One of the new Racial leaders, Sylvanas is a bit
pricey but has an effect that somewhat justifies the
The catch is while all OTHER undead hero/allies
can't be destroyed she can. This leaves you wasting
a lot of resources to keep her alive otherwise it's
completely possible that you'll lose a huge chunk of
your field. Her health is rather high but
considering her effect she'll be a primary target
more often than not.
She's very unstable in sealed. If you get a lot of
undead cards she could be worth it but odds are that
odds are you'll never get her out as you'll be
spending resources on abilities and weapons.
Ally- Undead Banshee Ranger (Unique)
9 cost, 5 attack (melee), 7 Health
Other Undead heroes and allies in your party can’t
I’m not so sure about the Queen here. She is a 5/7
for 9, which is, at least in my opinion, mediocre.
However, her ability could come in handy, if you
plan on playing a deck with a lot of Undead allies
in it, and/ or if you are playing an Undead hero.
In short, while she is alive, all other Undead in
your party (including your hero) can’t die. This
means that you can’t lose the game. Unless I’m
mistaken, this means you can’t lose the game from
DAMAGE, but I’m not 100% sure of that.
In constructed, it may be difficult to get her into
play and keep her there. 7 health is hard to get
past, but an Intercept followed by an Execute can
drop her easily. In Casual play, she may stand a
little more chance, but not much. Where she shines,
from my perspective, is in a Raid deck.
Say you hit Ony stage 3. Late game, and she has 20
resources, she uses her “Destroy all opposing
Heroes” ability. If you have the Queen in play, you
survive. She has a better chance of surviving in a
Raid game, as the Onyxia player has multiple targets
to chose from when she wants to kill something. In
one on one, she is likely to get smacked hard, but
in Raid multiplayer style, she’s a lot closer to
Constructed 2/5 (to costly, to easy to kill)
Casual 3/5 (Less serious competition, only slightly
more likely to survive)
Raid 4/5 (If you are playing an undead, it wouldn’t
hurt to run 1 or 2 of Queen here.)
We continue on in
Undead Week with Queen Sylvanas Windrunner, one of
the epic Horde allies that came out of TDP.
Queen Sylvanas Windrunner
Horde/Undead Banshee Ranger/Unique
Effect: Other Undead heroes and allies in your party
cannot be destroyed.
She's big, she's bad, and she's not as good as you
Yeah, there are the combinations with Wormwood, and
yeah, she makes for quite the powerful Ophelia
Barrows, and heavens forbid your opponent has to
stare down both a Sylvanas and a Plagueborn Meatwall,
but therein lies the problem...for her effect to
really shine, she has to be on the field with other
Undead. Making your Undead hero (presuming you're
running the UD
Priest/Mage/Warlock) invulnerable to being destroyed
really isn't that good.
Obviously you're still going to take damage, and the
moment you take fatal damage, wiping Sylvanas off
the map is all that needs to be done to win.
Horde still don't have the gamebreaking epic allies
that the Alliance has, and even though Sylvanas is a
step up, she's no Lord Grayson or King Magni.
She's obviously more fun in casual play, where cool
combinations are more likely to hit it off. She's a
control-oriented ally in a format controlled by
curve-based rush decks like Hunter or Shaman and,
based on Austin's Darkmoon Faire, solo warrior
builds. Until someone manages a Pagatha build
utilizing Sylvanas, I fear she'll be placed on the
sidelines for a long, long time.
Sealed: 3/5 -- Unless you manage to nab a lot of
Undead, what's the point?
Constructed: 3/5 -- She's not one of those
gamebreakers that makes your opponent flustered to
see her hit the field, and especially not for a
Casual: 4/5 -- You can pull off more combos with
other Undead in casual play, which is Sylvanas'
Raid: 2/5 -- There are much better uses for 9
resources against Onyxia.
It is good to be
the king... err queen. Sylvanas is the straight
junk. Her ability makes many undead allies like
Wormwood, Ophelia Barrows, and Plagueborn Meatwall
completely insane. Probably the only down fall of
Sylvanas is her cost to stat ratio. A 9 cost ally
for 5 attack and 7 health isn't so great, but if you
get her out the advantage you gain can increase
Sylvanas isn't really all that splashable either.
She doens't really do much in a non-undead deck. So
if you run a lot of undead allies/heroes and you can
keep Sylvanas alive, you'll be glad you did.
Sealed: 2.5 out of 5 - She'd be really good if your
lucky enough to get a bunch of undead allies or an
undead hero to go along with her, but if you don't
she'll just slow you down.
Constructed: 5 out of 5 - To keep my Undead allies
alive or not to? This is a tough one.
Casual: 5 out of 5
Raid: 4 out of 5 - She's vulnerable, but if you keep
her alive Onyxia is owned.
A goony goo goo
We already did this one...she creates a really hard
to beat lockdown combined with Wormwood.
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