Master of Disguise

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Master of Disguise
Master of Disguise(127).png
Master of Disguise(127) Gold.png
Set: Classic
Type: Minion
Class: Rogue
Rarity: Rare
Cost: 4
Attack: 4
Health: 4
Abilities: Battlecry, Stealth

Battlecry: Give a friendly minion Stealth until your next turn.

She's actually a male tauren. People don't call him "Master of Disguise" for nothing.

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Master of Disguise is a rare rogue minion card, from the Classic set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

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

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Master of Disguise 100 20
Golden Master of Disguise 800 100

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If a minion already has Stealth when you use Master of Disguise, the minion will not lose Stealth on the next turn (assuming it has not attacked or otherwise had the effect removed). This is because it does not gain the enchantment that triggers to remove Stealth.[1]
  • If your opponent stealths a minion with Master of Disguise then you steal the affected minion (such as by using Sylvanas Windrunner), the minion will still unstealth at the start of your opponent's turn. (Before Patch 5.0.0.12574 (WotOG patch), it would unstealth at the start of the newest controller's turn regardless of number of steals.) [2]
  • A minor bug causes the buff to not remove itself from a minion's list of enchantments until the next turn, even if the minion attacks, losing the effect itself. If the minion afterwards gains permanent Stealth, such as due to a One-eyed Cheat activation, the buff will remove the permanent Stealth.[3]


Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Stealth granted by this card has a wide variety of uses. It can be used after another friendly minion attacks, preventing your opponent from removing it from the board with spells. In particular, cards with high Attack but low Health can benefit a lot from Stealth, being able to choose when to attack.

Note that minions who deal damage from effects other than attacking will still lose Stealth, for example Knife Juggler.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
Enter the shadows!
Attack
Blades ready!

History[edit | edit source]

Until Whispers of the Old Gods, the Stealth granted by Master of Disguise's Battlecry was not temporary, but regular Stealth, potentially allowing the target minion to stay Stealthed indefinitely. While the card had never been a popular one in the meta, Master of Disguise frequently limited design possibilities for other cards due to the combo potential of its Stealth effect. Brode remarked, "If you only knew how many cards get killed because of that one card..."[4] Other cards were forced to change in order to avoid enabling dangerous synergies, such as Animated Armor, which was originally a neutral card, but was "NO FUN with Master of Disguise".[4] This was eventually changed with a number of other card changes accompanying the release of game formats, designed to create a fresher meta and increase design space for future cards.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Since the minion appears to be a rogue-type, and is described in the card's flavor text as a tauren, this may partially reference the mythical tauren rogue. A light-hearted concept from the World of Warcraft community, the tauren rogue is something spoken of only in hushed whispers and with one's back firmly to a wall. These masters of shadow are rumoured to be behind all major events on Azeroth, capable of single-handedly one-shotting Deathwing without even breaking stealth. It is said that whenever a hero lands a mighty blow against a terrible foe, the true hero was likely a tauren rogue strolling past, whose elbow inadvertently brushed the enemy, killing them instantly. Naturally, these true masters of disguise have never been seen. However, only a fool would doubt their existence, and fewer still would dare to say so out loud. The myth of the tauren rogue started due to the tauren being the only original race unable to play as rogues, likely due to their large size and cloven hooves. As a result, no one has ever seen a tauren rogue, the joke being that perhaps they are "just that good".

Artist[edit | edit source]

Ron Spencer

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Master of Disguise, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Whispers of the Old Gods logo.png Patch 5.0.0.12574 (2016-04-24): Card text changed from "Battlecry: Give a friendly minion Stealth." to "Battlecry: Give a friendly minion Stealth until your next turn."
Comments: "The ability of Master of Disguise to grant permanent Stealth has been a design obstacle for a long time, so we are changing Master of Disguise to only grant Stealth until the next turn. This change opens up exciting options for future cards."
  • Alpha patch 2 (2013-08-12): Mana cost increased to 4, from 3. Health increased to 4, from 3.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmjRgWDLoE8
  2. Advanced_rulebook#Controllers_of_Enchantments_and_Minions
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk1qeAm7Qjs Tested in Patch 3.0.0.9786 (TGT patch)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Reddit.com - Bolf should have had Animated Armor's card text. (2016-01-11).