Plague of Death

Plague of Death Card

Plague of Death is a 9 Mana Cost Epic Priest Spell card from the Saviors of Uldum set!

Card Text

Silence and destroy all minions.

Flavor Text

Don't worry, there's a happy little funhouse right under that sand pit.

42 Comments

  1. ZerefZepher
    July 29, 2019 at 2:10 am

    It’s basically a worse psychic scream that costs 2 more. I think that’s still insanely powerful. 4/5

  2. Spidermannerdlikeme
    July 27, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Love the artwork on this card, hope we get an armadillo hyena and other desert animals as filler cards

  3. ReliusRemyRezar
    July 24, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Well, is strong, but 9 mana is way too late, even twisting nether comes late when you want to destroy boards, and i am not talking about small minions, freaking turn 6 giants

  4. GlosuuLang
    July 15, 2019 at 7:17 am

    This is not the board clear that Priest needs. They need something for turns 4-5. The 9-mana cost also makes it awkward since you can’t combine it with Doomsayer like you can, for example, with Twisting Nether. In Wild this is 95% of the time strictly worse than Psychic Scream, so if it’s gonna see play, it has to be in Standard.

    • EpicnessLord12
      July 21, 2019 at 10:40 am

      Priest already has a nice anti-aggro clear for turns 4-5 (Mass Hysteria). To me this seems like a great card, giving Priest the full-blown board clear it needs to complete its survivability package of taunts, excellent individual removal and now board clears.
      Combo Priest is back folks. Whether that’s Divine Spirit + Inner Fire or Velen/Auchenai

      • GlosuuLang
        July 21, 2019 at 2:19 pm

        Divine Spirit + Inner Fire is always there. The current Mech version is not too bad. It’s not as good as before because no Shadow Visions.

        This board clear will only be really good if Priest can have a late game wincon that can rival Dr Boom. Otherwise… Nope. Maybe as a 1-of in Nomi Priest. But 9 mana is just so much…

    • Drbedspread
      July 21, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      ummmmm they already do? Pyromancer is especially good in priest, Noami priest kinda proved that one…

      • GlosuuLang
        July 21, 2019 at 2:17 pm

        I don’t think you can consider Pyromancer or Auchenai + Healing Circle good board clears. Not when other classes have Hellfire, Brawl, Flamestrike, etc, etc in the classic set, and then stuff like Hagatha’s Scheme, Earthquake, Warpath, etc in expansions.

        • Drbedspread
          July 23, 2019 at 10:52 am

          They do the same thing… AOE is AOE regardless of it’s source. Kinda funny you named a 4 cost, 5 cost, and 7 cost spell, when only one of them can be used before say mass hysteria. I mean you brought up early game AOE then went on to name mid to late game AOE. The fact is that I’ve played a lot of Noami Priest, and can say with the upmost certainty that pyromancer alone wins games against token druid, zoo, and murloc shaman.

  5. Luca
    July 10, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Powerful removal but useless vs aggro since it is a 9-cost card. It will be played (at least as a 1 of) in control priest. I am not sure if that archetype will be viable though so I will be conservative.
    3/5

  6. OhlienUFZ
    July 4, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Why is the art quicksand? That’s not a plague…

    • Lluadian
      July 4, 2019 at 11:50 am

      Probably closest would get with ability and Egyptian theme silence (mouth filled with sand) and death (suffocation). If go by the 10 plagues only pestilence would be able to count. I’m ignoring the last one because it’s not a kill everything plague in comparison.

  7. Lluadian
    July 2, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    See this and ouch considering the possibilities of new reborn mechanic it makes sense in a way. This is basically twisting nether that got upgraded for one more mana. Now the key that trolls out with this is the silencing portion can interfere with a couple of the decks seen lately. Mostly referring to the death rattle from Hunter and mech pally. With the new reborn mechanic this could be vital. However I do believe that there would probably be only 1 copy at the most in the deck but there’s no telling what support may show up.

  8. JustYourAveragePayToWin
    July 2, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Another Priest board clear, and it’s absolutely fine, 4/5.

  9. Taznak
    July 1, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Effect is very powerful, but the mana cost is painful. Warlock’s Twisting Nether costs 8, so you get up to 2 mana left over afterwards- this is very significant if, say, you’ve already played Lord Jaraxxus. 2 leftover mana = 6/6 Infernal follow-up.

    This effectively clears the board, but hands initiative right back to your opponent. Could be good in the right deck and right meta, but it’s not for every Priest deck. 3/5

    • Kuskie
      July 2, 2019 at 10:44 am

      Let’s be honest here… even before rotation of psycic scream, all priests do after screaming are just heal face afterward. Priest is not the class that depends much on mana like rouge. A strong board clear WILL be included into most priest decks because of its control value.

      • UnkarsThug
        July 2, 2019 at 11:45 am

        The cost mostly just means you can’t play it turn 7.

      • Luca
        July 2, 2019 at 4:21 pm

        But will control priest be good? I really hope it will be this expansion.

      • Taznak
        July 4, 2019 at 10:07 pm

        Priests healed their own face after psychic scream because they weren’t trying to fight for the board, to play for tempo. Those Priest decks were trying to kill you with something like Zerek’s Cloning Gallery OTK combo or Mecha’thun combo.

        This is very different from, say, Dragon Priest, for whom it was actually pretty important to clear the board with Duskbreaker and have a 3/3 left over, as well as being able to develop the board further if they had mana left over. That’s because Dragon Priest cared a lot about board development and tempo.

        When you say that Priest is not a class that depends much on mana, you’re assuming that Priest runs a combo win condition whose approach to tempo is “try to stall and not die”. I don’t think that will be true for Priest with Saviors of Uldum, or at least not for all Priest archetypes; I think Priest will have decks that care about tempo, either in the form of aggressive decks that try to win with early board control, or Midrange or Control decks that try to win with board control later on.

        • Kuskie
          July 6, 2019 at 3:09 pm

          Thank you for the insight. I overlooked the other priest archetypes that do depend on tempo (which were not prevalent last year) and only focused on control/combo priest.

          What I do think is lacking for priest right now, though, is the ultimate board control, which Mass Hysteria apparently isn’t sufficient. The catch on scilence is interesting, considering that it breaks not only deathrattles but also magnetic upgrades, making mech paladin especially vulnerable.

          I don’t know if this card would have a great impact, and I’m not saying that; I do see, however, the lacking of a strong board clear for priest which this card provides. It will be included in selective priest decks not because it’s OP, but because it’s solid.

  10. SlapLaB
    July 1, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Massively overrated me thinks. Way too expensive to be useful… unless there is a way to reduce its cost or something that wants you to have expensive spells in your deck (spiteful summoner #2)

  11. EksSkellybur
    July 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Just a Better Twisting Nether, but for Slow Priest Decks.

  12. Phoesias
    July 1, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    depends on the upcoming cards with the expansion, new keyword has a deathrattle effect, so maybe this will be a great counter, we’ll see

  13. Piterno
    July 1, 2019 at 11:21 am

    This counters Mech Pallies that get a bunch of magnetics down and don’t have Kangor’s Endless Army before turn 9. Otherwise its pretty bad but it’s another clear for wild I guess

  14. Jed
    July 1, 2019 at 11:18 am

    *Cough cough*

    Was on custom hs 8 months ago

    *cough*

    • MrPoison
      July 1, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      Well, it’s not a deep design, I bet it appeared there more than once.

  15. Phoesias
    July 1, 2019 at 10:52 am

    this is not what priest acutally needs right now.

  16. NIGHTxBLADE
    July 1, 2019 at 10:35 am

    A bit overrated,pretty slow (there are few dr minion in std currently so 1.5/5)

    • Starke HS
      July 5, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      Plenty of Magnetic last I checked. Kind of hard to call a card overrated when you don’t consider it’s full usage.

  17. Omnitarian
    July 1, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Priest needs earlygame removal right now, not lategame. It’s obviously super powerful but will need a specific meta to be viable.

  18. Soup And Salad
    July 1, 2019 at 10:25 am

    In Standard, this really should end up being too slow in all but the grindiest of match-ups

    In Wild, you’re never going to play this over Psychic Scream and Mass Hysteria.

    • 1194Ching
      July 2, 2019 at 2:16 am

      It might be too slow but what other option do they have? I can see this as a one-off in any slow priest deck.

      • Soup And Salad
        July 2, 2019 at 8:00 am

        They have Mass Hysteria and some of the most efficient spot removal in the game.

        Priest would rather play Wild Pyromancer than a nine mana psychic scream that comes down two turns too late to save you.

        • Lluadian
          July 4, 2019 at 12:32 am

          The issue of pyromancer approach is it requires several cards to make use of it this on the other hand has possibilities of being an answer you can top deck into. Also could possibly drop ressurection on turn after to get a board back depending on rest of the cards it should at least be 1 copy added to most priest decks. The problem of hysteria comes in against certain decks that play off of certain death rattles.

          • Soup And Salad
            July 4, 2019 at 7:26 am

            A decent Pyromacer play can happen as early as turn three in you’re on the coin, shutting down early game aggression.

            Mass Hysteria comes down a full four turns before Plague of Death, shutting down midgame aggression.

            This is a nine mana Twisting Nether. While, yes, Twisting Nether has seen play in Control Warlock, Warlock’s Spells are all generally worse relative to other classes and it didn’t usually in Cube Warlock or Even Warlock from the last year.

            Negating deathrattles really doesn’t matter all that much at this moment, and if Priest does play this regularly it would only be one copy at most. It’s simply too expensive to rely on.

        • Lluadian
          July 4, 2019 at 11:33 am

          Your saying negating death rattles isn’t important but there’s already a new mechanic revealed REBORN which resummons the minion with 1 health left. We don’t know what other cards will have that effect and what classes they may be in. Classes that can use spells to give that minion a death rattle with a bonus effect could be key. You cant judge a card too negatively until at least half of the cards are revealed.

          Pyromancer is only at his highpoint when you can chain several cards to keep proccing him however, this can reduce you hand more than necessary. Compare the two top decking this in late game will probably be better than top decking pyromancer. The bit with hysteria is tricky 0 attack cards can reduce the clearing value and sometimes hysteria won’t kill off all the cards on the board. At least half the time I’ve seen hysteria played at least one minion lived and it really isn’t that great if opponent has cards with death rattles (mechs are annoying for this). Until we see more cards this looks like a very nice card to top deck in the late game.

          • Soup And Salad
            July 4, 2019 at 1:28 pm

            The effect of Plague of Death disregarding the mana cost is better than either Pyromancer or Mass Hysteria, yes. However, when you consider the mana costs of all three options, Plague of Death is clearly the loser.

            You are not going to be able to rely on drawing into Plague of Death to save you from aggro. That is what is the important thing here.

            If my choice is losing the game or leaving one opposing minion up, leaving one opposing minion up is very much preferable.

            Most of those deathrattle decks you’ve mentioned too are more than capable of winning prior to turn nine.

            Mass Hysteria is a much better card than Plague of Death is. The latter may do more and always leave the board empty after playing it, but that bonus isn’t worth four mana on top of what the former charges.

            Plague of Death will be seen as a one of at most unless the format is somehow filled with nothing else but Deathrattle or Reborn focused Control oriented decks that are incapable of winning prior to turn ten. That one of copy is also likely to be dropped if Saviors format ends up being aggressively focused with most games wrapping up by turn eight.

        • Lluadian
          July 4, 2019 at 4:47 pm

          The thing is atm only a small handfull of decks I’ve run into have been able to push a match before turn 9 and of those the most common ones are murloc shaman and token druid. When you do comparisons pyromancer and hysteria are at their best when facing aggro. But pyromancer falls short against control in comparison. Hysteria is more balanced in that case but you can only run 2 copies at most. The trademark of control is removals and sticky minions. The issue for priest is your best counter for control is mainly your single removals and trades. Atm though the only real priest played at least that I’ve seen recently is silence. Of course there is one big feature that this spell brings a thought to. With this heavy emphasis on silence could it be that quest for priest involves silencing as a requirement. If the reward causes something to happen based on silencing it could be interesting.

  19. ShadowMurloc101
    July 1, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Why in priest of all classes, think of the wild players, i thought pshycic scream was bad enough.

    • 1194Ching
      July 2, 2019 at 2:10 am

      Because it is Priest’s identity. Imagine this in Druid. It would be mind-blowing. Priest is just right.

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