Princess Talanji

Princess Talanji Card

Princess Talanji is a 8 Mana Cost Legendary Priest Minion card from the Rastakhan's Rumble set!

Card Text

Battlecry: Summon all minions from your hand that didn't start in your deck.

Flavor Text

Everyone wants to be a princess, but nobody ever considers the size of the hat.

Princess Talanji Additional Information

Princess Talanji Card Review

In theory, an effect like that can be a massive tempo swing. Even just 2 bigger minions or 3-4 smaller ones means that you basically flood the board and you force your opponent to play a board sweeper (if he has one) or he loses the game. But I don’t think that the card will be particularly good, because it forces Priest to run some… suboptimal cards. And even then, it’s not that consistent.

You see, while Priests have some ways to get minions that didn’t start in their deck (e.g. Cloning DeviceThoughtstealCurious Glimmerroot), most of those cards are generally pretty bad (Cloning Device) or won’t consistently give you what you need (Glimmerroot). If you want to go for a really long game plan, you can also play Archbishop Benedictus, and then hoard a lot of minions and play Talanji… but that’s not the best play either, because you play right into your opponent’s AoE.

So, to make the long story short – the effect is rather difficult to utilize without putting sub-optimal cards in your deck, it’s just bad against Aggro (because it’s slow and you won’t likely steal anything meaningful from them anyway) and against Control you’d often rather play those minions one by one to not play into their AoE sweepers they’re just waiting to use and would be dead in their hand otherwise (or forced on 1-2 minions).

In theory, I could see this card in a deck devoted to effects that “steal” cards, discover them or give you random cards, e.g. Glimmerroot, Stonehill DefenderBone Drake. But this entire deck would be rather clunky if it would rely on a single big board swing to win the game. Technically, pulling let’s say 20 mana worth of stats from your hand for 8 mana is great, but I don’t think that it would be consistent enough.

Card rating: 3/10

46 Comments

  1. Lluadian
    November 24, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Interesting meme deck take this and run with benedictus in a deck similar to priest mechathun.

    Runs alot of draw power so you will empty out your deck and copy theirs. Nothing more meme worthy than your opponent dying to their own minions.

  2. The Wizz Bizz
    November 23, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Hmm if this makes it into Whizbang the Wonderfuls decks. Then I assume it will work on all the minions.

  3. Meat_wad
    November 22, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    This, plus the spirit and the loa is pushing a clone gallery Big Priest. Once the spellstones rotate, maybe before, this core will be the new maly velen combo starter

    • Soup And Salad
      November 22, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Or you can just play the Obsidian Statue discovered by Stonehill Defender. That by itself is probably good enough.

  4. to
    November 22, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    While this card is not exceptional and requires a lot of support I don’t think it’s that bad. It’s potentially game winning, if not at least game swinging and as mentioned in wild format in the proper deck it’s down right nasty…

  5. Jed
    November 22, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Hahaha good meme xd

    3.4/5

  6. Freedon
    November 22, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Haters gonna hate, but personally 4/5 for Princess Talanji’s deck (even if not meta) defining potential. I’d definitely think about crafting it.

    Talanji single-handedly gives a great focus to a thief priest style deck, or indeed any deck that might end up with a couple of new minions in the first 10 or so turns, which there’s plenty of support for on curve. Just looking at existing cards, in priest there’s 6 unique cards at 5 mana or less that support it well, and neutrals such as shallow gravedigger, stonehill defender, weaponized pinata, and bone drake.

    The issue with all these value cards is they sacrifice tempo and on-board presence, and you still have to play the new cards themselves. Talanji allows you to realise the value and counteract the tempo you might have lost in a big turn 8 swing play. All you need is just a couple of semi-decent new minions in hand, let alone anything like obsidian statue, which is a common draw for stonehill in priest.

    Talanji is then far better then Tess in the first half of a game given your not restricted to opposing class cards, but can include neutrals, and you don’t need to have actually played the new cards first. Talanji clearly becomes weaker in the later game, particularly if your hand starts to empty, however the card generating value of many of the cards in this deck is such that this wouldn’t actually be that big an issue.

    This card is then a pretty powerful and fun top off for a midrange-control thief/value priest deck, which is even better for being composed of primarily common and rare cards, after all you can borrow your opponent’s legendaries if you need to.

  7. Muzek
    November 22, 2018 at 10:48 am

    As a person who plays a lot of wild I’m super excited to see this card. Finally some payoff for using cards that steal cards from your opponents deck. For a long time priest had been a boring class I personally dont mind my favorite class getting bad cards as long as they’re fun. (Not to say this is a bad card, actually very powerful in wild especially with dragonOP)

    • Ertje
      November 22, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      Copy*
      Priests copy cards. They don’t steal them.

  8. Levi
    November 22, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Wait I thought every class would get one beast legendary, how come priest doesn’t get one?

    • FrozenStar
      November 22, 2018 at 10:23 am

      Loa is not necessary a beast.

      Priest’s loa is Bwonsamdi

      • Levi
        November 22, 2018 at 12:12 pm

        Interesting, I see how it is now

    • Dalen02
      November 22, 2018 at 10:25 am

      No… I was really looking forward to Beast Priest this expansion

    • Beryb
      November 22, 2018 at 10:26 am

      No. One Loa legendary. Loa != beast, it can be beast, it can be just troll.

      • Jansuko
        November 22, 2018 at 11:02 am

        Love how you used a code explain that lmao @Beryb

  9. HSPlayer
    November 22, 2018 at 10:15 am

    This card is sick in Wild deathrattle quest priest or dragon priest

  10. Soup And Salad
    November 22, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Princess Talanji could maybe work if it summons at least two mid-cost minions consistently. The Spirit and the Loa for the class could work towards that, but the cards they produce and search for already cost one anyway. You’re not saving much in that case.

    I can’t think of any cards that could really be used to consistently pull that off in a meaningful way or by turn eight. I know there’s a lot of copy effects in Priest, but they’re all rather slow or random. Obviously, the ceiling is very high on the card, but the floor is probably a bit lower than the ceiling is high.

    Control match-ups are where this sort of effect would be pulled off the most often, but it just so happens to be the match-up that will be most readily reacted to with a board clearing effect. Granted, then we could discuss the applicability of following up such an occurrence with the Diamond Spellstone, but we also be discussing games that are going on for thirty turns.

    While the Lich King isn’t anywhere near as flashy or potentially powerful, you are still better off playing it over Talanji. The average result of the Lich King is just consistently better than this.

  11. Pengun
    November 22, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Alright bros, here’s the deal.
    Step 1 (T10): cloning gallery + dead spirit (this legendary is one of the minions in the gallery)

    (their turn): hope ur spirit lives

    Step 2 (T11): kill ur bOis (if not already dead) and play new 7/7 dead guy (which will draw this card), then play this card

    Step 3: ???? (play second spirit for extra value)

    Step 4: profit

  12. Piterno
    November 22, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Priest in RR eels like Shaman in KFT and KnC. Murlocs, freeze, Overload, Evolve, Totems… It’s too all over the place. And then you have paladin or mage, they have a whole cycle of cards that synergize perfectly for a goal: to heal a ton or deal a lot of ping damage respectively. Those classes, we know are going to be at least all right because they have a clear goal to it. These cards, I don’t even know how they’re going to end up working, and I know it’s going to just be a meme… 0/5.

  13. ResidentStandard
    November 22, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Bad card, not enough (good) cards for Priest to make this work.

  14. Phoesias
    November 22, 2018 at 7:37 am

    this card perfectly fits in Deathrattle Priest

    i love it

  15. MrPoison
    November 22, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Priest is trying to be too many things this expansion, will ended up being nothing.

  16. ZJ
    November 22, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Anyone know if this works with Chameleos?

  17. sina
    November 22, 2018 at 6:14 am

    this+ holy water has so much potential

    • sina
      November 22, 2018 at 6:15 am

      and there are some spell that priest can fill his hand with minions from enemy deck and hand this can be so crazy

    • Soup And Salad
      November 22, 2018 at 9:27 am

      I don’t think a five mana spell that only deals four damage will ever be useful, no matter what combination you plan on using it with.

  18. For the Alliance and the Light
    November 22, 2018 at 5:43 am

    A new tool for dirty priest. Hurray

  19. Skoopy
    November 22, 2018 at 5:31 am

    where is Priest getting all these cards to summon with it?

    • Sand-12
      November 22, 2018 at 5:35 am

      Cloning the opponent’s deck, using Spirit of the Dead to shuffle copies of dead minions into your own deck, a couple of cards that generate minions in your hand… None of these are good options. Talanji will be good for highlight reels on youtube, but she won’t be part of a competitive deck.

      • Jonatas F
        November 22, 2018 at 6:56 am

        Priest decks are going nowhere…
        Priest is only good in wild.

    • ZJ
      November 22, 2018 at 6:51 am

      Elise, Bonedrake, Glimmeroot, Benedictus, Crystaline Oracle, Zola, Chameleos (?), Yesera, Death’s Grip.

      Doubt it will be more than a fun meme. But there are enough reasonable cards supporting it as a potentially high tempo play in a value dragon deck after your psychic scream turn.

    • brandon
      November 22, 2018 at 7:44 am

      Cloning Device
      Devour Mind
      Holy Water
      Mind Vision
      Any cards from Spirt of the Dead
      Bone Drakes (Dragon off the Deathrattle)
      Ysera (Laughing Sister/Emerald Drake)
      and any minion from Archbishop Benedictus

    • Heki
      November 23, 2018 at 2:43 am

      Stonehill Defender, Zola and Elise for example.

  20. Thraben
    November 22, 2018 at 5:19 am

    Automated piñata is strong with this one

  21. Sand-12
    November 22, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Wow, Tess Greymane got a fancy hat.

    • Essexmcintosh
      November 22, 2018 at 7:07 am

      It’s a real shame really,
      Tess should’ve gotten spiky hair to go with the rest of team -zombies- Spiky Hair!

      But at least there’s synergy between her, Spirit of Sonya Shadowdancer, and Bwonsamdi’s Unstable element.

  22. Crapcrack
    November 22, 2018 at 5:08 am

    The potential is big…

  23. Knewbi
    November 22, 2018 at 5:08 am

    *spams legendaries*

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