Warlock

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The Warlock icon.png Warlock is one of the nine classes in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, represented by Gul'dan.

Heroes[edit | edit source]

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Background[edit | edit source]

Main article: Warlock

In the face of demonic power, most heroes see death. Warlocks see only opportunity. Dominance is their aim, and they have found a path to it in the dark arts. These voracious spellcasters summon demonic minions to fight beside them. At first, they command only the service of imps, but as a warlock’s knowledge grows, seductive succubi, loyal voidwalkers, and horrific felhunters join the dark sorcerer’s ranks to wreak havoc on anyone who stands in their master’s way. Warlocks can ignite distant enemies in searing flame, send them fleeing in terror and pain, or afflict them with corrupting diseases and curses that steal the victim’s vitality.

These practitioners of the profane are feared across Azeroth, and many who have felt their wrath now prefer to fight alongside a warlock than against one.[1]

Hero Power[edit | edit source]

Life Tap(20).png

Hero Powers are unique abilities, specific to each class. Hero Powers cost 2 mana, and can be used once per turn.

The warlock Hero Power is Life Tap, allowing them to sacrifice 2 Health (and 2 mana) in order to draw a card. While this may seem like an unworthy trade, the ability to gain card advantage is very strong, and Life Tap is widely considered one of the strongest Hero Powers in the game. It can be very effective for both early game and late game decks, allowing Handlocks to quickly build a large hand of cards, or an aggressive Zoolock to consistently flood the board with cheaper minions.

Replacement Hero Powers[edit | edit source]

INFERNO!(83).png

The legendary warlock card Lord Jaraxxus causes the hero to be replaced by Lord Jaraxxus, bringing with him a new Hero Power: INFERNO!. This extremely powerful Hero Power summons a 6/6 Infernal for just 2 mana. The ability to create such a powerful minion each and every turn without consuming cards generally guarantees a victory for the player, unless the opponent can defeat them before they can muster their forces.

Strategy and gameplay[edit | edit source]

Many newer players may find themselves initially turned off from the warlock as the class makes heavy use of "self-abuse" mechanics in order to gain card advantage and summon more minions. Warlock cards generally offer a lower mana cost and higher power than their neutral and other class counterparts, but will come at an alternative price.

This style of play is most evident in their Hero Power Life Tap, which deals 2 damage to the player's own hero in addition to the standard 2 mana cost. However, the ability to draw cards on demand is well worth the higher cost, ensuring the warlock always has something to play.

The warlock features a variety of Demon-class minions, many of whom offer greater power but will drain the warlock's resources in exchange. The Flame Imp and Pit Lord require a portion of the warlock's health on play, but are vastly stronger than other minions of their mana cost. The Felguard is a cheaper defensive minion but lowers mana, while the Void Terror can be a huge threat but requires the sacrifice of up to 2 of the warlock's other minions.

This reckless nature extends to warlock spells as well. Shadowflame is an effective board clear at the cost of one of your own minions, while Power Overwhelming can turn a minion into a kamikaze powerhouse. On an even more destructive level, Hellfire and Twisting Nether can wipe out both sides of the board. Cards such as Sacrificial Pact, Drain Life and Siphon Soul grant further board control while recouping smaller life loss.

Other warlock-specific cards require the hero to discard their other cards to be put into play. Soulfire, Succubus and Doomguard all feature a very low mana cost for their power. A notable strategy to get around this downside is to continually play cards until only these remain, effectively negating the discard effect. Playing around discard effects is a key mechanic of the warlock class.

Due to the warlock's "self-abuse" mechanics, a strategy involving Lord Jaraxxus can be used to heal your hero back to 15 hp when your health has dropped too low. This strategy is employed by many warlocks so your opponent may be expecting it. Although it is a powerful card that may turn the tide of a game, it is best not to play Lord Jaraxxus too early in case your opponent has been hiding large amounts of burst damage in his hand.

The warlock's Life Tap is useful for gaining card count advantages without wasting spots in your deck with draw cards. This ability is what makes warlock succesful as an aggro class, and quite possibly the only class with a competitive zoo deck. These early game rush decks often utilize low cost cards with penalties like Blood Imp as well as efficient, high-quality neutral sticky minions to counter their best counter, AoEs. Especially in conjunction with heavy Life Tap usage, aggressive warlocks are relatively easy for opponent's to finish after they've run out of resources.

Warlocks are also considered a suitable class for late game, as their life tap allows them to consistently draw the cards they need to survive, until expensive and powerful cards can be put into play. With a large amount of card draw at their disposal it is also easy for them to create combos which can create strong monsters such as Void Terror. Although many cards inflict self-harm, other warlock cards can offset this by healing the warlock such as Drain Life and Sacrificial Pact. Molten Giants were very effective in warlock decks with their self-harming nature before their nerf, and could be played for little or no mana late into the game. Still most powerful when used by warlocks, Molten Giants have been replaced by Mountain Giants and Twilight Drakes.

Common deck types[edit | edit source]

The warlock can use a wide variety of deck archetypes to great effect.

A highly popular deck is the Zoolock, named because of its focus on low mana-cost, high 'value' minions. Zoolocks aim to seize board control in the early and mid-game with effective minion trading, creating an insurmountable advantage before the opponent's larger minions can even be played. Life Tap is critical in ensuring the warlock has a continual supply of minions and can refill the board in case of removal. Infamous for its power and efficiency, the Zoolock is a common choice at all skill levels. Its low crafting cost also makes the deck perhaps the easiest competitive choice for many new players.

The introduction of Malchezaar's Imp with One Night in Karazhan has given rise to the Discardlock, a discard effect synergy-oriented version of the traditional Zoolock, negating the drawbacks of cards like Soulfire and Doomguard and even turning them to positives through cards like Silverware Golem.

Another strategy is the Handlock, intentionally putting the player at risk to use devastating minions. Once again Life Tap plays a key role in this deck, where the extra cards enable the Mountain Giant and Twilight Drake. These large minions, when combined with the Taunt-granting battlecries of Defender of Argus and Sunfury Protector, can wrench board control back into the Handlock's grasp. From there, the warlock can safely look for finisher combos such as Leeroy Jenkins and Power Overwhelming.

Warlock is also probably the best class for decks built around Reno Jackson, since Life Tap makes it possible to reliably draw Reno early, which is crucial for crushing aggro decks.

Counters[edit | edit source]

  • A highly offensive deck can be very effective to the generally suicidal mechanics of the warlock; generally to counteract the self-harm caused by the warlock spells and hero ability the warlock will have Siphon Soul, Drain Life, different neutral cards and Taunt minions. An offensive deck can hit the warlock after every Life Tap for devastating results.
  • Silence or other crowd control is going to be very useful against the powerful warlock minions.
  • If you have the ability to drop the warlock below 15 HP, be careful because they may be holding Lord Jaraxxus in their hand and can easily reset any damage that sends them below 15 HP that doesn't kill them.

Spells[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Warlock/Wild format

See Spell.

Name / Desc Rarity Class Cost Description
Drain Life Free Warlock 3 Deal 2 damage. Restore 2 Health to your hero. "I've just sucked one year of your life away."
Hellfire Free Warlock 4 Deal 3 damage to ALL characters. It's spells like these that make it hard for Warlocks to get decent help.
Shadow Bolt Free Warlock 3 Deal 4 damage to a minion. It’s a Bolt. Its made out of Shadow. What more do you need to know!
Blastcrystal Potion Common Warlock 4 Destroy a minion and one of your Mana Crystals. There's a fine line between "potion" and "grenade". Wait. Actually, there's not.
Corruption Common Warlock 1 Choose an enemy minion. At the start of your turn, destroy it. It starts with stealing a pen from work, and before you know it, BOOM! Corrupted!
Curse of Rafaam Common Warlock 2 Give your opponent a 'Cursed!' card.

While they hold it, they take 2 damage on their turn. This is what happens when Rafaam stubs his toe unexpectedly.

Demonfire Common Warlock 2 Deal 2 damage to a minion. If it's a friendly Demon, give it +2/+2 instead. Demonfire is like regular fire except for IT NEVER STOPS BURNING HELLLPPP
Demonfuse Common Warlock 2 Give a Demon +3/+3. Give your opponent a Mana Crystal. Very dangerous when attached to a demonbomb.
Kara Kazham! Common Warlock 5 Summon a 1/1 Candle, 2/2 Broom, and 3/3 Teapot. This is what happens when you tell Khadgar to set the table.
Mortal Coil Common Warlock 1 Deal 1 damage to a minion. If that kills it, draw a card. If your spells look like horrifying skulls, let's be honest, you should get to draw some cards.
Power Overwhelming Common Warlock 1 Give a friendly minion +4/+4 until end of turn. Then, it dies. Horribly. We cannot even describe how horrible the death is. It's CRAZY bad! Maybe worse than that. Just don't do it.
Sacrificial Pact Common Warlock 0 Destroy a Demon. Restore #5 Health to your hero. This is the reason that Demons never really become friends with Warlocks.
Sense Demons Common Warlock 3 Put 2 random Demons from your deck into your hand. Generally demons are pretty obvious and you don’t need a spell to sense them.
Soulfire Common Warlock 1 Deal 4 damage. Discard a random card. Are you lighting a soul on fire? Or burning someone with your OWN soul? This seems like an important distinction.
Bloodfury Potion Rare Warlock 3 Give a minion +3 Attack. If it's a Demon, also give it +3 Health. You know what really makes my blood boil? The skyrocketing price of Bloodfury potions!
Demonwrath Rare Warlock 3 Deal 2 damage to all non-Demon minions. Demons are not angry most of the time. You have to play this card in order to really bring it out of them.
Felfire Potion Rare Warlock 6 Deal 5 damage to all characters. Kazakus has a squad of imps bottling Felfire round-the-clock and he *still* can't keep up with demand.
Fist of Jaraxxus Rare Warlock 4 When you play or discard this, deal 4 damage to a random enemy. * Not actually Jaraxxus' fist.
Forbidden Ritual Rare Warlock 0 Spend all your Mana. Summon that many 1/1 Tentacles. Actually, C'Thun gives his full support for this ritual.
Shadowflame Rare Warlock 4 Destroy a friendly minion and deal its Attack damage to all enemy minions. Start with a powerful minion and stir in Shadowflame and you have a good time!
Siphon Soul Rare Warlock 6 Destroy a minion. Restore #3 Health to your hero. You probably should avoid siphoning your own soul. You might create some kind of weird infinite loop.
Spreading Madness Rare Warlock 3 Deal 9 damage randomly split among ALL characters Most citizens of Darkshire wear those surgical masks to prevent spreading Madness to tourists.
Bane of Doom Epic Warlock 5 Deal 2 damage to a character. If that kills it, summon a random Demon. My advice to you is to avoid Doom, if possible.
DOOM! Epic Warlock 10 Destroy all minions. Draw a card for each. We ran out of space for "DOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!"
Dark Bargain Epic Warlock 6 Destroy 2 random enemy minions. Discard 2 random cards. A prime example of lose-lose negotiating.
Renounce Darkness Epic Warlock 2 Replace your Hero Power and Warlock cards with another class's. The cards cost (1) less. SEE YA DARKNESS!
Twisting Nether Epic Warlock 8 Destroy all minions. The Twisting Nether is a formless place of magic and illusion and destroyed minions.
Showing all 27 cards
Drain Life(332).png
Hellfire(122).png
Shadow Bolt(647).png
Blastcrystal Potion(49741).png
Corruption(252).png
Curse of Rafaam(27232).png
Demonfire(452).png
Demonfuse(22300).png
Kara Kazham!(42033).png
Mortal Coil(43).png
Power Overwhelming(170).png
Sacrificial Pact(348).png
Sense Demons(327).png
Soulfire(529).png
Bloodfury Potion(49698).png
Demonwrath(14463).png
Felfire Potion(49699).png
Fist of Jaraxxus(22332).png
Forbidden Ritual(35217).png
Shadowflame(673).png
Siphon Soul(573).png
Spreading Madness(33169).png
Bane of Doom(670).png
DOOM!(33129).png
Dark Bargain(22388).png
Renounce Darkness(33136).png
Twisting Nether(398).png


Uncollectible

For Wild format listings, see Warlock/Wild format

The following spells are generated by other warlock cards or effects, and are uncollectible.

Name / Desc Rarity Class Cost Description
Cursed! None Warlock 2 While this is in your hand, take 2 damage at the start of your turn. 
Kazakus Potion None Mage, Priest, Warlock 10
Kazakus Potion None Mage, Priest, Warlock 5
Kazakus Potion None Mage, Priest, Warlock 1
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Cursed!(27482).png
Kazakus Potion(49804).png
Kazakus Potion(49803).png
Kazakus Potion(49798).png

Minions[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Warlock/Wild format

All classes can also use neutral minions in their decks. See Minion.

Name / Desc Rarity Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Succubus Free Demon Warlock 2 4 3 Battlecry: Discard a random card. Warlocks have it pretty good.
Voidwalker Free Demon Warlock 1 1 3 Taunt No relation to "The Voidsteppers", the popular Void-based dance troupe.
Abyssal Enforcer Common Demon Warlock 7 6 6 Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to all other characters. The Kabal print this on every package of illicit Mana Crystals: WARNING - DO NOT PUT WITHIN REACH OF ABYSSALS. THIS IS NOT APPROVED FOR USE BY FLAMING DEMONS OF ANY KIND.
Blood Imp Common Demon Warlock 1 0 1 Stealth. At the end of your turn, give another random friendly minion +1 Health. Imps are content to hide and viciously taunt everyone nearby.
Crystalweaver Common General Warlock 4 5 4 Battlecry: Give your Demons +1/+1. The trick is soaking the crystals in warm milk to soften them up.
Dark Peddler Common General Warlock 2 2 2 Battlecry: Discover a 1-Cost card. I'm offering you a bargain here! This amazing vacuum cleaner for your soul!
Darkshire Councilman Common General Warlock 3 1 5 After you summon a minion, gain +1 Attack. Democracy in action!
Dread Infernal Common Demon Warlock 6 6 6 Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to ALL other characters. "INFERNOOOOOOOOOO!" - Jaraxxus, Eredar Lord of the Burning Legion
Fearsome Doomguard Common Demon Warlock 7 6 8 They were originally called Cuddleguards, but they were not inspiring the proper amount of fear.
Flame Imp Common Demon Warlock 1 3 2 Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to your hero. Imps like being on fire. They just do.
Imp Gang Boss Common Demon Warlock 3 2 4 Whenever this minion takes damage, summon a 1/1 Imp. His imp gang likes to sneak into Stormwind to spraypaint "Ragnaros Rulez" on the Mage Tower.
Kabal Chemist Common General Mage, Priest, Warlock 4 3 3 Battlecry: Add a random Potion to your hand. Sure you could have that Polymorph potion, but wouldn't you rather have this mystery potion? It could be anything. Even a Polymorph potion!
Malchezaar's Imp Common Demon Warlock 1 1 3 Whenever you discard a card, draw a card. Malchezaar used to have an imp named Dobby working for him, but there was a tragic accident.
Possessed Villager Common General Warlock 1 1 1 Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Shadowbeast. It's like a pinata! A lame disgusting horrific pinata.
Summoning Portal Common General Warlock 4 0 4 Your minions cost (2) less, but not less than (1). NOT LESS THAN 1! Don't get any ideas!
Usher of Souls Common General Warlock 5 5 6 Whenever a friendly minion dies, give your C'Thun +1/+1 (wherever it is)Nothing unburdens your soul like a good ushing!
Wrathguard Common Demon Warlock 2 4 3 Whenever this minion takes damage, also deal that amount to your hero. After playing against 5 Annoy-O-Trons, any normal guard will become a Wrathguard.
Darkshire Librarian Rare General Warlock 2 3 2 Battlecry: Discard a random card. Deathrattle: Draw a card. Do NOT be late with your overdue fines.
Doomguard Rare Demon Warlock 5 5 7 Charge. Battlecry: Discard two random cards. Summoning a doomguard is risky. Someone is going to die.
Felguard Rare Demon Warlock 3 3 5 Taunt. Battlecry: Destroy one of your Mana Crystals. Yes, he'll fight for you. BUT HE'S NOT GOING TO LIKE IT.
Kabal Courier Rare General Mage, Priest, Warlock 3 2 2 Battlecry: Discover a Mage, Priest or Warlock card. Hey, you park your kodo under a harpy nest, you get what you deserve.
Reliquary Seeker Rare General Warlock 1 1 1 Battlecry: If you have 6 other minions, gain +4/+4. The Reliquary considers itself the equal of the League of Explorers. The League of Explorers doesn't.
Seadevil Stinger Rare Murloc Warlock 4 4 2 Battlecry: The next Murloc you play this turn costs Health instead of Mana. Pretty harmless unless you're a Seadevil.
Silverware Golem Rare General Warlock 3 3 3 If you discard this minion, summon it. From the secret research labs of the Swiss Army.
Tiny Knight of Evil Rare Demon Warlock 2 3 2 Whenever you discard a card, gain +1/+1. "No, no, no. I asked for a tiny JESTER of evil."
Void Crusher Rare Demon Warlock 6 5 4 Inspire: Destroy a random minion for each player. We like to call him "Wesley".
Void Terror Rare Demon Warlock 3 3 3 Battlecry: Destroy the minions on either side of this minion and gain their Attack and Health. If you put this into your deck, you WILL lose the trust of your other minions.
Dreadsteed Epic Demon Warlock 4 1 1 Deathrattle: Summon a Dreadsteed. Crescendo himself summoned this steed, riding it to victory in the Grand Tournament. Wherever he rides, an army of riders ride behind him, supporting the legendary champion.
Kabal Trafficker Epic General Warlock 6 6 6 At the end of your turn, add a random Demon to your hand. She ships illicit mana crystals around the world in packages marked: FUNNEL CAKE.
Pit Lord Epic Demon Warlock 4 5 6 Battlecry: Deal 5 damage to your hero. Mannoroth, Magtheridon, and Brutallus may be dead, but it turns out there are a LOT of pit lords.
Unlicensed Apothecary Epic Demon Warlock 3 5 5 Whenever you summon a minion, deal 5 damage to your Hero. Get the ingredients wrong on ONE healing potion and they take your license. What a world!
Cho'gall Legendary General Warlock 7 7 7 Battlecry: The next spell you cast this turn costs Health instead of Mana. Even after all this time, Gul'dan still makes Cho'gall go get donuts and coffee.
Kazakus Legendary General Mage, Priest, Warlock 4 3 3 Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, create a custom spell. The mysterious leader of the Kabal is NOT a dragon, and does NOT deal in illegal potions. Any public statements to the contrary will be met with litigation and Dragonfire Potions.
Krul the Unshackled Legendary Demon Warlock 9 7 9 Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, summon all Demons from your hand. Spicklefizz pondered his life choices as he looked at the chain around his neck. "Become a warlock," they said. "You get to enslave demons," they said.
Lord Jaraxxus Legendary Demon Warlock 9 3 15 Battlecry: Destroy your hero and replace it with Lord Jaraxxus. "TRIFLING GNOME! YOUR ARROGANCE WILL BE YOUR UNDOING!!!!"
Wilfred Fizzlebang Legendary General Warlock 6 4 4 Cards you draw from your Hero Power cost (0). He can summon anything, even a FEARSOME DOOMGUARD*.

*He's pretty sure this is going to work out.
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Succubus(208).png
Voidwalker(340).png
Abyssal Enforcer(49691).png
Blood Imp(196).png
Crystalweaver(49750).png
Dark Peddler(27243).png
Darkshire Councilman(35224).png
Dread Infernal(36).png
Fearsome Doomguard(22391).png
Flame Imp(85).png
Imp Gang Boss(14443).png
Kabal Chemist(49690).png
Malchezaar's Imp(42027).png
Possessed Villager(33171).png
Summoning Portal(566).png
Usher of Souls(35242).png
Wrathguard(22304).png
Darkshire Librarian(35221).png
Doomguard(507).png
Felguard(236).png
Kabal Courier(49621).png
Reliquary Seeker(27256).png
Seadevil Stinger(49695).png
Silverware Golem(42037).png
Tiny Knight of Evil(22386).png
Void Crusher(22387).png
Void Terror(119).png
Dreadsteed(22337).png
Kabal Trafficker(49742).png
Pit Lord(402).png
Unlicensed Apothecary(49747).png
Cho'gall(35303).png
Kazakus(49622).png
Krul the Unshackled(49744).png
Lord Jaraxxus(482).png
Wilfred Fizzlebang(22288).png

Uncollectible[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Warlock/Wild format

The following minions are generated by other warlock cards and effects, and are uncollectible.

Name / Desc Rarity Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Broom None General Warlock 2 2 2
Candle None General Warlock 1 1 1
Icky Tentacle None General Warlock 1 1 1
Imp None Demon Warlock 1 1 1
Kabal Demon None Demon Mage, Priest, Warlock 2 2 2
Kabal Demon None Demon Mage, Priest, Warlock 8 8 8
Kabal Demon None Demon Mage, Priest, Warlock 5 5 5
Shadowbeast None General Warlock 1 1 1
Sheep None Beast Mage, Priest, Warlock 1 1 1
Teapot None General Warlock 3 3 3
Infernal Common Demon Warlock 6 6 6
Worthless Imp Common Demon Warlock 1 1 1 You are out of demons! At least there are always imps... 
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Broom(42199).png
Candle(42198).png
Icky Tentacle(35300).png
Imp(14642).png
Kabal Demon(49793).png
Kabal Demon(49792).png
Kabal Demon(49791).png
Shadowbeast(35326).png
Sheep(49794).png
Teapot(42200).png
Infernal(121).png
Worthless Imp(230).png

Weapons[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Warlock/Wild format

Warlocks cannot normally use weapons, but playing Lord Jaraxxus will grant them the weapon Blood Fury. This weapon is uncollectible, and cannot otherwise be acquired.

Name / Desc Rarity Class Cost Atk HP Description
Blood Fury Common Warlock 3 3 8
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Blood Fury(669).png


Leveling rewards[edit | edit source]

As a hero reaches various levels they are awarded new cards, with each class having its own rewards. All cards awarded by gaining levels are soulbound, and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Levels up to 10 award new basic class cards, while levels after this award only golden versions of existing cards.

Starting cards[edit | edit source]

All warlocks start with the following class cards.

Drain Life(332).png
Hellfire(122).png
Shadow Bolt(647).png
Succubus(208).png
Voidwalker(340).png

Level 2-10[edit | edit source]

Up to level 10, reaching each even-numbered level will reward the player with a new basic class card x 2. These cards are not obtainable through any other means.

Level 2 Level 4 Level 6
Corruption(252).png
Mortal Coil(43).png
Soulfire(529).png
Level 8 Level 10
Sacrificial Pact(348).png
Dread Infernal(36).png

Level 11-60[edit | edit source]

Above level 10, reaching certain levels will award golden versions of existing basic cards. As they are soulbound, it is not possible to disenchant these cards, making the reward purely cosmetic. Reaching each required level will award one golden card. Levels after 10 award golden basic class cards, whereas levels after 50 award golden basic neutral minion cards.

Level 15/20 Level 23/26 Level 28/30
Sacrificial Pact(348) Gold.png
Dread Infernal(36) Gold.png
Soulfire(529) Gold.png
Level 32/34 Level 36/38 Level 40/42
Corruption(252) Gold.png
Voidwalker(340) Gold.png
Succubus(208) Gold.png
Level 43/44 Level 45/46 Level 47/48
Mortal Coil(43) Gold.png
Drain Life(332) Gold.png
Shadow Bolt(647) Gold.png
Level 49/50 Level 51/52 Level 53/54
Hellfire(122) Gold.png
Boulderfist Ogre(60) Gold.png
Grimscale Oracle(510) Gold.png
Level 55/56 Level 57/58 Level 59/60
Ogre Magi(659) Gold.png
Gurubashi Berserker(624) Gold.png
Kobold Geomancer(479) Gold.png

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In August 2016 Ben Brode stated that of all the classes he felt the team had the hardest time designing warlock spells, stating "We need to carve out more design space for them."[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/class/warlock
  2. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-08-03).