Smolderthorn Lancer

Smolderthorn Lancer Card

Smolderthorn Lancer is a 3 Mana Cost Epic Warrior Minion card from the Rastakhan's Rumble set!

Card Text

Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, destroy a damaged enemy minion.

Flavor Text

Here comes “The Smolder.”

Smolderthorn Lancer Additional Information

Smolderthorn Lancer Card Review

Dragon Warrior is back on the menu? Sounds cool to be honest, because Dragon Warrior (both the Midrange and the Control variants) used to be some of my favorite decks.

Assuming Dragon Warrior works, this card is quite good. It’s an Execute stapled onto a 3/2 body for 3 mana. Cheap cards that combine an okay, small body with a solid spell have usually seen at least some play (let’s say Ravaging Ghoul). This would definitely see play, especially in Odd Warrior, which naturally can’t run Execute.

Now, the problem is, that Warriors don’t really play Dragons, and it’s the only Dragon synergy card in Warrior right now. Technically we have Neutral Scaleworm and Wyrmguard, but they’re just okay.

So yes, if a Dragon Warrior will exist, ESPECIALLY Odd Dragon Warrior, this card will be a staple, it’s just good. But is it worth building a Dragon deck around? Definitely not, it’s not on a Duskbreaker or Drakonid Operative power level.

Which means that it’s a simple story – if Warrior gets more strong Dragon synergies, or just strong Dragon cards that it will want to play (to guarantee being able to use this card consistently), by all means, the card will see play. But if not – it won’t see any play at all.

Card rating: 8/10 in Dragon Warrior, useless outside (but right now I can’t see Dragon Warrior working, it needs more synergies)

18 Comments

  1. PandaWolf525
    November 23, 2018 at 2:40 am

    In before future sets that make Dragon Warrior for Standard or Wild viable. Who wouldn’t want 4 execute in a deck?

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  2. brandon
    November 21, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    dose wonder if people with start running Faerie Dragon like they use to for dragon tribe again

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  3. TheThreather
    November 20, 2018 at 7:44 am

    This is ok.

    Which dragons tho? Primordial Drake, Scalebane, Ysera, deathwing and Ebon Dragonsmith are only viable options atm. Id say 2x Primordial and 2x Ebon dragonsmiths will be the most popular setup. However I think you need 5 dragons.

    We still need 1 good dragon for warrior in the expansion, lets see.

    3/5 atm, might be 4/5 depending on future cards.

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  4. Guyopt
    November 20, 2018 at 12:39 am

    seems useless, too much conditions and bad stats. this is not good.

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  5. Soup And Salad
    November 19, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Smolderthorn Lancer is good, but no so good it’ll make Dragon Warrior all by itself. When the deck comes around either in Standard or Wild, this will be a key card in it.

    If anything, I’m not particularly thrilled by the design. I hope more complex dragon synergy cards like this in the future aren’t going to be an understated minion and the useful effect of a spell stabled onto each other. It’s really my only gripe with the card.

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  6. Colslaughter
    November 19, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    So basically a 1 mana 3/2 + execute…. PRETTY GOOOOODDDD

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    • Ivan
      November 19, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      1 mana?…

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      • psycho
        November 20, 2018 at 3:59 am

        He means it’s the equivalent of playing Execute on something (2 mana) and playing a 1-mana 3/2 (total 3 mana spent)

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  7. Liam
    November 19, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Odd Dragon Warrior with the Oakheart Package?

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  8. MockRock
    November 19, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Odd. Dragon. Warrior.

    YES! YES YES YES, show me more!

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  9. TheTallRonan
    November 19, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Return of dragon synergy? Yes please!

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  10. Fareh
    November 19, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Auto include in dragon warrior???

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  11. Jed
    November 19, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Um hi hey uh blizzard….
    So uh
    With what dragons

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    • Jed
      November 19, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      (2 Cathedral Gargoyles)/5

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    • SkywardStryk
      November 19, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Um hi hey uh jed…
      So uh
      Literally wait for the rest of the set before judging synergy

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      • Jed
        November 19, 2018 at 2:39 pm

        All I’m saying is they usually release synergy cards at the same time (ex. The priest loa and totem) so I think my reasoning is valid.
        Also cathedral gargoyle

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        • For the Alliance and the Light
          November 19, 2018 at 7:50 pm

          Yes, however, the description for the warrior class this expansion is that it will have more dragon synergies and possibly full of them so it won’t be released all at once.

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          • Amethonys
            November 20, 2018 at 9:38 am

            Well for being “full of them” we’ve seen 3 cards and know 2 more of them wont be dragons (the spirit and loa will be untagged and beast respectively). That leaves 5 slots with probably at least another spell or 2 and we need at least 2 dragons and 2 “dragons matter” cards. Space is running thin so I am having doubts unless they release cards on the power level of Operative and Duskbreaker that count as both AND are broken.

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