This is going to be really frustrating in combination with Velen or Maly. Priest can already do some pretty shenanigan-y things but giving them a 1-cost Maly or Velen gives even more opportunities for absurd OTKs. The opponent has to have an AOE available to deal with the Spirit or else they're just feeding Maly/Velen back in the deck which is still better than leaving the card up for a turn. I have a feeling many annoying decks will be made with this.
remember when evaluating this card that benedictus and the death knights are all rotating out next expansion, as are kingsbane and the otk pieces from shudderwock. this seems potentially pretty powerful with reckless experimenter (and obviously bwonsamdi). in the meantime long-term value won't mean a lot when priests can win every fatigue game and other classes can beat control 90% of the time if they want to.
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This is big for resurrect priest. A big weakness of that deck is drawing malygos. Drawing Velen isn't as bad because he's 7 mana, but the 9 mana play for Malygos is rough, with this you can drop it beside Maly and have a decent assurance that Maly either lives a turn or gets shuffled into your deck for one mana AND into your res pool so you have multiple ways to pull one out. You're still vulnerable to polymorph/hex or AOE killing the Spirit but that's not going to be super common. You can also put another radiant in your deck, or just all kinds of weird things. It does change your spellstones value though, because brining this back will give you 1 mana things in your deck but you often want to spellstone and finish them off with it so this could change the direction you go for the OTK if it's played, using the spellstone more for value/combo pieces than for the actual OTK. It might make the deck more flexible. This card + the cloning gallery will also perhaps allow otk mind blast priest to continue being a deck after the resurrect cards and radiant elemental rotate out.
It could also support the deathrattley priest they're trying to push. Reckless experimenter + this + cube the experimenter puts a 1 mana cube and 1 mana experimenter in your deck AND puts two Reckless experimenters on the board. If you have voodoo dolls or eggs you can also play them for free on that turn and get 1 mana copies put in your deck. You also have tutors like dead ringer, the new legendary, etc, so you can have some powerful late game plays. Maybe you can even play the dead ringer that turn and instantly draw the cube? maybe not because of the order of interactions.
Of the spirits they've shown so far, i think this one is the most interesting and will also see the most play.
This card combos beautifully with the 9-mana priest legendary spell with the inbuilt stealth. It will definitely turn every minion (if there are less than 7 minions in your deck) into one cost copies of themselves in addition to their counterparts in the deck. Definitely, a huge enabler for more Velen-Malygos shenanigans. And further enhance by Bwonsamdi's sick draw.
Its pretty good, but with many people thinking it's good with Velen and such.. I doubt it. It's too clunky for that. Velen has to die and you have to pre-amptly put the totem down. Shaman, Warrior, Rogue, Mage, etc. can easily destroy the totem first, Velen later. In most cases you would actually just lose it.
I have hopes for this card, but I think it's better to place it down when you death-trade your minions in than pre-amtly putting it down hoping for another copy, giving your opponent room for opportinity.
Haven't really seen anyone mention, but this spirit works with the Elekk card, for double the shuffling!
this kinda makes Zerek's Cloning Gallery a lot more viable in standard, so far the problem current standard res priest has is that you can draw malygos or velen before gallery and you can't risk running baleful banker because he's a bad clone from gallery, however youc an play this card alongside velen or Malygos if you drew them early and people will shuffle them into your deck, because there's no way someone will leave a Velen or a malygos alive on board, it literally puts your opponent in a lose lose situation, where they either waste AoE, leaave a really threatening minion on board or shuffle an extra copy of that minion into your deck enabling cloning gallery again.
actually the current big priest that sees play in standard is a perfect home for Spirit and Bwonsamdi, they even run Gargoyle, which is a small minion and bad for resurrection, why they wont run Spirit ?