as Pharaoh Cat. Not to mention the fact that it tutors and draws Deathrattles, which in a Deathrattle deck is definitely something you might use any day of the week. Thanks to its effect it also beneficiates from other Deathrattle synergy decks. All in all, we have to wait and see if this card is worth only playing very big Deathrattles to ensure that it will be crazy all the time, but honestly, you don’t even have to run a deck with heavy Deathrattles synergies to make this work. You could just run two mechanical dragons and have a good chance of making it work most of the time. Since mechanical dragon isn’t such a subpar card even without deathrattle synergy, though it is slow, this could be a powerful threat especially in the early game.
    Overall, it cannot be denied that this has a lot of potential. 2/5 are stats that could belong to a 3 mana, so you essentially pay 2 mana to draw a deathrattle and copy the effect on the minion. Since you can choose to include only strong deathrattles in your deck, it sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Feel free to share your opinion or criticize mine by commenting.

  13. Imnomada
    November 25, 2019 at 5:21 am

    This is going to work great with new rogue legendary dragon

  14. Hawk819
    November 25, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Oh, yea. Gral the shark anyone? Although Gral will be rotating out come April. We can use This with Gral. This card will give any Rogue player a 1 in 2 chance of triggering a DR. Now tell me Anubisath Warbringer is slow.

    • WingedCastaway
      November 25, 2019 at 5:25 am

      Gral actually one of the few cards you can’t make this work with. Gral’s Deathrattle requires his Battlecry to work. In other words, this card would draw Gral, but the Deathrattle wouldn’t do anything. That’s therefore one of the worst options you can get with it.