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Today I’ll look at some new cards that have been released! I’ll be rating them on a scale of Bad, Viable, Strong, and Overpowered. If you missed an earlier part of this series, click to see part 1 and part 2 and part 3!

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Backroom Bouncer

It is similar to Cult Master in that you get an effect from friendly minion deaths, except the reward is paltry.

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You can compare this card to Flesh Eating Ghoul. Unless you can manage to kill off 3 minions, you’re better off playing an Evil Heckler, even though that card is still bad.

This card is filler for the expansion.

Bad


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Dispatch Kodo

This card is phenomenal. It is a very solid 4 mana drop in a deck that lacks powerful 4-mana cards outside of Infested Wolf. With the rest of the Grimy Goons cards that buff this card while it is in your hand, this card becomes a serious threat. Even with a single +1/+1 buff, the battlecry deals 3 damage, making this card similar to Blackwing Corruptor.

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Additionally, this card has a very strong statline and is a beast.

Strong


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Dirty Rat

You can compare this interesting card to Deathlord, except one mana cheaper. However, the fact that it is a Battlecry makes this card much worse because it means you opponent can attack with the minion when you end your turn, rather than giving you a turn to deal with it after Deathlord dies.

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It does cost 1 mana cheaper than Deathlord so it will be strong against aggressive decks.

Bad


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Smuggler’s Run

This card is simple, but strong in decks that want to take advantage of the +1/+1 synergy. It does remain seen if this is a viable deck archetype, but if it is, expect to see this card.

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Also, I love the art, the murloc in a bowler hat with the piranha launcher is adorable.

Viable


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Dopplegangster

This minion looks bland and weak when you first look at it. You could compare it to the Force of Nature card, summoning 3 2-2s for 5 mana, which is not bad but certainly not good.

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However, when you look at the synergy with the hand buffing Grimy Goons cards, you realize that this card is insane. With just a single buff, this card summons 3-3s, and every additional buff makes this card even stronger.

Strong


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Grimy Gadgeteer

You can compare this card to Screwjank Clunker. However, this minion has a higher statline, albeit a weaker distribution.

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This card also has a soft taunt, as its effect is so strong that the enemy would never want it to proc more than once. In that respect, this card will most likely eat a removal spell, clearing the way for your buffed minion to come in and bash some heads.

Strong


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Grimestreet Protector

This card is extremely solid. The statline is decent and the effect of giving this minion taunt and adjacent minions Divine Shield makes this card extremely powerful at protecting your strong threats like Emperor Thaurissan and Mysterious Challenger.

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Especially with the barren 7-drop slot for Paladins, this card will be an auto-include in any mid-range or control Paladin deck.

Strong


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Brass Knuckles

I don’t think this card could fit into the Grimy Goons deck, as it is just too slow to buff your minions. The 2 attack on the weapon is relatively useless at turn 4.

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However, I could see this card getting some use in control warriors, but most likely in highland decks if at all.

Bad 


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Rat Pack

This card is insane! It outclasses Infested Wolf with only a tiny drop in stats, for a 1 mana reduction in cost. It also synergizes with any buff cards to give you more 1-1 rats! And with this card adding so many beasts to the board, this card will surely be an include in almost any Hunter deck. It has natural synergies with the Grimy Goons, but it is still god without them.

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Overpowered


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Knuckles

If the face plays taunt, you still go face. This card has a decently strong statline and an excellent distribution. But what makes this card really hit hard is when you buff this card with Houndmaster or any Grimy Street Goons card. Then this card will trade efficiently AND deal face damage. You will almost always get one attack off with this 7 health card, and if you get 2 hits, that’s even better.

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Strong


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Don Han’Cho

This legendary will make a massive threat out of any minion in your hand. Of course, this card synergizes best with cards revealed in this set like Rat Pack or Dopplegangster. That being said, the buff is still a heavy threat even without that.

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You can also synergize this card with charge minions, to power up a minion for a strong finisher. Cards like Grommash and Korkron Elite make for some good choice.

Strong

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