It’s only been one week since the release of Morose and I’m already deeply in love with this card if only for the reason that it allowed me to rebuild my beloved, cancerous Secret Paladin deck. Once again my opponents are crumbling before the harrowing question “Who am I?” and the chilling response, cutting you off before you can interject, stating “None of your business”.

The Decklist is something like:

2x Competitive spirit
2x Get down
2x Redemption
2x Secret Keeper
2x Selfless Hero
2x Argent Protector
2x Follow the Rules
1x Moroes
2x Rallying Blade
2x Steward of Darkshire
2x Consecration
2x Keeper of Uldaman
2x Truesilver Champion
1x Justicar Truehart
2x Mysterious Challenger
1x Fire Rag
1x Tirion Fordring

My win rate is around 70 percent and it can deal with Zoo if you’re able to start with a board clear and can deal with control decks with a Mysterious Challenge/Tirion turn that can be pretty devastating. This is one of my first experiences trying to climb the ladder with something that I didn’t blindly netdeck, and I have to say I’m really enjoying it right now. It gets old to get drilled by crazy deck by crazy deck in the arena, so some insane ladder stuff is really well received right now. Seriously, have you seen those guys decks? They’re insane. Better than any deck I’ve ever drafted.

I have the feeling it’s going to be more of the same tomorrow with the release of Barnes. For those of you who, for some reason, were able to find this blog about Hearthstone but not be into it enough to know the card ahead of time, don’t know what Barnes is, it’s a three mana 3/4 that creates a 1/1 copy of a minion in your deck. Think about that for a second.

That’s just insane, right? Like, absolutely one of the potentially most powerful abilities that we’ve seen in the game? Think about it this way: the staff of the game believed in the mechanic so strongly that they thought they could using this as a battlecry on a 5/5 body and get away with it. Now, because of the state of the game being so aggressive that it’s very difficult to control the board, it doesn’t see a lot of play. And the mechanic doesn’t really support much more than Deathrattles with what a Priest could play. So, you’re paying a lot of mana for a pretty weak body with minimal effect.

But the cost isn’t prohibitive anymore. Not when it costs the same and has the same stats as Spider Tank, which is a pretty fair card in it’s own right for it’s stats. It also supports more than Deathrattles, as it fits in any class. Rag is playable in lots of class, Fandral is terrific for Druid, Mage has some very interesting possibilities with their legendary cards. There aren’t a whole lot of instances where you play this card and you’re upset. In that case, you’re basically playing a better version of Razorfen Hunter, which isn’t so bad. I mean, if you’re playing against someone and you see Barnes hit the battlefield, it’s going to be a pretty gutwrenching few seconds to see what comes out. Some of the time, it’s going to be something pretty vanilla, but you can pull a lot of very interesting effects here. Spell Damage could wreck you, seriously, thinking about it, a lot of bad things could happen. At least in constructed, you don’t see a ton of Vanilla cards. Most of them have a pretty strong effect. In the arena I think we’ll see less memey stuff since you see a lot of vanilla stuff, but I do think that there are times where this is really going to wreck you when it pulls annoy-o-tron or wobbling runts or a belcher because you’re suddenly blocked off from being able to attack anywhere and using premium removal to get rid of a 1/1 is not mana efficient at all.

And that, right there, is exactly why it’s going to be so damn memey anyways. The next few weeks everyone watching Trollden should be gearing up for a relentless onslaught of Barnes clips where YShaarj gets pulled out on turn 3 and then it sucks out a full life Bog Creeper. Or when Xaril gets pulled out and creates the exact right Toxins for lethal. If you spend like, five minutes thinking about this, you can see all of these ridiculous scenarious. And because we have so many people playing so much of the time, we’re going to see enough games where the cream rises to the top. It’s going to be the new God of the month, because it’s going to starting producing weekly memes, and we’ll all bathe in it’s glory. At least that’s how I see it. The card could just be trash because it’s not useful enough and fall into the bucket of the other legendaries with really interesting effects that just never find play in constructed. Still, in the arena it’s a really strong card on stats alone.

I’ll be testing it shortly, between that and Purify this expansion is going to be worth its weight in online video game currency for sure.