The thing about this card and the Priest is that the Priest cards can give you card draw, durability, attack buffs, and ways to copy it. As long as this card doesn't give silenced and dies normally, you get all of those buff cards for the next person. I can't say this minion being bad at all. It is just a bit slow.
This could maybe go in a "buff priest" deck. I don't think it would be competitively viable but it could be really fun. Power word shield gives extra draw so you can grab an elixer or arms on it, then you get those cards back for mid game. It's a neat concept that works differently for priest than pally.
If you vivid nightmares it, you would get two power word shields and two vivid nightmares back (and any other buffs you've used)? You could do some crafty stuff with this. vivid nightmares would also be a smart play to avoid losing all your value to a silence.
The more i think about it the more I love this card for Priest, even if it will probably not be meta.
not really sure what to say about this card, would I play it in a inner fire priest deck, yes maybe, but you definitely wouldn't wanna play this on turn 1 do nothing and because of that i'd just rather play northshire cleric.
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I honestly think this is the worst xpac priests have seen in a very long time. All the priest cards are extremely mediocre. The only interesting cards that even remotely looks like it can shape things up are Reckless Experimenter and this card (Test Subject). Both the priest legendary cards are extremely boring, the new priest buff is exceptionally bad as it needs to be discounted by 1 to even be on par with Blessing of Kings. IMO we got one of the worst Omega cards printed, PW: Replicate is outshone by Faceless and Vivid Nightmare and our common cards are either bland (Dead Ringer) or outright bad (Cloning Device).
Okay, ranting aside, this card may bring Inner Fire/Divine Spirit decks to the forefront of priest archetypes. As I'm sure others will be quick to point out, this card will be weak to silence but what isn't these days? Assuming you Use Shadow Visions to bring out more divine spirits and inner fires and then absorbing them back into the hand, seems pretty good. If your 1 drop takes a silence, then it really boils down to how many resources that silence destroyed and how much value you gained beforehand, because most players don't want to silence 1 drops.
I'm going to vote this card Very Good even though it's just more of the same old we've seen from another class. We'll just have to wait and see though. Still, I wish we got a few more innovative cards like most of the other classes did. Priest cards this xpac are just....bleh
I don’t think you want this in Inner Fire priest. It’s too small to start with and what you need in Inner Fire is a minion to stick, not value.
I think it does both with innerfire. It may be small but using innerfire and/or divine spirit lets it contest the board without technically losing out on your innerfire and divine spirit...hopefully anyway.