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Ice Barrier
Regular
Ice Barrier(672).png
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Gold
Ice Barrier(672) Gold.png
Set: Classic
Type: Spell
Class: Mage
Rarity: Common
Cost: 3
Abilities: Gain Armor, Secret
Tags: Combat-related, Triggered effect
Artist: Alex Garner

Secret: When your hero is attacked, gain 8 Armor.

This is Rank 1. Rank 2 is Chocolate Milk Barrier.

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Ice Barrier is a common mage spell card, from the Classic set.

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How to getEdit

Ice Barrier can be obtained through Classic card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Ice Barrier 40 5
Golden Ice Barrier 400 50

NotesEdit

  • Ice Barrier takes effect in the same step of the attack sequence as the Forgetful effect, as well as most other Secrets. Therefore, all such effects occur in order of play.
  • The effect will still add Armor even if the attacker is redirected or is otherwise neutralized before completing combat.[1][2]
  • This Secret is only triggered when physically attacked by another character. This includes minions and the enemy hero.
  • Damaging spells and abilities, and damaging effects from card text or Battlecries on cards such as Knife Juggler, will not trigger the Secret.

StrategyEdit

Ice Barrier is a useful card if you want to stall out the game to play strong minions later on in a control-type mage deck. It is a staple card in Freeze Mage.

Mad Scientist is a useful Wild format minion in a deck with Ice Barrier and other Secrets so that you can more reliably get Ice Barrier into play.

LoreEdit

Ice Barrier is a mage spell which creates a protective barrier around the mage, absorbing damage and preventing pushback from damaging attacks while it holds. It was a staple defensive spell for Frost mages before being made into a class-wide talent with Mists of Pandaria. Unlike Hearthstone's version, the spell is not triggered by an attack, but can be cast on cooldown, and is generally kept active as much of the time as possible when in combat.

TriviaEdit

GalleryEdit

 
Ice Barrier, full art

Patch changesEdit

  •   Patch 5.2.0.13714 (2016-07-14) (approximate): Trigger timing changed to "proposed attack" event, causing it to activate in order of play related to other secrets like Misdirection, rather than always afterward.
  •   Patch 2.0.0.7234 (2014-12-04): Phrasing changed from "As soon as your hero is attacked, gain 8 Armor." to "When your hero is attacked, gain 8 Armor."

ReferencesEdit

  1. 异邦儿 (2016-07-14). Ice Barrier vs Misdirection I
  2. 异邦儿 (2016-07-14). Ice Barrier vs Misdirection II