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Does something after you use your Hero Power.

Inspire is a special kind of triggered effect which activates each time the controlling hero uses their Hero Power. It was created for, and remains closely associated with, The Grand Tournament expansion card set.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Inspire effects take effect after the effect of the triggering Hero Power, which can be strategically important.[1]
Example: Using Reinforce while controlling a Murloc Knight will result in a Silver Hand Recruit being summoned before the Murloc Knight's Inspire effect is activated:[2] thus, if you already had 6 minions in play, the Silver Hand Recruit will prevent Murloc Knight from summoning a Murloc due to the board having become full.
Example: If you control Thunder Bluff Valiant and use Totemic Call, the newly-summoned Totem will be buffed by Thunder Bluff Valiant's Inspire effect.
  • An Inspire minion put into the battlefield by other Inspire effects will not have its effects triggered by the original Hero Power usage, since all eligible Inspire effects have already been queued for activation before the new minion enters play.[3][2]
  • An Inspire minion put into the battlefield by a Hero Power which summons minions (e.g., the Tavern Brawl Hero Power Pile On!!!) will have its effects triggered by that same Hero Power usage, since the new minion enters play before eligible Inspire effects are queued for activation.
  • If the consequences of using a Hero Power kills a hero, it is not possible for a triggered Inspire effect to save them.[4]
Example: If a 2-Health warlock with a Tournament Medic on board uses Life Tap, they will die.
  • Minions in play with Inspire effects are denoted by a small blue flag icon on the bottom of their portraits.
  • Similarly to Inspire effects, Poisoned Blade and Dart Trap are triggered effects that trigger when a Hero Power is used, after the effect of the triggering Hero Power. However, while all Inspire effects belong to minions, Poisoned Blade is a weapon a Dart Trap is a Secret (it also triggers when the opponent's Hero Power is used, not the controlling player's).

Cards[edit | edit source]

Collectible[edit | edit source]

Wild format

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Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Brave Archer Common Minion General Hunter 1 2 1
Inspire: If your hand is empty, deal 2 damage to the enemy hero. This is a "bearly" concealed reference.
Lowly Squire Common Minion General Any 1 1 2
Inspire: Gain +1 Attack. But not the lowliest!
Boneguard Lieutenant Common Minion General Any 2 3 2
Inspire: Gain +1 Health. Underneath all that impressive armor, he's just skin and bones. Okay, maybe just bones.
Dragonhawk Rider Common Minion General Any 3 3 3
Inspire: Gain Windfury this turn. Check it out. You can do barrel rolls on this thing.
Orgrimmar Aspirant Common Minion General Warrior 3 3 3
Inspire: Give your weapon +1 Attack. "Four out of three orcs struggle with math." - Angry Zurge
Silver Hand Regent Common Minion General Any 3 3 3
Inspire: Summon a 1/1 Silver Hand Recruit. The Silver Hand is the best paladin organization. The Argent Crusaders are super jealous.
Dalaran Aspirant Common Minion General Mage 4 3 5
Inspire: Gain Spell Damage +1Is he aspiring or inspiring? Make up your mind!
Murloc Knight Common Minion Murloc Paladin 4 3 4
Inspire: Summon a random Murloc. Hee hee! Look at his cute little feet.
Tournament Medic Common Minion General Any 4 1 8
Inspire: Restore 2 Health to your hero. The medic tournament is less entertaining than the Grand Tournament.
Kvaldir Raider Common Minion General Any 5 4 4
Inspire: Gain +2/+2. Coming soon... to a tuskarr village near you!
Mukla's Champion Common Minion Beast Any 5 4 3
Inspire: Give your other minions +1/+1. An elegant gorilla, for a more civilized age.
Argent Watchman Rare Minion General Any 2 2 4
Can't attack. Inspire: Can attack as normal this turn. Who argent watches the Argent Watchman?
Coliseum Manager Rare Minion General Any 3 2 5
Inspire: Return this minion to your hand. Meets monthly with the gladiators to discuss career goals.
Savage Combatant Rare Minion Beast Druid 4 5 4
Inspire: Give your hero +2 Attack this turn. Maybe if you whistle a tune it will soothe him. Yeah... Try that.
Spawn of Shadows Rare Minion General Priest 4 5 4
Inspire: Deal 4 damage to each hero. What did you expect to happen? He's a Spawn. Of Shadows.
Thunder Bluff Valiant Rare Minion General Shaman 5 3 6
Inspire: Give your Totems +2 Attack. Allowing totems to attack is not cheating. I mean, there isn't anything in the rule books about it.
Void Crusher Rare Minion Demon Warlock 6 5 4
Inspire: Destroy a random minion for each player. We like to call him "Wesley".
Recruiter Epic Minion General Any 5 5 4
Inspire: Add a 2/2 Squire to your hand. Join the Argent Crusade! We have attractive tabards and you get to carry really nice swords!
Kodorider Epic Minion General Any 6 3 5
Inspire: Summon a 3/5 War Kodo. Someone called her a Rhinorider, and she's NOT HAPPY.
Nexus-Champion Saraad Legendary Minion General Any 5 4 5
Inspire: Add a random spell to your hand. The ethereals have their own jousting tournament, and Saraad is the reigning champion. Also he won the ethereal hot dog eating contest.
Confessor Paletress Legendary Minion General Priest 7 5 4
Inspire: Summon a random Legendary minion. She sees into your past and makes you face your fears. Most common fear: Getting Majordomo out of Sneed's Old Shredder.
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Argent Watchman(22298).png
Boneguard Lieutenant(22352).png
Coliseum Manager(22291).png
Dragonhawk Rider(22369).png
Orgrimmar Aspirant(22395).png
Silver Hand Regent(22275).png
Dalaran Aspirant(22359).png
Murloc Knight(22362).png
Savage Combatant(22293).png
Spawn of Shadows(22357).png
Tournament Medic(22290).png
Kvaldir Raider(22355).png
Mukla's Champion(22318).png
Nexus-Champion Saraad(22264).png
Thunder Bluff Valiant(22271).png
Void Crusher(22387).png
Confessor Paletress(22368).png

Uncollectible[edit | edit source]

Wild format

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Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Transfer Student Epic Minion General Any 2 2 2
Inspire: Draw a card. 
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Sources of Inspire[edit | edit source]

Inspire-generating cards[edit | edit source]

This section lists cards which generate cards that have the ability to Inspire.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Transfer Student Epic Minion General Any 2 2 2
This has different effects based on which game board you're on. Oh, the places you'll go! There is so much to fight! There are boards to be explored. There are dreams to take flight.
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Cards with the Inspire mechanic[edit | edit source]

Even though these cards don't possess the keyword, they behave exactly the same as Inspire cards.

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Lore[edit | edit source]

"The courageous deeds of champions have long served as a source of inner strength for others, and witnessing a hero’s gallantry in action can be enough to inspire even the lowliest of squires to great feats of strength."[5]

Conceptually, Inspire effects are meant to reflect the minion being inspired to "great victory" by the heroism of the controlling player.[5] Inspire summon effects are described as "[attracting] additional allies to your cause".[5]

Development[edit | edit source]

Inspire was the design concept that "started the whole development of The Grand Tournament." Even before the developers knew what they wanted the theme or setting for the expansion to be, they knew that they wanted it to feature the Inspire mechanic. The developers plan and design substantially in advance, and therefore whenever they came up with a card that had such an effect, they set it aside for use in a Hero Power-themed set at some point in the future.[6] Steamwheedle Sniper was in the minds' of the developers as they were searching for a new mechanic for the expansion. The developers had previously prototyped "activated powers" - alternate abilities minions could effect instead of attacking. However, they had been unable to reach a satisfactory design. Inspire provided a way to do something similar, by granting an additional activated effect that belonged to the minion and yet that the player could directly choose when to enact.[6]

Inspire was initially represented by the text "Whenever you use your Hero Power do X". The developers felt that replacing it with a new keyword would both save space on cards and also highlight the new mechanic as a key feature of the new expansion. They also felt that the game had been around long enough that it was acceptable to introduce a new keyword.[6]

Alternate names for Inspire during development include 'Empower', 'Heroism', 'On Hero Power' and 'Hero Powered'.[7]

Inspire cards were intentionally made weak. The team ultimately weren't sold on the gameplay of Inspire by the time The Grand Tournament entered development. Since they had no time to redesign the mechanic and couldn't scrap the expansion's core theme, they felt safer lowering the power level of the cards.[8]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Inspire is the first keyword to relate to Hero Powers.
  • Inspire was the first new full keyword added to the game. The only other keyword added before it was Mega-Windfury, which was only seen on V-07-TR-0N.
  • Showcase matches streamed just before the expansion's release featured a golden version of the Inspire icon, due to using an old build.[9]
  • Rogue is the only class not to have any class specific Inspire minions. This has been jokingly ascribed by developers to equipping a knife not being especially "inspiring".
  • Descent of Dragons eventually reused Inspire's concept, with the hunter cards Phase Stalker and Dragonbane also being triggered by using your Hero Power, though they are worded with a more generic "After you use your Hero Power" instead.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Whirthun on Twitter. (2015-07-23). 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Murloc Knight Dream. (2015-08-26). 
  3. Double Confessor Paletress!. (2016-09-22). 
  4. Whirthun on Twitter. (2015-08-10). 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Grand Tournament: Get Inspired. (2015-07-30). 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 #100 - The Angry Chicken: “May the Chicken be with You” - Ben Brode (2015-09-01)
  7. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-07-27). 
  8. Dean Ayala on Twitter. (2021-01-13). 
  9. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-07-24).