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Illidan Stormrage

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Illidan Stormrage
Illidan Stormrage(203).png
Illidan Stormrage(203) Gold.png
Set: Expert
Type: Minion
Subtype: Demon
Rarity: Legendary
Cost: 6 Mana icon.png
Attack: 7 Attack icon.png
Health: 5 Health icon.png
Abilities: Summon
Tags: Triggered effect

Whenever you play a card, summon a 2/1 Flame of Azzinoth.

Illidan's brother, Malfurion, imprisoned him beneath Hyjal for 10,000 years. Stormrages are not good at letting go of grudges.

See this card on Hearthpwn

Illidan Stormrage (full art)
For the tutorial hero of the same name, see Illidan Stormrage (hero)

Illidan Stormrage is a legendary neutral minion card.

How to get[edit]

Illidan Stormrage can be obtained through expert card packs, through crafting, or as an arena reward.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Illidan Stormrage 1600 400
Golden Illidan Stormrage 3200 1600

Strategy[edit]

Illidan Stormrage is a 6 mana, 7/5 minion which summons a 2/1 Flame of Azzinoth whenever you play a card. This can be used to overwhelm your opponent with a full board of minions. However, these minions will be unable to act until the next turn, leaving them vulnerable to attack from the opponent. In opposition, Illidan is a priority target, and should be silenced or destroyed as soon as possible. The Flame minions are reasonably useful, but with only 1 health are easily defeated by AoE or the weakest of minion attacks.

Ideally, play several cards immediately following Illidan, to make use of his ability before the opponent has a chance to remove him. If possible, use + Health buffs such as Stormwind Champion to bolster the survivability of the Flame minions, reducing the likelihood of the opponent removing them before they have time to act.

Lore[edit]

From Wowpedia:

Illidan Stormrage was the self-proclaimed Lord of Outland, ruling from the Black Temple. He was born a night elf, and as stated by Maiev Shadowsong, became "neither demon nor night elf, but something more". He was the twin brother of Malfurion Stormrage and was in love with Tyrande Whisperwind. Once an unusually gifted sorcerer, the extent of his powers became difficult to classify due to his powers increasing in large bursts as a demon hunter and having absorbed the powers of the Skull of Gul'dan.

His pursuit of power and arcane mastery led him to commit a number of horrific acts against his own people and the races of Azeroth, including defecting to Sargeras during the War of the Ancients and creating the second Well of Eternity. For his actions, he was imprisoned for ten thousand years, until his release during the Third War. He came to be called the Betrayer for his acts against the night elf people and carried the title of Lord of Outland. Seeking to bring down her erstwhile prisoner, Maiev allied with Akama to invade the Black Temple, where she cornered Illidan in his inner sanctum and struck him down, bringing an end to one of the most tragic stories in Azeroth's history.

"I am free after ten thousand years, yet still my own brother thinks I am a villain! I'll show him my true power! I'll show him that the demons have no hold over me!"

Quotes[edit]

Summon
You are not prepared!
Alternative summon (when the other player is Malfurion)
Hello... brother.
Attack
Who shall be next to taste my blades?

Trivia[edit]

  • When played against the druid deck, Illidan will give a special emote reflecting that Malfurion Stormrage is his brother.
  • Illidan Stormrage is one of only two neutral demon minions (the other being the Imp summoned by Imp Master). All other demons are exclusive to the warlock class.

Artist[edit]

Alex Horley Orlandelli

Patch changes[edit]

  • Alpha patch 2 (2013-08-12): Now has 5 health, down from 6.
  • Patch 1.0.0.3388 (2013-06-22): No longer has a Battlecry. Instead, whenever you play a card, you summon a 2/1 Flame of Azzinoth. Now costs 6 Mana, down from 7. Now has 6 Health, down from 7.
  • Previously: Battlecry: Both players discard 3 cards and draw 3 cards. [7 mana, 7 attack, 7 health, Legendary]

See also[edit]