Shriek is a 1 Mana Cost Rare Warlock Spell card from the Rastakhan's Rumble set!
Discard your lowest Cost card. Deal 2 damage to all minions.
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