|Set:||Kobolds and Catacombs|
|Abilities:||Deathrattle, Shuffle into deck|
Always keeps enchantments. Deathrattle: Shuffle this into your deck.
But it has a soft spot for emperors.
How to get[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Kingsbane's "keeps enchantments" effect is not part of its Deathrattle, despite appearing as such, therefore the enchantments persist through non-destruction effects like that of Doomerang.
- Copies of Kingsbane created by effects such as Death's Shadow will not copy the enchantments from the original weapon.
- Ebon Dragonsmith's cost reduction effect will not persist through Kingsbane's Deathrattle.
- Enchantments with a set duration, such as Leeching Poison, will still wear off as normal.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Kingsbane is a high-value card for weapon-focused Rogue decks. At 3 Durability, it gets more value out of any weapon buffs like Deadly Poison than most other Rogue weapons, and its low cost makes it more convenient to use than other expensive Rogue weapons like Assassin's Blade. Its Attack is weak at the start, but after a few buffs the card more than pays for itself, and even more so when it's reused.
It has great synergy with Doomerang since it will retain your enchantments when it's returned to your hand.
You can use a Cavern Shinyfinder or Raiding Party to redraw your Kingsbane after it's been shuffled into your deck, allowing you to get continuous use out of it. You can make a deck with only a Kingsbane as your weapon to guarantee redrawing it.
You can prevent fatigue damage by equipping Kingsbane then use your Hero Power to destroy it to shuffle it into your deck, either with Dagger Mastery to destroy it every turn or Death's Shadow to shuffle in multiple copies of Kingsbane.
Beware if your opponent is using Kobold Stickyfinger, as one simple Battlecry can disarm your blade and give it and it's buffs to your opponent.
Lore[edit | edit source]
Kingsbane is an epic one-handed dagger that has a chance to drop from the 10-player version of Yogg-Saron in the Ulduar raid. The weapon's flavor text notes that "The blade carries with it a sense of deep sorrow." During the battle with Yogg-Saron, the Old God shows players visions of several key events, one of which is the assassination of King Llane Wrynn by the assassin Garona Halforcen. Yogg-Saron also drops another item by the name of Royal Seal of King Llane, whose flavor text notes that it is covered in blood that doesn't seem to wash away.
Due to these facts, Kingsbane was long speculated by players to have been the weapon Garona used to kill Llane. However, it was later revealed in World of Warcraft: Legion that Garona actually used a different pair of daggers, known as the Kingslayers, which are used as the artifact weapon for Assassination rogues in Legion (though the Kingslayers also grant the use of a spell known as Kingsbane).
Despite being named after Ulduar's Kingsbane, this card appears to instead be based on the appearance of the Kingslayers.
Fixed bugs[edit | edit source]
- If Prince Liam transformed a Kingsbane in a deck into a legendary minion, the transformed minion gained Kingsbane's enchantments due to retaining its "keeps enchantments" ability during the transformation, converting weapon-only spells like Deadly Poison and Leeching Poison into stat buffs and keywords for the minion. This bug was fixed in Patch 22.214.171.12469.
- In Patch 126.96.36.199222, Kingsbane would not reset its durability upon triggering its Deathrattle, resulting in the weapon having 0 durability when shuffled into the back and breaking upon being equipped. This was fixed in the next patch.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- One of the original concepts for the Rogue Legendary Weapon was being able to dual-wield two weapons somehow, though they couldn't make it work how they wanted.
- An early version of Kingsbane had "Battlecry: Discover a card, everything you draw is a copy of that". This effect was also tried out on a Warrior Weapon.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Patch changes[edit | edit source]
- Patch 188.8.131.52845 (2018-11-29): Text changed from "Deathrattle: Shuffle this into your deck. It keeps any enchantments." to "Always keeps enchantments. Deathrattle: Shuffle this into your deck."
- Patch 10.0.0.22611 (2017-12-06): Added.
References[edit | edit source]
- Disguised Toast on Youtube. (2017-12-10).
- IGN (2018-01-17). The Hearthstone Team on Designing Cubelock and Why They Like Big Priest. Retrieved on 2018-01-22.