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Heigan the Unclean

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Heigan the Unclean
Heigan the Unclean.png
Heigan the Unclean Gold.png
Set: Naxxramas
Type: Hero
Health: 30 (Normal)
45 (Heroic)
Artist: Ron Lemen

Heigan has rigged the very walls and floors of Naxxramas with traps that he can trigger at will.

Heigan the Unclean is a boss found in the Curse of Naxxramas adventure. He is the second boss of the adventure's second wing, the Plague Quarter.

Hero Power[edit | edit source]

Normal Heroic
Eruption(7846).png
Eruption(7847).png
Auto-cast

Special cards[edit | edit source]

Deathcharger(7762).png
Mindpocalypse(7848).png

Deck[edit | edit source]

Heigan the Unclean, full art

Note that the below classes are listed purely for reference, and have no effect on Heigan's use of the cards in the encounter.

Normal and Heroic[edit | edit source]

Class Card Quantity
Boss Deathcharger 2
Mindpocalypse 2
Warlock Blood Imp 2
Flame Imp 2
Soulfire 2
Voidwalker 2
Demonfire 2
Felguard 2
Voidcaller 4
Bane of Doom 2
Doomguard 2
Dread Infernal 2
Neutral Acidic Swamp Ooze 2
Faceless Manipulator 2

Starting board[edit | edit source]

In Heroic mode Heigan starts the game with a Voidcaller on the board.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Normal and Heroic tactics work out to be roughly the same. Heigan's Eruption has no effect when your side has no minions, so creature-light decks, such as Freeze Mage, work especially well. However, decks that have resurrection-on-death minions, such as Nerubian Egg, Haunted Creeper, and Harvest Golem, do just fine. The health-gaining effects of Stoneskin Gargoyle, Questing Adventurer, Gruul, and Ethereal Arcanist make them into effective meat shields until a friend can step into the way of the fire.

Try to be ready for minions that are one cast away from appearing on the field. The Voidcaller trigger frequently replaces a 3/4 with a larger threat, and Doomguard will charge across with no warning as early as the fifth turn. Doomsayer deals with Voidcallers quite well, since he will pop them at the beginning of your turn, when you have the most mana. Taunts and armor can take care of the rest.

Moreover, if you play as Warlock against Heigan, since he typically runs a deck full of demons, Sacrificial Pact is excellent as it not only removes an early threat but also restores your health. Warlock is one of the only two classes capable of removing the initial Voidcaller in Heroic Mode before your turn 2, by means of either Sacrificial Pact, Corruption or Soulfire. Druid is the other, using Naturalize. A warlock deck with plenty of directly damaging spells and removal such as the above and Shadow Bolt, Drain Life, Siphon Soul, Demonfire etc., as well as resilient Taunts, resurrecting minions and health-gaining or health-restoring minions will defeat him easily even in Heroic Mode given a decent opening hand.

With the Grand Tournament expansion, this battle can be pretty easy if you place Dreadsteed in the left-most position, because Eruption will be unable to kill it and thus protect the rest of your minions from the damage.

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Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Encounter[edit | edit source]

Heigan the Unclean in World of Warcraft

Before match

Kel'Thuzad
Heigan sent me a message telling me that he promises not to kill you if you don't play any cards against him.

Introduction

Heigan the Unclean
You think you're safe here?

Emote Response

Heigan the Unclean
I don't have time for this nonsense.

Hero Power

Heigan the Unclean
Dance, fools!

Mindpocalypse

Heigan the Unclean
I will blow your MIND!

Death

Heigan the Unclean
I should have taken a shower.
Kel'Thuzad
I am seething with anger. SEETHING.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Heigan the Unclean was the mastermind behind the magic of the cauldrons that quickly spread the undead plague through Lordaeron, corrupting not just the humans, but the flora and fauna in the area as well. The entire wilderness surrounding Lordaeron is now referred to as “the Plaguelands”—thanks in no small part to Heigan’s handiwork.[1]

In World of Warcraft[edit | edit source]

Heigan the Unclean was a raid boss in the World of Warcraft Naxxramas raid. The infamous "dance boss", mastering the fight against Heigan required learning the steps to his diabolical dance, with movement and position key to defeating him. Extensive player-made tutorials were created to illustrate the phases and rhythm of the encounter.

"Observe, Heigan the Unclean. The mastermind behind the plague cauldrons that turned the wilderness of Azeroth into the Plaguelands. It is said that Heigan has rigged the very walls and floors of Naxxramas itself with a vast array of traps, which he can trigger at will."
Commander Eligor Dawnbringer

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Heigan the Unclean in the Curse of Naxxramas promotional art
  • Kel'thuzad's "SEETHING" is a reference to Heigan's quote "I see everything" in World of Warcraft.
  • Heigan was the first Curse of Naxxramas boss to be announced in detail, featuring in the initial announcement blog.
  • Senior UI Designer Derek Sakamoto shared the following unused flavor text for Heigan:
"Heigan the Unclean: The nefarious deeds of his youth earned him his title, which was bestowed upon him by his mother."[2]

Artist[edit | edit source]

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Patch changes[edit | edit source]

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