Destroying a minion or weapon removes it from play. Only minions currently on the battlefield and weapons that are currently equipped can be destroyed. Discarding a card removes it directly from the player's hand and from the game, but does not destroy it. The destruction of a minion is often referred to as 'killing' or 'dying'. Destroying the enemy hero will conclude the match. The exceptions to this are Lord Jaraxxus and Majordomo Executus.
Destruction[edit | edit source]
Cards can be destroyed in several ways. Regardless of the method used, the results are the same.
- Minions and heroes can be destroyed by reducing their Health to 0
- Weapons can be destroyed by reducing their Durability to 0, or by equipping another weapon
- Cards of any type can be destroyed using appropriate destroy effects
- Attempting to return a minion to the controlling player's hand when the player already has 10 cards in their hand will destroy that minion
- Secrets can be destroyed through attempting to gain a second copy of a specific Secret - currently only possible using Kezan Mystic
Consequences[edit | edit source]
- When a card is destroyed, it is immediately removed from play, and any Deathrattles will be activated. Other minions' triggered effects may also be activated (e.g., Flesheating Ghoul), as well as Secrets (e.g., Redemption). For a list of related triggered effects, see Triggered effect#Minion death.
- Some spells provide special effects if the target minion is killed, namely Mortal Coil and Bane of Doom.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Technically, "destroying" a card refers to removing it from play while it is in the Play Zone - the battlefield for minions, or the weapon slot for weapons. Removing a card from play while it is in the hand results in the card being discarded, while removing it from play while it is in the deck results in a remove from deck effect. Note that attempting to move to a full zone will result in the card being removed from play with consequences matching its current zone.
- Certain effects only come into play when the minion has been destroyed or killed - that is, specifically removed from the Play Zone. For example, Deathrattles will only activate when destroyed, not when discarded or removed from other zones. Likewise, cards destroyed through overdraw are not considered to have died, and therefore will not be summoned by Resurrect.
Destroy effects[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
The majority of destroy effects affect minions, and are ideal for removing minions without triggering on-damage triggered effects such as those of Acolyte of Pain, Armorsmith and Frothing Berserker. However, any Deathrattles will still be triggered by destroy effects.
Poisonous is a specific type of destroy effect. Cards with this ability are listed below.
All classes have a spell with a destroy effect, although the shaman's only destroy effect spell, Reincarnate, re-summons the destroyed minion with full health, arguably reducing its outright destructiveness.
Cards that destroy[edit | edit source]
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Type||Subtype||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
Give a minion +5/+5. At the start of your next turn, destroy it.
Destroy a Demon. Restore 5 Health to your hero. This is the reason that Demons never really become friends with Warlocks.
Choose an enemy minion. At the start of your turn, destroy it. It starts with stealing a pen from work, and before you know it, BOOM! Corrupted!
|Acidic Swamp Ooze||Free||Minion||General||Any||2||3||2|
Battlecry: Destroy your opponent's weapon. Oozes love Flamenco. Don't ask.
Destroy a damaged enemy minion. It's okay, he deserved it.
|Shadow Word: Pain||Free||Spell||Priest||2|
Destroy a minion with 3 or less Attack. A step up from a spell cast by many beginning acolytes: "Shadow Word: Annoy".
|Shadow Word: Death||Free||Spell||Priest||3|
Destroy a minion with an Attack of 5 or more. If you miss, it leaves a lightning-bolt-shaped scar on your target.
Destroy an enemy minion. If you don't want to be assassinated, move to the Barrens and change your name. Good luck!
Battlecry: Destroy a friendly minion to add 2 random Lackeys to your hand. You do not want to be on the business end of this intellect!
Freeze a minion. If it's already Frozen, destroy it. Lick the ice block. I triple-double-dog-dare-you.
Destroy a random enemy minion. Accuracy is not a highly valued trait among the mok'nathal. Deadliness is near the top, though.
|Walk the Plank||Common||Spell||Rogue||4|
Destroy an undamaged minion. Pirates will fall for anything.
Destroy a minion. Costs (1) less for each minion you control. Or as it’s known in troll, “De bolt, mon.”
Spend all your Mana. Destroy a minion with that much Attack or less. Please confirm your age before reading this flavor text.
Destroy a friendly minion. Give your minions +1/+1. There’s no “Aiiiieeee” in “Team.”
All minions lose Stealth. Destroy all enemy Secrets. Draw a card. Not only does it reveal your enemies, but it's also great for parties!
Destroy a minion. Summon 2 minions of the same Cost to replace it. If only you'd let it go to voicemail...
Poisonous The Sholazar Basin is home to a lot of really horrible things. If you're going to visit, wear bug spray. And plate armor.
Taunt. Battlecry: Destroy one of your Mana Crystals. Yes, he'll fight for you. BUT HE'S NOT GOING TO LIKE IT.
Deathrattle: Destroy a random enemy minion. Wrecks a dude, any size. Catches thieves, eats those guys. Look out! Here comes a Spider Bomb!
Secret: When a minion attacks your hero, destroy it. Rumor has it that Deathwing brought about the Cataclysm after losing a game to this card. We may never know the truth.
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.
Destroy your weapon and deal its damage to all enemy minions. "Look, it's not just about waving daggers around really fast. It's a lot more complicated than that." - Shan, Rogue Trainer
Destroy a friendly minion and deal its Attack damage to all enemy minions. Start with a powerful minion and stir in Shadowflame and you have a good time!
Battlecry: Destroy all enemy Secrets. Empty your pockets, I know you’ve got a Wandering Monster in there!
Deathrattle: Destroy a random enemy minion. It's always nice to steal a familiar face.
Battlecry: Destroy a random enemy minion with 2 or less Attack. This Kodo is so big that he can stampede by himself.
Destroy a minion. Restore 3 Health to your hero. You probably should avoid siphoning your own soul. You might create some kind of weird infinite loop.
At the start of your turn, destroy this and gain 8 Armor. For a limited time, loa blessings are on a pray-one-get-two deal (on selected sacrifices only).
Battlecry: Destroy a Murloc and gain +2/+2. Murloc. It's what's for dinner.
At the start of your turn, destroy ALL minions. He's almost been right so many times. He was sure it was coming during the Cataclysm.
Give a friendly minion +3/+3 and Rush. It dies at end of turn. "Ha ha! Glork looks ridiculous! ...Glork? Glork?"
Poisonous He’s not really that patient. It just takes a while for someone to walk by that he can actually reach.
Battlecry: Destroy a friendly minion and gain its Attack and Health. He's on the hunt for Togwaggle's missing rat.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, destroy a damaged enemy minion. Here comes “The Smolder.”
|Surrender to Madness||Epic||Spell||Priest||3|
Destroy 3 of your Mana Crystals. Give all minions in your deck +2/+2. Never give up, always surrender!
Battlecry: Choose a minion. Deathrattle: Destroy the chosen minion. "Aww, I love it! It even kinda looks like me."
Battlecry: Destroy your Totems. Gain +2/+2 for each destroyed. When regular totem hours won't cut it.
|Big Game Hunter||Epic||Minion||General||Any||5||4||2|
Battlecry: Destroy a minion with an Attack of 7 or more. Mere devilsaurs no longer excite him. Soon he'll be trying to catch Onyxia with only a dull Krol Blade.
Destroy all minions except one. (chosen randomly) Do you know the first rule of Brawl Club?
Battlecry: Destroy a Mech. "I said this looks like a job for me
So everybody just follow me
'Cause we need a little E.M.P.
'Cause it feels so mechy without me…"
Deathrattle minions you play cost (3) less, but die at the end of the turn. It's hard to call her reckless when it's clear she knows what she's doing.
Destroy all friendly minions. For each one, summon a random minion from your deck. It's always darkest just before you find the light switch.
Battlecry: Destroy all other minions with 2 or less Attack. The hills have eyes. And teeth. Pretty bad breath, too.
Destroy a minion. Add a copy of it to your hand
Destroy a minion. It deals its damage to adjacent minions.
Destroy a minion. Gains a bonus effect in your hand. The terms of service are constantly changing.
Destroy all minions. The Twisting Nether is a formless place of magic and illusion and destroyed minions.
Destroy half of each player's deck. “YOU SIGNED WHAT?!”
Battlecry: Destroy your opponent's weapon and draw cards equal to its Durability. “That belongs in the Hall of Explorers!”
|The Black Knight||Legendary||Minion||General||Any||6||4||5|
Battlecry: Destroy an enemy minion with Taunt. He was sent by the Lich King to disrupt the Argent Tournament. We can pretty much mark that a failure.
|Fel Lord Betrug||Legendary||Minion||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.
Summon 3 minions from your deck. They attack enemy minions, then die. It used to be a Ba-zooka but we ran out of sheep.
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?
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."
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Cards that destroy specific targets[edit | edit source]
Destroy effects can be categorized by which types of targets they destroy.
Minions[edit | edit source]
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Mana Crystals[edit | edit source]
Hero[edit | edit source]
Related cards[edit | edit source]
The below cards have synergy with minion death.
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Type||Subtype||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
Deal 1 damage to a minion. If that kills it, draw a card. If your spells look like horrifying skulls, let's be honest, you should get to draw some cards.
Deal 1 damage to a minion.
If it is survives, add a Lackey to your hand. "The beatings will continue until MY morale improves."
Secret: When a friendly minion dies, return it to life with 1 Health. I am not sure how you get demptioned the first time. It’s a mystery!
Whenever a friendly Beast dies, gain +2/+1. Hyenas prefer the bones of kodos or windserpents, but they'll eat pretty much anything. Even Brussels sprouts.
Deal 2 damage to a minion. If it survives, draw a card. "Dun da dun, dun da dun": if you've heard an ogre sing this, it's too late.
Whenever a minion dies, gain +1 Attack. 'Flesheating' is an unfair name. It's just that there's not really much else for him to eat.
Whenever one of your other minions dies, draw a card. She may be an evil cult master, but she still calls her parents once a week.
|Blood Troll Sapper||Common||Minion||General||Warlock||7||5||8|
After a friendly minion dies, deal 2 damage to the enemy hero. Main supplier of Blood Troll Syrup to the Intercontinental Hut of Funnel Cakes.
|Spirit of the Dead||Rare||Minion||General||Priest||1||0||3|
Stealth for 1 turn.
After a friendly minion dies, shuffle a 1-Cost copy of it into your deck. Just because you’re dead doesn’t mean you’re off the team.
|Spirit of the Raptor||Rare||Minion||General||Druid||1||0||3|
Stealth for 1 turn.
After your hero attacks and kills a minion, draw a card. “Loti! LOTI! Drop it. Drop it Loti! Down! Down Loti!”
|Revenge of the Wild||Rare||Spell||Hunter||2|
Summon your Beasts that died this turn. My roommates only use Revenge of the Passive Aggressive.
|Spirit of the Bat||Rare||Minion||General||Warlock||2||0||3|
Stealth for 1 turn.
After a friendly minion dies, give a minion in your hand +1/+1. Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah
Whenever your Hero Power kills a minion, draw a card. She prefers “Flammably Inclined.”
Summon a random friendly Beast that died this game. The gates to the Gilnean pet cemetary MUST remain locked at all times.
Deal 4 damage to a minion. If a minion died this turn, this costs (1). Emeriss uses Wing Blast. It's super effective!
Battlecry: If a minion died this turn, gain Poisonous. Fits easily into overhead luggage bins.
Deal 4 damage to a minion. If that kills it, add a copy of it to your hand. For a healthier option, try Holy Water: Zero.
After this minion survives damage, summon a copy of it. It's always accepting of the less successful adventurers.
Summon 3 friendly minions that died this game. One's company, two's a crowd, and three's a "mass" resurrection, apparently.
Rush. Costs (1) less for each friendly Treant that died this game. The latest advancement in hippo-botany.
Discover a friendly Deathrattle minion that died this game. Also trigger its Deathrattle. Beware the night of the living pets!
Whenever a friendly minion dies, add a random Shaman spell to your hand. Eye of murloc, ear of bat, foot of Fordring, fur of cat…
Deal 3 damage to a minion. If that kills it, add a Coin to your hand. Wanted: Dead or Undead.
|Bane of Doom||Epic||Spell||Warlock||5|
Deal 2 damage to a character. If that kills it, summon a random Demon. My advice to you is to avoid Doom, if possible.
Rush. After this attacks and kills a minion, it may attack again. When it comes to problem-solving, he always uses his head.
Costs (1) less whenever a friendly Demon dies while this is in your hand. Jumbo in size! Huge in E.V.I.L.!
|Floop's Glorious Gloop||Legendary||Spell||Druid||1|
Whenever a minion dies this turn, gain 1 Mana Crystal this turn only. How much gloop could Floop's Gloop gloop if Floop's Gloop could gloop gloop?
After this attacks and kills a minion, gain +2/+2. You either die a villain, or live long enough to see yourself become the hero.
|Gonk, the Raptor||Legendary||Minion||Beast||Druid||7||4||9|
After your hero attacks and kills a minion, it may attack again. There’s a word for Zandalari druids who refuse to pledge loyalty to Gonk: “Delicious.”
|Kangor's Endless Army||Legendary||Spell||Paladin||7|
Resurrect 3 friendly Mechs. They keep any Magnetic upgrades. "That's three, Kangor. Three isn't endless."
- Countess Ashmore
At the end of your turn, summon a friendly minion that died this game. She always manages to lift your spirits.
Battlecry: Gain the Deathrattle effects of 3 friendly minions that died this game. First Deathrattle: Draw a card.
Second: Draw 2 cards.
Third: Throw Mon'kind off a steel cage and plummet sixteen feet through an announcer’s table.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Minion death is a major card feature for the adventure Curse of Naxxramas, with most of the adventure's cards involving Deathrattles or minion death in some way.
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