Hearthstone Card Reveal: Party Favor Totem
Since Hearthstone’s conception, the Totem tribe of Hearthstone has been part and parcel of the Shaman identity.
The Hero Power cards, classic cards that boost minion damage or card draw, make for fascinating play. Their zero attack makes them interesting to use.
Although Totem synergy was attempted in Hearthstone before, decks such as Totem Shaman were a powerful, angry option back when the Ashes of Outland expanded. However, it hasn’t kept that strength up in recent years. This new Totem card will change all that. If it doesn’t, it will summon a steady stream of summons to your opponent. The Party Favor Totem is here.
Party Favor Totem Revealed
Murloc builds currently dominate the Shaman class. Adding cards from other classes makes sense to help balance the situation. The Party Favor Totem, a three mana 0/3 token, is available. Its card text is: “At your turn’s end, summon a random basic Totem.” Infuse (2) Summon two instead
Don’t be confused if you don’t know the Infuse keyword. Infuse cards are upgraded in the hand of the player when friendly minions die. This number indicates how many minions must be killed before your card transforms.
Party Favor Totem will become a more gnarly-looking version of itself after its fellow party members have died. This will make you want to play it.
These Totems can be summoned from the card’s base: the Searing, Healing Stoneclaw, Strength Totems, and Stoneclaw. Each of these has different impacts on the board. Searing is a 1/1 blank minion. The other three have 0/2 statlines. They heal all minions by one, have Taunt, and give another friendly minion one attack, respectively.
It remains to be seen whether the Party Favor Totem will impact meta. I can see it being useful in aggressive decks, where you can keep it in your hand for your mulligan while getting a few minions killed quickly. It’s a constant threat, providing up to seven health in stats, which can be increased every turn that your opponent cannot kill it off.
It’ll be harder to kill your opponent if you have the Stoneclaw Totem. This constantly-regenerating board could put your opponent on the back foot, leading to a big ol’ Bloodlust turn finishing them off.
But what do you think about the Party Favor Totem? It will make a big splash in Hearthstone. Are we likely to hear nerf requests on launch day? We will soon find out.
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