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Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Catchup: Kabal Potions and Mage Cards

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The second week of Mean Streets of Gadgetzan spoilers is over, and spoilers for the Jade Lotus gang are now in full force. With that in mind, I'm going to take a moment to preview the Kabal Potions and Mage cards that I have not previously mentioned.

Firstly, I should remind you, the Kabal features the Mage, Priest, and Warlock classes. A Card with the Kabal logo under the Mana cost can be played by any of those three classes.

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Of course, this card is impossible to evaluate without knowing what the Potions might be, so let's take a look at the ones revealed so far.

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The above Potions were revealed on the first day, and are shown here for completeness. Below are shown the Potions revealed last week.

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Volcanic Potion seems to be an upgrade on Arcane Explosion. On the face of it, it is like a slightly worse Demonwrath, but it might be a controlling card that mage gets a lot of use out of. Potion of Polymorph does not seem particularly powerful as it should be easy enough to play around. It might turn out to be reasonable as a tech choice against classes such as Druid, where Mirror Entity used to do a similar, but better, job. If it is created by the Kabal Chemist, then it will obviously have no surprise value at all. Bloodfury Potion seems a little expensive, but could turn out to be useful in some situations. Demonfire already sees a little play, and so it would be silly to write this card off. Fellfire Potion might work well if a Tempo Mage style deck is possible in Warlock. It would also be a good pick up for more aggressive Mage decks if they ran the Chemist.

Overall, the Chemist seems to be on a similar power level to Xaril, Poisoned Mind, which means we can probably expect it to see play.

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Kabal Lackey and Kabal Crystal Runner obviously have good synergy, and I am sure people will try them with Kirin Tor Mage. What we have seen when Blizzard have pushed archetypes before, is that they don't usually have quite enough choice at first. We haven't seen enough so far for a full-on Secret deck to be viable. However, with Inkmaster Solia in the mix, maybe they will be good enough to make it to the cut in a Reno Jackson style deck, a style which already tends to use several Secrets. The Lackey might also turn out to be viable in a very aggressive deck. Mage Secrets are expensive, and so getting one for free could be a huge tempo swing.

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