I like it especially for late game if both players are card starved. If you pull Ironbark and they get stuck with cheaper minions you can tear them apart pretty quick because it's a taunt and they have no choice but to smash their minions against it.
Also, often turn 8 would finally arrive but it would be better to use a spell or my hero power to kill off things immediately. Then turn 9, again, better to use a spell of some kind to finish something off, and he would just get stuck in my hand. Maybe it was just bad luck, but the first 20 or so games after the wipe with the Druid deck, I had 2 in my deck and I can only remember a couple times where it did more than just waste my turn. Most of the time it was silenced or killed with a single removal spell.
I'm a much bigger fan of having 2 medium minions than 1 big one on the battlefield. If the opponent hasn't used hex, poly, assassinate, execute, etc. etc., you can be sure they will have it by then since they will have gone through 15 cards or so by turn 8.
Great card if you don’t have legendries. Not as good as legendries for similar cost.
Great verse everything else but just terrible against priests.
As far as Ironbark protector, he doesn't perform as well as the Ancients. I'd much rather spend 1 less mana for a 5-10 taunt then an 8-8 taunt, and a 5-5 creature that draws you 2 cards is also much better.
Both Ironbark protector and Ancient of War are built for one thing, baiting out your opponents hard removal before you drop Rag and Ysera. However if they don't have hard removal for them, they will be forced to at least use 2 or 3 cards for your 1. Ancient of Lore however can be used in any control Druid deck with great effect; Ancient of War is for your more late game focused deck.
Ironbark Protector isn't a bad card by any means, It's just that you get more bang for your buck with the Ancients.
When I had two in my deck, at least one would be there to clog my opening hand, and by round 3, I usually had both in my hand.
Dropped them for 2x Druid of the Claw, those guys are beasts (literally)
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