Springpaw

Springpaw Card

Springpaw is a 1 Mana Cost Common Hunter Minion Beast card from the Rastakhan's Rumble set!

Card Text

Rush Battlecry: Add a 1/1 Lynx with Rush to your hand.

Flavor Text

The terrible thing about lynxes is lynxes are terrible things. Their teeth are made out of biting, their paws are made out of springs!

Springpaw Card Review

Despite it being really simple, I think it’s one of the better cards from this initial reveal. It’s very similar to Fire Fly, which is known to be one of the best 1-drops in the entire game. Yes, it loses 1 health on both bodies, but you gain Rush and Beast synergy instead. It seems to be a bit worse in the early game, but makes it up in the mid/late game, where it will be much more relevant than Fire Fly.

You can combo it with Hunter's Mark as an instant removal. You can ping off the 1 health minions (Hunters have troubles pinging stuff, Candleshot is the only reliable way to do so right now), you can combo it with something like Houndmaster. If you run it in a deck with Toxmonger, it gains Poisonous, making it a great removal for big minions (like a Boar 2.0). While most of the time it’s a worse On the Hunt, you can say the same thing about Fire Fly – it’s a worse Dire Mole, but just like Fire Fly it comes with a second body you can utilize. E.g. you can drop them both on T2, or you can play one on T1 and keep one to fill your curve later.

The card just screams Quest Hunter. And while I don’t think that Quest Hunter will suddenly become viable, this will definitely be the deck’s staple.

Right now it still has to compete for the 1-drop slot with cards like Fire Fly or Dire Mole, but both of those will rotate out with the first expansion of 2019, so that’s when this card might spring into Hunter decks. But even right now, I could see it being played in some sort of Beast-synergy Midrange Hunter build.

It’s not a crazy good card, but I’m pretty sure that it will see play at some point.

Card rating: 7/10

Springpaw Full Card Art

Springpaw Full Art

20 Comments

  1. CharlieWork
    November 23, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    It’s kind of like Release the Hounds, but lower-ceiling, cheaper, and more flexible. It’s kind of a 2/2 with Rush for 2, but you can split up the damage, play them on different turns, etc. I also like that it can be used to basically amplify Candleshot

    This seems like a great fit with Revenge of the Wild… I can see some kind of deck with Revenge, this, deathrattle minions, Release the Hounds, maybe Scavenging Hyena and/or Cybertech Chip?

  2. Brann
    November 3, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    This is actually a really solid hunter 1 drop. Good synergy with Toxmonger (give poisonous to your 1 drop in case people forgot)

    Good synergy with Hunter Quest, this is gonna be the last push at getting the deck to work now anyways. And this helps push it

    Really good with Build-a-beast even if you don’t run it in ur deck

    And also has some synergy with OG beast cards like scavenging hyena (turn 4, you can play a 6-4 hyena by trading them into minions with rush + get it even bigger with other beasts u have on board still in the first few turns, may be good in a aggressive hunter beast decks) Lets be real tho Prince Kel is prob still pro better.

  3. The Walker
    November 3, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    This is pretty awesome card. This being a beast with rush would be an awesome addition for DK hunter hero power.

  4. Nickname23
    November 3, 2018 at 5:37 am

    I’ll go with the “you need both to kill 1 Firefly” line. 1.5/5 in constructed.

  5. NIGHTxBLADE
    November 3, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Cats are back!

  6. Soup And Salad
    November 2, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    This can be seen as an Alleycat or Firefly with rush. It’s flexible, but far from the best one drop card Hunter will have access to.

  7. TheRealBaker
    November 2, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I think this card is really interesting.
    First of all, the obvious interaction with the tox monger in quest Hunter. Pretty nuts honestly, is this the expansion where the shitty quest go wild??
    Second of all, because we don’t know if other quest Hunter cards will be printed, is this card gonna see play outside of quest Hunter? I don’t really think so. People underestimate how worse this is in confront of fire fly (that is not even a common choice in hunter). Rush on a 1/1 is just bad (skaterbot….) and 1 health is far superior as an effect. There is not much to say apart from this. The hype is real for the quest Hunter, but not much about anything else.

  8. Piterno
    November 2, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    3.5/5. Good card for Quest Hunter, albeit pretty late. Rush is bad since Shaw already gives minions rush, and you’re going to have him around a lot, so losing stats on your minions for an effect even your 2 mana 2/3’s have is bad.

  9. Raemahn
    November 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    It’s perfect for Hunter Quest…except that’s got to Wild with the next set.

    • Pengun
      November 9, 2018 at 3:47 am

      un’goro goes wild in the set after this one tho

  10. ShaneLo
    November 2, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    People underestimated firefly and this card is a lot like firefly. 1 less health for rush AND the beast tag. I’m going to boldly say 5/5

    • nope
      November 2, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Razorpetal Volley without spell damage and the prepay. It’s better than it looks. Probably not full marks, depends on what it can trade for.

  11. Nidnam1252
    November 2, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Skaterbot didn’t see play… Doubt this will either

    • Haschanascha
      November 3, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      This is far, far better than Skaterbot. Will absolutely see play.

      • Nidnam1252
        November 3, 2018 at 11:43 pm

        It isn’t. It won’t

        • Lam
          January 24, 2019 at 1:40 pm

          “springpaw won’t see play”
          – player, rank 50

          • Nidnam1252
            February 3, 2019 at 7:41 pm

            Springpaw didn’t see play at realease… it wasn’t until after the first set of nerfs in December that it became good.

  12. Omnitarian
    November 2, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    The best birthday present [Card_link name=”Toxmonger”] could have asked for.

  13. Jed
    November 2, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    It’s no alley cat.

    2.5/5

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