Keening Banshee

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Keening Banshee
Keening Banshee(62954).png
Keening Banshee(62954) Gold.png
Set: Knights of the Frozen Throne
Type: Minion
Rarity: Rare
Cost: 4
Attack: 5
Health: 5
Abilities: Remove from deck
Tags: Triggered effect
Artist: Jesper Ejsing

Whenever you play a card, remove the top 3 cards of your deck.

"What are your strengths?" the interviewer asked. "Well," she replied, "I'm really good at keening."

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Keening Banshee is a rare neutral minion card, from the Knights of the Frozen Throne set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Keening Banshee can be obtained through Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward. Golden Keening Banshee can also be obtained through the Highest Rank Bonus chest at the end of each Ranked season.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Keening Banshee 100 20
Golden Keening Banshee 800 100

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Keening Banshee is a 4 mana 5/5, which is a 1 attack upgrade compared to the baseline 4-mana card, Chillwind Yeti. As a tradeoff for the above-average stats, it has a drawback similar to Fel Reaver, but with the trigger reversed, causing it to remove 3 cards from your deck whenever you play a card. This can force the player to either play few high-cost cards, or play little to no cards at all in most decks to prevent losing game-winning cards, as well as prevent losing in Fatigue. Due to this, it should be played in a deck that aims to kill the opponent early in the game, where the player shouldn't have to worry about entering Fatigue.

Keening Banshee is a decent card in arena due to it's above-average stats, and the fact that arena matches very rarely enter fatigue. When played on-curve in arena, it's unlikely the opponent will be able to remove it easily.

If playing Keening Banshee, it should typically be the last card played at the end of your turn, or you will unnecessarily discard extra cards.

One way to bypass the drawback is to silence the effect, although there are generally better silence targets in a deck aiming to utilize the mechanic, such as Ancient Watcher and Humongous Razorleaf.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
You brought me back?
Attack
If I must.

Lore[edit | edit source]

From Wowpedia:

Banshees are incorporeal undead elf women, known for their unholy screams and the unsettling ability to possess the bodies of their enemies. Highborne and night elf banshees have existed since the time of the War of the Ancients, but many were also created when the Scourge invaded Quel'Thalas and slaughtered the majority of the kingdom's high elf inhabitants during the Third War. Many banshees now serve the ruler of the Forsaken, the "Banshee Queen" Sylvanas Windrunner.
The male counterpart of the banshee is the spectre.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Keening Banshee, full art
A banshee in World of Warcraft.

Patch changes[edit | edit source]