Maelstrom Portal

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Maelstrom Portal
Maelstrom Portal(42045).png
Maelstrom Portal(42045) Gold.png
Set: One Night in Karazhan
Type: Spell
Class: Shaman
Rarity: Rare
Cost: 2
Abilities: Deal damage, Summon
Tags: Area of effect, Cost-related, Random
Artist: Daria Tuzova

Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions. Summon a random 1-Cost minion.

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Maelstrom Portal is a rare shaman spell card, from the One Night in Karazhan set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Two copies of regular Maelstrom Portal are obtained by completing the shaman Class Challenge in One Night in Karazhan, unlocked upon completing first wing, The Parlor.

As a Wild format card, both regular and golden versions of Maelstrom Portal can also be crafted for the following amounts:

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Maelstrom Portal 100 20
Golden Maelstrom Portal 800 100

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This spell has two steps:
    • First, it deals its area of effect damage to all enemy minions, queuing and resolving triggers in order of play (see damage for details);
    • Then, it summons a random 1-Cost minion, queuing and resolving triggers.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

A superior version of the mage's Arcane Explosion. The boardwide damage effect is even better on a Shaman, as they have easier access (albeit mostly random) to Spell Damage bonuses via the Wrath of Air Totem. The additional 1-cost minion is also a big nuisance for enemies.

Maelstrom Portal is a great early-game play and stifles aggressive enemies, but with Spell Damage it can create a huge tempo swing late-game as well. Against pure control decks, it can be used at will simply to summon a minion.

Possible summons[edit | edit source]

The following table lists all collectible 1 mana minions, reflecting the range of possible minions summoned by this spell.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Elven Archer Free Minion General Any 1 1 1
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage. Don't bother asking her out on a date. She'll shoot you down.
Goldshire Footman Free Minion General Any 1 1 2
Taunt If 1/2 minions are all that is defending Goldshire, you would think it would have been overrun years ago.
Grimscale Oracle Free Minion Murloc Any 1 1 1
Your other Murlocs have +1 Attack. These are the brainy murlocs. It turns out that doesn’t mean much.
Murloc Raider Free Minion Murloc Any 1 2 1
Mrrraggglhlhghghlgh, mrgaaag blarrghlgaahahl mrgggg glhalhah a bghhll graggmgmg Garrosh mglhlhlh mrghlhlhl!!
Northshire Cleric Free Minion General Priest 1 1 3
Whenever a minion is healed, draw a card. They help the downtrodden and distressed. Also they sell cookies.
Stonetusk Boar Free Minion Beast Any 1 1 1
Charge This card is boaring.
Timber Wolf Free Minion Beast Hunter 1 1 1
Your other Beasts have +1 Attack. Other beasts totally dig hanging out with timber wolves.
Voidwalker Free Minion Demon Warlock 1 1 3
Taunt No relation to "The Voidsteppers", the popular Void-based dance troupe.
Voodoo Doctor Free Minion General Any 1 2 1
Battlecry: Restore 2 Health. Voodoo is an oft-misunderstood art. But it is art.
Abusive Sergeant Common Minion General Any 1 1 1
Battlecry: Give a minion +2 Attack this turn. ADD ME TO YOUR DECK, MAGGOT!
Acherus Veteran Common Minion General Any 1 2 1
Battlecry: Give a friendly minion +1 Attack. This is my Runeblade. There are many like it but this one is mine.
Acornbearer Common Minion General Druid 1 2 1
Deathrattle: Add two 1/1 Squirrels to your hand. You'd be nuts to mess with the squirrel squad.
Air Elemental Common Minion Elemental Shaman 1 2 1
Can't be targeted by spells or Hero Powers. Makes a mean puff pastry.
Alleycat Common Minion Beast Hunter 1 1 1
Battlecry: Summon a 1/1 Cat. To be a cool cat in Gadgetzan, you gotta have bling.
Animated Berserker Common Minion General Warrior 1 1 3
After you play a minion, deal 1 damage to it. He'd be a lot easier to animate if he would just stand still.
Arcane Anomaly Common Minion Elemental Any 1 2 1
Whenever you cast a spell, give this minion +1 Health. He used to get work as a Spatial Anomaly, but he got tired of having his polarity reversed.
Arcane Artificer Common Minion Elemental Mage 1 1 2
Whenever you cast a spell, gain Armor equal to its Cost. Ethereal armor dissipates in 6 hours which can cause extreme awkwardness for first time buyers.
Argent Squire Common Minion General Any 1 1 1
Divine Shield "I solemnly swear to uphold the Light, purge the world of darkness, and to eat only burritos." - The Argent Dawn Oath
Bladed Cultist Common Minion General Rogue 1 1 2
Combo: Gain +1/+1. He has a poor understanding of the law of diminishing returns.
Blood Imp Common Minion Demon Warlock 1 0 1
Stealth. At the end of your turn, give another random friendly minion +1 Health. Imps are content to hide and viciously taunt everyone nearby.
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.
Buccaneer Common Minion Pirate Rogue 1 2 1
Whenever you equip a weapon, give it +1 Attack. The best part of buccaneering is the pants.
Cloakscale Chemist Common Minion General Any 1 1 2
Stealth
Divine Shield Her suit was fitted using a scale model.
Clockwork Gnome Common Minion Mech Any 1 2 1
Deathrattle: Add a Spare Part card to your hand. Clockwork gnomes are always asking what time it is.
Cogmaster Common Minion General Any 1 1 2
Has +2 Attack while you have a Mech. After a while, you don't see the cogs and sprockets. All you see is a robot, a spider tank, a deathray...
Daring Fire-Eater Common Minion General Mage 1 1 1
Battlecry: Your next Hero Power this turn deals 2 more damage. A few hours later he DESTROYED the arena bathrooms.
Deadscale Knight Common Minion Murloc Any 1 1 1
Lifesteal His favorite spell is Chum Explosion.
Dire Mole Common Minion Beast Any 1 1 3
You especially don't want to make a dire mountain out of a dire mole hill.
Dust Devil Common Minion Elemental Shaman 1 3 1
Windfury. Overload: (2) Westfall is full of dust devils. And buzzards. And crazed golems. And pirates. Why does anyone live here?
Emerald Reaver Common Minion Beast Any 1 2 1
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to each hero. Not to be confused with clubbing enthusiast Emerald Raver.
Enchanted Raven Common Minion Beast Druid 1 2 2
Once upon a midnight restive, Medivh pondered, feeling festive!
Eternium Rover Common Minion Mech Warrior 1 1 3
Whenever this minion takes damage, gain 2 Armor. He's all beeps and smiles but you're just a walking pile of armor to him.
Faithful Lumi Common Minion Mech Any 1 1 1
Battlecry: Give a friendly Mech +1/+1. They're a little light-headed.
Fiery Bat Common Minion Beast Hunter 1 2 1
Deathrattle: Deal 1 damage to a random enemy. He'll always be our first.
Fire Fly Common Minion Elemental Any 1 1 2
Battlecry: Add a 1/2 Elemental to your hand. Arch nemeses: small children with glass jars.
Flame Imp Common Minion Demon Warlock 1 3 2
Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to your hero. Imps like being on fire. They just do.
Gadgetzan Jouster Common Minion General Any 1 1 2
Battlecry: Reveal a minion in each deck. If yours costs more, gain +1/+1. It's not HER fault you didn't put a spinning saw blade on your horse.
Glacial Shard Common Minion Elemental Any 1 2 1
Battlecry: Freeze an enemy. Ice, ice, baby!
Glow-Tron Common Minion Mech Paladin 1 1 3
Magnetic They tried for weeks to make a stealth version, but eventually decided to just let it glow.
Goblin Bomb Common Minion Mech Any 1 0 2
Deathrattle: Deal 2 damage to the enemy hero. They're Dr. Boom's babies. His baby boomers.
Grimscale Chum Common Minion Murloc Paladin 1 2 1
Battlecry: Give a random Murloc in your hand +1/+1. Listen, see? We'll take 'em to the docks, see? And throw 'em in the sea, see?
Gurubashi Chicken Common Minion Beast Any 1 1 1
Overkill: Gain +5 Attack. “Ya hold it by da feet, mon. Den ya THROW.”
Helpless Hatchling Common Minion Beast Any 1 1 1
Deathrattle: Reduce the Cost of a Beast in your hand by (1). It can’t be all that helpful. Not wif dose widdle wings!
Jeweled Macaw Common Minion Beast Hunter 1 1 1
Battlecry: Add a random Beast to your hand. It’s not LITERALLY jeweled. The goblins were terribly disappointed.
Kabal Lackey Common Minion General Mage 1 2 1
Battlecry: The next Secret you play this turn costs (0). I'll tell you one thing he doesn't lack: GUMPTION.
Kobold Librarian Common Minion General Warlock 1 2 1
Battlecry: Draw a card. Deal 2 damage to your hero. Kobolds sort books using a gooey decimal system.
Leper Gnome Common Minion General Any 1 1 1
Deathrattle: Deal 2 damage to the enemy hero. He really just wants to be your friend, but the constant rejection is starting to really get to him.
Lowly Squire Common Minion General Any 1 1 2
Inspire: Gain +1 Attack. But not the lowliest!
Malchezaar's Imp Common Minion Demon Warlock 1 1 3
Whenever you discard a card, draw a card. Malchezaar used to have an imp named Dobby working for him, but there was a tragic accident.
Mecharoo Common Minion Mech Any 1 1 1
Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Jo-E Bot. Its project name was KAN-GA. The little one was R-00.
Mistress of Mixtures Common Minion General Any 1 2 2
Deathrattle: Restore 4 Health to each hero. Her favorite mixture is cola and lime.
N'Zoth's First Mate Common Minion Pirate Warrior 1 1 1
Battlecry: Equip a 1/3 Rusty Hook. Hates when N'Zoth yells "Ahoy Matey!!", but there's not really much he can do about it.
Pit Snake Common Minion Beast Rogue 1 2 1
Poisonous It could be worse. It could be a Snake Pit.
Possessed Villager Common Minion General Warlock 1 1 1
Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Shadowbeast. It's like a pinata! A lame disgusting horrific pinata.
Potion Vendor Common Minion General Any 1 1 1
Battlecry: Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters. Everyone gets two because that's all she can hold.
Righteous Protector Common Minion General Paladin 1 1 1
Taunt
Divine Shield Original name was Tubular Protector, but this seems more bodacious.
Runic Egg Common Minion General Any 1 0 2
Deathrattle: Draw a card. Oh man! Runic omelettes are the best!
Sanguine Reveler Common Minion General Warlock 1 1 1
Battlecry: Destroy a friendly minion and gain +2/+2. Have some! This drink is to die for!
Saronite Taskmaster Common Minion General Any 1 2 3
Deathrattle: Summon a 0/3 Free Agent with Taunt for your opponent. Don't even think of asking for time off.
Shieldbearer Common Minion General Any 1 0 4
Taunt Have you seen the size of the shields in this game?? This is no easy job.
Skaterbot Common Minion Mech Any 1 1 1
Magnetic
Rush "See you later bot"
- Jaina
Southsea Deckhand Common Minion Pirate Any 1 2 1
Has Charge while you have a weapon equipped. Pirates are into this new fad called "Planking".
Springpaw Common Minion Beast Hunter 1 1 1
Rush
Battlecry: Add a 1/1 Lynx with Rush to your hand. The terrible thing about lynxes is lynxes are terrible things. Their teeth are made out of biting, their paws are made out of springs!
Swamp Dragon Egg Common Minion General Any 1 0 3
Deathrattle: Add a random Dragon to your hand. Would you eat them in a ditch? Would you eat them with a witch?
Swamp Leech Common Minion Beast Any 1 2 1
Lifesteal A face only a druid could love.
Swashburglar Common Minion Pirate Rogue 1 1 1
Battlecry: Add a random class card to your hand (from your opponent's class)Was almost named "Swashb-AAAARRHHH-gler"
Tentacle of N'Zoth Common Minion General Any 1 1 1
Deathrattle: Deal 1 damage to all minions. Because EVERYDAY is the Day of the Tentacle of N'zoth.
Tournament Attendee Common Minion General Any 1 2 1
Taunt He was so excited to get season tickets to this year's Grand Tournament. He normally doesn't get them at first and has to buy them from Ogre scalpers.
Toxfin Common Minion Murloc Any 1 1 2
Battlecry: Give a friendly Murloc PoisonousI'm addicted to him, but I know that he's Toxfin.
Tunnel Trogg Common Minion General Shaman 1 1 3
Whenever you Overload, gain +1 Attack per locked Mana Crystal. Sure, they're ugly, but they live in tunnels. You try your beauty routine without natural light.
Twilight Whelp Common Minion Dragon Priest 1 2 1
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +2 Health. The twilight whelps are basically magic-vampires. Despite this, they are not a reference to any popular series of novels.
Undertaker Common Minion General Any 1 1 2
Whenever you summon a minion with Deathrattle, gain +1 Attack. In a world where you can run to a spirit healer and resurrect yourself, Undertakers do pretty light business.
Warbot Common Minion Mech Warrior 1 1 3
Has +1 Attack while damaged. Mass production of warbots was halted when it was discovered that they were accidentally being produced at "sample size."
Wartbringer Common Minion General Shaman 1 2 1
Battlecry: If you played 2 spells this turn, deal 2 damage. “Does she cause them with magic, or just…like have a bucket she brings with her?”
Wax Elemental Common Minion Elemental Any 1 0 2
Taunt
Divine Shield Takes double damage from wick-based weapons
Webspinner Common Minion Beast Hunter 1 1 1
Deathrattle: Add a random Beast card to your hand. Spider cocoons are like little piñatas!
Witch's Apprentice Common Minion Beast Shaman 1 0 1
Taunt
Battlecry: Add a random Shaman spell to your hand. Is she a frog that became a witch, or a witch that became a frog?
Witchwood Imp Common Minion Demon Warlock 1 1 1
Stealth
Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion +2 Health. THIS wood imp. Stop asking!
Worgen Infiltrator Common Minion General Any 1 2 1
Stealth If you want to stop a worgen from infiltrating, just yell, "No! Bad boy!"
Wretched Tiller Common Minion General Any 1 1 1
Whenever this minion attacks, deal 2 damage to the enemy hero. If you ever tried to plow permafrost, you’d be wretched, too.
Young Dragonhawk Common Minion Beast Any 1 1 1
Windfury They were the inspiration for the championship Taurenball team: The Dragonhawks.
Zealous Initiate Common Minion General Any 1 1 1
Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion +1/+1. Ok, Initiate. You need to settle down and do your job. In this case, that means die so someone else can get a minor buff.
Zombie Chow Common Minion General Any 1 2 3
Deathrattle: Restore 5 Health to the enemy hero. Zombie. It's what's for dinner.
Angry Chicken Rare Minion Beast Any 1 1 1
Has +5 Attack while damaged. There is no beast more frightening (or ridiculous) than a fully enraged chicken.
Babbling Book Rare Minion General Mage 1 1 1
Battlecry: Add a random Mage spell to your hand. His idol is the Green Hills of Stranglethorn, and he won't shut up about it.
Bloodsail Corsair Rare Minion Pirate Any 1 1 2
Battlecry: Remove 1 Durability from your opponent's weapon. Every pirate uses the same four digits to access Automated Gold Dispensers. It's called the "Pirate's Code".
Crystalline Oracle Rare Minion Elemental Priest 1 1 1
Deathrattle: Copy a card from your opponent's deck and add it to your hand. Being made of light has its disadvantages, but at least it's always looking on the bright side.
Dragon Egg Rare Minion General Any 1 0 2
Whenever this minion takes damage, summon a 2/1 Whelp. Think of them as bullets for your dragon gun.
Feral Gibberer Rare Minion General Any 1 1 1
After this minion attacks a hero, add a copy of it to your hand. It's certainly not civilized gibbering.
Gravelsnout Knight Rare Minion General Any 1 2 3
Battlecry: Summon a random 1-Cost minion for your opponent. The mole of La Mancha rides again!
Injured Kvaldir Rare Minion General Any 1 2 4
Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to this minion. Don't worry. With a little skin cream he's going to clear right up.
Lightwarden Rare Minion General Any 1 1 2
Whenever a character is healed, gain +2 Attack. She’s smaller than her sisters Mediumwarden and Heavywarden.
Murloc Tidecaller Rare Minion Murloc Any 1 1 2
Whenever you summon a Murloc, gain +1 Attack. This guy gets crazy strong at family reunions.
Raptor Hatchling Rare Minion Beast Hunter 1 2 1
Deathrattle: Shuffle a 4/3 Raptor into your deck. They’re just baby teeth. Lots and lots of baby teeth.
Reliquary Seeker Rare Minion General Warlock 1 1 1
Battlecry: If you have 6 other minions, gain +4/+4. The Reliquary considers itself the equal of the League of Explorers. The League of Explorers doesn't.
Secretkeeper Rare Minion General Any 1 1 2
Whenever a Secret is played, gain +1/+1. Where is Mankrik's wife? She'll never tell.
Selfless Hero Rare Minion General Paladin 1 2 1
Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion Divine Shield"Don't worry about me… I'll just be here... under these tentacles."
Shimmerfly Rare Minion Beast Hunter 1 1 1
Deathrattle: Add a random Hunter spell to your hand. Plenty of buzz around this card.
Sludge Slurper Rare Minion Murloc Shaman 1 2 1
Battlecry: Add a Lackey to your hand. Overload: (1) You can't stop slurping this delicious sludge!
Small-Time Buccaneer Rare Minion Pirate Any 1 1 1
Has +2 Attack while you have a weapon equipped. "Oh, I'm not serious about it. I only pirate on the weekends."
Spirit of the Dead Rare Minion General Priest 1 0 3
Stealth for 1 turn.
After a friendly minion dies, shuffle a 1-Cost copy of it into your deck. Just because you’re dead doesn’t mean you’re off the team.
Spirit of the Raptor Rare Minion General Druid 1 0 3
Stealth for 1 turn.
After your hero attacks and kills a minion, draw a card. “Loti! LOTI! Drop it. Drop it Loti! Down! Down Loti!”
Spirit of the Rhino Rare Minion General Warrior 1 0 3
Stealth for 1 turn.
Your Rush minions are Immune the turn they're summoned. Where did they get this preposterous hypothesis?
Test Subject Rare Minion General Priest 1 0 2
Deathrattle: Return any spells you cast on this minion to your hand. "Now I feel... REALLY icky."
Young Priestess Rare Minion General Any 1 2 1
At the end of your turn, give another random friendly minion +1 Health. She can't wait to learn Power Word: Fortitude Rank 2.
Crystallizer Epic Minion General Any 1 1 3
Battlecry: Deal 5 damage to your hero. Gain 5 Armor. This elf's winning the arms race.
Emerald Hive Queen Epic Minion Beast Any 1 2 3
Your minions cost (2) more. She rules the emerald hive at the end of the yellow brick trail.
Forbidden Ancient Epic Minion General Druid 1 1 1
Battlecry: Spend all your Mana. Gain +1/+1 for each mana spent. This Ancient was banned from the local tavern after tucking a 'Dr. Boom' up its sleeve.
Gurubashi Offering Epic Minion General Any 1 0 2
At the start of your turn, destroy this and gain 8 Armor. For a limited time, loa blessings are on a pray-one-get-two deal (on selected sacrifices only).
Hungry Crab Epic Minion Beast Any 1 1 2
Battlecry: Destroy a Murloc and gain +2/+2. Murloc. It's what's for dinner.
Meanstreet Marshal Epic Minion General Paladin 1 1 2
Deathrattle: If this minion has 2 or more Attack, draw a card. Remember, submit your bribes directly to the Marshal - it's the law!
Shadowbomber Epic Minion General Priest 1 2 1
Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to each hero. Shadowbomber does her job, but she's kind of phoning it in at this point.
Town Crier Epic Minion General Warrior 1 1 2
Battlecry: Draw a Rush minion from your deck. When he was younger, he was the town crybaby.
Vilefin Inquisitor Epic Minion Murloc Paladin 1 1 3
Battlecry: Your Hero Power becomes 'Summon a 1/1 Murloc.' Nobody expects the Vilefin Inquisition!
Weasel Tunneler Epic Minion Beast Any 1 1 1
Deathrattle: Shuffle this minion into your opponent's deck. He's the reason the First Bank of Gadgetzan has steel floors.
Chameleos Legendary Minion Beast Priest 1 1 1
Each turn this is in your hand, transform it into a card your opponent is holding. He's everyone you want to be.
Patches the Pirate Legendary Minion Pirate Any 1 1 1
After you play a Pirate, summon this minion from your deck. What do sailors yell when Patches steals their treasure chest full of laws and other things being transported to parliament for a vote? "The Eyes have it!"
Shifter Zerus Legendary Minion General Any 1 1 1
Each turn this is in your hand, transform it into a different minion. It's like being able to play with THREE angry chickens!
Sir Finley Mrrgglton Legendary Minion Murloc Any 1 1 3
Battlecry: Discover a new basic Hero Power. In addition to fluent Common, he also speaks fourteen dialects of 'mrgl'.
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Lore[edit | edit source]

This spell represents one of Karazhan's many "precisely calibrated portals attuned to a variety of exotic locales" - in this case, the Maelstrom, the former location of the Well of Eternity before it was destroyed in the Great Sundering. During the Black Empire, it was also the location of Y'Shaarj, the most powerful of the Old Gods.

The portal itself is found at the top level of the tower, which also features as the fifth wing in One Night in Karazhan - The Spire.[1]

In World of Warcraft[edit | edit source]

The Maelstrom Portal in World of Warcraft

Following Deathwing's reemergence into Azeroth, heroes of the Alliance and the Horde travelled to the Maelstrom to assist Thrall in attempting to seal the rift between Deepholm and Azeroth. A portal to the Maelstrom was briefly to be found in the capital cities; after journeying to Deepholm the portals were redirected there.

The Maelstrom[edit | edit source]

From Wowpedia:

The Maelstrom is the gigantic rift that was created when the Well of Eternity collapsed into itself during the Great Sundering. Located in the middle of the Great Sea - which the Great Sundering created - the Maelstrom appears as a massive, fierce vortex of water.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Maelstrom Portal, full art
The Maelstrom in World of Warcraft

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]