When the Unstable Portal came out for the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion, I was lukewarm on it. It seemed cool. For 2 mana, you get a random card. Nice. Why not just put any card in there instead? Good question.
It does two things. One, it’s a spell, so there is that synergy. Two, the cost of the minion is reduced by 3, often allowing you to play it immediately. There is a flip-side. It’s a random minion, so it could be anything from a Summoning Portal to Deathwing and everything in between.
Strategy: There really is no strategy, if you have it in your hand, play it as soon as you can. It’s a little different than most cards I will try to feature. It’s a mage class card and you won’t be building a deck around it.
What it is: Is a lot of fun. Sometimes you get screwed, but it’s interesting how many times it’s a card you can use. I’ve gotten a few legendaries with this nifty spell. King Krush or Ragnaros for 3 less mana? Heck yeah! It’s one of the funnest cards to play and it allows you to play cards you don’t have access to. All for the low cost of 2-mana!
Cards that accent it: Since it’s a spell, any minion that benefits from a spell being played. Mainly: Mana Wyrm and Flamewaker will reap the most benefits. Violet Teacher is a neutral minion that adds a 1/1 Violet Apprentice any time a spell is played. There is also the Gadgetzan Auctioneer, that will allow you to draw a card every time a spell is cast. Not too bad.
How to acquire: It can be obtained from Goblins vs Gnomes card packs or crafted for 100 dusts.
If you don’t play a mage, you might not be that interested in it. If you do, and you haven’t gotten one yet, you might want to make one and see what you have been missing out on!
That’s it for this week. See you next Friday!