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Deathwing(474) Gold.png
Set: Classic
Type: Minion
Subtype: Dragon
Rarity: Legendary
Cost: 10
Attack: 12
Health: 12
Abilities: Battlecry, Destroy, Discard
Tags: Area of Effect

Battlecry: Destroy all other minions and discard your hand.

Once a noble dragon known as Neltharion, Deathwing lost his mind and shattered Azeroth before finally being defeated. Daddy issues?

See this card on Hearthpwn

For the minion card from the Whispers of the Old Gods set, see Deathwing, Dragonlord.

Deathwing is a legendary neutral minion card, from the Classic set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Deathwing can be obtained through Classic card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Deathwing 1600 400
Golden Deathwing 3200 1600

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Deathwing is a very risky, but theoretically rewarding card. It is very large for its cost, but Deathwing's Battlecry can be devastating to you, or your opponent. This minion is meant to end games, one way or another. The reason that it is a gamble to play this card is you could either destroy all minions and win the following turn, or you could discard your hand and be left with a single minion that could be removed using a destroy effect such as Execute, Siphon Soul or Deadly Shot, or transformed using Hex or Polymorph. Deathwing can also be taken control of by spells such as Mind Control, or Shadow Word: Death in combination with Sylvanas Windrunner. For this reason you should be sure that your opponent has no way of destroying, neutralising or stealing Deathwing, or you could easily meet your end.

Using this card when the opponent's Health is 12 or less is the best time to play this, as you can destroy them the next turn since there will be no minions on the field, and this late in the game, even if they play a minion it is unlikely to have Taunt. The later Deathwing is placed the better, as your opponent is likely to have fewer cards in their hand meaning less opportunity for counter play.

The fewer cards the opponent has in their hand, the lower the chance of them having good removal or counter options. Also keep a count of removal used, and try to estimate which removal the opponent's deck likely uses. For example, if you are playing against a mage who has not used any Polymorphs yet, and who has been holding a certain card for the last several turns, you may have good reason to believe they have a Polymorph up their sleeve. If possible, bait out big removal options by using other minions before playing Deathwing.

While his Battlecry sweeps away all opposition (and allies), Deathwing can be easily foiled by the right Taunt minion, provided the player has no other means of removal. Probably the most painful example is Annoy-o-Tron, which can prevent Deathwing from reaching the enemy hero for 2 full turns, effectively mitigating 24 points of damage for 2 mana. Psych-o-Tron does the same but for five mana.Sludge Belcher, Obsidian Destroyer and Hogger are also effective, with the latter two capable of defending against him indefinitely unless countered. Freeze effects such as Blizzard, Ice Lance and Snowchugger can also stop Deathwing in his tracks. Similarly to Annoy-o-tron and possibly even worse is Stubborn Gastropod, as with taunt Deathwing will be forced to attack into it and ultimately die due to its poisoness effect, and considering your hand was just discarded you will likely not have a way to get rid of the snail that turn.

Most minions with a Deathrattle Summon effect can allow the player to maintain a board presence despite Deathwing's Battlecry, improving the odds. These include Haunted Creeper, Harvest Golem, Piloted Shredder, Piloted Sky Golem, Sludge Belcher, Savannah Highmane, Cairne Bloodhoof, Stalagg, Feugen, and Sneed's Old Shredder. Although, Deathrattle cards with a summon effect dependent on having cards in hand such as Giant Anaconda and Deathwing, Dragonlord will not summon a minion if killed via Deathwing's effect due to the discard effect taking place first.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

I am power incarnate!
All will burn!

Lore[edit | edit source]

Deathwing, full art
"Pain... Agony... My hatred burns through the cavernous deeps. The world heaves with my torment. Its wretched kingdoms quake beneath my rage. But at last... The whole of Azeroth will break... And all will burn beneath the shadow of my wings."

Black Dragon Aspect and once noble defender of Azeroth, Deathwing was corrupted by the Old Gods and turned against his former allies, becoming one of the greatest threats Azeroth has known. After a lengthy absence from the world, Deathwing explosively resurfaced, causing what would become known as the Cataclysm, changing the face of Azeroth forever. He was eventually destroyed during the final events of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

Deathwing is the father of Nefarian and Onyxia.

From Wowpedia:

Deathwing, formerly known as Neltharion the Earth-Warder, was one of the five Dragon Aspects and leader of the black dragonflight. Thousands of years ago, Neltharion was empowered by the Titans with dominion over the earth and the deep places of Azeroth. However, driven mad by the Old Gods, he turned against the other Aspects during the War of the Ancients. Among both mortals and dragons his name became one whispered with a feeling of fear and contempt.
The black aspect involved himself in the Second War, adopting the form of Lord Daval Prestor in order to destroy the Alliance from within. He also managed to turn his greatest enemy, Alexstrasza, into a slave of the Horde, with which he later allied himself. After a series of setbacks, culminating in his defeat at the hands of the other Aspects, Deathwing retreated to the elemental plane of Deepholm to recuperate. From there, he observed his former mate Sintharia's experiments with the twilight dragonflight in Grim Batol.
Though believed dead by many, Deathwing returned in spectacular fashion after the fall of the Lich King. His wrath resulted in the Shattering, which reshaped the map of Azeroth and unleashed widespread destruction; as the world reeled, he also appeared and brought flame to various regions of Azeroth. His ultimate goal was to bring about the Hour of Twilight - the final end of all life on Azeroth. To that end, he was aided by powerful allies, minions of his Old God masters. These included the warped ogre-mage Cho'gall and his Twilight's Hammer cult, the powerful Elemental Lords Al'Akir and Ragnaros, and the Neferset tol'vir of Uldum.
Uniting their powers, the remaining Dragon Aspects sent adventurers to brave the unstable paths of the Caverns of Time to retrieve the Dragon Soul, an ancient artifact crafted by Deathwing himself ten thousand years earlier and destroyed shortly after the Second War, and believed to be the only means of defeating him. With the weapon secure, the Aspects took the battle to their corrupted brother, with the orc shaman Thrall as the wielder of the Soul, now imbued with Deathwing's essence - the very essence of the earth itself. After laying siege to the Wyrmrest Temple and unleashing his most powerful minions, Deathwing took to the skies, until he was blasted into the Maelstrom by the powers of the Soul. His body at last giving way to the corruption within, Deathwing made his final stand in the raging torrent of the Maelstrom, until he was at last destroyed by the combined powers of the shaman, the Aspects, and the mortal champions sent to defeat him.

Deathwing reappears in the Whispers of the Old Gods set as Deathwing, Dragonlord, representing the mighty dragon during the Hour of Twilight.

See also

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The design for Deathwing originally came from the prototype card Ozumat, which was removed from the game shortly before the beginning of the beta.[1]

Artist[edit | edit source]

Bernie Kang

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Alpha patch (unknown date, pre-May 2013): Now also causes you to discard your hand. Card text changed from "Battlecry: Destroy all other minions." to "Battlecry: Destroy all other minions and discard your hand."

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-04-23).