Shriek

Shriek Card

Shriek is a 1 Mana Cost Rare Warlock Spell card from the Rastakhan's Rumble set!

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Discard your lowest Cost card. Deal 2 damage to all minions.

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The first warning sign of an oncoming warlock temper tantrum.

Shriek Card Review

I really like the whole “discard the lowest cost card” thing. I was saying multiple times in the past that we need some way to control the discards in order for this mechanic to become more widespread. With it being completely random, only the most powerful and aggressive cards can realistically see play, because you can’t afford to discard your win conditions in slower decks (and Zoo doesn’t really have a single card “win condition”).

With this, discard can become more widespread in slower decks without actually worrying about discarding one of your high cost cards and losing the game because of that. Take this card as an example – 2 damage AoE for 1 mana is really amazing. It’s like Volcanic Potion, a card that has seen pretty common play in Mage. Demonwrath has also seen some play in RenoLock in the past. The downside is that you discard a card from your hand. However, getting rid of the lowest cost card might be a fair trade. Let’s say that you still have a Coin – discarding it is basically like making this card a 2 mana 2 damage AoE, a great deal. But a lot of the cheap cards aren’t really crucial, so getting rid of them for clearing an Aggro deck’s board is like a bargain.

All of that said, I actually think that this card might have came a bit too soon. Right now, with 2x Defile and 2x Hellfire, Warlock seems to have enough early and mid game AoEs. I don’t think it needs more, unless the meta gets really fast and board-floody. However, after the Defile rotates out, I could totally see slower Warlock builds (assuming they survive rotation in the first place) using this card in a faster meta.

And of course, this kind of discard effect makes decks that want to discard a specific (especially low cost) card more consistent. For example – if you run a card like that in Clutchmother Zavas deck, you can manipulate your hand in a way that you will discard her all the time and then drop a 2 mana 10/10 for example. Of course, this specific effect doesn’t work too well in a deck like Discard Zoo, but we actually have another card that does.

Card rating: 5/10 right now, but might be ~7/10 after Defile rotates out

18 Comments

  1. TheThreather
    November 20, 2018 at 7:30 am

    So ill consider this card regarding control warlock view:

    – It has low mana combos with both defile and hellfire. (With defile 2 choices; play first defile or other way around provided you don’t discard defile.)

    Another plus: Against aggro you want to hit guldan and remove thus this card is great because it helps you empty your hand and leaves you mana to tap. Against control it helps you discard cobold librarians and get rid of useless cards.

    Thats why id say the card is 4/5. It’s not a must run but its a great card to put in as low mana card

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  2. GlosuuLang
    November 20, 2018 at 4:10 am

    All I ever wanted since I unpacked the Warlock Quest was to have Odd Warlock Quest viable. The upgraded Hero Power ties in very nicely with what the Quest wants to do: you get extra cards that you can discard, the upgraded Hero Power preserves your life, and then you smack the reward to win the game. It would obviously be a Control Warlock-esque deck, since the Quest Reward is aimed to win in the long game, and not losing life every time you tap is great. The main problem is that all the AOE Warlock has is even-costed (Defile, Hellfire, Twisting Nether) except for Lord Godfrey. One single AOE-card does not cut it, especially if it’s 7-mana costed and there’s aggro around. I was hoping for a card like: 3-mana discard your highest cost minion, deal it’s attack damage to all minions, which would perfectly work for Baku. Instead we get this which is… not as good, but at least some needed AOE for that deck. an early 2-damage to all definitely helps, but in the mid-game we will still probably need more… Also, 2-damage is usually not enough in the current meta, we have Dire Moles, Wolves… 2-health minions are also kept away due to Odd Rogue’s weapon. I will definitely try Odd Quest Warlock with the tools we are getting (this plus the 3 mana 2/6 Taunt Troll is nice), but I’d be surprised if I can make it work…

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  3. Soup And Salad
    November 19, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    It’s nice to see Discard Warlock be pushed into a direction that finally makes sense. Granted, Shriek won’t see play with Defile around. Hopefully, future discard support will continue to make sense.

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  4. LeonardoFRei
    November 19, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    So now the whole discard deal revolves around the lowest card in your hand + a card that gives you the cards you discarted back that costs relatively a lot fo mana thus reducing the chances of it being discarted

    The 2 mana legendary from Un’Goro, the new 4 Mana Legendary that are cards you want to discard

    If Silverware Golen was still a thing in Standart this deck would be nuts

    can still be nuts in Wild, idk, but it will be decently strong right now I believe, with the cards revealed so far, idk bout Tier 1 but Definetely Tier 2

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  5. Colslaughter
    November 19, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    I think the biggest downside to this card is that it will discard itself if you have both in hand. Unless of course there is another 1 mana or less favorable discard target.

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  6. Pengun
    November 19, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Finally, now I can play my Jarraxxus!

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  7. 8BitBrain
    November 19, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Eh

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    • 8BitBrain
      November 19, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      way better than volcanic potion, but not a unique effect

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  8. MockRock
    November 19, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    See, maybe if the Discard design philosophy had been more like this from the start, we wouldn’t have a completely botched class mechanic. As is, this isn’t even close enough to make Discard Warlock good, and isn’t necessary elsewhere. Not predicting much from it.

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    • Carson Bos
      November 20, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Untrue

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  9. Freedon
    November 19, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Initial thought is 2/5.

    Really not sure what deck will want to play this, in control you probably don’t want to be discarding, in zoo you obviously don’t want to take out your own board.

    It could have a place in zoo vs zoo/aggro matchups in case you get behind on board and need a quick and cheap reset before building up your board again. However this just seems like a worse defile, and that isn’t used in zoo as is.

    Having some control on what is discarded is a neat addition to the discard mechanic, so although at the moment it isn’t a huge bonus in standard it could be something to keep an eye on if a 1 or 2 mana discard synergy card comes about. And after defile is rotated out this will become more relevant, but I still can’t see it fitting in.

    Lastly it seems a bit odd to be promoting hand buff at the same time as discard. Theoretically you could use it as a way to get rid of a cheap minion from your hand to focus spirit of the bat buffs onto Hir’eek… and you could play this before Hir’eek on the same turn, given you’ll want your board to be largely empty anyway, so who knows, there might be some logic to it once all is revealed.

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    • Ribbuster
      November 19, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      thumbs up, well said

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      • Freedon
        November 19, 2018 at 2:08 pm

        Having said what I said, Blizzard have made some serious moves on discolock, and I hadn’t realised how well the lowest cost card discard mechanic buffs the existing discard cards, priming Clutchmother Zavas (which I’d forgotten was 2 mana), and avoiding Blood-Queen Lana’thel, and Cruel Dinomancer.

        In the new Discard Warlock this could shine then as a card that can stall vs. aggro whilst also building your discard momentum. I’d rate it 4/5.

        BUT I still think there are still going to be issues mainly based around reliability.

        1. The ideal card to discard, Clutchmother Zavas, isn’t going to be in your hand that consistently in the early game. High Priestess Jecklick would be another great target, but having no other cards below 4 mana might also be quite unreliable.
        2. It will also probably stall you quite a bit if you discard the other copy of this or a Reckless Diretroll.
        3. If there aren’t enough cards with the lowest card discard mechanic then this deck might not take off, as even bringing in a couple of random discard mechanic cards would throw off the consistency of your game plan a fair bit, as is the biggest issue with discard warlock to date.
        4. Lowest cost Discard Warlock will require a fair few legendaries, and epics. And…
        5. Half of those cards will be rotating out at the 1st expansion of next year, so unless there is a lot of ongoing support this deck’s time to shine might be brief, so I wouldn’t be wanting to craft anything valuable for such a short potential lifespan…

        Ultimately if you have the full discard decklist, and the stars align, discard warlock and this card could be incredible and pretty fun, but I think it will still be too inconsistent to achieve its full potential.

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    • Fareh
      November 19, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Im guessing you didnt realize the other showed cards… insane

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  10. Ribbuster
    November 19, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    This has a good effect for its cost, but it will most likely discard the other copy of itself if both are in your hand and it will most likely be discarded by the other cards that discard the lowest card. So while the low cost is good for the power level of this card, it has negative synergy with itself and the newer discard mechanic. If for some reason this could fit into a cheaper zoo deck (which seems unlikely) or some other cheap warlock archtype, I dont see this fitting into a discolock. Maybe in slower decks to control an aggro meta though

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  11. TheArcanist
    November 19, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Wow, finally a card that lets you choose what to discard… or something like that. Nonetheless, discolock would like never work, and this is probably a garbage packfiller.

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  12. Jed
    November 19, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    3.9/5

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