Voodoo Doll – Neutral Hard Removal (Hearthstone The Witchwood card preview)

Hearthstone’s The Witchwood expansion reveals continue and we got to see Voodoo Doll, a new Neutral Epic minion.

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

Voodoo Doll

Voodoo Doll is a three-mana 1/1 Neutral Epic minion with a unique effect: Battlecry: Choose a minion. Deathrattle: Destroy the chosen minion.

So, let me get this straight. This card is a hard removal card that is both neutral and a minion – and you get to choose the target! It also bypasses the Cannot be targeted by spells and Hero Powers effect, as it is a minion!

In many cases, it will be better than the current version of Tinkmaster Overspark, although the value of transformation effect cannot be underestimated either – and if you remember the time when Tinkmaster was a targeted effect, it was played in practically all decks.

However, getting that kill immediately requires a two-card combo to kill off the Voodoo Doll on the turn it is played, so while the card is powerful, it is not quite as easy to use as it would seem.

Where will Voodoo Doll see play?

Any class that lacks hard removal is immediately interested, as are any decks that do not want to run a lot of spells – Spiteful Summoner, anyone?

Druid is the main class interested in Voodoo Doll, as all the hard removal they have is Naturalize, and they have several ways to kill off Voodoo Doll immediately with Lesser Jasper Spellstone or Wrath.

Voodoo Doll is an odd-cost minion, so it goes together with Baku for all the classes who lose their even-cost hard removal: Warrior’s Execute (Whirlwind effects can be used to proc it), Shaman’s Hex (killing off the Voodoo Doll is a bit of an issue, though), and Mage’s Polymorph (Hero Power kills the Doll to trigger the Deathrattle). I guess it might not be enough to make up for all of Defile, Hellfire, Siphon Soul, and Twisting Nether for Warlock, but with Lord Godfrey perhaps it can give even that a shot – it goes extremely well with Mortal Coil and Dark Pact – if Warlock cared about Baku at all, that is.

There is also some chance for it to see play in Hunter, as Hunter has a number of cheap spells to kill it, but then again, is it really better than Hunter’s Mark and Deadly Shot? I doubt it.

It is not yet known which classes will be able to use Spiteful Summoner the best, but Priest is always an option, and there is at least Duskbreaker to proc Voodoo Doll immediately in the late game.

Overall, a strong card, especially as it is a Neutral minion, but most class-specific hard removal is better so Voodoo Doll will be a second choice, and will see play especially when deck-building restrictions warrant its use.