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Card Reveals: March 21st

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As expected, the card reveals are now coming thick and fast. March 21st brought four more, which brings the total so far to twenty-eight. The Shaman Quest card was amongst those revealed in E.Malone's Journal Week 3.

For those interested in the flavour of the Journal, it can be found on the official site. Professor George H. Doyle's second video is shown at the bottom of this post. The rest of this article concentrates on the cards revealed.

As with all of the Quest cards so far, the Shaman Quest relies on doing something a certain number of times. It remains to be seen if there will be ways to counter this, or if you have to rely on being able counter the reward once it has happened.

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Unite the Murlocs seems really powerful, although 10 Murlocs is a lot of Murlocs, especially if you have to keep the Quest and play it on turn 1 or 2, which seems likely. Megafin is the perfect reward because decks that have to play a huge number of cheap minions run out of cards fast, refilling your hand for five mana while developing a huge threat seems like it will probably be game winning in many situations. All that remains to be seen is if there are any new Murloc cards, and how the synergy plays out in practice.

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So, there is a new Murloc card, which follows the pattern so far of printing a new card that is clearly designed to work alongside the Quest. Although it is not clear which way you would build a Murloc deck for maximum efficiency, the ability to Discover a Murloc is a powerful one, especially with Finja, the Flying Star in the rotation. It seems very likely that this card will see a lot of play. Just a note of caution to budding deckbuilders out there, Everyfin is Awesome does rotate out of Standard when Un'Goro is released, so that won't be able to go into this deck.

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Tol'vir Stoneshaper builds on the Elemental synergy plan that is being pushed hard in this set. Obviously the card is pretty powerful if it comes down after an Elemental often enough. A 3/5 for 4 Mana is reasonable enough on the occasions that it doesn't trigger that the card will definitely be considered in Elemental heavy decks that have things to do on turn 3.

Previous Reveals:

Elementals: here.

19-20 March: here.

Live reveal stream, 11 cards: here.

Un'Goro announcement video: here.

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This murloc quest looks very promising.  Despite being a flood deck, murlocs have only one 1 drop you are happy to play on turn 1 - Murloc Tidecaller so it is not a huge loss to play the quest on turn 1.

Also, I think this quest may be playable in more midrange decks with something like finja package + two Call in the Finishers.

One more  good neutral or shaman murloc  in remaining cards and we may see the birth of a very powerful deck. 

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Now I am a bit afraid of Murloc Shaman. Ancestral Knowledge is luckily rotating out, but if shaman is given good early-game card draw and/or strong murlocs, murloc shammy will be a strong aggro deck. On the other hand, it looks like the set will contain powerful anti-aggro cards, so the counters and techs will be available as well, and with 3 expansions leaving standard, it's going to be interesting to see how the meta evolves.

1 hour ago, L0rinda said:

Elemental heavy decks that have things to do on turn 3.

Oh my, a turn 3 Elemental? Magma Rager!

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