|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.
How to get
|Golden Knife Juggler||800||100|
- 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:
- Any triggers from playing a card or minion, such as Hobgoblin or Illidan Stormrage.
- Any Battlecry of the summoned minion has fully resolved, including all deaths (and any resulting consequences, including Deathrattles) caused by the Battlecry.
- Any Secrets triggered in response to a minion being played, such as Mirror Entity or Snipe.
- If the minion dies during any earlier phase, then the minion summoning does not resolve and thus the Knife Juggler does not activate.
- 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.
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.
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- Hey, catch!
- Aaaaah… oh, no.
- Patch 18.104.22.16890 (2013-10-02): Knife Juggler’s ability will no longer trigger when a minion is copied to your hand.
- Patch 22.214.171.12488 (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.