Shooting Star

Shooting Star Card

Shooting Star is a 1 Mana Cost Common Mage Spell card from the The Boomsday Project set!

Card Text

Deal 1 damage to a minion and the minions next to it.

Flavor Text

Literally starstruck.

Shooting Star Card Review

I like this card. Dealing 3 damage for 1 mana is obviously powerful, so it’s just a matter of how well you will be able to use it. For one, it works extremely well as a sort of mini-AoE against board flood decks, like Odd Paladin or Zoo Warlock. It’s a cheap spell, so it can give your Mana Wyrm +1 Attack, be discounted to 0 with Sorcerer's Apprentice etc. It’s basically a controlled version of Arcane Missiles (which also scales better with Spell Damage). In an aggressive deck, you’d prefer Missiles, since they can hit face. But if you play a more board-control oriented deck, Missiles hitting face is just bad for you.

There are two main problems with this card. First, by itself it’s really meta-dependent. In a faster, board-flood meta, it has insane tempo potential. Like clearing three small minions for 1 mana. And second, there is no deck it would really fit into. Tempo Mage prefers Missiles, and Control Mages don’t want to play it because it ruins Dragon's Fury (and Raven Familiar to a certain extent). So is there a deck you would want ot put it into at all?

Well, just like in case of Arcane Anomaly, there might not be one yet, but I feel like Spell Damage Mage can be a thing. This card has insane synergy with Spell Damage. You could play it either alongside Anomaly, or Celestial Emissary to deal 3 damage to 3 targets. Usually more than enough to clear early game boards vs Aggro. Even +1 Spell Damage (e.g. Bloodmage Thalnos) might be good enough, pushing it up to 2 damage. Right now that’s the kind of deck this card would go into.

In the future, who knows? Especially after Dragon's Fury rotates out, Control Mage will no longer be inclined to remove all of the cheap spells from the deck. This will be a solid tech card against board-flood heavy metas. While it might not seem very powerful right now, I like it.

Card rating: 7/10

Shooting Star Full Card Art

Shooting Star Full Art

24 Comments

  1. KaihatsuJai
    July 27, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    With the spell damage cards coming out really interested in seeing how this plays in tempo style.

  2. Wendigo
    July 27, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    People commented that Stargazer Luna is not good because there aren’t good 1 drops on mage… Now there is one more good option.

    Incoming odd mage.

  3. Omnitarian
    July 27, 2018 at 8:39 am

    If Stargazer Luna-powered miracle mage is a thing, this would slot into it. Otherwise it’s just a disappointing option to show up in Primordial Glyph.

  4. Mrthejazz
    July 27, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Better than it looks. Cheaper than arcane explosion. Fantastic with sorcerer’s apprentice. Also amazing with the new spell damage 4 drop. I think tempo mage will use it.

  5. TNTOutburst
    July 27, 2018 at 8:23 am

    With cosmic anomaly this turns into deal 3 damage to 3 minions aka deal 9 damage for 1 mana. So this card is not dependent on archtypes like odd paladin

  6. Soup And Salad
    July 27, 2018 at 5:57 am

    As long as Token decks like Odd Paladin stick around and don’t drastically change their game plans, this could see play. It is one mana deal more or less targeted three damage, but the similar cards Hunter has gotten like Grievous Bite and Explosive Shot haven’t really been good enough to see play in that class. Additionally, I am unsure if the class exclusive Spell Damage cards Mage is getting are also good enough to be able to make this any better.

    I would wait and see on this one.

    • Thrombin
      July 27, 2018 at 6:13 am

      Mage has a lot more spell synergy than hunter though. Cheap spells are great with Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mana Wyrm, Arch Mage Antonidas etc. and there is definitely a Mage spell damage theme in this expansion which really scales well with this and other cheap AOE’s. Plus Hunter is usually too aggressive to want to invest in AOE. That’s more for Control or tempo decks which suit Mage more.

      I reckon this will rejuvenate my Flamewaker fireworks deck in Wild too 🙂

      • Soup And Salad
        July 27, 2018 at 6:48 am

        Cheap spells are good with those cards you’ve mentioned, but I don’t really see it with this card for a Tempo deck just because the damage can’t hit the enemy hero like all other damage spells Tempo Mage typically plays. Sure Arcane Missiles and Cinderstorm are played to take care of Silver Hand Recruits summoned by Odd Paladin, but the damage still can damage heroes when played on an empty or at least near empty board.

        Right now Tempo Mages plays spells that can reduced the health of the enemy Hero or cheaply generate cards with Counterspell acting as the lone exception to those two categories. I don’t really see the archetype playing more value oriented cards when it’s primary weakness is that it almost autoloses to decks that are faster than it.

  7. CD001
    July 27, 2018 at 4:28 am

    Very meta dependent – as long as Odd Paladin is a thing this might see play.

    … but then again, it’s cheaper/faster than your hero power for early removal and cheap enough to combo with SDI minions – so it’s more reliable, and scales better, for minion removal than Arcane Missiles…. but nobody uses Arcane Missiles for minion removal.

    With the new Cosmic Anomaly (SDI +2) you’ve got a potential T5 answer to Emerald Spellstone in a more Elemental focused Mage deck (where you’d not want to run Dragon’s Fury) I guess.

  8. Jed
    July 27, 2018 at 3:40 am

    /
    If ~classname {paladin} =
    Then ~cardname {Shooting Star} =
    \

    2.5/5

    • Jed
      July 27, 2018 at 3:42 am

      Apparently this website doesn’t pick up these symbols ><

  9. GlosuuLang
    July 27, 2018 at 3:31 am

    This is generally much better than Arcane Explosion. Sure, you miss other minions if there’s more than 3 of them, but I’d rather pay 1 less mana for the 90% of the situations where the opponent has 3 or less minions on board. Much easier to combo with the Spell Damage minions Mage is getting this expansion. Another slight disadvantage is that the opponent can play around this by putting a Stealthed or Can’t be targeted by spells or Hero Powers minion in the middle. But in general, I do believe the 1 less mana is much better over the whole AOE by Arcane Explosion. I’d only want Arcane Explosion pver this if I’m facing a ton of Odd Paladins, and that’s a horrible matchup for Aluneth Aggro Mage anyway. Rating this 3.5/5 stars.

    • Guyopt
      July 27, 2018 at 3:52 am

      also zero mana combo with apprentice

      • GlosuuLang
        July 27, 2018 at 3:59 am

        True, hadn’t thought about it! Mana Wyrm on 1 + Apprentice on 2 + This vs Odd Paladin might make it good enough to rush him down before he regains board control and swings the game with a Fungalmancer or Level Up. It definitely has a lot of portential.

  10. Squelar
    July 27, 2018 at 3:07 am

    ONLY SHOOTING STAARS BREAK THE MOOLD

    card is good btw 3,5/5 stars

  11. Aquios
    July 27, 2018 at 3:05 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feA64wXhbjo
    for some reason i want ti play it.

  12. MrStrategy
    July 27, 2018 at 3:03 am

    This is just a worse version of arcane explosion. Simple as that.

    • MrStrategy
      July 27, 2018 at 3:05 am

      Oh wait I hadn’t seen it only costs 1 mana. In that case, its probably only as good as arcane explosion, maybe a tiny little bit better.

  13. Jirwin
    July 27, 2018 at 2:43 am

    This card is the card that has to make celestial emissary good? eh i dont see either working

  14. Cyclick
    July 27, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Hmm… feeling I saw this card already, huh

    wait Blizzard generally does take card ideas from others and use them later on lol

    Really though, it’s pretty good. 3/5

    • Daniel
      July 27, 2018 at 2:26 am

      It’s powershot but bad.

      • Imaloony
        July 27, 2018 at 2:32 am

        It’s Arcane Explosion but good.

        • ItalianOgre
          July 27, 2018 at 3:00 am

          It’s a crap card but for real.

      • Cyclick
        July 27, 2018 at 5:03 am

        Hunter isn’t getting a lot of Spell Damage tools this expansion, unlike Mage. You can’t compare this to Powershot sheerly because of the class it’s in.

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