written by Techno
Card Pack: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
Pre-Nerf: Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, your Hero Power costs (0) this game.
Post-Nerf: Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, your Hero Power costs (1) this game.
“Could you do me a favor and get the keys from Kazakus?”
Upon Summon – “Surrender your will to the Kabal.”
Attack – “I will bind you.”
Raza the Chained was released during the beginning of the Year of the Mammoth. Although this wasn’t game changing during it’s release, an expansion later released called Knights of the Frozen Throne which changed that factor.
Impact on the Meta
During Gadgetzan’s release, Raza was one of the most powerful cards that a Priest player could choose to implement. Before its release, a card known as Reno Jackson was already implemented into many decks, some of which are Priest class decks. Because of the cost of Reno Jackson, applying Raza into this deck was simple. Later, because of the end of the Year of the Kraken and the start of the Year of the Mammoth, League of Explorers was then rotated out of standard play and was moved into wild play. For a while, Raza fell out of the meta.
During the August 10, 2017, Knights of the Frozen Throne, update the first Hero cards were released. When played, the battlecry of the said Hero card and subsequent hero power change is applied. One of the Heroes that were released was Shadowreaper Anduin. Unlike Genn Greymane, Raza’s battlecry targets the hero itself, not the hero power. Therefore, playing Raza before a hero power change will not change the cost of your hero power for the rest of the game. So, along with the new hero power that is given with Hero card, Shadowreaper Anduin, Highlander Priest (the given name by the Hearthstone Casters) found its way into the meta. Not long afterwards, Raza then received a nerf that changed it to what it is now.
Because cards have a game changing effect, they also bestow a heavy cost. The price you pay for using Raza is not heavy because of the large arsenal that Priest owns. However, that does not mean that it has not limited the power of the Priest class. As stated in its battlecry, the price that you pay for Raza is giving up the second copy card in your deck. Because of that, Highlander Priest does not have the same amount of board clear potential as other Priest decks did.
Because of Raza’s effect to permanently change the cost of the players Hero Power, there are many cards that synergize with it. Here are some of the cards that were commonly played along with Raza (Wild Cards included):
Due to the changes that were made on Raza, the card never saw much play. Highlander Priest soon fell out of the Hearthstone meta. Due to Mean Streets of Gadgetzan rotating out of standard play, we unfortunately will not be seeing anymore of the evolution of Highlander Priest. However, this does not stop Highlander Priest in the Wild Ladder. As cards continue to be released throughout each expansion, Raza will most definitely have a comeback in the future in the Wild meta.
This finished off this weeks article.
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