On-discard effect

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On-discard effects are card effects which activate when that card is discarded from the player's hand. These effects are not activated if the card is overdrawn, due to attempting to draw the card while having a full hand; discarded from the deck by effects such as Fel Reaver; or destroyed through any other means.[1]

On-discard effects are comparable to Deathrattles in that they activate when the card itself is removed from the game. They are distinguished from other discard-related effects such as Malchezaar's Imp which activate when another card is discarded.

There are currently only four cards with on-discard effects: the warlock spell Fist of Jaraxxus, and the warlock minions Silverware Golem, Clutchmother Zavas, and High Priestess Jeklik. The mechanic fits well with the warlock class, which has a strong relationship with discard effects.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

On-discard effects act to mitigate the downside of discarding cards, giving the player a significant advantage when they discard these specific cards. This rewards discard effects such as Succubus, Doomguard and Deathwing, saving the player mana, improving tempo, and potentially saving other cards from being discarded.

Cards[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Hand of Gul'dan Common Spell Warlock 6
When you play or discard this, draw 3 cards. His skull also draws three cards. Imagine how many cards he could draw with HIS ENTIRE BODY!
Boneweb Egg Rare Minion General Warlock 2 0 2
Deathrattle: Summon two 2/1 Spiders. If you discard this, trigger its DeathrattleNoblegarden is going to be really exciting this year!
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Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Silverware Golem Rare Minion General Warlock 3 3 3
If you discard this minion, summon it. From the secret research labs of the Swiss Army.
Fist of Jaraxxus Rare Spell Warlock 4
When you play or discard this, deal 4 damage to a random enemy. * Not actually Jaraxxus' fist.
Clutchmother Zavas Legendary Minion Beast Warlock 2 2 2
Whenever you discard this, give it +2/+2 and return it to your hand. A bit of a snob: still refuses to drive anything with automatic transmission.
High Priestess Jeklik Legendary Minion General Warlock 4 3 4
Taunt, Lifesteal
When you discard this, add 2 copies of it to your hand. If you love Jeklik, set her free. YOU CAN'T GET RID OF HER.
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Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Whirthun on Twitter. (2015-08-07).