The Glass Knight and Divine Shield Paladin (Hearthstone The Witchwood card preview)

Hearthstone’s The Witchwood expansion reveals continue and we got to see The Glass Knight, a new Paladin Legendary minion.

In this post, I take an in-depth look at the card and what kind of decks it could fit into.

The Glass Knight

The Glass Knight is a four-mana 4/3 Paladin Legendary minion with Divine Shield and a unique effect: Whenever you restore Health, gain Divine Shield.

The Divine Shield is restored whenever you heal anything. Yourself, your minions, hey, even your opponent if you like. The Glass Knight can be a scary minion that the opponent wants to get rid of.

The Glass Knight also has a good statline: we have not had 4/3s with Divine Shield for four mana before. C’Thun’s Chosen is a 4/2 and Silvermoon Guardian is a 3/3.

Alas, is it enough to have better stats than two minions, one of which sees no play and the other only in C’Thun decks? I believe it is. Three health means that most two-drops can’t trade The Glass Knight away after the Divine Shield is removed. Four attack means that it can often trade up.

Divine Shield Paladin?

It makes no sense to build a deck around The Glass Knight. It is a good card, but it is a one-off, and it is just a strong mid-game card, not a real build-around card.

That said, the addition of a good Divine Shield minion might begin to push Paladin’s Divine Shield count high enough to think about them more. Unfortunately, Rallying Blade and Steward of Darkshire are both rotating out of Standard, but there are still some interesting Divine Shield cards left:

  • Argent Squire
  • Righteous Protector
  • Lone Champion
  • The Glass Knight
  • Corpsetaker
  • Bolvar, Fireblood
  • Tirion Fordring

There is some potential for a midrange build right there. I would especially like to see a Corpsetaker build make a comeback!

The Glass Knight works better if you can heal something to regain the Divine Shield, but it is a solid midrange minion even without that. That said, you could put in some healing cards to the deck as well:

  • Truesilver Champion
  • Shroom Brewer
  • Benevolent Djinn

Perhaps there is even room for Lesser Pearl Spellstone?

Will be interesting to see if a deck can be built around these synergies.

Alas, The Glass Knight has solid enough stats even for inclusion in some other archetype that is less focused on its strengths. Especially if Truesilver Champion becomes the go-to Paladin weapon again, there would always be some potential synergy in just about any Paladin deck.