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Dreadsteed

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Dreadsteed
Dreadsteed(22337).png
Dreadsteed(22337) Gold.png
Set: The Grand Tournament
Type: Minion
Subtype: Demon
Class: Warlock
Rarity: Epic
Cost: 4
Attack: 1
Health: 1
Abilities: Deathrattle, Summon
Tags: Triggered effect

Deathrattle: At the end of the turn, summon a Dreadsteed.

Crescendo himself summoned this steed, riding it to victory in the Grand Tournament. Wherever he rides, an army of riders ride behind him, supporting the legendary champion.

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Dreadsteed is an epic warlock minion card, from the Grand Tournament set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

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

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Dreadsteed 400 100
Golden Dreadsteed 1600 400

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If Spiritsinger Umbra was on board and Dreadsteed was destroyed on that turn (its Deathrattle was activated), at the end of turn, Umbra will activate its Deathrattle when the Dreadsteed is resummoned but a second Dreadsteed won't be summoned until the end of the following turn.[1]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Probably the most practical combo is with Knife Juggler. Using Baron Rivendare, Kel'Thuzad, Faceless Manipulator or N'Zoth, the Corruptor to get multiple Dreadsteeds on the board, every time one dies and is resummoned, Knife Juggler will activate, and deal 1 damage to an enemy. With two Knife Jugglers, and several Dreadsteeds trading, this can quickly clear the board, particularly when paired with friendly minion destruction, such as with Mortal Coil or Sacrificial Pact. Furthermore, if a Dreadsteed is summoned while Spiritsinger Umbra is in play, the player immediately fills their side of the battlefield with Dreadsteeds. This can then be followed up with Mayor Noggenfogger to greatly misdirect enemy minions and spells. Also a great combo with Mal'Ganis since the the Dreadsteeds are demons.

Using Power Overwhelming, then Shadowflame or Void Terror on this minion is very effective as its Deathrattle negates the usual cost of sacrificing a minion. Another powerful combo is with Anima Golem, due to the fact that Dreadsteed never dies unless silenced first, making Anima Golem a regular 9/9 for just 6 mana. One other powerful combo is with Undertaker, since Dreadsteed continues to be resummoned with Deathrattle, it can boost the attack of the Undertaker without using many cards. Plus, since Dreadsteed is a weak minion, many Warlock spells can be used to kill it and resummon it, along with providing aditional effects from the spells, such as Mortal Coil, Imp-losion, or Bane of Doom.

With the addition of Spiritsinger Umbra and Corrupting Mist decks including Dreadsteed became more played on Wild Ladder, they can be seen more often. Even a Wild Legend player called "tartigon" managed to reach Legend 1 rank with only using his Dreadsteed Warlock.

After the change in Patch 9.0.0.20457, the resummoned Dreadsteed is available later, making most of the above strategies impossible or too slow to be useful.

Lore[edit | edit source]

"The subjugation of a Xorothian Dreadsteed is a true measure of power."
—Mor'zul Bloodbringer

From Wowpedia:

The dreadsteed of Xoroth is the level 40 epic warlock ground mount. Xoroth is the home planet of these fiery, horse-like demons, who serve as the mounts of the Dreadlords. The finest belong to the Nathrezim Dreadlord, Lord Hel'nurath the Stable Keeper.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The flavor text references Reddit user Crescendo1909, a Hearthstone fan who had been fighting cancer for half a year prior to the release of The Grand Tournament.
  • Dreadsteed was originally designed for Curse of Naxxramas, as a neutral card, with the title "Relentless Geist".[2][3] However, its synergy with the design of Warsong Commander at that time (Whenever you summon a minion with 3 or less Attack, give it Charge.) allowed it to be used to "slowly machine-gun down every minion on your opponent's board", with Warsong Commander immediately granting each freshly summoned Dreadsteed Charge.[4] The developers concluded that they simply could not make the card at that time.[4] It was not until The Grand Tournament that Dreadsteed would return, now changed to a warlock minion in order to prevent its synergy with Warsong Commander.[4]
  • The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Scourgewar" series, for the card Dreadsteed.

Artist[edit | edit source]

Alex Horley

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Dreadsteed, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Knights of the Frozen Throne logo.png Patch 9.0.0.20457 (2017-08-08): Due to the potential for an endless loop when combined with Defile, Dreadsteed now reads: Deathrattle: At the end of the turn, summon a Dreadsteed.
  • The Grand Tournament logo.png Patch 3.0.0.9786 (2015-08-18): Added.

References[edit | edit source]