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Arch-Thief Rafaam (boss)

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The League of Explorers adventure.

Arch-Thief Rafaam
Arch-Thief Rafaam (boss).png
Set: The League of Explorers
Type: Hero
Health: 30 (Normal)
30 (Heroic)
Armor: 15 Armor.png (Heroic)

He stole the staff and has nearly destroyed the museum. This has to end!

For Rafaam's other appearances, see Arch-Thief Rafaam (disambiguation).

Arch-Thief Rafaam is a boss found in the League of Explorers adventure. He is the third boss in the adventure's fourth and final wing, Hall of Explorers.

Rafaam returns as the fourth and final boss, Rafaam Unleashed.

Hero Power[edit | edit source]

Normal Heroic
Unstable Portal(27431).png
Unstable Portal(27432).png

Special cards[edit | edit source]

Rare Spear(27398).png

Deck[edit | edit source]

Rafaam stealing the player's deck

At the beginning of the encounter Rafaam will steal the player's deck, using it as his own. The player will be given the deck listed below (depending on mode) to complete the encounter.

Note that the below classes are listed purely for reference, and have no effect on the availability or use of the cards in the encounter.

Normal[edit | edit source]

Class Card Quantity
Boss Rare Spear 2x
Neutral Wisp 2x
Goldshire Footman 2x
Acidic Swamp Ooze 2x
Jeweled Scarab 2x
Eerie Statue 2x
Kezan Mystic 2x
Harrison Jones 1x
Hemet Nesingwary 1x
Nightblade 2x
Druid Raven Idol 2x
Hunter Explorer's Hat 2x
Flare 1x
Mage Forgotten Torch 2x
Priest Mind Vision 2x
Museum Curator 2x
Entomb 1x

Heroic[edit | edit source]

Class Card Quantity
Boss Rare Spear 2x
Neutral Wisp 4x
Goldshire Footman 2x
Acidic Swamp Ooze 2x
Jeweled Scarab 2x
Ancient Shade 2x
Eerie Statue 2x
Harrison Jones 1x
Hemet Nesingwary 1x
Druid Raven Idol 2x
Hunter Explorer's Hat 2x
Flare 1x
Mage Forgotten Torch 2x
Priest Mind Vision 2x
Entomb 1x
Warlock Dark Peddler 2x

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The strategy for this boss is fairly simple - build a deck made up of the worst possible cards. Many low mana cards are excellent candidates, as well as various others which are simply very poor, either in general, or specifically in that deck. For example, Anyfin Can Happen is potentially a very strong card - but not if there are no Murlocs in either deck for it to summon.

While the boss will be massively disadvantaged by the deck provided for him, his Hero Power Unstable Portal (Heroic) tends to still provide some very useful options, with a sizeable cost reduction.

A good way to beat this boss is by maximizing the effect of Rare Spear, by building a deck with rare cards that are almost useless by themselves. For example: Dragon Egg, Nerubian Egg, Eerie Statue, Ancient Watcher, Secretkeeper, Murloc Tidecaller and Target Dummy. Alarm-o-Bot and Coliseum Manager can make the whole strategy even easier.

Warrior is a good class due to its access to Cursed Blade. Upgrade! can also boost the number of times the player can hit the boss once they have the Cursed Blade equipped.

Rafaam apparently never plays Sir Finley Mrrgglton, making it a dead card useful for including in his deck. If he did, that would take away his unique Hero Power and make him much less of a threat. However, he will play Lord Jaraxxus if given the card, thus leaving himself vulnerable to all the usual Jaraxxus counters, and has even been observed to use Sacrificial Pact on himself afterwards, committing suicide.[1]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Curse of Rafaam(27232).png
Wobbling Runts(27223).png

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Encounter selection[edit | edit source]

Arch-Thief Rafaam
Is that the deck you're going to use? Heh heh heh…

Encounter[edit | edit source]

Introduction

Arch-Thief Rafaam
I like your deck. I think I will TAKE IT.
Elise Starseeker
Explorer! We've got a spare deck. Use this one.
Arch-Thief Rafaam
What wonderful cards!

Turn 1

Arch-Thief Rafaam
Oh yes. This hand of cards is INCREDIBLE.

All golden deck

Arch-Thief Rafaam
Is this deck ALL GOLDEN? Your collection rivals my own!

Magma Rager in your deck

Arch-Thief Rafaam
Magma Rager?! Why would you play this card?

Turn 3

Elise Starseeker
Sorry about the deck. We built it last year for a tournament and haven't changed it since.

Low Health

Arch-Thief Rafaam
Perhaps I made a mistake taking your deck.

Emote response

Arch-Thief Rafaam
What wonderful cards!

Defeating the player

Arch-Thief Rafaam
Your deck is AMAZING. Hahahahaha!

Victory[edit | edit source]

Arch-Thief Rafaam
Your deck is garbage. Time to use my own.

Lore[edit | edit source]

For lore on Arch-Thief Rafaam, see Arch-Thief Rafaam#Lore.

Artist[edit | edit source]

Alex Horley Orlandelli

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Arch-Thief Rafaam, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]