Ancient Harbinger

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Ancient Harbinger
Ancient Harbinger(33157).png
Ancient Harbinger(33157) Gold.png
Set: Whispers of the Old Gods
Type: Minion
Rarity: Epic
Cost: 6
Attack: 4
Health: 6
Abilities: Put into hand
Tags: Cost-related, Random, Triggered effect
Artist: Zoltan Boros

At the start of your turn, put a 10-Cost minion from your deck into your hand.

"honey, can u run down to the store and pick up some 10 cost minions? thx"

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Ancient Harbinger is an epic neutral minion card, from the Whispers of the Old Gods set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Ancient Harbinger can be obtained through Whispers of the Old Gods card packs purchased online from the Battle.net shop, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Ancient Harbinger 400 100
Golden Ancient Harbinger 1600 400

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This card's triggered effect randomly selects a minion card with a base mana cost of 10 from his controller's deck and puts it into the player's hand. In particular:
    • This card's effect only checks the base mana cost of cards in the player's deck, regardless of cost-modifying effects that are attached to the card (such as through Renounce Darkness) or that will affect the card once in the player's hand (such as Molten Giant or Mana Wraith).[1]
    • Like all put into hand effects, this card's effect is random[2] and the selected card is not revealed to the opponent.[3]
    • If the player's unused deck contains no 10-Cost minions, this card's effect triggers but does nothing.
    • Since hero cards are not minions, this card does not pull them into your hand.
  • Differently from most put into hand effects, with Patch 7.1 Ancient Harbinger continues not to interact with on-draw triggers such as Chromaggus.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

This card has a very limited range of eligible cards, and a clear synergy with the Old Gods. It works especially well with C'Thun due to its key role in related decks, ensuring it doesn't remain at the bottom of the deck for the entire game. However, opponents may take advantage from knowing that a key minion like C'Thun is in your hand, giving them time to prepare a counter.

This card has low stats compared to basic minions like Boulderfist Ogre, and only has effect if it survives until your next turn while your deck contains a 10-cost minion. An idea is playing this in combination with, for instance, Conceal or Ancestral Spirit, to increase its chance of survival by making it harder to remove.

Fixed bugs[edit | edit source]

  • Ancient Harbinger could fetch 10 mana cost spells, not just minions.[4] This was hotfixed during Patch 5.0.0.12574 (WotOG patch).[5]

Possible minions[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Ancient Harbinger/Wild format

The following table lists all collectible 10-Cost minions available in Standard format, representing the range of viable targets for this card's triggered effect.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Living Monument Common Minion General Any 10 10 10
Taunt This is not the greatest card in the world. This is just a monument.
Big Bad Archmage Epic Minion General Any 10 6 6
At the end of your turn, summon a random 6-Cost minion. "My, my, what big minions I have!"
Jumbo Imp Epic Minion Demon Warlock 10 8 8
Costs (1) less whenever a friendly Demon dies while this is in your hand. Jumbo in size! Huge in E.V.I.L.!
Sea Giant Epic Minion General Any 10 8 8
Costs (1) less for each other minion on the battlefield. See? Giant.
Colossus of the Moon Legendary Minion General Any 10 10 10
Divine Shield
Reborn Strike him down, and you'll face the Colossus of the New Moon.
Deathwing Legendary Minion Dragon Any 10 12 12
Battlecry: Destroy all other minions and discard your hand. Once a noble dragon known as Neltharion, Deathwing lost his mind and shattered Azeroth before finally being defeated. Daddy issues?
Emeriss Legendary Minion Dragon Hunter 10 8 8
Battlecry: Double the Attack and Health of all minions in your hand. Taste your world's corruption! It tastes like chicken.
Hakkar, the Soulflayer Legendary Minion General Any 10 9 6
Deathrattle: Shuffle a Corrupted Blood into each player's deck. ATTENTION: Do not enter any major city while infected with the Corrupted Blood!
Kalecgos Legendary Minion Dragon Mage 10 4 12
Your first spell each turn costs (0).
Battlecry: Discover a spell. He was once the Aspect of Magic but gave it up to focus on cheap tricks.
King Phaoris Legendary Minion General Any 10 5 5
Battlecry: For each spell in your hand, summon a random minion of the same Cost. When you're the king of the cats, the whole desert is your litterbox.
Kun the Forgotten King Legendary Minion General Druid 10 7 7
Choose One - Gain 10 Armor; or Refresh your Mana Crystals. Aya siphons a bit of Kun's soul to animate each golem in her Jade army. To his credit, he's being a great sport about it.
Mecha'thun Legendary Minion Mech Any 10 10 10
Deathrattle: If you have no cards in your deck, hand, and battlefield, destroy the enemy hero. "Your software will fail. Your users will abandon you. You are already obsolete."
N'Zoth, the Corruptor Legendary Minion General Any 10 5 7
Battlecry: Summon your Deathrattle minions that died this game. Has not been able to get "Under the Sea" out of his head for like FIVE THOUSAND YEARS.
Nozari Legendary Minion Dragon Paladin 10 4 12
Battlecry: Restore both heroes to full Health. In another timeline, she was called Yeszari.
The Boom Reaver Legendary Minion Mech Warrior 10 7 9
Battlecry: Summon a copy of a minion in your deck. Give it Rush. "What's better than reaving? BOOM reaving!"
Varian Wrynn Legendary Minion General Warrior 10 7 7
Battlecry: Draw 3 cards. Put any minions you drew directly into the battlefield. Leader of the Alliance! Father of Anduin! Also he likes to play Arena, and he averages 12 wins.
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Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
Heed the call of C'Thun!
Attack
Listen!
Death
Aaaah!

Lore[edit | edit source]

Given her capacity for summoning Old Gods from the depths of the player's deck, this harbinger may be in the service of the ancient horrors.

Old Gods, like Y’Shaarj, enjoy arriving in terrifying style, and no one portends their ominous appearance quite like the Ancient Harbinger. This super cultist specializes in beckoning only the mightiest of Tavern denizens. Mere mortals must wait in line to join the party, but the Ancient Harbinger ensures that the Old Gods receive the VIP** treatment they deserve.[6]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Ancient Harbinger, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]