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Card Mania! #12 – Raging Worgen

Looking to add a little variety to your deck strategies? Why not consider the Raging Worgen!

Raging Worgen

If he’s raging now, just wait until he gets nerfed.

Lore (from WoWWiki.com)

Worgen are large, lupine humanoids reminiscent of a werewolf that walks upright, but lopes on all fours to run.

The Worgen derive from an ancient druidic sect known as the Druids of the Scythe who worshiped the wolf Ancient, Goldrinn. The chosen shapeshift form of these druids was the worgen form, but these druids lost themselves to the form’s savage nature and descended into feral behaviour.

Stats

  • Type: Minion
  • Rarity: Common
  • Cost: 3
  • Stats: 3/3
  • Ability: Enrage: Windfury and +1 Attack
  • Class: Any
  • Crafting Cost: 40/400 (Golden) Arcane Dust
  • Disenchant: 5/50 (Golden) Arcane Dust

Strategy

The key to fully utilising the Raging Worgen is the effective use of its Enrage ability. Enrage abilities come into effect when the unit sustains non-fatal damage. Attacking a weak minion on the opponent’s board can easily activate the Enrage ability, giving it Windfury as well as +1 attack. What’s more; you can attack a second time immediately!

Self-inflicting damage can also come from your own spells such as the class ability of the Mage, the Fireblast, or the Warrior-specific card Whirlwind.

It is of no surprise that this little doggy will be most popular in Warrior Decks. (over 20% according to hearthpwn.com!) With self-inflicting abilities like Inner Ragepaired with the card drawing ability of Battle Rage, Enrage minions like the Raging Worgen are a go-to choice in Warrior Decks.

It does seem however, that the Raging Worgen has seen a fair amount of use in Priest decks as well, despite the conflict in terms of class gameplay strategy. This perhaps points to the fact that the Raging Worgen is, by itself, a fairly cost-efficient card. Comparing it to its nearest Windfury neighbour, the Thrallmar Farseer, it becomes quite clear.

Naturally, Windfury minions get synergise well with attack-buffing cards like Blessing of Kings, and the Dark Iron Dwarf.

A prime example of utilising the Raging Worgen well can be found here.

However, the fact that this strength requires maintaining of the Enrage ability also means that the Raging Worgen is somewhat weak against sweeping spells such as Arcane Barrage and Consecration. Execute also makes easy work of the Raging Worgen so beware when fighting against a Warrior!

Synergy

Good with:

  • Self-Inflicting Damage Cards
  • Attack-Buffing Cards
  • Warrior Decks
  • Rush-Oriented Decks

Bad Against/with:

  • Sweep Spells
  • Execute
  • Heal-Oriented Decks (Why heal the Worgen? We need his Enrage!)

Let us know what you think of the Raging Worgen, and what card we should feature next!

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– l0lificationx

Image Credits: Blizzard Entertainment

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