Town Crier

Town Crier Card

Town Crier is a 1 Mana Cost Epic Warrior Minion card from the The Witchwood set!

Card Text

Battlecry: Draw a Rush minion from your deck.

Flavor Text

When he was younger, he was the town crybaby.

Town Crier Additional Information

Town Crier Card Review

It’s not flashy, it doesn’t have a crazy effect, but it’s basically the strongest card in the entire expansion. 1 mana 1/2 that draws you a card, and a specific card on top of that (tutor effects are usually stronger than regular card draw) is absolutely insane. It will be an auto-include in any Warrior deck running Rush minions – so definitely the Tempo/Midrange build, but probably a Control Warrior too if he they decide to run Rush minions as well.

This card is on Kobold Librarian levels of power, maybe even stronger (given that Warlock has Life Tap and Warrior actually needs to add card draw to the deck). It’s better than Arcanologist, which is already a busted card, because it’s the same effect for 1 less mana.

One thing I absolutely dislike about this card is rarity. The effect is not unique, it’s not cool or complicated. It’s just plain, simple, and we had lots of similar cards in the game already – most of them being Common or Rare. This is an obvious auto-include, probably in multiple Warrior decks. It’s not a choice, you will simply HAVE to play this card in those decks. And it’s Epic, making the entry barrier so much higher. 2 necessary Epics are often even harder to get than a Legendary, e.g. I have every Classic Legendary there is (from packs opened over the years) and I’m still missing lots of Epics. It means that lots of people will simply have to craft them when wanting to play Warrior.

But yeah, the card is absolutely busted. Not much more to say about it. The only way for it to not see play is if Warrior will still be bad after the rotation.

Card rating: 10/10

63 Comments

  1. Asperkraken
    April 6, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    With this to tutor Rush Minions and Forge of Souls for weapons (Woodcutter’s Axe), the deck builds itself.

    I think the Epic rarity makes sense. Think how powerful Primordial Glyph and Shadow Visions are.

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  2. Blazesoulshard
    April 6, 2018 at 10:34 am

    One mana draw, hmmm, this reminds me of another busted card last expansion. I WONDER WHICH ONE. I WONDER WHY WARLOCK IS BUSTED.

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    • Dude
      April 6, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      To be fair, warlock got also some other busted cards and combos. However it’s true, both of these 1drops are really high power lvl

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  3. Thrombin
    April 6, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Re. the rarity: On the one hand they do tend to use Epic for more complicated cards but, on the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with the old adage “you get what you pay for”. Intuitively I would expect Rare’s to be better cards than Commons and Epics to be better than Rares and Legendaries to be better than Epics.

    Of course, that’s not guaranteed in Hearthstone but I’m not going to complain when it works out that way. If something is difficult to get it should be worth the wait. Getting an Epic from a pack should be an exciting moment if possible so I have no problem with this being an Epic.

    Admittedly, I’m not an f2p player and I currently have a full collection so while I can see why requiring expensive cards for competitive decks can be a downside it’s not something I generally have to worry about 😀

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  4. TheBootyLord
    April 6, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Man this card has great potential. Any time you can draw a card from a limited card pool in your deck and basically choose the card you are drawing it’s fantastic. This could add serious tempo swings for warrior by granting you that mid range drop you needed. You could also instantly create synergy with other rush boosting cards. Fantastic building block for new hopefully competitive Warrior decks. Even if you don’t run a rush based deck you’ll probably end up throwing a couple cards in there just to play this card. And even if you draw those cards first and can’t take use of Town Crier’s effect a 1 drop 1/2 ain’t too shabby in itself. Looks like a 5 star card, but it might need some more help before really shining, would like to see a few more meaningful rush minions added with this expansion or in the future.

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  5. zeluca
    April 5, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Okay, it’s good… but this just do not belong in the epic slot
    C’mon blizz

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    • WaffleNiNjA53
      April 5, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      I’d like it to be more common.

      Blizzard please help feed the neighborhood WaffleNiNjA.

      But if you’re saying it’s not powerful enough to be an epic, I disagree. I think it is about on-par with kobold librarian (though maybe a little worse), but it will definitely take off if rush is a thing.

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      • MockRock
        April 5, 2018 at 8:57 pm

        Rush doesn’t need to be a thing, I think if even if no Rush minion is great to play in Warrior (and come on, Militia Commander exists) you still jam a 2-of in there just so you can play Town Crier. It’s just too good not to run.

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    • WaffleNiNjA53
      April 5, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      Oh and yes i agree it is kind of lame for an epic.
      Insanely good, but not that cool.

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  6. bellboy
    April 5, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Is this ever worth it in a Dead Man’s Hand style of control Warrior, just as a way to help thin your deck and get you that much closer to your ideal hand to copy? At the same time, having one or two decent Rush minions could help out in the early turns when you’re not doing much else.

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    • Matt
      April 5, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      This is warrior’s northshire for the next 2 years. It goes in pretty much everything.

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      • MockRock
        April 5, 2018 at 8:59 pm

        Yeah, I’ve gotta agree, it works with every archetype and if it doesn’t you put it in anyways. 1-mana predictable card draw on a stick with no downside is honestly just incredible.

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    • Nickname23
      April 5, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      DMH Warrior looses Fishes and Coldlight, so it has to fill up deck spaces anyway. So yes, it’s definitely worth to try, especially considering the two reasons you mentioned.

      I’m skeptical going for the fatigue-plan without coldlight, though. Think we will have to find a second win condition at least.

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  7. EksSkellybur
    April 5, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    This card ha single-handedly resurrected the whole Rush Warrior completely. Including Darius Crowley.

    Praise Town Crier!

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  8. SkywardStryk
    April 5, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    I’ve always been against cards like this that draw your win condition *cough* Cavern Shinyfinder *cough*

    I believe one of the unique things about Hearthstone over other card games is your deck needs to be good even if you don’t draw your win condition. However, Warrior is in a bad spot right now.

    This isn’t the card Hearthstone deserves, but it’s the card warrior needs.

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  9. Matt
    April 5, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Crap, just noticed this was epic so I’d actually have to craft it to play it.

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  10. Byk
    April 5, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Warrior needs this. It is the worst class by far, right now.

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    • SwoleLord
      April 5, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      Shaman* least pirate warrior is low tier two lol

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      • Dominic
        April 5, 2018 at 6:28 pm

        You’re kidding me right? Pirate warrior is tier 5 at best. Shaman at least has Jade mill Shaman

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        • Fatigued
          April 5, 2018 at 6:59 pm

          Fatigue warrior better than shaman Jade mill…. Druid has a good Jade mill, shaman’s is garbo

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          • Clayassault
            April 5, 2018 at 11:09 pm

            Look, im sure we can all agree that Warlock, Mage, and Priest need help far more than Warrior or Shaman. When are we gonna buff the classes that really need it???

  11. Al
    April 5, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    This is a good start. Now everyone cross your fingers – if we are lucky blizzard will print a 3/2 weapon for 2. They could even give it a cool name like Fiery War Axe.

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    • MockRock
      April 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      Screw that, it’s called Woodcutter’s Axe, and you’re going to be putting it in everything because you’re going to be putting Rush in everything because you’re putting THIS in everything.

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  12. ddd
    April 5, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Except no one will play rush deck and it ends up not seeing any play.

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    • Miagamus
      April 5, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      What are you basing that off of? Warrior has nothing else that will top this, and with all the support now Rush Warrior has the power to be low tier 1, high tier 2. This deck will see tons of play.

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    • Nickname23
      April 5, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      As long as there is a viable Warrior deck, you would play this alongside the best 3-4 Rush Minions available, and it will do the job.

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  13. Nickname23
    April 5, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Insane! Top 3 of the set! 5+

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  14. Maglan2289
    April 5, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    If this card doesn’t get nicknamed ‘Geddie Lee’ I will be very upset.

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    • Bo
      April 5, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      +1 for Giddy Lee. You, sir, win the internet today.

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      • TardisGreen
        April 5, 2018 at 3:19 pm

        Geddy, I like, but Neil is the bands MVP.

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    • tokeghost
      April 5, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      alex lifeson would like a word with you three, pretty sure rush is a triple MVP kinda band.

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  15. RyHouYouDoin
    April 5, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Very strong. I believe it will make it into any warrior deck that sees play. So glad warrior gets an op card finally.

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    • flagkeeper
      April 5, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      i dont think its op.warrior doesnt have problem with draw cards.
      i know its a very good battlecry for 1 mana 1 2 body.but what that rush minion gonna do for u that u call it op.
      in best senario u draw darius.and what darius gonna do for u?
      cards like possessed lackey are op that draw something rly powerfull and ahrd for your enemy to deal with like voidlord or doomguard that lead to cube combo.
      warrior already has one of best draw mechanic in game i dont think it makes any difrent that class still is weak.
      mb it was a better card in hunter class that suffers no card draw mehcanic or shaman.
      i think ppl overrated this card.
      but i admit this card is very good in arena

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  16. GlosuuLang
    April 5, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    We want good 1-drops, but we don’t want busted 1-drops. This is a busted 1-drop, just like Kobold Librarian is. Anyway, just with this card alone you can expect Tempo Warrior to be at the very least Tier 2. 5/5 stars.

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    • MockRock
      April 5, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      I’m 100% okay with very powerful 1-drops provided they’re not strong because of absurd tempo. More Criers and Librarians, less Wyrms and Troggs.

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      • GlosuuLang
        April 6, 2018 at 5:35 am

        1-drops should not draw a card if they don’t come with a disadvantage. I feel like both this and Kobold Librarian should be 1/1, and as a reference we have Novice Engineer who was a 2-drop 1/2 and THAT was deemed too powerful and nerfed to 1/1. And after that we get Kobold Librarian and this, which both are clearly OP? Mana Wyrm and Northshire Cleric are also OP and should be either nerfed to 1/2 or rotated to HoF.

        As to Snowballing 1-drops… Trogg and Mana Wyrm would be fine as a 1/2. Just like Undertaker was busted with +1/+1 but once it was nerfed to just +1 attack it was reasonable. The reason is obvious: 3 health is A LOT for 1-drops, most 2-drops can’t take them down in one hit, and if they stay on the board they snowball too much. But with a 1/2 stat-line Trogg and Wyrm would be still strong but fair.

        I still believe Kobold Librarian and Town Crier are as OP as Wyrm and Trogg. Sure, they don’t snowball if you drop them on Turn 1, but in the late game they still give you good value, whereas a top-decked Mana Wyrm or Trogg is bad. Babbling Book and Swashburglar generate you a card (75% of the time a bad/meh one) and they have 1/1 statline. And Kobold Librarian and this has 1/2??? And this doesn’t even hurt you for 2 damage???

        OP, OP, OP!!

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  17. CocoAsticot
    April 5, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    TuTor effect + card avantage for 1mana with decent stats…. it s 5 stars for me.

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  18. GhostDragon
    April 5, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Nice card, would like it a bit more if it was a 1/3 or a 2/1 though

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    • Simon Garner
      April 5, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      If it had either of those stat values it would be the strongest drop in the game by a fair margin, no no no no no, I love the card now but those stats would just be oppressive.

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  19. Kondrias
    April 5, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    This is one of the best 1drops i have seen in awhile. 1 mana draw a card is always rediculous. And a specific tutor effect to boot. This is great turn 1. Still great turn 10 as a topdeck because most of your rush minions are mid to high cost.

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  20. Matt
    April 5, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Wtf was that turn 2 dead mans hand in the video over rampage when he had a damaged 1 drop on the board.

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    • JfkAnt
      April 5, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      To get second darius fast in his deck for showcase reasons

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      • Miagamus
        April 5, 2018 at 1:01 pm

        Trump: Mayor of misplays

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  21. HS
    April 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    OP , i don’t like this kind of op forced synergy, and guess what? another play on curve deck coming, so sad, control warrior will never come back, blizz don’t want it

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    • milwaukee
      April 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm

      Considering the fact that mages will always access to mana worm and priests to northshire clerics on t1, 1mana 1/2 draw card seems “playable” nothing more. so chill

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      • HS
        April 5, 2018 at 12:30 pm

        let’s see if there will be control warrior or play on curve warrior…

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        • TardisGreen
          April 5, 2018 at 3:22 pm

          Control Warrior had its time in the sun. Archetypes are supposed to be forever. Especially boring archetypes like Control Warrior.

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          • TardisGreen
            April 5, 2018 at 3:23 pm

            … are NOT supposed to …

      • CocoAsticot
        April 5, 2018 at 12:32 pm

        Lol it s more than payable. Is comparable to Arcanologist wich is play in EVERY mage archtype.

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    • Kondrias
      April 5, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      I think this is what helps bring control warrior back is rush. Rush cant go face. Rush is to control the board. Control warrior can use rush minions to control the board state to their advantage instead of waiting for turn 5 to brawl or 4 to whirlwind + sleep with the fishes. Rush minions usually trade favorably but then are low hp and get clears with a ping. But if you can push an advantage you can have a grom waiting in the wings to finish people off

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      • Matt
        April 5, 2018 at 12:30 pm

        You know what kind of decks like to control the board and make better use of low health minions after trading? Tempo.

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        • Kondrias
          April 5, 2018 at 2:27 pm

          I was gonna say frost lich jaina cause she makes water ele’s with low health minions. Or control priest to heal them up and trade again. Or quest rogue with bounces after trading with taunts. Or almost every deck except otks and face decks.

          That is kinda a fundamental component of most card games to build advantages. I mean you are not wrong. But tempo is not alone in that.

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  22. Matt
    April 5, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Librarian with no downside.

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    • RinMathews
      April 5, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      The downside is you play Warrior.

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      • Clayassault
        April 5, 2018 at 11:14 pm

        +9000

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    • Jorgelenny47
      April 5, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      Upgrading your spellstone isn’t the definition of a downside

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    • MrStrategy
      April 5, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      The downside is that the drawn card has to be one with rush, and besides warlocks like taking the librarian’s 2 damage to boost their spellstones most of the time.

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  23. Thanatos
    April 5, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    This is way too good for only one mana…

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    • flagkeeper
      April 5, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      unless its not a win conditon and mb u dont have rush minionin your deck

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  24. wscscourge
    April 5, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    It is gonna be a new archetype named “Rush Warrior”))))

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  25. ozzy
    April 5, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    MR. CROWLEY…

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