So potentially meta defining since that's an S-tier cars in its released meta and still sees play in wild?
A worse version is still a very very good card.
Val'anyr could go in anything. This card goes in specifically dragon paladin so if that deck isn't good enough this card isn't either. Too early to call imo. They're obviously going to print some a ton of dragon stuff this expac.
I was commenting more on the negative tone of the original comment, as if Val'anyr is a bad card and this one is worse.
This card definitely has the potential to be very strong if IF it gets the support you mention, and also if silence is common of not in the meta.
A bit circumstantial, but chains well with a Dragon Paladin deck... especially with the 8 mana 8/8 now potentially a 11/11! So it deserves some testing and play. Playable, but I just don’t know if it has the tools to be really good.
4/2 weapon is worth a little less than 4 mana, so you're paying at least 2 mana for the effect, probably slightly more(Truesilver has a bonus effect for a 4 mana 4/2 weapon). This one is a 3 mana 3/3, so you're paying 1 mana max for the effect, in reality likely slightly less. Additionally, this effect rolls more quickly.
I think the card is probably going to end up being quite powerful assuming a dragon paladin deck emerges but my biggest problem with the card is that it's just kind of boring. I personally feel that class legendaries are the best outlet for truly awesome and creative card development and I just feel like this card is simply a missed opportunity to do something more interesting or exciting.
Oh well, I voted Very Good because it's basically a recurring Blessing of Kings on a stick. Hard to go wrong with that I suppose.
It seems much better as long as there's actually a decent dragon paladin deck to support it. If the Valanyr buff was silenced you just wasted 2 turns swinging and understatted weapon only for it to be removed. It conflicted with other strong weapons like Truesilver that you actually want in your deck. Whereas with this card you can just plop in as a fair 3 cost minion and your happy if they waste a silence on a 3 mana 3/3. Also, every time you want the Valanyr buff you'd have to wait til the minion dies and swing it another two times, whereas this guy will just cycle the buffs straight on to the next dragon at a very small investment of 3 mana for a 3/3. And finally a +3/+3 buff as early as turn 4 is much more relevant than a +4/+2 buff on turn 7. Imagine a 7/10 twilight drake on turn 4 lol.
Problem is you always have to have dragons in hand for the effects to snowball with... You'll d have to hold back Bronze Herald to copy it for more 4/4 dragons, and you're going to have to fill 1/3 of your deck with reborn minions to activate the quest, leaving no room for effective dragons. Or else, you DO include the dragons, and you have no removal, in which case you're dead before you buff your dragons.
It will only be viable if they included a reborn dragon or 2.