Hey thanks for the detailed response, I was mainly wondering because i see velen as a win condition vs control in Standard format, but I'll be the first to admit I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to Wild.
I kind of disagree on your judgement of Mind Blast, especially in standard, because it's about as dead as Reno Jackson. It either works or it doesn't, and nobody plays reno on the curve. Also having velen + mindblast means that you can snatch a win out of pretty much any situation. I've won thanks to him multiple games that have come down to fatigue, vs opponents that excel in board and armoring up, like mill warrior and jade druid. Arguably I would've won sooner if I had a better curve, but that would've been up to chance, while Velen is a guaranteed 20+ damage.
I do have to agree with you in the end though, that there's just no room for him in Wild. I've cut Lyra the Sunshard, since she hasn't aided me much in standard and tends to be used as a soft taunt most of the time, and tbh that card could go for Loatheb here on those basis alone, but now that I have one of the two, implementing the other is damn near impossible. As you said, there's just nothing that can make room, save Doomsayer, but it is true that he is a huge help if he is drawn early.
i guess ultimately it falls to whether the deck should be optimized for control or aggro match ups
- vs. aggro = lyra/loatheb and doomsayer
- vs. control= velen and mindblast
thanks again for your reply, let me know how you feel about Lyra lol