Unpowered Steambot

Unpowered Steambot Card

Unpowered Steambot is a 4 Mana Cost Common Neutral Minion Mech card from the The Witchwood set!

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Overpowered Steambot got nerfed.

Unpowered Steambot Card Review

Generally, Taunt minions benefit from a low attack / high health stat distribution, but there is also a tipping point. If you go below a certain attack threshold, the Taunt’s main function – blocking damage WHILE TRADING into your opponent’s minions – will vanish. Yes, it will block damage, but it won’t do anything besides it. That’s why Mogu'shan Warden, even though it has 7 health and a Taunt for 4, is one of the worst cards in the entire game. This one looks similar. At 0 attack, and yes, I repeat, 0 attack, if you just drop it on Turn 4, it will soak some damage and die. It’s like gaining 9 Armor or something. Definitely far from perfect.

On stream, it was played in a Lady in White deck, but don’t fool yourself, it won’t work. Lady in White deck will NOT function if you build whole deck around that one card – you need to play cards that are good enough even without Lady in White, and get upgraded by her. This is not good enough without her. If you draw it before Lady in White, it’s a dead card.

Even a Combo Priest (Divine SpiritInner Fire) wouldn’t like to play it. Unlike other Taunts, which might stick because your opponent doesn’t want to throw their whole board into it, this will always get as much damage as possible depending on your opponent’s board. So if he has 5 damage on the board, it will be a 0/4 going into your turn. While it MIGHT sometimes work, I didn’t really see Priests running Mogu’Shan or Oasis Snapjaw just because those cards had lots of health.

Shieldbearer, which has even better stats for its mana cost, sees zero play. So I don’t believe that this will see any play too.

Card rating: 1/10

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  1. Elon
    April 24, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Robo from chrono trigger

  2. Soup And Salad
    April 9, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    I love the artwork and there isn’t a better minion to use the Divine Spirit-Inner Fire Combo for the price, The absolute lack of attack on this card does make it difficult to play as anything more than a wall, but at least there’s some decent deck building experiments that might be able to be done with it.

    Granted, Witchwood Grisly will usually be better.

    • Mage
      April 10, 2018 at 1:19 am

      It’s A Bastion ripoff.

      • Soup And Salad
        April 10, 2018 at 2:38 am

        I think the concept of a dying, ancient, or nearly still robot in the woods existed before Bastion.

        Also, this would be an homage, not a rip-off.

      • Alexandra Nelson
        April 14, 2018 at 11:29 am

        Ripoff? Blizzard owns Bastion…

  3. MockRock
    April 9, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Another one of these “stop and think about it” cards. Right now I doubt it does anything, but this is a card I actually wouldn’t be shocked to show up in some kind of future strategy.

  4. EksSkellybur
    April 9, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Worse Version of Public Defender, for the sake of being Taunting Dummy’s Bigger Brother.

  5. Random
    April 9, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Did they change it caaaauuuuse this is a mech.

  6. Helix
    April 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Lady in White.

    That is all.

    • Anon
      April 9, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      I mean, sure, but it’s not gonna be a 9/9 if you draw it before LiW is played. Really meme-y but unrealistic that anyone will put this card even in a LiW deck, or draft into Arena.

      • tyr
        April 9, 2018 at 3:14 pm

        somebody called divine sprit + innerfire combo .. it doesnt matter this minion damaged. priest already got 2 mana restore 6 healt. support combo priest card.. not only lady-in-white support

  7. Ultraadam64
    April 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    That is clearly a mech blizzard. Stop trying to lie to me.

  8. GlosuuLang
    April 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Blizzard, why? WHYYYY??? WHY do you print 0-attack Taunts??? Public Defender, Shieldbearer… do any of those see play? Wax Elemental at least saw some play because it had Divine Shield, but these kind of cards are HORRIBLE. 1/5 stars.

  9. KingMidasXII
    April 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    This goes in a Lady In White Deck, just depends on whether that will be a viable archetype or not. ALSO WHY THE HELL IS IT NOT A MECH?

  10. RealYoggSarron
    April 9, 2018 at 12:33 pm