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Devolve(49715) Gold.png
Set: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
Type: Spell
Class: Shaman
Rarity: Rare
Cost: 2
Abilities: Transform
Tags: Area of effect, Cost-related, Random
Artist: Sean McNally

Transform all enemy minions into random ones that cost (1) less.

Ragnaros looked down. He looked like some kind of War Golem. "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME," he yelled. But all that came out was a deep grinding sound. He began to cry.

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Devolve is a rare shaman spell card, from the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Devolve can be obtained through Mean Streets of Gadgetzan card packs bought through the ingame Shop, purchased online from the shop, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Devolve 100 20
Golden Devolve 800 100

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The replacement minion is selected randomly from all collectible minions that cost 1 less, regardless of class.
  • The base mana cost of the affected minion is used to determine the selection, not the mana cost paid when summoning it.
  • If there is no other minion of the lessened cost to transform the target into, the target minion will not be affected. This currently applies to all minions with a mana cost of 0, 25, or 20 (such as Wisp, Molten Giant, and Shirvallah, the Tiger).

Strategy[edit | edit source]

This card acts as a board-wide transform effect for your opponent and can be used best to get rid of key cards without any adverse effects, weakening their board in the process.

This can also be an advantage for example if Devolve can turn minions to Fel Reaver or even Doomsayer which can turn against the opponent. However it has some downside since Devolve can obtain Taunt minions or even higher statted minions which can hinder you.

This presents a good counter against Grimy Goons , Magnetic buffs from mechs, and other buff decks (Some examples are Prince Keleseth decks, Embiggen decks, Surrender to Madness decks, or even Hir'eek the bat), as the Devolved minions don't keep their buffs. Deathrattle and C'Thun-related decks also are countered quite well, nullifying all Deathrattle effects on the board and ensuring that Doomcaller will not generate another C'Thun.

This is a great counter against Living Mana which can make the enemy effectively lose up to 7 Mana Crystals since their Living Mana deathrattles will disappear.

Lore[edit | edit source]

The opposite of Evolve, this card seemingly represents a spell that causes targets to "devolve" into more primitive lifeforms. The card art appears to depict the three crime bosses of Gadgetzan — Don Han'Cho (left), Aya Blackpaw (center) and Kazakus (right) — being transformed into murlocs.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • While Evolve's visual effect is colored blue with a tinge of purple, this card's effect is colored bluish green, creating a sharp contrast between the the two cards.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Devolve, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]