The Runespear is a 8 Mana Cost Legendary Shaman Weapon card from the Kobolds and Catacombs set!
After your hero attacks, Discover a spell and cast it with random targets.
When asked what the runes do, the tauren smith smiled: "A little of this, a little of that..."
The Runespear Additional Information
- If you choose a spell that has Overload, you WILL be Overloaded. – Source
The Runespear Card Review
Sigh. Sometimes we just have to be blunt and there’s no getting around it – paying 8 mana for a 3/3 weapon feels miserable. Attacking with this weapon better be worth your investment, in terms of mana, tempo, board, etc. Sinking 8 crystals into a 3-attack weapon is hard to justify, so before anything else, we have to ask the question “does this card justify it?” Personally, I think that the answer is “no”. If we look at the available Discover pool for this card, aka Shaman spells, we quickly come back down to Azeroth to realize that there is a lot of bad with all the good and for the each great option there are many “worst of the worse” options as well. Given that the targets are random, you really want to be picking, if possible, from spells that don’t target, such as Shaman’s board clears, Bloodlust, Evolve or Devolve, etc. However, some of the more impactful AoE spells are symmetrical, and for every spell that doesn’t target there are at least twice as many that do, ranging from damage, removal, buffs, etc. Put simply, Totemic Might and Cryostasis are more likely results than Far Sight. Obviously we don’t yet know what new spells Shaman will be receiving and things can potentially always change in the future, but right now it’s not looking too for The Runespear.
There is also the fact that this card is extremely slow. Now, that’s not the biggest factor here, considering that it’s very likely that it is at it’s least worst when you don’t have any minions and the opponent does, but then an 8-cost 3/3 weapon feels even worse. Given that it is you as the player who actually casts the spells, you also have to take into account that spells with Overload will overload you, further increasing the cost that you pay for it. Despite all that, we have to give this weapon its due diligence. In the event that you do end up getting this weapon, either for free through an effect or with a discount, it does become one of the better legendary weapons out there.
Card Review by Chimbarozo