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Hoarding Dragon Reveal: Kobolds & Catacombs

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Hoarding Dragon packs a serious punch for its mana cost, but does the card's upside outweigh its drawback?

There be dragons! Revealed today by Japanese Youtuber Mashiwagi was a Common Neutral Dragon with some excellent stats for its mana cost:

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Card image courtesy of Hearthpwn.com

If Hoarding Dragon was a 4 mana 5/6 with no downsides at all it would see play in a wide variety of decks, so how bad is its Deathrattle? Giving your opponent two Coins seems like a massive drawback in the mid game (when this card would die if played on curve) but the drawback isn't the end of the world in the late game. Certain decks like Highlander Priest would love to have two Coins at any phase of the game, while more aggressive decks like Aggro Druid usually struggle to make great use of extra mana. Given this card's volatility, perhaps the speed of the meta will be the determining factor as to whether or not Hoarding Dragon will see play.

Are you excited to try this guy out in the upcoming set? Let us know what you think about the card in the comment section and be sure to check out our Kobolds and Catacombs hub for more information on the upcoming set.

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Doubt it will see play.  There was a 4 Mana 5/5 last set with a very minor draw back and it never saw play.  This draw back is far worse.

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I think you mean Keening Banshee  and I play that funny thing :)

But the (big) difference is, the Banshee gives me a disadvantage I can deal with, but giving your opponent an advantage is something completely different and dangerous. Of course there will be matches where the coins don't matter but in others they will.

I think I would like to use it in a nice budget deck but I have my doubts about seeing it in upper tier decks ;)

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2 hours ago, Caldyrvan said:

What is a premium or non-premium dragon?

My guess is that the difference is same as for premium and non-premium removal - premium cards are simply great, both in arena and in constructed, to the extent of always being in the deck in two copies. For example, Wrath and Swipe are premium removals, Fireball and Frostbolt are premium cards as well.

What I would consider as a "premium" dragon are Drakonid Operative, Chillmaw, Twilight GuardianAzure Drake, to some extent Cobalt ScalebanePrimordial Drake and Ysera, depending on the deck you play, and also possibly Duskbreaker. Each person's criteria to rank a card premium differ, so take this with a grain of salt.

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6 hours ago, Caldyrvan said:

What is a premium or non-premium dragon?

It is subjective. I would define premium discover as a card that you put in your deck anyway or would put against your current opponent.

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Dragon version of Pitlord, which pretty much never sees play, with arguably bigger downside. Is a nice purify/silence target but does silence priest need more minions? Does dragon priest need another 4-drop when it already has duskbreaker and twilight drake? Is there any new dragon deck coming? Dunno, doubt it’ll see any play. Seems strong in arena though.

Aggro Druid used to run Innervate before the nerf, whilst it was partly for turn 1 fledgling shenanigans, having two coins after playing living mana is pretty handy...

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This card is tragic for its poor balance and missed thematic dragon-slaying opportunity.

Deathrattle: If it's your turn, put 2 Coins into your hand. If it's your opponent's turn, give them 2 Coins.

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