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Silence (ability)

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For the card of the same name, see Silence (card)

Silence is an ability which removes all current card text, enchantments, and abilities from the targeted minion. It does not remove damage or minion type.

[edit] Notes

The Silence visual effect, indicating that the minion has been silenced
  • 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.

[edit] Strategy

  • 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.

[edit] Cards with Silence

Name Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Earth Shock Earth Shock {2Common Spell Shaman icon.png Shaman 1 Mana icon.png Silence a minion, then deal 1 damage to it. Earth Shock? Shouldn't it be "Azeroth Shock"?
Silence a minion, then deal 1 damage to it. Earth Shock? Shouldn't it be "Azeroth Shock"?
Ironbeak Owl Ironbeak Owl {2Common Minion Beast Any icon.png Any 2 Mana icon.png 2 Attack icon.png 1 Health icon.png Battlecry: Silence a minion. Their wings are silent but their screech is... whatever the opposite of silent is.
Battlecry: Silence a minion. Their wings are silent but their screech is... whatever the opposite of silent is.
Silence Silence {2Common Spell Priest icon.png Priest 0 Mana icon.png Silence a minion. Reserved for enemy spellcasters, evil liches from beyond the grave, and karaoke nights at the Grim Guzzler.
Silence a minion. Reserved for enemy spellcasters, evil liches from beyond the grave, and karaoke nights at the Grim Guzzler.
Spellbreaker Spellbreaker {2Common Minion Any icon.png Any 4 Mana icon.png 4 Attack icon.png 3 Health icon.png Battlecry: Silence a minion. Spellbreakers can rip enchantments from magic-wielders. The process is painless and can be performed on an outpatient basis.
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 Keeper of the Grove {3Rare Minion Druid icon.png Druid 4 Mana icon.png 2 Attack icon.png 4 Health icon.png Choose One - Deal 2 damage; or Silence a minion. These guys just show up and start Keeping your Groves without even asking.
Choose One - Deal 2 damage; or Silence a minion. These guys just show up and start Keeping your Groves without even asking.
Mass Dispel Mass Dispel {3Rare Spell Priest icon.png Priest 4 Mana icon.png Silence all enemy minions. Draw a card. It dispels buffs, powers, hopes, and dreams.
Silence all enemy minions. Draw a card. It dispels buffs, powers, hopes, and dreams.
Wailing Soul Wailing Soul {3Rare Minion Any icon.png Any 4 Mana icon.png 3 Attack icon.png 5 Health icon.png Battlecry: Silence your other minions. This soul just wails on you. Dang, soul, let up already.
Battlecry: Silence your other minions. This soul just wails on you. Dang, soul, let up already.