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Dragoncaller Alanna Reveal: Kobolds & Catacombs

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Mage has picked up some powerful elementals in K&C, but Dragoncaller Alanna doesn't want you to forget about the dragons.

Enormous mana cost, horrible stats, and a situationally powerful text box? Sounds like we've got ourselves a Legendary minion! At least this one is pretty cool. Say hello to Dragoncaller Alanna:

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My first reaction to this card is that I no longer want to Evolve my 8 drops in Evolve Shaman for fear of being left with this. Allana's cost is high and her stats her aren't pretty, but if you can summon 2 or more dragons off of her Battlecry trigger then she actually packs quite the punch. My primary concern with Allana isn't that she's under-powered, but that she's competing with a few other extremely powerful 9 cost Legendaries, namely Alexstrasza and Frost Lich Jaina. If the stars align for Alanna she is certainly capable of winning you some games on her own, but given her relatively limited flexibility I wouldn't expect her to become a staple of Control Mage decks.

Are you excited to try this card out on December 7th when the set releases, or do you see Alanna as 400 dust waiting to happen? Let us know what you think about Alanna in the comment section and check out our Kobolds and Catacombs hub for more information on the upcoming set.

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This is one of the few (very few ... very) cards I like when seeing it for the first time.

It's nothing with random stuff again. Still again a high cost minion with poor stats. But as Aleco said, if you can manage to summon at least two dragons she should be worth her mana cost. It's legend with a potential powerful effect you could towards, that something I really like. I wouldn't dust her but I would craft her either I think, but if I get her out of a pack I will definitely try her out.

But for the serious constructed decks I have little hope to see her. Sadly the majority of the players stick to the usual deck types and the mage ones are all boring and seen too often by now. I guess she looks awesome but will turn out to be a Sindragosa #2.

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We'll have to see how the meta ends up. It doesn't seem like a bad card, but given the amount of 5 damage aoes it might not be amazing.

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Seems pretty good.  Current control mage runs 5 5+ spells, 2 Meteors, 2 Firelands Portal and 1 Flamestrike, plus whatever you get off of Discount Spell Roulette.  At 2 spells, Alanna is amazing, at 1 she isn't even close to passable.  However, she comes no where close to out valuing Frost Lich Jaina or even Medivh, the Guardian (in most cases).  She might see play when the sets rotate to replace Disco Raven Man, but then Firelands Portal rotates and that is a large part of her power.  Also, Cabalist's Tome is a perfectly serviceable value generator in control mage, and I would expect 1 or 2 copies to be ran in any deck that runs Alanna.

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I agree with VaraTreledees on this, I mean, I am not excited for this card really, I will not craft it most likely, but if I get it from packs, I will not be sad.

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4 hours ago, Caldyrvan said:

What about spells with reduced cost? E.g. Primordial Glyph discovers a Blizzard, does the blizzard played for 4 mana count towards her battlecry? If not, she will be indeed bad.

This will be completely make or break in a lot of decks. My mage deck has 3 spells over 5 mana standard, but I almost always pull high mana cards from glyph to curve out late game value. If those don't count, I'm looking at 2-3 dragons in a full fatigue situation, which feels pretty bad.

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I wonder how it works with Deck of Wonders (no pun intended) because the scrolls it shuffles into your deck are technically 5 cost spells so thats 6 right off the bat. Thats a full board with a single minion played, and 6 out of seven have some serious sticking power. 

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This is so hard to evaluate. You need to run (and play) at least 3 big spells for this to get value. Flamestrikes and Fireland portals are common, everything else not so much. This is a dead draw in any game that doesn't go past turn 13 or so, and the payoff isn't all that amazing. IDK!

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9 hours ago, Caldyrvan said:

What about spells with reduced cost? E.g. Primordial Glyph discovers a Blizzard, does the blizzard played for 4 mana count towards her battlecry? If not, she will be indeed bad.

I hate to quote myself but I would appreciate it when someone knows it

They are a bit too often vague or unclear with their card texts.

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21 hours ago, Caldyrvan said:

Seriously? No one knows?

I was unable to find an official reply, though it is possible that I just missed it. Since this mechanic is inconsistent (Atiesh x Skulking Geist), it is also hard to guess which one it is going to be. 

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Thanks for trying and in case I get her I can find out myself once the exp. is live ;)

But as I said, if a 5+ cost spell with reduced mana cost does not count she's really crap ;D I still hope it will count, even if she will not be a top tier legend, from her looks I wanted to try her out. (edit: did that sound naughty?:D)

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