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Knife Juggler

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Knife Juggler
Knife Juggler(422).png
Knife Juggler(422) Gold.png
Set: Classic
Type: Minion
Rarity: Rare
Cost: 2 Mana icon.png
Attack: 3 Attack icon.png
Health: 2 Health icon.png
Abilities: Deal damage
Tags: Random, Triggered effect

After you summon a minion, deal 1 damage to a random enemy.

Ambitious Knife Jugglers sometimes graduate to Bomb Jugglers. They never last long enough to make it onto a card though.

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Knife Juggler is a rare neutral minion card, from the Classic set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Knife Juggler can be obtained through Classic card packs, through crafting, or as an arena reward.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Knife Juggler 100 20
Golden Knife Juggler 800 100

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Knife Juggler's triggered effect activates after the minion's summoning fully resolves, with the same (very low) priority as Sword of Justice (e.g. if both Knife Juggler and Sword of Justice apply, the one played first activates first). This means that Knife Juggler activates after:
  • If the minion dies during any earlier phase, then the minion summoning does not resolve and thus the Knife Juggler does not activate.[1]
  • Similarly, in order to activate, the Knife Juggler must not itself have been destroyed in an earlier phase. It can be reduced to 0 or less Health in the same phase and still activate, for example by combining many Ancestral Spirits and multiple Knife Jugglers, which must all resolve before the phase ends and the game can check for and destroy any minions at 0 Health or lower.[2]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

This card is a very strong card because of its special ability. Each time you summon a minion, it hits a random enemy for 1. Note that this includes all friendly summons - not only minions played from the hand, but also those generated by other cards such as Dragonling Mechanic and Imp Master. It is a powerful card in any aggro deck because aggro decks are usually based around placing minions into play, often focusing on cheaper minions. You may want to buff this card to make it harder to kill in order to have this persistent effect for as long as possible.

Knife Juggler is generally considered a high priority target by opponents, what is sometimes called a soft taunt. This can easily be used to your advantage to bait out enemy removal spells if paired with a strong taunting creature. Aside from having an incredible ability, Knife Juggler is one of the strongest minions that a player can summon while only spending 2 mana and can be very helpful in establishing early board dominance.

This card has notable synergy with paladin and shaman decks, as they can summon a minion each turn with their hero powers. It works with warlock decks to a lesser extent, since their hero power is in effect a built-in card draw engine, and is generally recommended for any warlock aggro or murloc deck.

Coupling this with Imp Master makes an excellent combo for any deck, even better if both are protected by a Taunt. Warlocks can combine Imp Master with Knife Juggler and Blood Imp to great effect.

This card is also really good with Muster for Battle providing immediate value for that card and is even better if the tokens are buffed by a Quartermaster.

Playing Leeroy Jenkins against an opponent with Knife Juggler runs a small risk of Leeroy being struck and immediately destroyed by the Knife Juggler's knives, generated by the summoned Whelps.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
Put this apple on your head.
Attack
Hey, catch!
Death
Aaaaah… oh, no.

Artist[edit | edit source]

Matt Cavotta

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Knife Juggler, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Patch 1.0.0.3890 (2013-10-02): Knife Juggler’s ability will no longer trigger when a minion is copied to your hand.
  • Patch 1.0.0.3388 (2013-06-22): Changed from "When you play a minion, deal 1 damage to a random enemy." to "After you summon a minion, deal 1 damage to a random enemy." Now a 3/2, instead of a 2/3.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czLt9OFvF1w
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oew91YkG7iU
  3. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft - Building the Fire (UK). (2013-03-19).