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Force of Nature
Summon three 2/2 Treants.
"I think I'll just nap under these trees. Wait... AAAAAHHH!" - Blinkfizz, the Unfortunate Gnome
How to get[edit | edit source]
Force of Nature can be obtained through Classic card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward. Golden Force of Nature can also be obtained through the Highest Rank Bonus chest at the end of each Ranked season.
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Summoned minions[edit | edit source]
Strategy[edit | edit source]
With Patch 126.96.36.19974 (2016-04-24), the Treants summoned by this card no longer have Charge, but also no longer die at the end of the turn. This significantly changes the function and value of this card.
It is still useful in combination with Savage Roar, as a means of providing multiple minions for a fairly low price. However, the lack of Charge on the Treants means it no longer works as a one turn kill combo.
This card now works well in decks with area of effect buffs, and in slightly slower Savage Roar decks that focus on building a board of multiple sticky minions. This strategy benefits the presence of a number of minions on the druid's board, regardless of their Attack; sticky minions like Piloted Shredder and Haunted Creeper are often chosen for this synergy, preventing the opponent from clearing the druid's board. Players can defend against this play by keeping the druid's board as empty as possible, preventing them from capitalising on extra damage from Savage Roar.
Dopplegangster is functionally equivalent to Force of Nature, the only difference (for Druids) being that Dopplegangster is a minion while Force of Nature is a spell.
History[edit | edit source]
Prior to Patch 188.8.131.5274, this card was commonly seen in combination with Savage Roar. The card cost 6 mana, and the Treants summoned died at the end of the turn, but they also had Charge, allowing them to make immediate use of the extra Attack from Savage Roar. The combination cost 9 mana and could deal 14 damage directly from the hand (4 from each Treant and 2 from the hero), plus another 2 damage for each other minion on the druid's board. This was widely used as a druid one turn kill, by first reducing the opponent to within lethal, then playing the combo the next turn for a large burst of damage.
Blizzard had for a long time acknowledged the overinfluence of the druid's core cards, but it was not until the introduction of game formats that they decided to make changes to reduce druid decks' dependence on cards from the Basic and Classic sets - this change was one of them. Additionally, the effectiveness of the Force of Nature/Savage Roar combo was such that other deck types were less appealing and competitive, with many considering combo druid a monotonous and unchanging mainstay. The lack of interactiveness in its one turn kills may also have contributed to its being changed. Players were unable to prevent the basic 14 damage combo except through Taunts, with it necessary to keep an especially keen eye on their Health and Armor totals whenever playing against a druid.
Aside from its use to directly win games, Force of Nature was very effective for clearing the board. This could allow the druid to avoid defeat, or simply allow them to turn the tide and begin to dominate the battlefield. Given its common use as a win condition, the question of whether to use Force of Nature for removal was often a gamble as to which player would reach lethal first.
Lore[edit | edit source]
Force of Nature is a talented druid ability from World of Warcraft. It summons three treant guardians to assist the druid for 15 seconds, with the capabilities of the treants determined by the druid's specialization. For example, Restoration druids' treants will heal allies, while Balance druids' treants will attack and root enemies.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Fires of Outland" series, for the card Force of Nature.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Patch changes[edit | edit source]
- Patch 184.108.40.20621 (2016-08-09): Treant now costs 2, up from 1.
- Patch 220.127.116.1174 (2016-04-24): Cost reduced from 6 to 5. Card text changed from "Summon three 2/2 Treants with Charge that die at the end of the turn." to "Summon three 2/2 Treants." Treants summoned by this spell no longer have Charge but no longer die at the end of the turn.
- Commentary: "The new version of Force of Nature lowers its mana cost by 1, but removes Charge and makes the summoned Treants permanent—like the other Treants that Druids summon. This change also removes the powerful one-turn combo of Force of Nature and Savage Roar. Now, opponents will have a chance to deal with the threat that the Treants represent, and it won’t feel mandatory to always include the combo."
- Patch 18.104.22.16888 (2013-06-22): Now costs 6 Mana, up from 5.