Prince Liam

Prince Liam Card

Prince Liam is a 5 Mana Cost Legendary Paladin Minion card from the The Witchwood set!

Card Text

Battlecry: Transform all 1-Cost cards in your deck into Legendary minions.

Flavor Text

"I have a very particular set of skills. Skills that make me a nightmare for witches like you."

Prince Liam Card Review

Very interesting card. On a first glance, it looks like a build-around card, but I’m not absolutely sure if it’s consistent enough to be one. But then I’ve realized – you don’t have to build a deck around it. You can just play a pretty regular Midrange Paladin, maybe with some Secrets and Bellringer Sentry, and then if you draw it in the mid/late game, you play it and turn those 1 mana cards in your deck into something better.

Because let’s be honest – random Legendaries aren’t always most powerful or impactful. There are lots of better options. But no matter how I look at it, I’d still rather draw a random Legendary than a 1 mana card in the late game.

1 mana cards are necessary if you want your deck to stand a chance against faster builds, or possibly to put pressure against slower ones. But they aren’t good draws later. So playing this is like increasing the average value of your future draws.

What’s going on for this card are the stats – 5 mana 5/5 is solid. Of course, it’s not amazing, but it’s not like playing it without getting any immediate effect is going to lose you the game.

I could see this being played in some kind of Midrange Paladin. Very interesting card, and it’s just on the edge of being a meme card too, but I’ll still test it out.

P.S. This card could go from the “meme” to “actually solid” with one change – if it also changed cards in your HAND and not only in your deck. Right now, if you draw a bunch of 1 cost cards first and then this, it will feel really bad…

Card rating: 4/10

32 Comments

  1. TheTekin
    April 9, 2019 at 3:20 am

    I’ve built a deck around this card for fun; which includes about 12-13 1 drop cards (minions+spells). Added some taunt and card-drawing minions+spells for the remaining slots.
    Winning condition totally depends on if you draw Liam in early game AND if your random legendary minions are useful or not.
    I actually enjoy playing with the Liam Deck. Overall, had 50% win-rate after 12 games. Not suitable for ranked plays though.

  2. hero
    April 11, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    the problem with this card is it makes zero sense to play this in the same deck as Call to Arms.

    it’s anti-synergistic.

    And unless Whirlwind Warrior is a thing – why in the hell would you not play Call To Arms?

    • Lukin
      June 14, 2018 at 6:01 am

      And may i ask you, what kind of minions do you play in a Paladin deck that runs CTA ??? Do you run ten 1 drops ? This comment makes no sense TBH because Paladins only run 2 drops in combination with CTA and Murloc Paladin runs 2 1/1 Divine Taunts and 2 1/2 Murlocs.

    • Lukin
      June 14, 2018 at 6:03 am

      Plus, Paladins are missing some (random) value generating cards.

  3. Walri
    April 10, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    I think this card would work best in aggro. Control decks already have their own late game win conditions. I think the point of this is that aggro pally can swap out it’s approximately 10 1 drops for legendary cards that are much more useful in the late game, control/midrange decks have less 1 drops in them. The main problem is that this card does not fit well with call to arms for 2 reasons, it might make call to arms not work at all as you wont have enough small minions left in your deck, and secondly if you play a few call to arms before this card then you might not have any 1 drops left in your deck anyway. I have an exciting idea for an odd cost Baku deck, with about 12 1 drops, and some cool 3 and 5 drops – including Liam. You heard it here first.
    – Walri, paladin deck creator and high legend player

  4. Blazefury
    April 9, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Why everyone is bringing up dude paladin? Steward of darkshire and stand against darkness is rotating out

    • Hex
      April 11, 2018 at 3:20 am

      Sure, but you I think you can replace stand against darkness with second copy of vinecleaver, plus you still have the one mana summon two guys so I think dude paldin can still be used

  5. KDX
    April 9, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Idk guys, I really don’t like getting hard countered by skulking geist. I’m not sure how jade druid does it, but if this decks become marginally competitive, getting hard countered by just one card isn’t even funny.

    • Royale
      April 9, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      well Skulking Geist does not effect 1-Cost minions, so this can be effective in one way certainly.

  6. Soup And Salad
    April 9, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    I can see this being the core in somesort of new Control Secret Paladin if such a thing was ever to come about. The whole I idea is you’d use secrets in the early game, healing off of Truesilver Champion and other similar cards, and efficient and at least functional removal in the form of Aldor Peacekeeper to survive into the late game and out value opponents by turning your low value secrets into high enough value cards with this.

    The only issue I can see with such a deck is there’s not enough good secrets and secret synergies in Paladin to do such a thing.

    The statline and mana cost is okay enough to probably make it into Paladin decks that play enough 1 drops that drawing them in the late game would be awful though.

  7. Invictus
    April 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    A couple things. Firstly, this is not meant to be played in aggro. It may find a place in Dude Paladin but that doesn’t seem very strong. In both these cases Call to Arms is far superior. This card seems to be for mid to late game control decks with either secrets or 1-mana buffs for quest paladin/Lynessa.

    This brings me to my second point. This is not a worse Prince Malchezar since you have exact control over when you get the effect and you know exactly which cards you are replacing. In many cases drawing and dropping any minion with stats is better than a Blessing of Wisdom or similar card.

    I don’t think I’ll craft it but if I open one I’ll probably try it out in quest paladin for a bit of fun.

  8. EksSkellybur
    April 9, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    This is a Really Smooth Card, and a Semi Psychic Scream, when you think about it as Dude Paladin.

    It Turns your Leftovers into Legendary minions. Even if those Legendaries are Bad, they are at least a hell of a lot better (Generally speaking in terms of Stats) then getting Silver Hand Recruits on your Deck on turn 7-10s.

    • Jacebeleren
      April 10, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      This card does not work in dude paladdin. You lose all synergie in this deck of Liam gets played.

  9. MockRock
    April 9, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    I think the idea behind this card is midrange, allowing you to stuff your deck with early game and then transition into a later gameplan. Do you actually want to do that though? Eh…not too sure. And I was really, really hoping my favourite class would get a Dragon legendary this time around. Oh well.

  10. JellyBaby0200
    April 9, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    I see some people love it and some hate it.
    I personally think it’s an interesting card to get rid of your 1 drops but you might as well play call to arms and get the same value and thin out your deck, which seems better since cards in you controllish deck are probably better than “random legendaries”

  11. Sehrvis
    April 9, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Dude…

  12. Triangular
    April 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Crawl back into your coffin, worse and conditional Malchezaar, I don’t want you in this set.
    And definitely not as a legendary in my beloved Paladin class.

  13. God damn it Liam
    April 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Ironic that this card doesn’t have synergy with Genn Greymane….

  14. Liam Davies
    April 9, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Speaking as someone actually called Liam, I flipping love this card.

  15. GlosuuLang
    April 9, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I like this Legendary! In the lategame you’d rather topdeck a random legendary than a Secret. I’d rather have a Righteous Protector than a random legendary though. But maybe Call to Arms it first? More tools for Midrange Paladin, although I don’t think this is OP by any means. 3.5/5 stars.

  16. dynasty
    April 9, 2018 at 11:31 am

    dumb.

  17. Pablo
    April 9, 2018 at 11:26 am

    YES!!!!!

  18. Aeaeae
    April 9, 2018 at 11:21 am

    WoW reference, nvm.

  19. Thraben
    April 9, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Let the memes begin…!

  20. Benjaxoul
    April 9, 2018 at 11:20 am

    (If the enemy is running sylvanas wisperwind, destroy this)

    • Helix
      April 10, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      Gee, how many legendaries would The Lich King destroy?

  21. Bratwurst
    April 9, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Wut.

  22. YellowDude
    April 9, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Nice work Day9

    you’ve made us all proud

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