Shirvallah, the Tiger

Shirvallah, the Tiger Card

Shirvallah, the Tiger is a 25 Mana Cost Legendary Paladin Minion Beast card from the Rastakhan's Rumble set!

Flavor Text

On bended knee Thekal placed his weapon upon Shirvallah’s altar, whereupon she slowly knocked it off with her paw.

Shirvallah, the Tiger Card Review

It looks absolutely terrible in the current Paladin class. The class is pretty minion-heavy, even the Combo OTK Paladin doesn’t play that many spells (especially expensive spells). The card is obviously bad in any kind of Aggro / Midrange Paladin, as those want to have strong early/mid game and not some late game payoff.

The main problem with this card is that it’s straight up unplayable until you play a bunch of spells. It’s not like some other cards that are weak but still playable. E.g. Corridor Creeper can still be played at 5 mana, it’s a bad play, but if you don’t have anything else to do, you can still do it. This card simply CAN’T be played at 20, 15 or even 11 mana. You need to play at least 15 mana worth of spells to even be able to use it, and even then it’s sill terrible. Ideally you want to make it 0 mana, but it would be good enough payoff even at 4-5 mana (immediate removal, solid body and some healing). However, in order to do that, you would need to play 20 mana worth of spells, which still makes it a strictly late game card.

Let’s say that you have a really spell heavy game. You play Consecration on Turn 4, Call to Arms on Turn 5 and Spikeridged Steed on Turn 6. You would expect to be able to play this card after, but no, you still can’t. That’s “only” 15 mana worth of spells, so you still need to play another one. This will come down on Turn 8-9 at earliest (while technically it’s possible that it might drop on T7, that’s very unlikely, as you would need to play some spells basically every turn), it’s hard to imagine games in which you can play it before that. And that’s the problem. It’s just too late. Control Paladin doesn’t need tempo swings vs slower decks, because it doesn’t play for the tempo, but for the value (or combo). This is an anti-Aggro card, but it comes down too late to be a relevant anti-Aggro card. As it currently looks, this card would be really relevant only in Midrange matchups, and that’s not enough to make it a good card. And of course, let’s remember the fact that Control Paladin is not in the greatest state right now.

Unless we see some more synergies, I have to say that this card doesn’t look too good.

P.S. Theoretically you can get it from Prismatic Lens and make it really cheap really easily. But then you end up with a completely unplayable spell, and I don’t think that it’s worth the hassle (you still need to spend at least 4 mana for it AND the 25 mana spell will just stay in your hand until the end of the game).

Card rating: 3/10

Shirvallah, the Tiger Full Card Art

Shirvallah, the Tiger Full Art

51 Comments

  1. Creepy TallKinGuy
    November 30, 2018 at 2:08 am

    You know, this is like a recover card, maybe could come out late but a 7 sure heal plus a maybe 14, could get you out of some letal ranges, plus now there is a lot of heal/armor for paladin and other options, this doesn’t need to be a win condition this is the savior of a deck who calls for shyrvallas help.
    4/5.

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  2. Taxouck
    November 29, 2018 at 5:02 am

    Meh. Unenthused. Quest/Buff/Spell paladin have better, bigger late game stuff to make endless copies of for value, aka, Lynessa exists.

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  3. Colin
    November 28, 2018 at 6:16 am

    This really needs to have 8 power to be worth it I think. It would be frustrating to put this in your deck and jump through hoops to cast it, then have it not be able to kill a Lich King or just a Giant.

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  4. Max Fahlén
    November 21, 2018 at 5:34 am

    If control paladin appears to be a deck and can compete great in the ladder, this is a auto include, 2x consecration, 2x Equality and 1x A new challenger is a discount on 19 mana. Put in another A new challenger, Oondasta and you get it for free. I dunno I think it is pretty good.

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  5. Davis The Savage
    November 20, 2018 at 1:47 am

    This can see play in a Holy Wrath Standard OTK deck. Get its cost down low and draw all of your cards, and you can baleful banker it back into your deck, then hit them with the holywrath. You can also go for the augmented elek+ baleful banker for multiple shuffles, in order to hit multiple holy wraths next turn.

    The new paladin 7 cost spell could see play in this deck, as it reduces the cost by 7, and can be a good defensive tool.

    I would want to run call to arms to help thin the deck, but then there is antisynergy with the bankers, so it is not a viable option.

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  6. sumduud
    November 18, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Looks pretty good, but it might be costed too steeply at this point. I will attempt a control paladin with this thing, but I would hope for another good spell for control paladins other than just the normal consecrate and spikeridged steed with sometimes lay on hands or something. Just for reference, I would pay 8 mana for this minion, even if crystalsmith combo wasn’t a thing.

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  7. Valori
    November 14, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Buff for Tess Rogue.

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  8. Ruhzi
    November 9, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Rip hearthstone,
    just imagine having a 10 cost shirvallah, then playing a 8 cost spell that would make it cost 2.
    and lets not forget the 7 healing lifesteal, rush and divine shield

    if i owned blizzard i would make it “Cant cost less than 10 mana”

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  9. Sagat
    November 7, 2018 at 11:45 am

    TIGER UPPERCUT!!!

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    • Sagat
      November 7, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Also…. He has Vallah in his name. Which means “Swear by god”… so wtf

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  10. CorduroyCape
    November 6, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    would be more worth it with overkill ability

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  11. Anthony R McKinney
    November 6, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    would be more worth it with overkill ability

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  12. Tricklas
    November 6, 2018 at 3:17 am

    I wanna mention 2 things:
    1) This card would be a 10 mana card by its powerlevel. You get 7 lifes deal 7 demage + get a solid body instantly. Thats amazing for control. So yaeh u can’t drop if turn 7 or 8 most of the time but thats the case for cards like ysera, guldan too so thats not the big point.
    2) I wanna compare this to arcane giant. You normaly drop ag around 3 mana. so u played 9 spells already. so if your spells averagly cost 3 u get a much better ag for free with this card. Ag saw play. This is card is much better so it will see more play. I would rate it 5/5 so far but just if control pali gets a thing in the meta. of course this card is trash for aggro.

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    • Warptens
      November 6, 2018 at 7:44 am

      “Ag saw play. This is card is much better so it will see more play”
      This would be valid if shirvallah was neutral, which it isn’t

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      • Tricklas
        November 7, 2018 at 7:19 am

        Good point. But I guess it fits perfectly for pala cause of corpsetaker or holy wrath synergies

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  13. Kobleron
    November 5, 2018 at 7:22 am

    I like this card design! Imagine if you pick it up from rexxar in a spell hunter, that would be awesome and pretty OP 😉

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    • Tricklas
      November 6, 2018 at 3:11 am

      You can just get beasts with costs lower then 6. But yaeh it would be amazing

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  14. Danny
    November 4, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Empty your deck, drop it on the board -> baleful -> holy wrath. GG ez.

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    • Danny
      November 4, 2018 at 6:57 am

      Also, if you put 2 giants in, you’ve got a 10% high roll chance if you cast it straight up xD

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    • Belton
      November 9, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Zola the bale for next turn to repeat the combo next turn with the second holy wrath

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      • Pookachu150
        December 2, 2018 at 3:19 am

        or turn 10 just play this card for 0 mana, ele, banker, banker time out. that makes you immune for the next turn and have 4 tigers in your deck. next tunr holy holy for 50 damage.

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  15. Brann
    November 3, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    How much mana do you think playing a 7-5 Divine shield, Rush, life steal minion is worth?

    Zilliax is a 3-2 for only 5 mana with all this + it also has taunt and magnetic for those mech synergies

    Now your getting +4 attack + 3 health. minus the taunt and magnetic for ONLY 20 more mana. Unless you play 20 mana worth of spells.

    Zilliax is super understated but still sees a lot of play because it’s a good defensive card for 5 manna and can heal you for at least 3 maybe 6 more if your lucky. + has that mech synergy.

    Stats wise, I’d say it’d be a fair card at 8 or 9 mana. (without the effect obviously) It’s be a good control tech against aggro and mid-range decks that’d give you 7 – 14 health heal potentially 21 Hp+.

    Hard to say, idk if this is gonna be good. I feel like it’s not, because control paladins and quest paladin doesn’t need more dead cards in there hand against aggro and mid-range decks

    Unless pally gets some pretty epic spells that are super strong like UI or some better cheap ones. I don’t know about this card.

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    • Tricklas
      November 6, 2018 at 3:19 am

      there is already a 8/3 div, rush for 8 mana. OK its a bad card but in arena playable. This card is much better and lifesteal alone is worth 1 mana more. so i would say its a 10 mana card. Don’t now any better card (except battlecry synergies, aoes or deathrattle synergies)

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  16. Greg
    November 3, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Prismatic lense High Roll!!

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  17. Joeydungee
    November 3, 2018 at 5:29 am

    I haven’t loved card art this much since Baku the Mooneater
    10/10 will see play on my lock screen

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  18. Nickname23
    November 3, 2018 at 4:03 am

    I don’t think this card is great. 1 EQ, 1 Cons, 1 Spikeridged steed down, and this card still sits dead in your hand? This card is very, very bad when drawn early, and doesn’t win Control matchups to make up for that flaw.

    1,5/5

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  19. NIGHTxBLADE
    November 3, 2018 at 1:27 am

    So i gonna get this 1 COST by playing some academics lol

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    • Netheferious
      November 3, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      *0 COST

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  20. Sheikh
    November 2, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Looks like can fit in quest paladin

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  21. Pindead
    November 2, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Unplayable imo. It’s not relevant enough to justify the investment. It’s. It even a win condition

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    • Warptens
      November 3, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      there is no investement, otk dk paladins already run ~40mana worth of spell

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  22. MockRock
    November 2, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    With the current card pool? Trash, because any kind of control/midrange Paladin is trash. Considering this is the lead off card, though, it seems likely that Paladins are going to have spells pushed this expansion. Shirvallah isn’t enough incentive alone to run a spell heavy deck, but will definitely fit right in if some kind of Control Paladin DOES surface. That’s a big if, though.

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    • Warptens
      November 3, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      visit HS replay
      there are dk otk pala lists with over 50% winrate that play 38mana worth of spell

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    • Haschanascha
      November 3, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      Why bother commenting if you’re just going to be so wrong? Even Paladin is a midrange deck that is one of the strongest decks in the current meta. Control Paladin with eggs and cubes is also strong and is seeing a decent amount of play in high legend.

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      • MockRock
        November 3, 2018 at 9:58 pm

        Last time I checked, Egg Paladin was like tier 3, if that’s changed recently then I GUESS you could make the argument, although it doesn’t run anywhere near enough spells to use this. As for Even Paladin…you mind taking a look at the mana cost of this card?

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  23. Soup And Salad
    November 2, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Well, if the Buff spells used in Even Paladin right now can find their way into another deck or Control Paladin becomes viable, it won’t be difficult to turn this into a ten mana card between Blessing of Kings, Spikeridge Steed, Equlity, Consecration, and whatever else you might find useful. It’s also nice with Corpsetaker. It’ll find a home eventually.

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  24. mm
    November 2, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    I loved the design, let’s see if the card is good or not

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  25. BrokenSoul
    November 2, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Definitely slotting this card into a Reno Paladin list I’m working on in wild, I’m sure it’ll have a place in standard as well.

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  26. Piterno
    November 2, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Paladin doesn’t have that many big cost spells. This would start being fair to play at 6 or 7 mana, meaning you need to cast at least 18 Mana of spells to make this work. Buff pally can accomplish this with deck thinning like crystology to draw 1/1 taunts and kangor, as well as the quest. Quest, crystology, blessing of King’s and spikeridged steed is on its own 13/18, and then all you need is a few more spells. 3x Sound the bells, for instance. Enough big threats and healing is what quest paladin needs, and this’ll only be around for 4 months anyway. I like it; 4 stars. Tier 2 deck.

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    • Piterno
      November 2, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Also I hope all the loa have high cost and an effect that reduces them, or are low cost and cost more if you don’t appease them. Adds to their flavor

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    • Joako
      November 2, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      6 or 7 mana? this is still good at 10

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      • Piterno
        November 2, 2018 at 1:08 pm

        Wouldn’t you want to play this and a buff spell on the same turn? Or Kangor and it, so you can heal better? Either way, this starts not feeling painful at 8 mana.

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        • Warptens
          November 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm

          ziliax is good at 5mana with a 3/2 statline
          this is a 7/5

          it’s a 7/5 lifesteal with battlecry deal 7 and heal 7
          deal 7 + heal 7 would be a 6+mana spell
          7/5 lifesteal would be a 5+drop
          getting both for 8mana is ridiculously OP

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  27. Jed
    November 2, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    So I recently started playing quest paladin, and this will fit riiiiiiiight in.

    Love it 4.5/5

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  28. mundane
    November 2, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    BALEFUL BANKER + HOLY WRATH LOL

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    • Nope
      November 2, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      Yes, and do 0 damage. Cool!

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      • GlosuuLang
        November 2, 2018 at 4:55 pm

        I would like this interaction to be clarified. When Holy Wrath drew Molten Giant, it did the full mana cost damage if I remember correctly. So why wouldn’t it in this case? This Tiger could be the win condition that Control Paladin is lacking: you play this for 0-mana once you have drawn your deck, then Baleful Banker it, then Holy Wrath for 25 damage, which would normally be lethal.

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        • Piterno
          November 2, 2018 at 5:22 pm

          Or even better Hemet your deck after having drawn the baleful and you only have this and a holy wrath in your deck above 3 mana except for maybe some vital control cards like consecration or the death knight.

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          • GlosuuLang
            November 2, 2018 at 5:55 pm

            I’m not that sold on Hemet. The Tiger needs to get down to at least 3 mana before this combo is playable, and having to use 22 mana on spells is a lot of mana! I think by the time the combo is available, Hemet could be redundant. But it needs experimentation for sure…

  29. Birdmammal
    November 2, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Buff pal anyone?

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    • DD
      November 9, 2018 at 2:36 am

      I agree, looks like they want to make that deck viable, also considering the new kingsbane minion for pala and Lynessa as recent legendary minion they really want to see that happen.

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