Malfurion the Pestilent
|Set:||Knights of the Frozen Throne|
|Abilities:||Choose One, Gain Armor, Replace Hero Power, Summon|
|Tags:||Beast-generating, Hero Power-related, Poisonous-generating, Taunt-generating|
|Artist:||Alex Horley Orlandelli|
|Voice actor:||Ed Trotta|
Choose One - Summon 2 Poisonous Spiders; or 2 Scarabs with Taunt.
"Cenarius once taught me about the precarious balance between life and death. I have come to understand: there IS no balance. Death always wins."
How to get
|Malfurion the Pestilent||1600||400|
|Golden Malfurion the Pestilent||3200||1600|
Generated cards and Hero Power
- On mobile devices, the choice cards do not show up properly after playing this card. Once the turn times out the card will bounce back to your hand.
- For information about the functionality of hero cards in general, see Hero card#Notes.
- If played while in control of Fandral Staghelm, Malfurion the Pestilent's Battlecry will summon two 1/2 Spiders with Poisonous and two 1/5 Scarabs with Taunt  and his Hero Power will give +3 Attack that turn and +3 Armor.
While Malfurion the Pestilent doesn't have the same radical game-changing effects that some other Hero cards have, he is nonetheless well worth his 7 Mana cost. In addition to providing 5 Armor, Malfurion gives the option of summoning either two 1/2 minions with Poisonous or two 1/5 minions with Taunt. Depending on the situation, either option is viable.
Malfurion's new Hero Power gives him more flexibility; rather than giving him 1 armor and 1 attack, he can choose between 3 armor or 3 attack. This can help you reliably clear out medium-size minions, or can allow you to bulk up and survive long enough to take control of the board.
With Fandral Staghelm on the board, Malfurion the Pestilent becomes vastly more powerful. His Battlecry will now summon four minions instead of just two, and his hero power will give him +3 armor and +3 attack, becoming a radically stronger version of Shapeshift.
- The circle of life is over.
|Greetings||The cycle of decay begins.|
|Thanks||My thanks to you.|
|Oops||The web unravels.|
|Threaten||You will wither and rot.|
|Attack||Blight and rot!|
|Thinking ||A tangled web...|
|Thinking ||My thoughts are plagued...|
|Almost out of time||Death is eternal, my turn is not!|
|Opening remark in Duel of the Death Knights||The circle of life is over.|
|Concede||You win. I can rest now.|
Malfurion the Pestilent is the death knight version of Malfurion Stormrage. He has completely abandoned the traditional path of the druid and its association with animals such as panthers or bears, and has now instead fully embraced spreading plagues through insects.
In the web comic Forest for the Weary, a Pompous Thespian tells a tale of how the master hunter Rexxar one day discovered that a great evil had descended on his forest home — the air was frigid, and the forests and everything that walked within them were dying. The thespian's story is interrupted by a fortune-teller, who announces that choosing Malfurion as the story's villain is a bold choice. The audience rebuke her by saying that her powers have failed her, since having the noble Malfurion, guardian of nature, as the bad guy makes no sense, and that no storyteller would take such liberties. As the thespian continues with his tale, he reveals that it actually was Malfurion, but not as the listeners knew him, for "he was the pestilent. Bane of the forests. Corruptor of nature." Rexxar fired his bow at the corrupt druid, but Malfurion's insects chewed apart his arrows and poisoned his companions, Misha and Huffer. However, Rexxar was transformed into Deathstalker Rexxar by the vampiric death knight Gul'dan, allowing him to grant his beasts unholy immortality and stitch together an army of Zombeasts to strike against Malfurion. For all his corruptive might, Malfurion could not withstand the fury of claw and fang. However, as Rexxar moved in for the killing blow, Malfurion whispered that he, too, had accepted dark power from a hooded stranger in an attempt to protect his land from a draining presence: the druid and the hunter had fallen victim to the same force.
Malfurion's affinity for plagues and insects appear to suggest an association with the Unholy death knight specialization.
- "While free from the Lich King’s grasp, some death knights still embody the ever-corrupting nature of the Scourge plague that once threatened to consume Azeroth. No matter their allegiance or cause, they remain defilers of life; and nowhere is their callousness more on display than when threatened. Inflictors of the most aggressive of diseases—and masters of raising unhallowed minions from the ground—these unholy death knights are vicious melee combatants, capable of striking with the force of an undead legion and unleashing pestilence that would bring their foes to ruin."
For more information, see Knights of the Frozen Throne.
- Malfurion the Pestilent underwent a few redesigns during devleopment of Knights of the Frozen Throne. An early name for the card was "Malfurion, Plaguebringer". One of the designs involved it being a 5-Mana card with the effect "Destroy all your mana crystals, all your cards cost (2)", where as another was 7-mana with the effect "Choose One - Spider Form; or Scarab Form". The latter design was kept for "a while" during development, with the effect allowing him to either gain 10 Armor and "defensive minions", or no Armor and "more aggressive minions".
- When the developers were discussing the names for all of the Knights of the Frozen Throne death knight heroes, they were in a group with Ben Brode, who proposed to name Malfurion "Malfurious". Matt Place is not certain if he was being serious or not.
- Patch 184.108.40.20657 (2017-08-08): Added.
- Puffin on reddit. (2017-08-06). Retrieved on 2017-08-07.
- Hearthside Chat with Matt Place: Death Knight Hero Cards - YouTube. (2017-08-06). Retrieved on 2017-08-06.
- Mike Donais on reddit. (2017-07-20). Retrieved on 2017-08-06.
- Designing Hearthstone's Death Knights - IGN. (2017-09-14). Retrieved on 2017-09-14.
- Matt Place & Day9 - Knights of the Frozen Throne Card Reveals (50:17). (2017-07-28). Retrieved on 2017-08-06.