|Set:||Kobolds and Catacombs|
|Tags:||Area of effect|
|Artist:||L. Lullabi & K. Turovec|
Destroy all minions. Discard your hand.
RUN FROM SKY CANDLES! THEY BURN! RUN!
How to get[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Deathrattle effects of minions destroyed by Cataclysm trigger after the hand is discarded. Playing Cataclysm with a Voidcaller in play and a demon in hand will result in the demon being discarded, not summoned from Voidcaller's deathrattle.
- However, Voidcaller's Deathrattle can summon a demon from hand after casting Cataclysm if the demon is drawn after the hand was discarded, for example by having a Malchezaar's Imp in play when casting Cataclysm.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
While this card is extremely cheap for a board clear, discarding your entire hand means in most cases you won't have anything to follow up with, unlike Deathwing which leaves you with a 12/12 and turns the board in your favor. Using this card means you will need to top-deck something worthwhile right afterwards, although this is made easier by Life Tap. Having or playing with a Deathrattle minion like Loot Hoarder can make up for these losses.
On the other hand, if you have Malchezaar's Imp, it'll negate this downside by redrawing your hand.
On the plus side, this card is a very strong enabler for Discardlock decks. Discarding your entire hand means you are guaranteed to summon a Silverware Golem or buff Clutchmother Zavas, and most importantly, it can be used complete the Lakkari Sacrifice quest extremely quickly and lets you play Nether Portal on curve.
Lore[edit | edit source]
Cataclysm was originally a passive ability for Destruction warlocks that increased the Fire damage dealt by all of their abilities. It was removed in the Mists of Pandaria expansion, but in Warlords of Draenor it made a return as an active talent which, after a 2.5 second delay, conjures a cataclysm at a target location, dealing heavy Shadowflame damage to all nearby enemies and afflicting them with Immolate.
The spell appears to have thematical ties to Deathwing, who in the World of Warcraft expansion of the same name caused a worldwide disaster known as the Cataclysm, which caused great destruction across much of Azeroth.
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Patch changes[edit | edit source]
- Patch 10.0.0.22611 (2017-12-06): Added.