Bloodreaver Gul'dan

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Bloodreaver Gul'dan
Bloodreaver Gul'dan(62934).png
Bloodreaver Gul'dan(62934) Gold.png

Battlecry: Summon all friendly Demons that died this game.

"Still you refuse to bend your knee? None can escape death, you old fool. And in death… all will serve me…"

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Bloodreaver Gul'dan is a legendary warlock hero card, from the Knights of the Frozen Throne set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Bloodreaver Gul'dan can be obtained through Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs purchased online from the Battle.net shop, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Bloodreaver Gul'dan 1600 400
Golden Bloodreaver Gul'dan 3200 1600

Like all other death knight hero cards, he is a possible reward for completing the prologue of the Icecrown singleplayer adventure.

Generated Hero Power[edit | edit source]

Siphon Life(62935).png

Notes[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

With the ability to both swarm the board with threats and convert your Hero Power into a more powerful ability, Bloodreaver Gul'dan is more than worth his 10 Mana cost. If played in a deck filled with Demons, he can instantly flood the board with a horde of powerful minions. Demons with high base stats like Voidlord and Dread Infernal are strong options, as well as minions with ongoing effects like Despicable Dreadlord and Illidan Stormrage.

As the demons summoned by Bloodreaver Gul'dan ignore their Battlecries, Demons with negative battlecries such as Lakkari Felhound, Doomguard and Pit Lord have higher value when summoned through him and are less risky to include. These demons can be easily summoned through the use of Possessed Lackey or Skull of the Man'ari to avoid their negative Battlecries.

While Bloodreaver Gul'dan works well in any deck that runs a high number of demons, it works most efficiently when it's able to summon multiple high value demons. This can be obtained by only running a handful of high value demons such as Voidlord and Doomguard. Cards that can copy minions like Faceless Manipulator, Prince Taldaram, and Carnivorous Cube can help in this task, as any copied demon that has died will be included in the pool of summoned demons.

In more aggressive decks, Bloodreaver Gul'dan can still be a valuable tool. By playing him late game, you can revive your deceased copies of Flame Imp, Voidwalker, Despicable Dreadlord, Doomguard, and any other demons you've played. While the impact will not be as great as when used in a slower controlling deck, this can still provide some last-minute push to finish an aggressive game.

Even once Bloodreaver Gul'dan has filled your board with powerful minions, he still has more benefit to him. His Hero Power, Siphon Life, removes the Warlock's late-game weakness of having a useless Hero Power when nearing Fatigue and is an excellent control tool, as it can not only finish off weakened minions but also supply your hero with a steady stream of health. If you summon Gul'dan when your opponent has little opportunity to quickly finish you off, the game can rapidly snowball in your favor thanks to Siphon Life.

Demons that can be revived by Bloodreaver Gul'dan[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Bloodreaver Gul'dan/Wild format
Name / Desc Rarity Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Voidwalker Free Demon Warlock 1 1 3
Taunt No relation to "The Voidsteppers", the popular Void-based dance troupe.
Succubus Free Demon Warlock 2 4 3
Battlecry: Discard a random card. Warlocks have it pretty good.
Dread Infernal Free Demon Warlock 6 6 6
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to ALL other characters. "INFERNOOOOOOOOOO!" - Jaraxxus, Eredar Lord of the Burning Legion
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.
Flame Imp Common Demon Warlock 1 3 2
Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to your hero. Imps like being on fire. They just do.
Witchwood Imp Common Demon Warlock 1 1 1
Stealth
Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion +2 Health. THIS wood imp. Stop asking!
Doubling Imp Common Demon Warlock 3 2 2
Battlecry: Summon a copy of this minion. What's worse than finding two imps in your lab? Only finding one of them.
Felsoul Inquisitor Common Demon Any 4 1 6
Lifesteal
Taunt Everyone expects an inquisition reference.
Aranasi Broodmother Common Demon Warlock 6 4 6
Taunt
When you draw this, restore 4 Health to your hero. She's got a big brood and a big mood.
Void Analyst Rare Demon Warlock 2 2 2
Deathrattle: Give all Demons in your hand +1/+1. Conclusion: Nothing there.
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.
Nethersoul Buster Rare Demon Warlock 3 1 5
Battlecry: Gain +1 Attack for each damage your hero has taken this turn. Why did the demon cross the streams? To get to The Other Side.
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.
Portal Keeper Rare Demon Any 4 5 2
Battlecry: Shuffle 3 Portals into your deck. When drawn, summon a 2/2 Demon with RushNo longer allowed to be "it" when playing demon tag.
Witchwood Piper Rare Demon Any 4 3 3
Battlecry: Draw a minion from your deck with the lowest mana cost. She rids villages of annoying pests, like rats and children.
Mad Summoner Rare Demon Any 6 4 4
Battlecry: Fill each player's board with 1/1 Imps. Does he summon because of his madness, or is he mad from all the summoning?
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.
Portal Overfiend Epic Demon Any 6 5 6
Battlecry: Shuffle 3 Portals into your deck. When drawn, summon a 2/2 Demon with RushIt's like an interdimensional game of demon tag.
Jumbo Imp Epic 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.!
Illidan Stormrage Legendary Demon Any 6 7 5
Whenever you play a card, summon a 2/1 Flame of Azzinoth. Illidan's brother, Malfurion, imprisoned him beneath Hyjal for 10,000 years. Stormrages are not good at letting go of grudges.
Fel Lord Betrug Legendary Demon Warlock 8 5 7
Whenever you draw a minion, summon a copy with Rush that dies at end of turn. Nobody else likes rush hour.
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!!!!"
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Blood Imp(196).png
Flame Imp(85).png
Voidwalker(340).png
Witchwood Imp(89468).png
Succubus(208).png
Void Analyst(89886).png
Doubling Imp(89908).png
Felguard(236).png
Nethersoul Buster(89906).png
Void Terror(119).png
Felsoul Inquisitor(89470).png
Pit Lord(402).png
Portal Keeper(90665).png
Witchwood Piper(89427).png
Aranasi Broodmother(90551).png
Dread Infernal(36).png
Illidan Stormrage(203).png
Mad Summoner(90639).png
Portal Overfiend(90664).png
Fel Lord Betrug(90602).png
Lord Jaraxxus(482).png
Jumbo Imp(90640).png
Name / Desc Rarity Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Imp None Demon Warlock 1 1 1
 
Imp None Demon Any 1 1 1
 
Imp None Demon Any 1 1 1
 
Felhound None Demon Any 2 2 2
Rush 
Worthless Imp Common Demon Warlock 1 1 1
You are out of demons! At least there are always imps... 
Infernal Common Demon Warlock 6 6 6
 
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Imp(321).png
Imp (Rise of Shadows).png
Worthless Imp(230).png
Felhound.png
Infernal(121).png

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
A bargain forged in blood and shadow.[1]

Emotes[edit | edit source]

Each hero has their own selection of audio and written emotes that are produced in response to specific events. For more information, see Emote.

Type Emote
Greetings Fear me.
Well played Nicely done.
Thanks Ahh, thank you.
Wow Bloody hellfire.
Oops That served no purpose.
Threaten Your suffering will be... legendary.
Attack Suffer!
Thinking [1] Hmmm...
Thinking [2] My hunger grows...
Thinking [3] So many bloody decisions...
Running out of time I must feed, now!
Opening remark in Duel of the Death Knights A bargain forged in blood and shadow.
Concede You win... for now.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Bloodreaver Gul'dan is the death knight version of Gul'dan.

Bloodreaver Gul'dan in Forest for the Weary.

In the web comic Forest for the Weary, a Pompous Thespian tells a cautionary tale about Rexxar, who one day discovered that his forest was being corrupted by the death knight Malfurion the Pestilent. Though Rexxar attempted to defeat the corrupted druid, Malfurion's insects chewed apart his arrows and poisoned his animal companions. With sorrow in his heart, Rexxar swore he would do anything for the power to do what was right. In response, a frosty wind howled and the shadow of a twisted throne fell over him. In its place was only Gul'dan, who had just what Rexxar wished for. Gul'dan offered him a way to protect what he held most dear, and all he asked for in return was a single life. Rexxar accepted the offer, and was transformed into Deathstalker Rexxar. Gul'dan instructed him on how to give immortality and unholy power to his beloved beasts. With his new powers, Rexxar forged an army of Zombeasts and managed to overpower Malfurion; though just as Rexxar moved in for the killing blow, Malfurion revealed that he himself had simply been trying to protect the forests as well. He had discovered a dark presence siphoning life from the wilds, and a grove of dead wolves with bite marks upon their necks. At that point in time, a hooded stranger had offered him the power to save the land. It had become apparent that Malfurion and Rexxar had fallen victim to the same force. As the Pompous Thespian finishes his tale, a member of the audience asks what had happened to the "Vampire Orc". The storyteller replies that no one knows what became of Gul'dan, but that it was rumored that even he served a greater evil, and that his corruption of Malfurion and Rexxar had merely been on the orders of his dark liege.

The bloodreaver's vampirism, as well as his title and appearance, strongly suggest an association with the Blood death knight specialization.

From Wowpedia:

"In undeath, some death knights find a special affinity for the blood and bone of the living. They carve into their enemies, sustaining themselves with deadly sanguine strikes, while using the bloody, shattered remains of the dead to fortify their own defenses. These crimson-soaked knights bend the very rules of mortality to control the frontlines of the battlefield."

For more information, see Knights of the Frozen Throne.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Bloodreaver Gul'dan underwent multiple redesigns during the development of Knights of the Frozen Throne. Originally titled "Gul'dan, Bloodlord" or "Bloodlord Gul'dan", one of his original designs was an 8-mana card with the effect "Your cards cost health instead of mana. Whenever a minion dies, restore 3 Health to your hero.". A later design saw it as a 30-mana card(!) with the effect "Costs (1) less for each Health you are missing. Battlecry: Summon 3 Demons from your deck".[2]
  • Bloodreaver Gul'dan's Summon quote is a twist on Gul'dan's Heroes of the Storm quote "A bargain forged in flame and shadow."

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Bloodreaver Gul'dan, full art
Bloodreaver Gul'dan (bottom center) and other undead heroes of Warcraft.
The knights of the Frozen Throne, with Gul'dan on the far left.

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hearthstone on Facebook. (2017-08-07). Retrieved on 2017-08-08.
  2. Designing Hearthstone's Death Knights - IGN. (2017-09-14). Retrieved on 2017-09-14.