This week Blizzard released The Opera wing for the latest Hearthstone expansion One Night In Karazhan. One interesting card I've been waiting to play was also released this week called Moat Lurker. Moat Lurker is a very unique card in that its Battlecry is that it destroys a minion and it's deathrattle is that it re-summons it. On first blush this might seem like a very silly mechanic because why would you want to destroy a minion if it would just come back later? As it turns out this enables some very interesting game-play as you can use this to remove an enemy minion and then silence Moat Lurker OR you can destroy your own minion such as Sylvanas Windrunner to double her stealing effect. Toast also found out that you can copy the Deathrattle using Unearthed Raptor. So in some cases you can destroy one of your big minions near death with Moat Lurker and then copy it with Unearthed Raptor to get two copies. It's a pretty unlikely case, but it's possible which is one of the reasons why Moat Lurker is so powerful. I sort of look at Moat Lurker like a neutral version of priests Entomb but a bit less cool as Etomb puts the card in your deck and Moat Lurker re-summons it for your opponent.

Today I played a match that went into fatigue against a very fun control Shaman deck that featured Moat Lurker. In the end I had over 60+ shields and that combined with brawl and Elise Starseeker meant that I eventually won in fatigue. I really enjoy long running control V control matches as beyond them going super long I enjoy the patience and strategy of when to play certain cards and when to do a Warrior armor up "power pass."

jaelte wrote on 08/22/2016 at 04:18am

What they didn't show is if Moat Lurker's Deathrattle would re-summon a minion after an Unearthed Raptor that copied the Deathrattle dies and does so. Would there be multiple copies of the originally-destroyed minion?

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/24/2016 at 03:17pm

Huh. I think there would be as it seems Unearthed Raptor is the only card that seems to copy it fully.

JaBo wrote on 08/26/2016 at 05:53am

Ya, when I saw this card, I immediately thought of using it so preserve one of my near death guys. Like banking a Ysera, then board wiping and getting it back fresh.

Or if your opp is playing warrior and you know they want to brawl you soon. Just gotta be careful it doesn't get silenced.

Rogue seems legit tho. Destroy, shadowstep, destroy, shadowstep

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/27/2016 at 11:12pm

Totally. I haven't seen Moatlurker in play much which is surprising. I am going to put it in a deck soon though, I just love the mechanics so much I want to try it out.

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