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Misdirection
Misdirection(447).png
Misdirection(447) Gold.png
Set: Classic
Type: Spell
Class: Hunter
Rarity: Rare
Cost: 2 Mana icon.png
Abilities: Secret

Secret: When a character attacks your hero, instead he attacks another random character.

Sometimes it's as simple as putting on a fake mustache and pointing at someone else.

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Misdirection is a rare hunter spell card, from the Classic set.

How to get[edit]

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

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Misdirection 100 20
Golden Misdirection 800 100

Strategy[edit]

Misdirection functions for both minion and hero attacks.

When this effect says random, it means random. The attack can be directed towards either hero or any other minion on the board. However, Misdirection will not direct the attacker to attack the original target, or itself. Misdirection will not trigger if there are no minions on the board and the opposing hero attacks into the secret.

Combat involving Misdirection generally functions by the normal rules, with both attacker and defender potentially dealing damage. For example, a minion attacking the enemy hero will take no damage and survive the round, but if Misdirected to attack another minion, may instead be destroyed. However, there is one exception: if an attacking minion is Misdirected to attack its own hero, and that hero currently has a weapon or attack value, the hero will deal that amount of damage to the minion.

If the hunter has additional secrets which are also triggered by the same attack which triggers Misdirection, remember that secrets are activated in the order in which they were originally played. However, removing the specific target for a targeted secret like Misdirection will prevent that secret from taking effect.

For example, if a minion attacks a hero with both Misdirection and Freezing Trap active, if Freezing Trap triggers first, the minion will be returned to their owner's hand without triggering Misdirection; while if Misdirection triggers first, the attacker will receive a different target, but will then be returned by Freezing Trap to the owner's hand before the minion is allowed to deal damage. Regardless of whether the Misdirected minion is allowed to complete its attack upon its new target, once Misdirection has taken effect it will be consumed. Because of this, care should be taken when combining Misdirection with Freezing Trap.

Explosive Trap can also affect Misdirection. If the Explosive Trap triggers first, it can remove potential new targets for the Misdirected minion, which can be useful. However, if Misdirection triggers first, the new target for the Misdirected minion may be destroyed by the Explosive Trap. In this case, the original attacker's attack will be cancelled and they can attack again.

Combat involving Misdirection may also trigger other secrets which would not have triggered from attacking the original target.

Lore[edit]

Misdirection is a hunter ability in WoW that causes the hunter to shift all threat caused by their next attack and all actions afterward for four seconds to a pre-selected target (such as a tank in a raid).

Artist[edit]

Daren Bader