|Abilities:||Battlecry, Increment attribute, Modify cost|
Everybody wants someone to snuggle with. Even giant armored scaly draconic beasts of destruction.
How to get
|Golden Dragon Consort||800||100|
- This card's Battlecry creates a cost-modification enchantment attached to your player: this means that it will not be cancelled if your hero is replaced by Ragnaros or Lord Jaraxxus. This enchantment reduces by 2 the mana cost of the next Dragon card you play that game: it wears off as soon as you play a Dragon, but it doesn't need to be on the current turn (thus, this effect can last through turns, unlike most cost-modification enchantments attached to players that use to wear off at the end of their turn).
- Dragon Consort's effect can still be active several turns after it has been played, but there will be no explicit indicator that playing one of the affected cards would end the effect for all other affected cards, which can be confusing expecially if other cost-modification effects are active.
- Example: Suppose that you have two Pint-Sized Summoners in play, that you have not played any minion so far this turn, and that you have played Dragon Consort several turns earlier. If you have Faerie Dragon and Acidic Swamp Ooze in your hand, they will both show a mana cost of 0. If you play Acidic Swamp Ooze for 0 mana, Faerie Dragon will still cost you 0 mana (thanks to Dragon Consort's effect); however, if you first play Faerie Dragon for 0 mana, Acidic Swamp Ooze will then cost you 2 mana: since this can make a big difference but there is no visual hint that Dragon Consort's effect is still active (including game history, if many turns have passed), you have to rely only on your memory.
This card can be used with Ysera or other high cost Dragons to bring them out earlier in the game. This can give a Dragon-oriented paladin a significant edge in the late midgame and allows for more pressure towards your opponent, especially when the opponent is already struggling to maintain board control. This card can, to that extent, be used to solidify your own position around turn 7 (or turn 6 if you still have The Coin), after playing it the previous turn. However: care has to be taken that the cost drop is not spent on a lower cost dragon such as Faerie Dragon or Hungry Dragon so Dragon Consort works best in a deck that has few low-cost dragons and more high-cost ones.
- The Aspects are aided in their tasks by their consorts, who are their companions, partners, and lovers. Typically, the consorts are chosen by traditional draconic courtship rituals; though a consort may be smarter or more powerful than the average dragon, only those loved by the Aspect will rise to the position. The consorts at any given time are led by the Prime Consort, the one who has held the position longest, or is else the most capable. Typically, an Aspect would have three or four consorts at any time.
- Dragon Consort is one of the only collectible cards to create an effect that a) remains in action even after it has left the game, b) is temporary, and c) lasts more than one turn. This makes it one of the least obvious by looking at the game interface at any given time.
- For instance, passive abilities (a) indicate themselves by the source's continued presence on the battlefield, permanent effects (b) such as Shadowstep's are made clear by the permanently modified attributes they set, and short-term cards (c) such as Loatheb have less need of any interface clue since they last only a turn (in addition to the fact that the source is likely to still be on the board while it is in effect).
- Unlike all of these, Dragon Consort creates a state of play that could still be active several turns later without any explicit indicator that playing one of the affected cards would end the effect for all other affected cards. This could be especially confusing if other cost-modifying effects are in play.
- Released with Blackrock Mountain, Dragon Consort was the first collectible card to create such an effect. It has since been joined by Fencing Coach, which has a similar effect, although the fact that it only affects the player's Hero Power likely makes it less confusing to keep track of.
- The card art depicts Anachronos, the child and heir of Nozdormu.
- The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Twilight of the Dragons" series, for the card Anachronos.
- Patch 188.8.131.5211 (2015-03-31): Added.
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-03-30).