- For the card of the same name, see Silence (card)
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Removes all enchantments
- Removes all card text from affected minions, including:
- Does not remove:
- Minion type (e.g., "Beast", "Murloc")
- Transform effects (e.g., Hex, Polymorph)
- Permanent mind control effects (e.g., Mind Control, Sylvanas Windrunner's Deathrattle). Note that temporary mind control effects granted by enchantments (e.g. Shadow Madness) will be removed.
- Minions already generated by one-time or triggered abilities, such as Defias Ringleader's Defias Bandit or Hogger's Gnolls. However, no more minions will be generated once silenced.
- Enchantments already created on other targets by one-time or triggered abilities, such as Young Priestess's health buffs or Millhouse Manastorm's mana cost effect. However, no more enchantments will be created once silenced.
- Also does not remove ongoing effects continuously provided by another minion (e.g., Raid Leader, Stormwind Champion). However, ongoing effects can be removed by silencing the minion generating the effect.
- Silencing a target will only remove currently active effects. New enchantments can still be applied to a silenced minion to full effect. Targets may be silenced repeatedly.
- Note that Silence itself is not an enchantment; rather it is an effect which is applied once to the target minion. Silences cannot therefore be dispelled (e.g., by using another silence) or otherwise removed while the minion is on the battlefield. However, returning a silenced minion to its owner's hand will restore the minion to its original stats and card text, removing the silence.
- When removing enchantments that affect Health, silencing may act to increase or reduce Health (since Health is automatically increased by the same amount as any gain in maximum Health), and may therefore restore wounded minions to full Health. See Health, buffs and taking damage for details.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
It is possible to silence your own minions, which can be useful for removing Freeze effects and negative enchantments, such as Corruption, or Power Overwhelming after having used the minion to attack. However, silencing will still remove any other magic effects, taunts, or buffs, so this may be undesirable for use with many minions. Silencing your own minion will also get rid of possible negative effects for you, like the increased minion cost on Venture Co. Mercenary, or the attack prevention on Ancient Watcher.
Cards with Silence[edit | edit source]
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Type||Subtype||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
|Earth Shock||Common||Spell||Shaman||1||Silence a minion, then deal 1 damage to it. Earth Shock? Shouldn't it be "Azeroth Shock"?|
|Ironbeak Owl||Common||Minion||Beast||Any||3||2||1||Battlecry: Silence a minion. Their wings are silent but their screech is... whatever the opposite of silent is.|
|Kabal Songstealer||Common||Minion||General||Priest||5||5||5||Battlecry: Silence a minion. Gadgetzan Writer’s Award goes to the player who writes the most compelling fanfic about why this Arrakoa has a golden frog in his hand!|
|Purify||Common||Spell||Priest||2||Silence a friendly minion. Draw a card. Even better than a hot shower with vigorous scrubbing!|
|Silence||Common||Spell||Priest||0||Silence a minion. Reserved for enemy spellcasters, evil liches from beyond the grave, and karaoke nights at the Grim Guzzler.|
|Spellbreaker||Common||Minion||General||Any||4||4||3||Battlecry: Silence a minion. Spellbreakers can rip enchantments from magic-wielders. The process is painless and can be performed on an outpatient basis.|
|Keeper of the Grove||Rare||Minion||General||Druid||4||2||2||Choose One - Deal 2 damage; or Silence a minion. These guys just show up and start Keeping your Groves without even asking.|
|Light's Champion||Rare||Minion||General||Any||3||4||3||Battlecry: Silence a Demon. When there's something strange (say, a gibbering demon) in your neighborhood, who are you going to call?|
|Mass Dispel||Rare||Spell||Priest||4||Silence all enemy minions. Draw a card. It dispels buffs, powers, hopes, and dreams.|
|Defias Cleaner||Epic||Minion||General||Any||6||5||7||Battlecry: Silence a minion with Deathrattle. His house cleaning service is quite thorough. Not a spot to be found... or any of your stuff!|
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- As of April 2016, the game's developers consider that Silence effects "may be undercosted right now", due to their ability to neutralise powerful cards. For this reason only three Silence effects have been added to the game since its initial release, each of which is very limited: Wailing Soul and Purify can only Silence the player's own minions, generally useful only for specific combo play; while Light's Champion can only Silence Demons.
References[edit | edit source]
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-04-10).
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