Velen is way too slow, you drop him on turn 7 and nothing happens. Play Lyra with radiant elemental on turn 7 with a 1 cost spell and you get nearly infinite value.
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Sep 22, 2016Posted in: Cenarius
Ehehey. Found a gap in my shedule to make a review. Today we'll try to breakdown Cenarius, the Demigod of Nature(or whoever he is in WOW Lore). That legendary used to be pretty common in very old HS days, but then it got to unplayable degree, so people has stopped used it since then. It was rarely seen in some zoo-typed Druid decks, token druids. But not so often. After WOG we've seen Fandral Staghelm, so this card was used a lot more in token decks. Now it's gone for the sake of Yogg-Saron, Hope's End.
Let's take a closer look on card itself. Hist stats are pretty poor. 5/8 is 6.5 worth of mana, so his effect costs 2.5 mana. And what that effect gives us? The first variation casts a worse Feral Spirit (worse in terms of stats, not mana). So it is a weird Sludge Belcher variation, that blocks 2 attacks(or baits spells to remove woodies), and leaves a big minion on board. Is that good? Particularly, not. It's not enough to stop your opponent from hitting you. Yes, it blocks 4 damage, but aggro-deck usually have burst to get rid of Treants and not even consume a valuabe creature to pass it, as it will be killed with little stuff. Control deck may be kind of stopped, as it has bigger minions. it can be used to stop something really big to have more time to find an answer to it, or try to kill it with woods and Cenny by himself.
His another effect is more interesting, as it basically casts Wisps of the Old Gods in Big Wisps option, or Everyfin is Awesome. I remind you that this effect costs 7 mana, but with Cenarius it costs 2.5 mana. Pretty powerful, huh? So the best use of it is playing it in token decks that has cards like said Wisps of the Old Gods in Many Wisps form, Onyxia, Violet Teacher and other token-druid-stuff. So we spam minions as many as we can, then we drop Cenny and buff it up. In such decks Cenaruis is pretty powerful, but slow. Instead of him we see Power of the Wild, as it triggers Violet Teacher one more time before buffing, and also costs less. But why not to use both of these cards? Heh.
As i said, after WOG a new druid nightmare appeared, Fandral Staghelm. That card buffed token druids(whatever,, all druids with at least 2 Choose One cards), so Cenarius was used in combo with it. With Fandral on board, Cenny summons 2x 4/4 Treants with taunt, and then buffs the entire board by +2/+2. Beastly. But it requires Fanny to survive one turn, or keep 2x Innervates to play such combo. It is used in some ramp-Astral Communion
At decks the moment Cennarius is not in particular use, because of "fair, cool and skillful" Yogg-Saron, Hope's End. That maggot can dra you cards, clear everything, cast few secrets, or even buff your board by +2/+2 with already said spells. Who needs consistency when we have clown fiesta card that will turn even already lost game into won one? Alright, the rant is over.
So, time for a conclusion. If you got this card from packs - ask yourself wether you want to play Token-zoo druids. Or wether you have Onyxia or Fandral Staghelm in your collection to try to combo them with each other. If not, i wouldnt mind if you dust it, if you need to craft an epic or save more for a legendary you want. But if you plan to collect as many cards as you can, you better remain him. Noone knows which cards come in future, so even Cairne Bloodhoof now has place in decks. Maybe Cenny will as well. IF you want to craft it, then it may be one of a few Expert set legendaries that you're missing. Or you really wanna try Token druid with this card. Anyway, not advised to craft in any other scenarios(credits to the original creator of this pun, sorry, dont remember your nick.)
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