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Kael'thas Sunstrider

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Kael'thas Sunstrider
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Set: Ashes of Outland
Type: Minion
Rarity: Legendary
Cost: 7
Attack: 4
Health: 7
Abilities: Modify cost, Set attribute
Tags: Spell-related, Triggered effect
Artist: James Ryman
Voice actor: Quinton Flynn

Every third spell you cast each turn costs (1).

Descent of Dragons was merely a set back!

See this card on Hearthpwn

For other appearances of Kael'thas Sunstrider, see Kael'thas Sunstrider (disambiguation).

Kael'thas Sunstrider is a legendary neutral minion card, from the Ashes of Outland set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Regular Kael'thas Sunstrider was automatically given to each player the first time they logged into Hearthstone from March 17 to June 29, 2020.[1]

Golden Kael'thas Sunstrider is earned by completing the Trial by Felfire Challenge missions.[2]

Both regular and golden Kael'thas Sunstrider are uncraftable (cannot be crafted or disenchanted).

With Patch 18.2, Kael'thas Sunstrider became available to be granted for free again. Players must own an Ashes of Outland card pack and go to the Open Packs menu to claim their free non-golden copy of Kael'thas.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Kael'thas will count cards whether he's in play or not. If the next spell you cast in a turn can be discounted with Kael'thas Sunstrider's ability and Kael'thas is playable, he will have a yellow border to signify his effect is active. However, if you cast exactly three spells before summoning Kael'thas, after playing him you won't be able to use his effect to cast a free spell. For example, if you use two Lightning Bloom and The Coin to summon Kael'thas on turn 3, you won't be able to cast a Survival of the Fittest for 1 mana.
  • The effect triggers for every third spell cast, with no limit on the number of times it can trigger each turn. This means that the third, sixth, ninth, twelfth,... spell you play each turn cost (1).

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Kael'thas works best in Combo decks as a way to cycle through cards extremely quickly or enable large amounts of burst damage. When building a deck around Kael, you need to mix plenty of low mana spells with high cost ones, giving you ways to trigger Kael's effect reliably. Zero mana spells like Regenerate, Pounce, and Counterfeit Coin are highly effective at fulfilling Kael'thas' requirement.

Like most other Legendaries with Triggered effects, never expect Kael'thas to survive your opponent's turn. He is almost certainly a priority kill for your opponent, so it's best to make the most of his effect the turn he's summoned.

Most classes can take some advantage of Kael's effect.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Energy, power. My people are addicted to it!
Balamore shanal!
Merely a setback.

Lore[edit | edit source]

From Wowpedia:

Kael'thas Sunstrider was the Prince of Quel'Thalas, the last of the Sunstrider dynasty, as well as a senior member of the Kirin Tor. After the fall of Quel'Thalas, Kael'thas led what remained of his people, the sin'dorei, in the service of the Alliance. Striving to placate his people's addiction to magic, he later covertly allied with Illidan Stormrage, but betrayed him to the Burning Legion when its master, the demon lord Kil'jaeden, enticed Kael with the promise of salvation for the blood elves.
He was branded a traitor after his allegiance to the Legion was revealed, losing the support of Quel'Thalas. Defeated in the Tempest Keep, he would be brought back by his demon masters and return to Azeroth a shadow of his former self. Kael'thas' purpose was to summon Kil'jaeden through the Sunwell, but his plans were foiled by the Shattered Sun Offensive agents and the sacrifice of Anveena Teague. He was defeated by their forces in Magisters' Terrace.
His soul was confined to the plane of Revendreth within the Shadowlands for his misdeeds.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Kael'thas Sunstrider, full art
Kael'thas in Tempest Keep in World of Warcraft

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Blizzard Entertainment (2020-03-17). Hearthstone Updates – March 17 – Patch 16.6. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2020-03-17.