Spell Damage is an ability which boosts the overall damage of spells by the listed amount. Spell Damage does not increase healing done by spells, and does not increase damage dealt from non-spell source such as Hero Powers, Deathrattles or Battlecries.
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For any given spell, Spell Damage boosts either the total damage output or the damage per hit by the given amount, depending on the type of targeting and the way damage is distributed. The general rule is, when numbers printed on the card describe the amount of damage, each point of Spell Damage increases each of those numbers by 1, and the spell acts accordingly.
- For simple single-target damage spells such as Fireball, +1 Spell Damage will simply increase the damage dealt by 1.
- Spells that deal a base amount of damage distributed in a series of individual hits, such as Arcane Missiles and Avenging Wrath, do 1 additional total damage per Spell Damage point. Each additional damage takes the form of one additional hit; each hit still does just 1 damage.
- Spells that do a base amount of damage repeated a variable number of times have the damage of each hit increased by 1 per point of Spell Damage. Currently Bouncing Blade is the only example of this type of spell; it will do 2 damage per hit with +1 Spell Damage.
- Area of Effect (AoE) abilities increase damage done to each afflicted target by the total Spell Damage. For example, if you have Spell Damage +1 and cast Blizzard, it will deal three damage to each target instead of two. Similarly, with + 1 Spell Damage Swipe will do 5 damage to a target (instead of 4) and 2 to all other enemies (instead of 1).
Spell Damage does increase the power of spells that deal variable amounts of damage. This includes cards where the base damage is determined by some other source, such as Blade Flurry and Shield Slam. For example, if a player has +2 Spell Damage and Holy Wrath draws a card that costs 3 mana, Holy Wrath will deal 5 damage to its target.
Spell Damage improves all damaging spells. By causing healing effects to instead cause damage, Auchenai Soulpriest can allow Spell Damage to improve what are normally healing spells, such as Circle of Healing.
Spell Damage has no effect on spells which cause characters to do damage. Betrayal is currently the only example of this; the targeted minion will always do damage equal to its attack, regardless of Spell Damage.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Spell Damage is a valuable quality for classes which use damaging spells. The mage, rogue and shaman classes are good examples, but every class has damaging spells and can therefore benefit from it. Spell Damage is especially important to control decks such as Freeze Mage and Miracle Rogue, as well as spell-related aggro decks such as Aggro Shaman.
Like most card text effects, Spell Damage takes effect as soon as the related minion comes into play. This makes order of play very important, and allows you to quickly unload a flurry of buffed attacks in one turn, if you have the mana to spare. This is particularly possible with low mana cost minions such as Kobold Geomancer. Even if your opponent removes your minion the next turn, you will still have gotten some use from them.
Note that while many varieties of Spell Damage minion exist, almost all of them offer the same bonus: Spell Damage +1. This means the difference between a Dalaran Mage and an Archmage (and the justification for the extra mana cost) lies only in Attack and Health values, not in their actual ability to boost spell damage. This can make low-cost Spell Damage minions an appealing choice, allowing you to rapidly and cheaply put them into play, ideally in immediate combination with some damaging spells.
Players will generally want to protect their Spell Damage minions, and may not wish to summon them until they have a sturdy Taunt in place, although this does not of course protect them from spells and other effects. Conversely, attacking players will often want to dispose of Spell Damage minions as quickly as possible, before their owner can put their bonus damage to good use.
This can make Spell Damage minions good lures for removal, as well as neutralisation through Silences and transform effects. Spell Damage minions often function as soft taunts, drawing the priority fire of your opponent while other targets are ignored. In less than ideal circumstances, this is as good a use of a Spell Damage minion as any, especially if you have other Spell Damage minions on the way, have no spells in your hand, or have already used most of those in your deck.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The developers have tried having cards that decreased the opponent's Spell Damage, but found that it was too confusing in practice.
Cards with Spell Damage[edit | edit source]
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Type||Subtype||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
|Wrath of Air Totem||Free||Minion||Totem||Shaman||1||0||2||Spell Damage +1|
|Archmage||Common||Minion||General||Any||6||4||7||Spell Damage +1 You earn the title of Archmage when you can destroy anyone who calls you on it.|
|Dalaran Aspirant||Common||Minion||General||Mage||4||3||5||Inspire: Gain Spell Damage +1. Is he aspiring or inspiring? Make up your mind!|
|Dalaran Mage||Common||Minion||General||Any||3||1||4||Spell Damage +1 You don't see a lot of Dalaran warriors.|
|Evolved Kobold||Common||Minion||General||Any||4||2||2||Spell Damage +2 You no take tentacle!|
|Frigid Snobold||Common||Minion||General||Any||4||2||6||Spell Damage +1 Ironically, the natural enemy of the snobold is THE CANDLE.|
|Kobold Geomancer||Common||Minion||General||Any||2||2||2||Spell Damage +1 In the old days, Kobolds were the finest candle merchants in the land. Then they got pushed too far...|
|Ogre Magi||Common||Minion||General||Any||4||4||4||Spell Damage +1 Training Ogres in the art of spellcasting is a questionable decision.|
|Ancient Mage||Rare||Minion||General||Any||4||2||5||Battlecry: Give adjacent minions Spell Damage +1. Sometimes he forgets and just wanders into someone else's game.|
|Azure Drake||Rare||Minion||Dragon||Any||5||4||4||Spell Damage +1. Battlecry: Draw a card. They initially planned to be the Beryl or Cerulean drakes, but those felt a tad too pretentious.|
|Cult Sorcerer||Rare||Minion||General||Mage||2||3||2||Spell Damage +1|
After you cast a spell, give your C'Thun +1/+1 (wherever it is). No matter how many times we tell her not to, she keeps feeding C'Thun scraps under the table.
|Jungle Moonkin||Rare||Minion||Beast||Druid||4||4||4||Both players have
Spell Damage +2. The REAL angry chicken!
|Bloodmage Thalnos||Legendary||Minion||General||Any||2||1||1||Spell Damage +1. Deathrattle: Draw a card. He's in charge of the Annual Scarlet Monastery Blood Drive!|
|Malygos||Legendary||Minion||Dragon||Any||9||4||12||Spell Damage +5 Malygos hates it when mortals use magic. He gets so mad!|
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Related cards[edit | edit source]
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Type||Subtype||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
|Arcane Blast||Epic||Spell||Mage||1||Deal 2 damage to a minion. This spell gets double bonus from Spell Damage. Now with 100% more blast!|
|Master of Ceremonies||Epic||Minion||General||Any||3||4||2||Battlecry: If you have a minion with Spell Damage, gain +2/+2. Goes by "MC ElfyElf".|
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Patch changes[edit | edit source]
- Patch 184.108.40.20686 (2015-08-18): The first Spell Damage synergy is added, with Master of Ceremonies, as well as the first card to multiply Spell Damage: Arcane Blast.
- Patch 220.127.116.1190 (2013-10-02): “Spell Power +1” has been renamed “Spell Damage +1”.
References[edit | edit source]
- MMO-Champion.com forum - Malygos and Spellpower
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-05-04).
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