Explosive Runes

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Explosive Runes
Explosive Runes(76906).png
Explosive Runes(76906) Gold.png
Set: Kobolds and Catacombs
Type: Spell
Class: Mage
Rarity: Rare
Cost: 3
Abilities: Deal damage, Secret
Tags: Summoning-related, Triggered effect

Secret: After your opponent plays a minion, deal 6 damage to it and any excess to their hero.

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For the Tavern Brawl spell, see Explosive Runes (Nefarian Rises! spell).

Explosive Runes is a rare mage spell card, from the Kobolds and Catacombs set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Explosive Runes can be obtained through Kobolds and Catacombs card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward. Golden Explosive Runes can also be obtained through the Highest Rank Bonus chest at the end of each Ranked season.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Explosive Runes 100 20
Golden Explosive Runes 800 100

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If this Secret triggers on a Divine Shield minion, the Divine Shield will pop and absorb damage equal to the minion's health. Any leftover damage is then dealt to the enemy hero.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

This card is a powerful tempo-generating secret that packs removal and direct damage into one. The amount of damage it deals is enough to remove most minions that are played on curve while dealing substantial damage to the opponent, which helps soften the enemy hero for other burst damage cards like Pyroblast. Unlike other Secrets that interact with minion plays like Mirror Entity or Potion of Polymorph, its power does not scale with the minion it was activated off of. While it won't be as effective when the opponent plays a big minion, it's harder to check for with small minions especially if conserving Health is a major concern.

One case where Explosive Runes may be problematic is if the opponent plays a Deathrattle minion that they want to kill off, such as Devilsaur Egg.

Artist[edit | edit source]

Matt Dixon

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Explosive Runes, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

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