Raiding Party

Raiding Party Card

Raiding Party is a 4 Mana Cost Rare Rogue Spell card from the Rastakhan's Rumble set!

Card Text

Draw 2 Pirates from your deck. Combo: And a weapon.

Flavor Text

And a bowl of chips. And some of those little cocktail weenies!

Raiding Party Card Review

Tutoring 3 cards for 3 mana is absolutely broken. So that’s it, end of story, right? Wellll, not exactly. You see, the thing about tutor is that it’s good only if you have a deck that wants to tutor those specific things – in this case Pirates and Weapons. But the problem is that not only Pirate Rogue is not currently viable (it shapes up to be better in this expansion, but we’ll see), but a) it’s an Aggro/Tempo deck, so probably only a slightly slower build would want to run it and b) it might not want to run more weapon besides Hero Power (because at least right now there aren’t many great Rogue weapons available).

This card would be the strongest in some kind of Midrange Pirate Rogue that plays weapons too. In that kind of deck, it’s basically 10/10 – you get A LOT of juice just for 3 mana, and triggering Combo is not really that difficult. Even if you can’t trigger it, drawing two Pirates can still be a nice topdeck in the late game. However, whether a deck like that will exist or not heavily depends on how the rest of Pirate synergies in this expansion shapes up.

That said, I think that there is a deck that might want to play it right now. Probably not two copies, but one would be pretty solid. The deck is Kingsbane Rogue. It obviously does play weapon, so it would have another way to tutor it – either to draw it initially (which is key to victory), or to get the buffed one back to the hand. It also does run Pirates – some builds use 2x Cutthroat Buccaneer and Captain Greenskin, I think that 3 Pirates are enough to justify running one copy.

It’s odd-costed, so in theory you could also run it in some sort of Pirate Odd Rogue, but… I don’t think that would be a good card in there. Most likely you wouldn’t want to play more weapons than just your Hero Power, so the Combo part would be wasted. And just drawing 2 for 3 is not good enough for a fast deck like that.

Overall I think that the card has potential – I would playtest one copy right now into Kingsbane Rogue, and it might be a staple if some kind of Midrange Pirate Rogue pops out in the meta (they might be pushing something like that, after all, remember that one of the Rogue’s Legendaries will be a Pirate).

Card rating: 6/10 in Kingsbane Rogue, 8/10 in some kind of Midrange/Tempo Pirate Rogue ASSUMING it runs weapons (but I have doubts that a deck like that will exist), useless in regular Rogue decks

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  1. Creepy TallKinGuy
    November 21, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    So, we got the best type of party? I like the cards for what they do and not by comparison, buuuttt sense demons is like this without the combo, so this is a win win for pirate rogue, 10 and a cutlass/out of 5, just because in my heart all pirates are 5/5.

  2. Nickname23
    November 20, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    This whole Pirate Rogue theme this expansion would make a lot of sense to me, if the Pirate legendary has a start of game effect: Start with a random weapon from your deck in your opening hand. Kingsbane on 1, let’s go. 🙂

  3. Jed
    November 20, 2018 at 5:33 am

    4 yarghs/5

  4. Kanapesh
    November 20, 2018 at 5:27 am

    So either Pirate will be a thing, either it’s going to be Kingsbane.
    If it is the case, I might quit anything that isn’t Hearthstone this expansion,, except maybe for my girlfriend

  5. 3xZut
    November 20, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Nice one, the expected pirate synergy seems to be favoured. And drawing a weapon is quite solid, 3 mana draw 3 and it’s targeted drawing which is even best.

  6. aymon
    November 20, 2018 at 1:56 am

    rogue pirate will prob be realy strong and with this you can draw the champion

  7. SupHypUlt
    November 20, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Card draw for Odd Pirate Rogue in standard perhaps

  8. Guyopt
    November 20, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Seems good. can be useful also in kings bane deck.

  9. Wikator
    November 20, 2018 at 12:16 am

    Not so bad actually. I’m quite happy that they are trying to create new archtype for rogue.

    • Wikator
      November 20, 2018 at 12:20 am

      Also forgot to mention that the card’s popularity massively depends on of they will add any good weopns that has synergy with pirates. 3.5/5

  10. Piterno
    November 20, 2018 at 12:09 am

    I like it question mark?
    It really should be 2 mana, since Forge Of Souls and Ice Fishing draw 2. Combo: Draw a weapon shouldn’t add much to the cost. Unless pirate rogue works this won’t be played except for the Combo: Draw a weapon. part, and even then Cavern Shinyfinder is better in that front.
    1/5 unless pirate rogue works, but I doubt. Pirates really want to be aggressive, and the tempo loss this brings isn’t good one bit

    • D00mnoodle
      November 20, 2018 at 12:18 am

      Prep makes this free. So that might make it decent? I know that costs you an extra card, but this is a free combo so to speak and you can probably play the pirate/weapon during the same turn. Might activate combo on other cards like SI7 or vancleef

      • Piterno
        November 20, 2018 at 12:30 am

        I think there are better things to prep than draw, and you’re not often going to have a prep and yarr in the same hand a lot of the time. I don’t know, I guess it depends on how fast Pirate Rogue wants to be. If they’re slow for the barrage to do 24 damage, this will work in it. If it wants to be fast or midrange, they pretty much need prep for this card to do it for them.

    • DeadlyPants
      November 20, 2018 at 2:35 am

      I’m pretty sure making this two mana would carry Even Pirate Rogue a bit too hard. I think 3 is fair, considering prep is a thing.