|Abilities:||Battlecry, Charge, Summon|
Charge. Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Whelps for your opponent.
At least he has Angry Chicken.
- "LEEROOOOOOOOOOOOY JENKIIIIIIIIIIIIINS!"
How to get[edit | edit source]
|Golden Leeroy Jenkins||3200||1600|
Summoned minions[edit | edit source]
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Leeroy is a cheap and deceptively powerful Charge minion, with an obvious drawback - playing him summons two 1/1 Whelps for the opponent, precisely sufficient opposition to destroy Leeroy the next turn. However, in exchange for this weakness, Leeroy offers exceptional burst damage at a very low cost. Combining him with return effects and/or +Attack enchantments can allow cunning players to inflict as much as 32 damage in a single turn.
Leeroy is generally chosen for his prowess as a game-closer, but can also be used if necessary to remove critical targets, or to push the opponent's Health low enough to finish them the next turn. Leeroy is generally considered the most powerful and useful neutral Charge minion for the purpose of dealing burst damage.
Once on the board, Leeroy is easily removed, making his use mid-game situational. However, increasing his Health and removing the Whelps can allow him to become a more permanent part of play.
If not using Leeroy as a finisher, many players will play Leeroy with a specific plan in mind for the removal of the Whelps granted to the opponent, such as Fan of Knives. If you are the opposing player and the Whelps were allowed to survive, you can improve them with various enchantments to exceed their basic stats, especially possible for decks focusing on small minions. In most cases, it will be preferable to hold onto the Whelps and use other forms of removal to destroy Leeroy, but if necessary the trade is almost always a wise one.
Combinations[edit | edit source]
Druids can use Mark of the Wild or Mark of Nature to make Leeroy Jenkins a 8 Attack 4 Health Taunt. By using Mark of the Wild, he can dodge both Whelps that he summons for the opponent. By using Mark of Nature, Leeroy becomes either a 10 Attack 2 Health minion that does massive damage, or a 6 Attack 6 Taunt.
Paladins can buff Leeroy with Blessing of Kings, Blessing of Might, Blessed Champion, or Seal of Champions. If Leeroy is forced to attack a minion with Taunt with 2 or more Attack, paladins can use Humility or Aldor Peacekeeper to set the Taunt minion's Attack to 1, allowing Leeroy to live until the opponent's turn.
Rogues can use Leeroy in combination with Shadowstep as well as other cards. Play Leeroy and attack, Shadowstep Leeroy, play Leeroy again, but for only 3 mana, or use Fan of Knives to clear away the four Whelps. If using Shadowstep, some combination of two Sinister Strikes or two Cold Bloods can allow the rogue to deal a total of 18-20 damage for 10 mana, from just that combo and turn. Alternatively, leave the four Whelps on the enemy's battlefield to clog it and use Conceal to minimize their effect (with much caution against a shaman or a druid).
One very effective shaman play is to summon Leeroy Jenkins while you have a Baron Rivendare in play, attack once, cast 1-2 Ancestral Spirit on him, coin, and then use Reincarnate (or cast Ancestral Spirit once then use Reincarnate), summoning 5 fresh Leeroys, and then attack with each of them. This will result in a total of 36 damage for 11 mana, or 30 damage for 9 mana if you did not have The Coin or a second Ancestral Spirit.
OTK (One Turn Kill) combinations:
- Summon Leeroy Jenkins and cast Rockbiter Weapon twice on him; summon one Abusive Sergeant and target Leeroy with the Battlecry; cast Windfury on Leeroy once. This allows Leeroy to deal 28 damage, for 10 mana.
- Same idea as above minus the Abusive Sergeant, so with a clear shot you will do 24 damage for 9 mana. An additional 6 damage can be gained through casting Lightning Bolt twice on the opponent with The Coin.
Warlocks can use Leeroy in combination with two Power Overwhelmings to deal 14 damage for 7 mana. This can be combined with Soulfires for up to 22 damage. Using this same idea with two Abusive Sergeant the damage will increase to 26.
History[edit | edit source]
Since the game's beta, the 4-cost Leeroy was a critical card in many one turn kill (OTK) combos. His Charge, high Attack and relatively low cost made him perfect for a quick, fatal blow to finish the opponent, removing the need to worry about the Whelps summoned by his Battlecry. As a result, Leeroy became a choice pick for many decks featuring burst damage. Following release, Leeroy was featured perhaps most explosively in Miracle Rogue decks, where he was combined with 2 x Shadowstep and 2 x Cold Blood to deal 26 damage in a single turn. This made the card a critical piece in delivering a devastating OTK. Leeroy was also often used in combination with cards such as Power Overwhelming and Faceless Manipulator (often after increasing his Attack).
In September 2014 the card saw a small but significant change - an increase in cost from 4 to 5. In an official announcement, it was stated that the change was intended to return focus during play to the state of the board, rather than simply upon building an overwhelming OTK in the player's own hand, which many times could not be prevented by the opponent. The developers had previously made similar changes to game-ending cards such as Unleash the Hounds and Pyroblast.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
- Leeroooooy Jeeeenkiiiiins!
- Time's up! Let's do this.
- At least I have chicken!
Lore[edit | edit source]
- Leeroy Jenkins (aka Ben Schulz) is one of the most famous players/characters in World of Warcraft. The video has become a World of Warcraft phenomenon. After much debate and controversy, <PALS FOR LIFE>, Leeroy's guild, have admitted that this was a staged promotional video. They maintain, however, that it is essentially a faithful re-enactment of a true event.
- The video depicts an Upper Blackrock Spire raid group carefully planning out a method for clearing out the Rookery. The scene is the epitome of highly structured raid play, where order of battle, combat tactics, and numbers crunching are par for the course. Among the group is Leeroy Jenkins, sitting AFK and saying nothing while the rest of his extremely cautious group discuss tactics on how to safely defeat a boss in Upper Blackrock Spire (to the point of calculating a 32.33% (repeating, of course) chance of survival). After a full minute into planning, before his party is properly prepared, however, Leeroy suddenly returns to his computer saying, "All right, time's up, let's do this...", then screams his signature line, "LEEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOY JEEEEEEENKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINS!!!!" and he charges blindly — solo, no less — into the battlezone.
- The other party members stand still for a moment confused, perhaps in shock, and then run after Leeroy with haste, yelling, "STICK TO THE PLAN! STICK TO THE PLAN!!" to complete their original goal and to "rescue" the helpless crusader. Meanwhile, Leeroy has proceeded to aggro nearly every creature in the chamber, while the party is quickly overwhelmed and unable to coordinate. At this point, the party wipes (all members die) and discovers that their Soulstone buffs have been exhausted.
- The movie concludes with the words "At least I have chicken", which has become a secondary catch-phrase. Schulz has said that KFC is the guild's favorite snack, and that while Leeroy was AFK, he had gone to reheat some leftover chicken in the microwave. Schulz states that he was kicked out of the guild for about five minutes until they let him back in after the incident. He also stated that they used a soulstone after the event to rez everyone.
- Leeroy's actions have caused the larger World of Warcraft community to use his name to represent any action that could be seen as potentially dangerous and/or incredibly stupid. The Leeroy movie is generally suggested to be a must-see for any and all WoW players. It has become a popular term for a person who causes a bad pull that causes a group wipe. In 2005, Leeroy was also mentioned in a question about World of Warcraft on the TV game show Jeopardy!.
Artist[edit | edit source]
Mike Krahulik (a.k.a. Gabe from Penny Arcade)
Patch changes[edit | edit source]
- Patch 18.104.22.16885 (2014-09-22): Now costs 5 (up from 4)
- Commentary: "Leeroy Jenkins created a strategy that revolved around trying to defeat your opponent in one turn without requiring any cards on the board. We like having a variety of deck types but taking 20+ damage in one turn is not very fun or interactive."
- Previously: Charge. Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Whelps for your opponent. (4 mana, 6 Attack, 2 Health, legendary, neutral)
References[edit | edit source]
- Upcoming Balance Changes for 9/22. (2014-09-11).