We stumbled into an interesting Hearthstone discussion where most of the players seem to think that Uther of the Ebon Blade, the Death Knight card for the Paladin class, was the weakest of the hero transformations. Now, myself being a rather devoted Hearthstone player that played the game ever since it launched, can say that this is absolutely not true in any way, but we will be going over the reasons why some players think that this is a bad Death Knight card.
Of course, people will probably get angry and yell: “Dante, how can you outright say that this is not true, maybe these players are right and you’re wrong” and so on, but, let’s look at the card objectively in two situations: when you’re fighting an aggro deck and when you’re fighting a control deck. When you’re facing an aggro deck as a Paladin, you have quite a lot of tools to deal with their minions like Consecration, Wild Pyromancer and Equality, and so on. Now if by some means these weren’t enough and you find yourself alive at turn 9 against an aggro deck, playing Uther of the Ebon Blade will be a huge swing for just because of the weapon. See, you not only get 5 Armor, but you essentially get 15 Health over the course of 3 turns as the weapon that you get has Lifesteal, which will definitely allow you to stabilize against any aggro deck.
The main point of some of these players that think the card is weak is that the Hero Power is just a “small upgrade,” instead of the Mage Death Knight Hero Power or the Warlock Death Knight Hero Power, but that’s where they are wrong. See, getting a 2/2 each turn means a lot more than you might expect, especially in control games where getting the maximum amount of value is everything. Add the fact that once you get 4 of these Horsemen, you automatically win the game, which means that this Death Knight card can also be used in Paladin OTK decks, and there are some out there with decent win rates. That also implies that your opponent has to remove these Horsemen right away, as they are a huge threat that could automatically win you the game.
The point I’m trying to make here is that this Death Knight card is very powerful, but in the current meta with lots of Jade Druids, Big Priests, and similar late-game decks, Paladin just can’t keep up with all those big minions, and this Death Knight card can’t help you against that, even if you run the OTK build that relies on Auctionmaster Beardo or bouncing back your Horsemen, these decks will just kill you by then. But that doesn’t mean that the card is weak, and I hope you understood the points that I made in this article, so that Hearthstone players don’t underestimate a really solid Death Knight card.