Ice Barrier

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Ice Barrier
Ice Barrier(672).png
Ice Barrier(672) Gold.png
Set: Classic
Type: Spell
Class: Mage
Rarity: Common
Cost: 3
Abilities: Gain Armor, Secret
Tags: Combat-related

Secret: When your hero is attacked, gain 8 Armor.

This is Rank 1. Rank 2 is Chocolate Milk Barrier.

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Ice Barrier is a common mage spell card, from the Classic set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Ice Barrier can be obtained through Classic card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward. Golden Ice Barrier can also be obtained through the Highest Rank Bonus chest at the end of each Ranked season.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Ice Barrier 40 5
Golden Ice Barrier 400 50

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Ice Barrier takes effect in the same step of the attack sequence as the Forgetful effect, as well as most other Secrets. Therefore, all such effects occur in order of play.
  • The effect will still add Armor even if the attacker is redirected or is otherwise neutralized before completing combat.[1][2]
  • This Secret is only triggered when physically attacked by another character. This includes minions and the enemy hero.
  • Damaging spells and abilities, and damaging effects from card text or Battlecries on cards such as Knife Juggler, will not trigger the Secret.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Ice Barrier is a useful card if you want to stall out the game to play strong minions later on in a control-type mage deck. It is a staple card in Freeze Mage.

Mad Scientist is a useful Wild format minion in a deck with Ice Barrier and other Secrets so that you can more reliably get Ice Barrier into play.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Ice Barrier is a mage spell which creates a protective barrier around the mage, absorbing damage and preventing pushback from damaging attacks while it holds. It was a staple defensive spell for Frost mages before being made into a class-wide talent with Mists of Pandaria. Unlike Hearthstone's version, the spell is not triggered by an attack, but can be cast on cooldown, and is generally kept active as much of the time as possible when in combat.

Artist[edit | edit source]

Alex Garner

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Ice Barrier, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Whispers of the Old Gods logo.png Patch 5.2.0.13714 (2016-07-14) (approximate): Trigger timing changed to "proposed attack" event, causing it to activate in order of play related to other secrets like Misdirection, rather than always afterward.
  • Goblins vs Gnomes logo.png Patch 2.0.0.7234 (2014-12-04): Phrasing changed from "As soon as your hero is attacked, gain 8 Armor." to "When your hero is attacked, gain 8 Armor."

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 异邦儿 (2016-07-14). Ice Barrier vs Misdirection I
  2. 异邦儿 (2016-07-14). Ice Barrier vs Misdirection II