Nightscale Matriarch

Nightscale Matriarch Card

Nightscale Matriarch is a 7 Mana Cost Rare Priest Minion Dragon card from the The Witchwood set!

Card Text

Whenever a friendly minion is healed, summon a 3/3 Whelp.

Flavor Text

Everywhelp, get in here!

Nightscale Matriarch Card Review

Well, the obvious comparison here is Northshire Cleric. Low attack / high health, synergy on healing. However, unlike Cleric, this is MUCH less flexible. Since it costs 7 mana, you need to wait until Turn 9 before comboing it with your Hero Power right away. While technically you can drop it on the curve, 4/9 for 7 mana is not too good. It could survive sometimes, and then get the value, but you can’t really count on that.

Theoretically you could make some fancy combos with Wild Pyromancer and Circle of Healing, but I really think that it’s just too fancy. You spend 3 cards to put a bunch of 3/3 minions on the board. In case of a board clear, you’re really behind. With Cleric, not only the whole combo is much cheaper, but you draw cards – your opponent can’t really punish you for doing that (most of the time, that is), you won’t lose card advantage if they play a single card to counter you.

However, if you already have 2-3 damaged minions, it can be big with the new Divine Hymn. Especially if you can drop this + Cleric + Hymn on Turn 10, that would be an insane Turn. Summon a few minions and then draw a few cards.

Anyway, what I like about this card is the Dragon tag. While Drakonid Operative is gone, so the incentive to play the Dragon synergies will be lower, Duskbreaker is still pretty broken vs faster decks, so if the meta will demand it, I could totally see Priest running a Dragon package. This card should fit into a Control Dragon Priest, deck that is losing quite a lot with the rotation, but MIGHT still find its way back into the meta.

I’m not as hyped about it as some of you, but I think it’s a solid card.

Card rating: 7/10

11 Comments

  1. Blake
    April 9, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    It solid cards like there that are gonna make “Lady in White” a serious… serious… pain in the butt for everyone who has to play against a priest and feel the terror that is having a priest play a turn 6 lady, and then a turn 7 9/9 with a minion generator affect.

    As a Priest Main though……. HAIL THE DRAGONS…… in the words of our Prophet Kibler : THE DRAGONS ARE COMING.

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  2. Soup And Salad
    April 9, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    This is hardly a Drakonid Operative, but on a damaged board with a Circle of Healing, this can end up being okay.
    If the dragon package remains playable in priest, I see no reason why this also can’t be playable. It won’t be anything more though.

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  3. Jazen attano
    April 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    this is an interesting card however dragon priest has been damaged by losing drakonid and historian due to their rotation. i dont think that dragon priest will remain strong after that in standard even with this card.

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    • Darren Li
      April 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      but if priest is damaged then they can heal and get a whelp

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      • MattH
        April 9, 2018 at 6:04 pm

        Nice try but it’s only for healing a damaged minion not the hero (Priest) haha

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  4. EksSkellybur
    April 9, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Dragon Preist and Spell Priest are going to have fun with this Card.

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  5. JellyBaby0200
    April 9, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    I thought we FINALLY got rid of all those dragon priest decks, now netherspite historian
    And drakonid operative are rotating out.
    Tho this card! With divine hymn.
    I guess reaching legend isn’t much about skill but about how much time AND MONEY you can waste. Thanks Ben. For everything.

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    • Smaragdptor
      April 9, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      Yeah, that 9-mana combo consisting of a rare and a common will ruin everyone trying to be competitive, such prohibitive prerequisites!
      Well, it’d be a 7-mana combo if you took circle of healing, I guess, and 0 mana summon 2 or 3 3/3s doesn’t sound too shabby. Still I doubt it will be the way to go to legend in a breeze.

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      • JellyBaby0200
        April 13, 2018 at 4:46 pm

        Yeah it’s not about this card in particulat but just the meta at this moment. I like playing more fun decks than comp decks, but o tried climbing to legend the month before KaC came out. (It’s still like this now btw)
        But i played my cheesy,
        Keleseth zoolock. And because eventually my winrate was more than %50 and i technically played optimal,(which isn’t that hard in this game, i mean it’s not chess. There is only a very limited amount of options each turn). So after spending nearly 70 hours i slowly started to rise and reached legend. Which goes to show.
        That for the sweet price of min €100+.
        And at least 30+ hours. Even YOU can reach legend. That’s all i have to say.

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  6. BadBoomBoom
    April 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Thragtusk

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  7. GlosuuLang
    April 9, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    It has good health so it’s very reasonable to get good value out of this. Have some Circle of Healing in hand and pop some 3/3s. Also activates Dragon synergies. It’s solid! 3.5/5 stars.

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