Unleash The Animal Companions
Continuing my rampage through the new Whispers of the Old Gods expansion is an analysis of the new Hunter spell Call of the Wild. As always I'll be focusing on the competitive potential of the card and whether or not it will see play. Let's skedaddle onto the review:
This spell is expensive and for a good reason because Hunters can summon all three Animal Companions with just one card. For clarity's sake I'll post who they are:
Players haven't seen a spell quite like this from Hunter with the exception being the card Ball of Spiders. However, I think it's safe to assume that Misha, Leokk, and Huffer are going to be much more useful than 3 Webspinners. Players will have instant access to 5 damage thanks to Huffer's Charge effect and Leokk's +1 attack buff to minions. This damage could be useful to take out a pesky enemy minion, or deal direct damage to the opponent. Misha can set up a solid defense, give the other Animal Companions a chance to survive, and output immense damage. If opponents don't have the right answer to Call of the Wild, then tempo can swing right back in the Hunter's favor.
There are a couple of problems with this card. You can't really provide any follow up after using Call of the Wild. On turn 10 and up Hunters can use their hero power, play a Secret, Quickshot, or Knife Juggler. The Animal Companions have low health and can be taken out by a lot of minions and removal. A Hunter's strength is his/her ability to consistently put pressure on opponents, but this spell could end up being a wasted turn.
I like this spell and I think it will be viable in Midrange Hunter decks. Personally I would only use one copy. Call of the Wild seems annoying to deal with, but too expensive to justify running two. I think this card definitely merits experimentation especially with the lack of Hunter players in competition. I would be incredibly surprised to see this card in Face Hunter decks. It is way too slow to consider adding any copies of the spell. I look forward to seeing where this card situates itself in the new meta.
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