Untamed Beastmaster

Untamed Beastmaster Card

Untamed Beastmaster is a 3 Mana Cost Epic Neutral Minion card from the Rastakhan's Rumble set!

Card Text

Whenever you draw a Beast, give it +2/+2.

Flavor Text

All it takes is a tummy rub.

Untamed Beastmaster Card Review

Vanilla statted minions with powerful effects are always something to watch out for, and this is no exception. 3/4 for 3 are about the best stats you can get without a downside, and it comes with a quite huge upside on top of that. But it also shares a similar theme with some of the other cards from this expansion – it’s strong, but it might not find the right deck.

Even though you need only a single +2/+2 buff to make it worth it, in order to make this card quite consistent, you need to play a deck packed with Beasts. And I mean packed – 10 to 15 Beasts seems like a good number. If you play less than that, you might drop it and then not draw anything even if it sticks to the board.

The deck it might fit into most is probably Quest Hunter. I know that it’s like beating a dead horse at this point, but that deck is literally packed with Beasts after you finish the Quest. Dropping this and following by a few copies of Carnassa’s Brood (which would get buffed and possibly draw another one to also get a buff) is a massive board swing. A bunch of 3/2’s might not be that scary, but a bunch of 5/4’s is. They’re also much harder to remove, since they don’t die to 2 and 3 damage AoEs (which are pretty common). Of course, it’s a card that makes Quest Hunter better AFTER it completes the Quest, and doesn’t really help with actually getting it done, so it probably won’t push it into viable territory.

Another deck I think about is some sort of Midrange Hunter – just a classic build with many Beasts and Beast synergies. It’s a solid 3-drop and a very high priority target. When dropped early, Aggro decks will treat it almost like it did have Taunt (because they don’t want you to snowball the game with huge Beasts) and slower decks will throw their premium removals just to get rid of it (which means that they might not have them for your another play, such as Houndmaster Shaw on T4). The problem with this kind of Hunter is that it doesn’t have a lot of things going in card draw department, so you would need to rely on topdecks to get value.

Yet another deck I could see using it is maybe some kind of Warlock. Either a Beast-heavy Zoo build (Zoo cycles a lot thanks to Hero Power and The Soularium), or maybe a Hir'eek, the Bat deck. Drawing it with this on the board would make it 3/3 immediately, so borderline playable. Still, since you can’t really control when you will draw it, it seems like too much of an RNG. But it’s a possibility.

Overall, it’s a very powerful card if it finds the right deck. But again, the problem is that it fits into very specific builds, and those builds might not be the best right now.

Card rating: 7/10

18 Comments

  1. Lllllll
    November 30, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Two of these, Hemet before you play hunter quest and Houndmaster Shaw would be dream combo. 😀

    • Lllllll
      November 30, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Could actually be meta-breaking.

      If your deck was full of under 4 mana cards like deadly shot and secrets to control the board. Then one mana minions, to maintain tempo:

      You could have two of this card and even the spirit card so you draw at least one or two in time for combo.

      Then Hemet so the only card in your deck is Shaw (or you could have other 4+mana card/s to help you out).

      Play quest reward (Carnassa) and even Brann Bronzebeard to add 30 broods instead of 15 to deck.

      Then play Shaw and some broods (to trade) so you have a good board.

      Then you can play Beastmasters and spirits with more broods.

      At ten mana, you play the new hunter hero for more control spells and secrets.
      He even gives you another quest which you can complete in a turn!

      Baleful Bankers, Stitched Trackers and the new hunter spell Revenge of the Wild work great in the deck.

      • Lllllll
        November 30, 2018 at 10:43 am

        I know this is really unlikely though and in most cases, you’d be dead before you even got to start the combo.
        Also the RNG in this is insane, considering hunter has some of the worst card draw.

  2. spidertao
    November 28, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    this in hunter with tol’vir warden drawing 3 1-cost minions from your deck will be crazy good i think lol
    anything that lets you draw right after you play it will be nuts!!

  3. politzo
    November 22, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    shove as many beasts as you can into a minion mage and use book of spectres as your amazing draw engine, if arch mage arugal can copy the buff its ridiculous value and tempo that almost any board clear couldnt stop

  4. Soup And Salad
    November 20, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    It seems like Epic three mana 3/4 with weird upside seems to be a favorite theme for Team 5. There has been one in at least every set this year… and neither of them have really made that much of an impact on Standard.

    The only deck I could really see Untamed Beastmaster fitting into easily would be Midrange Hunter. However, Hunter as a class is the king of three cost cards, and without the beast tag itself, it’ll really lower the power of the turn four Houndmaster drop. Additionally, Midrange Hunter isn’t a deck where long term value is something the deck wants. As such, I don’t see it for that deck.

    It could work out in Druid assuming Beast Druid finally works out because it has the draw cards that could easily play this later on (perhaps while behind a Spreading Plaque) and draw a couple cards instantly with Nourish or Ferocious Howl even. Granted, that deck would probably end up being very midrange oriented, and that will never be better than Druid as we currently know it as long as Ultimate Infestation is around.

    It could work out somewhere eventually.

  5. Vincent
    November 20, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Amazing card

  6. Piterno
    November 20, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Beast Druid, running this, Psychmelon, Ironhide, Charged Devilsaur, Oondasta, and Tyrantus. Sets up your hand for Oondasta to do some Overkilling while also making them better at doing so, heightening the chances Oondasta makes more than one of your beasts free. This would be better if *it* gave itself the +2/+2, but you win some you lose some.
    4/5 if beast druid becomes a thing, which seems to be the case with Psychmelon and this card

  7. Coop
    November 20, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Hunter quest buff?

  8. Omnitarian
    November 20, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Beast Hunter would rather play a 3-mana Beast that can curve into Houndmaster, IMO. He doesn’t have the draw tools to make this consistent, and there’s a lot of competition at the 3-mana slot for ‘im.

    Best option in my estimation would be curving/comboing this with Juicy Psychmelon to pull a bunch of high cost beasts, including Oondasta (!)

    Some dark horse options are Warlock- he’s actually getting a fair number of beasts though none of them are very good (Hi’reek, Ravenous Terrordax, Duskbat, Chittering Tunneler, Deathweb Spider). Mage is another – Book of Spectres can pull a lot of buffed beasts, but you’ll be relying on neutral cards pretty much.

  9. Nalane
    November 20, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Auto-include in my angry + gurubashi chicken surrender to madness priest.

  10. Orasha
    November 20, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Seems pretty interesting. 3/4 for 3 is a great stat line and it has a big upside. There’s definitely some hunter synergy, but I’m also thinking about meme Druid, if you only run big beasts and Psychmelon you can drop this on 3 and potentially draw 4 and have a 11/12 on turn 4 if your opponent can’t clear it.

  11. Vas
    November 20, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Curious if can somehow make this work with Warlock loa, probably not because no way to draw it consistently so far but we’ll see.

    Quest hunter seems to have peaked. Very excited.

  12. Jed
    November 20, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Starving Buzzard makes the ultimate comeback

    2.6/5 pray for starving buzzard

  13. Thraben
    November 20, 2018 at 5:31 am

    If only mage had more beast… sigh ._.

  14. Shardokar
    November 20, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Broken should be 2/3 or gain +1+1, nerf asap

  15. Kanapesh
    November 20, 2018 at 5:20 am

    This could be very interesting in Quest Hunter with Queen Carnassa, if the deck becomes more viable

  16. Ori Lari
    November 20, 2018 at 5:15 am

    Quest hunter’s season

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