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Bolvar Fordragon

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Bolvar Fordragon
Bolvar Fordragon(12244).png
Bolvar Fordragon(12244) Gold.png
Set: Goblins vs Gnomes
Type: Minion
Class: Paladin
Rarity: Legendary
Cost: 5
Attack: 1
Health: 7
Abilities: Increment attribute
Tags: Death-related, In-hand effect, Triggered effect

Whenever a friendly minion dies while this is in your hand, gain +1 Attack.

Spoiler alert: Bolvar gets melted and then sits on an ice throne and everyone forgets about him.

See this card on Hearthpwn

For the minion card from the Knights of the Frozen Throne set, see Bolvar, Fireblood.

Bolvar Fordragon is a legendary paladin minion card, from the Goblins vs Gnomes set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Bolvar Fordragon is a Wild format card, and so can only be obtained through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Bolvar Fordragon 1600 400
Golden Bolvar Fordragon 3200 1600

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Bolvar's effect works by granting him a buff upon the death of each friendly minion that occurred while Bolvar himself is in the player's hand.[1]
  • Any increase to Bolvar's Attack as a result of the buff will be displayed while he is in hand.[2] However, the opponent will not be able to see this effect in any way.[3]
  • Once Bolvar has been summoned, the effect (if any) will be granted through a buff. As a result it can be removed through Silences and other means.[1] Silencing Bolvar will return his Attack to its base value of 1.[4]
  • If Bolvar is returned to the hand, he will lose the buff and be reset to his original values.[5] Re-summoning effects such as Reincarnate, Ancestral Spirit and Kel'Thuzad will also restore him to his original values.[6][7]
  • Despite the card's ambiguous wording, the controlling hero does not gain Attack; only Bolvar.[8]
  • If a player uses Mind Vision to copy a buffed Bolvar that is in the opponent's hand, the copy they generate will have the basic stats of 1/7.[9]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Bolvar, paladin of the Alliance

Bolvar is a powerful card, with the potential to provide a sturdy and extremely powerful minion for a very reasonable cost. His main value lies in synergy with the death of numerous friendly minions. This makes him ideal for use in decks with a focus on small minions, and for use with the paladin hero power Reinforce, which can provide an endless stream of 1/1s. Cards which generate multiple minions, such as Haunted Creeper, also offer excellent synergy. However, Bolvar only benefits from deaths while he is in the player's hand, so the player cannot rely upon a late draw of Bolvar to compensate for heavy losses in the game up to that point.

While a potentially massive presence on the battlefield, Bolvar has an acute weakness: his effect is provided in the form of a buff, making him vulnerable to Silence. Opponents are well-advised to keep a Silence or other removal such as Destroy or Transform effects in store for his arrival, especially if the opponent seems all too willing to sacrifice their weaker minions.

Bolvar, prisoner of the Lich King
  • You want to draw this minion early so it can sit in your hand and use it mid to late game.
  • A great addition in a control deck, a good addition to a aggressive deck, a better addition to a zoo deck.
  • To justify its cost you will want to have at least 3 minions killed before playing it, providing a 4/7 for 5 mana, equivalent to a higher rank Chillwind Yeti.
  • Don't be too obvious that you are trying to lose minions, know that once you opponent realizes that you have this minion in hand they will try to save a card to remove him.
  • Use Loatheb to discourage your opponent from using a removal spell on this minion. Both can be played together on turn 10, however by this point the opponent will likely be able to afford removal spells regardless.
  • Kel'Thuzad can be used to revive and repeatedly sacrifice several weaker minions.
  • In Arena it is good since most players will focus on having minions, increasing the likelihood of its Attack being increased by a good amount.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
Come forth, coward!
Attack
You will pay!

Lore[edit | edit source]

Bolvar as the new Lich King
"After suffering betrayal at the doorstep of his nemesis, a brave paladin was reborn in the searing heat of enchanted dragon flames. No longer fit to dwell among the living, alone he shall endure as the steward of a misbegotten throng."
—Jailor of the Damned

From Wowpedia:

Highlord Bolvar Fordragon was a venerated paladin of the Alliance and served as the Regent of Stormwind following the disappearance of King Varian Wrynn. Upon Varian's return, Bolvar was named the commander of the Alliance forces sent to take the battle to the Scourge in Northrend. After the treachery of Grand Apothecary Putress at the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate, Bolvar was killed by the Forsaken Blight and reanimated by the flames of the red dragonflight.
Bolvar's body was altered by the dragons' flame, and was taken by the Scourge into Icecrown Citadel, where he was tortured by the Lich King in an attempt to bend him to his will. However, the noble spirit of Bolvar resisted the Lich King's depravations. After the death of Arthas Menethil, the mortal host of the Lich King, Bolvar demanded that Tirion Fordring place the Helm of Domination, containing all of the powers of the Scourge, on Bolvar's head so that he would forever be the jailer of the damned - imprisoning the Lich King within the Frozen Throne once more and containing the threat of the Scourge.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Bolvar is the first card to gain a buff while in the hand. The developers had to implement new functionalities specifically for Bolvar in order to make this possible.[10]
  • Bolvar is also the first card to feature a visual effect which varies depending on the conditions under which it is played.[11] In this case, the lion's head visual effect produced upon summoning Bolvar is larger and brighter the higher his starting Attack. The effect was the work of Becca Abel.[11]

Artist[edit | edit source]

Tooth

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Bolvar Fordragon, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

Goblins vs Gnomes logo.png Patch 2.0.0.7234 (2014-12-04): Added.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-12-01). 
  2. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-12-01). 
  3. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-12-01). 
  4. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-12-01). 
  5. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-12-01). 
  6. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-12-01). 
  7. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-12-01). 
  8. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-12-01). 
  9. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-12-01). 
  10. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-12-02). 
  11. 11.0 11.1 John Zwicker on Twitter. (2014-12-16).