Redband Wasp

Redband Wasp Card

Redband Wasp is a 2 Mana Cost Rare Warrior Minion Beast card from the The Witchwood set!

Card Text

Rush Has +3 Attack while damaged.

Flavor Text

Also comes in other colors, but red's in fashion this season.

Redband Wasp Card Review

I like the fact that they’ve introduced the Rush keyword. For example, this could be pretty broken if it had Charge. This + Inner Rage could result in some combos, as it would only cost 2 and turn it into a Leeroy Jenkins. As a Rush, you can still nuke something for 6, but that something has to be a minion.

This card in particular is pretty okay. Or, let’s put it this way – it’s good if you play against a token-heavy deck. For example, your opponent plays a 1/1 minion on Turn 1 – you kill it and still have a 4/2 on the board, a 4/2 that can actually attack him next turn. Even if your opponent plays a 2/, it should still be good – clearing a 1-drop and having a 4/1 minion is not bad.

Which makes it a great card against Paladin, for example. You can clear something small, even their 1/1 from Hero Power, and have a 2 mana 4/2 minion.

But then, against minions with more than 1 health, you can’t really get a free trade. Let’s say your opponent plays a 2/3 2-drop, then it’s ultimately 1 for 1. Given that the 2-drop probably did something for your opponent (like Arcanologist), it’s not a good deal. It gets even worse against 3 Attack minions – for example a 3/3, which is a pretty common stat-line. If you want to kill it, you have to play this, activate it first with e.g. Whirlwind and only then kill the minion, not very efficient.

Of course, later into the game you might use it alongside a Whirlwind effect that you would use anyway. A 4/2 minion with Rush for 2 mana is basically “deal 4 damage to a minion”, which is a solid 2 mana card, but honestly, it’s not super impressive.

So the best case scenario is facing an aggressive deck in the early game. This will definitely be a meta-dependent card, but just like the last one, I could see it being played in some sort of Tempo/Control Warrior focused on the Whirlwind effects. But then again, such deck would ALREADY be good against Token-heavy decks, like Dude Paladin… so I’m not too excited after all.

Card rating: 4/10

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19 Comments

  1. Fry
    April 6, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Coin this and kill a librarian, then play Rampage next turn. Turn two 7/4. I think this will be a solid early game tool in tempo warrior.

  2. Blitz
    March 27, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    I think this would work in an Even Control Warrior. All of these Rush cards with attack buffs fit nicely into an Evens deck with Scourgelord Garrosh, Grom, Rotface, Yip, Lich King. You add cards like this, Warpath and Milita Commander? Could be a thing…

  3. Nebulonstyle
    March 27, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Removes a token and becomes a 4/2. I think it’s great for midrange/control

  4. palkaanalka
    March 27, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    so you are just releasing a video about how bad enrage is and telling that this thing wont ever be used in a while, and a week after this card comes out… ok

  5. d
    March 27, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    This card is underrated. To me an easy 5/5. So in the early game you have a strong minion, that after killing a minion becomes a 3 drop for 2 mana. And later it becomes a comboed eviscerate with a whirlwind Effect. It can’t go face an still this card is a great Aggro card as well. THis is a new automatically

    • Matt
      March 27, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Eviscerate that can’t get around taunts but decent point.

  6. Kenchilada
    March 27, 2018 at 10:20 am

    I think this card has a placeholder name for a reason, I doubt they’d have trouble naming an angry red bug. My idea is that one of the warrior legendaries could be a giant bug that relates to this card (i.e. this card could be Servant of Bug Dude) and maybe Blizzard is hiding the name for some reason. I can’t think of any significant Warcraft bug names that would give away the supposed legendary, but idk. I’m just kind of appalled that this card would have ‘placeholder’ in the name when Blizzard works on these sets months in advance, it’s possible that there’s something deeper here than running out of time and forgetting to name a trash rare.

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 27, 2018 at 10:50 am

      We used a placeholder name, because there was no official translation for the card yet (the card was revealed in Chinese), not because it REALLY has “placeholder” in its name name 🙂

  7. Crapcrack
    March 27, 2018 at 9:12 am

    pretty bad card

  8. Soup And Salad
    March 27, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Pretty decent for early game removal for a control Warrior. It can kill an opponent’s 2/1 and then turn around to kill whatever they played on turn 2 or 3.
    This will see play if control Warrior ends up being viable.

  9. andrew
    March 27, 2018 at 8:00 am

    good card in early game. can kill 1hp 1st drop and survive

  10. Joeydungee
    March 27, 2018 at 7:12 am

    “Placeholder” refers to the name “Red Insect” correct?

  11. Finally
    March 27, 2018 at 6:26 am

    looks pretty trashy

  12. Simpire
    March 27, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Don’t they mean “Enrage: +3 attack”?