Hi everyone. I’m back again with my opinions on the new cards released this week in the plague quarter. The purpose of this post is to give you ideas on how to use these new cards to their best effect and hopefully inspire you to include some of them in your own decks. There are some pretty awesome cards this week so let’s get started.
First you will want to play through the quarter to unlock the new cards. While I personally think it is more fun to do this without any help, we have some pretty helpful guides on the site if you are struggling. Jimmy has put together a great page on the Plague Quarter which covers just about everything. Link Here.
The Stoneskin Gargoyle is obtained by defeating Noth the Plaguebringer, the first boss of the Plague Quarter. I personally see this card as a very situational pick and I don’t think it will see too much play in the near future. The reason for this is that the Naxxramas expansion has introduced a whole load of cards that are attractive silence targets, which will make people value silence more when building their decks. If people are running silences, then buffs like Blessing of Kings
If the meta shifts to add in more silences than just Keeper of the Grove
As I mentioned previously, this guy is a perfect buff target. I see him working wonders in a Druid deck with Mark of the Wild
Unstable Ghoul is obtained by defeating Heigan the Unclean. This guy is just what we were looking for to deal with the overwhelming Zoo rampage that started when Nerubian Egg
After thinking about the Unstable Ghoul for a little while, I realised it had a second use that isn’t as obvious as the big middle finger to the Zoo players. This card is really good at setting off Acolyte of Pain
I don’t see the Unstable Ghoul being run in any of the current deck archetypes except for Control Warrior, but he looks like a welcome and powerful addition to an already powerful deck.
Sludge Belcher is obtained by defeating Loatheb. This card in my opinion is absolutely superb. If you just look at raw stats, it’s a 4/7 with Taunt for 5 mana. That’s even better than the Druid of the Claw
In terms of actual use in decks, I see the Sludge Belcher as a card that doesn’t really interact with many other cards very well, but rather is better by itself. Similarly to Harvest Golem
Loatheb is obtained by clearing the 3 Plague Quarter normal bosses. It’s not often I will say this, but I think Loatheb is overpowered. I think this Legendary will be auto-included in every single deck. I expect this card to get nerfed soon, but for the meantime I think everyone should use it as the battlecry will completely mess up your opponent’s turn. Even if it doesn’t you still get a 5/5 for 5 mana, much like the old Sylvanas Windrunner.
There isn’t really a lot I want to say about Loatheb. I’m a bit disappointed that a card this strong would get released as it is just leagues ahead of the other common 5 drops, like Azure Drake
There are some pretty neat interactions with his battlecry that I think Rogues are best suited to take advantage of. Shadowstep
If you beat the Mage class challenge this week, you will unlock Duplicate. I think this card is absolutely fantastic because it opens up a lot of new styles of play. I believe that the card itself is not really that strong, but it has the ability to be a lot better (or worse) than Arcane Intellect
I think you should just have a bit of a play around with Duplicate for the time being, but I don’t see it as a competitive card until Mad Scientist
By beating the incredible Hunter class challenge this week, you gain access to Webspinner. I would just like to take this time and say that the Hunter class challenge is by far my favorite PvE experience in hearthstone to date and I thank the Devs for making it. A lot of people were really disappointed when they saw the Webspinner announced and they called it weak compared to the other class cards. While I agree this card isn’t very strong innately, I have had so much fun with it. So much fun in fact that it is my new 1-drop of choice in my competitive hunter deck.
In terms of card interactions, this works particularly well in beast synergy decks, as cards like Houndmaster
I hope that I have inspired you in some way or another to try out these new cards. Some are fun and exciting, while others are just downright OP this week. I look forward to next week as there’s some really cool new cards coming soon.
If you have some more questions, please do let me know. If you want to reach me in-game, I’m TrainerDusk#2126 and I play on the EU server. Other than that, you can message me on twitter @TrainerDusk and I do sometimes stream at twitch.tv/trainerdusk. If none of that takes your fancy, I will reply to questions in the comment section below.
Good luck out there and have fun!