Highlander

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"Highlander" (or "Singleton") is an unofficial term used to refer to a deck-defining minion ability that activates if the deck contains no duplicate cards. The ability debuted in The League of Explorers with Reno Jackson and has made subsequent appearances as headline mechanics in Mean Streets of Gadgetzan and Saviors of Uldum. All Highlander cards are Legendary.

The moniker comes from the movie Highlander line “There can be only one”. This deck type became Wild-only at the start of Year of the Raven, when the relevant cards rotated out of Standard. However, several new Highlander cards were added with the Saviors of Uldum expansion, which caused Highlander decks to make a comeback in Standard.

While no official keyword is used to denote the highlander effect on minion cards, precisely the same text is found on all associated cards: If your deck has no duplicates.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Highlander Battlecries check for your current deck state when played. It does not matter if you included duplicate cards when the deck was created, only that you've drawn the extra copy before playing the Highlander card.
    • Likewise, if duplicate cards have been shuffled into your deck during the game, the Highlander effect will be disabled until they are drawn.
    • Cards in your hand don't block Highlander battlecries, the duplicates need to be in your (undrawn) deck.
  • Highlander effects work when your deck is empty.
  • Highlander cards in your hand have a yellow border if their condition has been met.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • All Highlander cards have extremely powerful effects for their mana cost, which is balanced by the reduced consistency of the rest of your deck.
  • Although you can include duplicate cards for this effect, it's usually not recommended since it greatly reduces the consistency of your power play. However, you can counteract this by including draw cards that target the duplicates. For example, a deck with duplicate Secrets can drain those duplicates with cards like Subject 9.
  • Decks that can draw all of their cards fairly quickly (or decks that plan to go into fatigue) can include Highlander cards and play them once their deck is drained.
  • Highlander decks are vulnerable to effects that shuffle duplicate cards into the opponent's deck, such as Bad Luck Albatross and Beneath the Grounds. This disables the key cards' effects until these duplicates are drawn or destroyed.

Cards[edit | edit source]

This section lists cards with the Highlander effect.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Sir Finley of the Sands Legendary Minion Murloc Paladin 2 2 3
Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, Discover an upgraded Hero Power. "The sands shall be my sea! And this scarab shall be my, er, strange and wriggly boat!"
Zephrys the Great Legendary Minion Elemental Any 2 3 2
Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, wish for the perfect card. "Of course it's perfect, you're just not seeing how to use it."
Elise the Enlightened Legendary Minion General Druid 5 5 5
Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, duplicate your hand. From cartographer to combatant, Elise has taken the road less traveled—because no one else could find it on a map.
Reno the Relicologist Legendary Minion General Mage 6 4 6
Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, deal 10 damage randomly split among all enemy minions. All his life, Reno Jackson was only a gatling wand away from becoming the greatest and most terrifying mage who ever existed.
Dinotamer Brann Legendary Minion General Hunter 7 2 4
Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, summon King Krush. Brann's new dino-taming hobby is going well—his pet can already make him sit, stand, and roll over!
Dragonqueen Alexstrasza Legendary Minion Dragon Any 9 8 8
Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, add 2 other random Dragons to your hand. They cost (0). Givin' lives and takin' names.
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Wild format

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Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Kazakus Legendary Minion General 4 3 3
Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, create a custom spell. The mysterious leader of the Kabal is NOT a dragon, and does NOT deal in illegal potions. Any public statements to the contrary will be met with litigation and Dragonfire Potions.
Raza the Chained Legendary Minion General Priest 5 5 5
Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, your Hero Power costs (0) this game. "Could you do me a favor and get the keys from Kazakus?"
Reno Jackson Legendary Minion General Any 6 4 6
Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, fully heal your hero. Reno is a four-time winner of the 'Best Accessorized Explorer' award.
Inkmaster Solia Legendary Minion General Mage 7 5 5
Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, the next spell you cast this turn costs (0). Solia marks the Kabal with intricate tattoos that grant immense power. Also it makes it harder for other gangs to recruit from their numbers. BACK OFF, GOONS.
Krul the Unshackled Legendary Minion Demon Warlock 9 7 9
Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, summon all Demons from your hand. Spicklefizz pondered his life choices as he looked at the chain around his neck. "Become a warlock," they said. "You get to enslave demons," they said.
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