List of Powercreeped Cards

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This is a list about cards which are powercreeps, or cards which are effectively better than other cards in every way.

Some may believe that these cards listed do not constitute as powercreep, however, they will still be listed as such due to the lack of a better term for them. Powercreep may be defined differently from what is defined in this article, if any confusion is caused from the name, this article is listing all cards which are objectively better than other cards. A name change can be considered if anyone is still confused.

This article will list cards which have been powercreeped, and list below them the cards which are better than them.

Class cards are designed to be more powerful than neutral cards, however they will be listed. Cards from different classes will also be compared with each other. Only collectible cards will be listed.

This is a work-in-progress list, feel free to expand it.

A powercreep defined here would have to fulfill one or more of the following criteria when compared to another card:

  • It has exactly the same card text, and more attack or health
  • It has exactly the same card text, and costs less mana
  • It has exactly the same mana cost and stats, but has more beneficial card text
  • It has exactly the same mana cost and stats, but has less counteractive card text

For the sake of this article, the actions listed below are beneficial:

Any card needs to have the ability to always do one of the above for it to fulfill that criteria. Avenging Wrath will always deal damage to an enemy, but having a possibility to gain an effect listed above is always better than not having any effect or have effects listed below. Having the chances to be both good and bad effectively cancels out its effectiveness over cards with the same stats, cost and no card text at all.

Listed below are counteractive, or negative effects:

Listed below are ignored:

  • Having Tribes, such as Murloc Tinyfin and Deathwing
  • Being of a high rarity, such as Legendaries and Epics
  • Belonging to different classes
  • Being an only wild format card

Onto the main part of this article, the list.

Silverback Patriarch

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This is likely the first card people think about when they hear the word powercreep, this card is powercreeped so many times even cards which powercreep this card are getting powercreeped. This card even has its own article talking about the list of cards which powercreep it. Find it here. This, however, will not be the card with the most powercreeps.

Squirming Tentacle

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This is the powercreep which was power creeped, still better than Silverback Patriarch though.

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Magma Rager

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This card is known for being one of the worst cards in hearthstone, however, unlike Silverback Patriarch, Magma Rager is not powercreeped that often. The one upside Magma Rager does get is that it is in Standard Format and will be forever in Standard.

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Murloc Raider

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Everyone has used this card a couple of times, at least in the tutorial. The list of cards which are powercreeped here is quite long, even longer than the one for Silverback Patriarch:

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Raptor Hatchling(55502).png
Acherus Veteran(62948).png
Swamp Leech(89477).png
Wartbringer(90293).png
Acornbearer(90589).png
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Am'gam Rager

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The less known Rager in the family of Ragers, this one somehow becomes even worse than the original Magma Rager. This is the list:

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Crypt Lord(62860).png
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Upgradeable Framebot(89801).png
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River Crocolisk and Arcane Servant

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This is another underwhelming basic card, and is in fact not bad in arena, unfortunately too many cards compete with it.

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Injured Tol'vir(90805).png
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War Golem

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This is another example of the basic set being to simple; ironically it's outclassed even among Basic set.

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Faceless Behemoth

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This card is basically the amplified version of War Golem.

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Bloodfen Raptor and Puddlestomper

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Bloodfen Raptor was good enough that Blizzard printed what is effectively the same card, but definitely not good enough for the following, at least Fishflinger and Wild Pyromancer technically doesn't powercreep the two.

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Pompous Thespian(42034).png
Trogg Beastrager(49660).png
Crackling Razormaw(55500).png
Lab Recruiter(89823).png
Spellbook Binder(90662).png
Arcane Flakmage(90743).png
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Booty Bay Bodyguard

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This is straight up powercreep by design for being too weak.

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Lost Tallstrider

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This card is very similar to Booty Bay Bodyguard, but it has many more cards which powercreep it.

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Argent Squire

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This is in fact a very popular card used in Odd Rogue, Quest Hunter, Odd Paladin, but it still manages to be beaten by this one card.

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Fossilized Devilsaur

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This might be a more straightforward chain of powercreeps than Silverback Patriarch.

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Spider Tank and Nightmare Amalgam

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This is another case of being too simple, and Fierce Monkey is on top again. Although Nightmare Amalgam has way more tribes than Spider Tank, it is more vulnerable to Hungry Crab, Golakka Crawler, Dragonslayer, Hemet Nesingwary, etc.


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Kobold Geomancer

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There were many similar cards which were better than Kobold Geomancer, but only one was a powercreep.

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Dalaran Mage

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Having 1 Attack really kills its viability.

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Evolved Kobold

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Even after evolving, Evolved Kobold did not escape the fate of being powercreeped.

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Pit Fighter

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At least this is still a good pick in the Arena.

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Captured Jormungar

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It wasn't really that good to begin with.

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Blowgill Sniper

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Both of these cards are as unremarkable as it can get, but one is still better than the other.

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Stegodon

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Stegodon is the minion one would know as "the thing that's summoned from Spikeridged Steed." Being powercreeped the expansion it is released.

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Sen'jin Shieldmasta

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Everyone should remember this guy from their Hearthstone beginning; yeah it's powercreeped, but it is still a very good budget option.

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Fen Creeper

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Fen Creeper was outdone by Sen'jin Shieldmasta in usefulness, as he does the same job better for 1 mana less.

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Toxicologist

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This card was powercreeped when released.

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Frostwolf Grunt

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There was no good reason for Blizzard to release a card like this.

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Ironfur Grizzly

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Another card for Fierce Monkey to shine!

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Goldshire Footman

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Some Control Warlocks are actually willing to play Wax Elemental and Goldshire Footman rather than a small demon because of Bloodreaver Gul'dan although what this might show.

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Stranglethorn Tiger

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The beasts of Stranglethorn Vale aren't as much "strangle" as they are "thorn".

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Deadscale Knight

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Very insignificant.

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Duskboar

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This is a smaller Magma Rager, but better.

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Dire Mole

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This is comparable to Enchanted Raven, but neutral. Even then, Dire Mole was still used frequently, which goes to show how good the 1-mana 1/3 statline is.

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Salty Dog

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Pirate decks would take a pirate, even if it was powercreeped.

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Chillwind Yeti

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Basic cards just have to be powercreeped, no matter how good they are.

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Silvermoon Guardian

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Once the only 4-drop with Divine Shield is now powercreeped; it looks like guardians were not enough for Alliance.

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Twisted Worgen

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This abomination was powercreeped the expansion it's released.

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Upgradeable Framebot

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At least Upgradeable Framebot powercreeps Am'gam Rager.

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Spring Rocket

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There are a number of players in Wild who heavily rely on C'Thun to have any chance of winning. If you are one of these players, you're better off using this card...

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Fearsome Doomguard

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Rather weak for its cost, it has been overshadowed by many new cards, just like other cards of its generation.

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Bog Creeper

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It feels as though Rafaam was intentionally designed to be overpowered. At least Bog Creeper powercreeps Fearsome Doomguard.

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Murloc Tidehunter

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With the release of Whispers of the Old Gods, what was once a trivial Basic minion is now slightly more powerful.

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Desert Hare

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Microtech Controller was already decent for token decks, so Blizzard decided to print a statically worse version of it for the next Standard year.

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Lord of the Arena

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Every vanilla or single keyword basic card is sooner or later doomed to powercreep.

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Boulderfist Ogre

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Even the king of vanilla minions is not immune.

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Grotesque Dragonhawk

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This card never got its 5 minutes. Even on the arena it was a semi-optimal pick.

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Serpent Egg

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Powercreeped as soon as it existed. Guess Nerubian Egg was a little too good.

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Archmage

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Unfortunately, Archmage was never ready for this.

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Kobold Barbarian

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50% of the time, Ogre Brute hits the wrong thing all the time. Why not have a minion that 100% of the time hits the wrong thing most the time?

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Shrinkmeister

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Why shrink (lower the Attack of) one minion when you can shrink them all?

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Arcane Explosion

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Finally this basic card, known from tutorial has been powercreeped.

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Darkbomb

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This actually does not affect the game at all, Darkbomb is for Warlock and that is what makes it special.

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Mortal Strike

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Blizzard might have nerfed this card too much to the point where it is worse than a basic card.

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Arcane Shot and Holy Smite

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Blizzard printed many more cheap spells, and they were never the best.

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Holy Light

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This card might have been played if it was a priest card.

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Wild Growth

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Once one of the best ramp cards in Hearthstone somehow got powercreeped after a nerf. You can get a Excess Mana by playing this after turn 10, though.

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Shatter

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Blizzard thought that Shatter would be too weak, so they printed it again.

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Convert

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Convert fits thematically, and that's why it got reprinted with different card art.

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Drain Soul

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Draining a soul ain't gonna change much if it's not repentant.

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Radiance

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Another card that was powercreeped when released. While a good choice in Standard Heal Decks, it's hopelessly outclassed in Wild.

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Hunter's Mark

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There once was a time when Hunter's Mark was 0 mana. On the plus side, it's still an okay removal card.

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Fiery War Axe

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Once one of the best weapons in the game, after the nerf, many weapons became better.

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