Power Overwhelming

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Power Overwhelming
Power Overwhelming(170).png
Power Overwhelming(170) Gold.png
Set: Hall of Fame
Type: Spell
Class: Warlock
Rarity: Common
Cost: 1
Abilities: Destroy, Increment attribute
Tags: Targeted, Triggered effect

Give a friendly minion +4/+4 until end of turn. Then, it dies. Horribly.

We cannot even describe how horrible the death is. It's CRAZY bad! Maybe worse than that. Just don't do it.

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Power Overwhelming is a common warlock spell card, inducted into the Hall of Fame set, formerly from the Classic set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Power Overwhelming is a Wild format card, and so can only be obtained through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Power Overwhelming 40 5
Golden Power Overwhelming 400 50

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • As of Patch 5.0.0.12574 (WotOG patch), the minion affected by Power Overwhelming will always die when the turn ends, even if (and no matter how many times) it is stolen before or during the End of Turn Phase.[1]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

This card works well in conjunction with High Damage/Low Health Charge cards like Wolfrider to do large amounts of damage in one turn. Another good combo is using this card on creatures with Windfury.

Power Overwhelming is also a noted combo with the card Void Terror. To execute the combination with Power Overwhelming you need to play Power Overwhelming on a minion you intend to have Void Terror consume. After casting Power Overwhelming, attack with the targeted minion (not required for the combo but generally advised). Then finally play Void Terror adjacent to the targeted creature, resulting in the Terror retaining the bonus damage and life that was granted by Power Overwhelming.

Similarly, Power Overwhelming can be combined with Shadowflame to clear the opponent's board while sacrificing only a small minion. As an example, a warlock player could cast Power Overwhelming on a Possessed Villager, attack with it, and then cast Shadowflame on it to damage every enemy minion for the increased damage.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Power Overwhelming does not have any specific lore in the warcraft universe, although its character fits well with the warlock class. However, the name itself may well be a reference to Starcraft. In Starcraft, Protoss Archons says the phrase and it is also one of the game's cheatcodes, activating a godmode for the player's units, making them invulnerable to attack (but not kill instantly), which is ironic when considering Power Overwhelming kills the minion it is cast on.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Artist[edit | edit source]

Tom Baxa

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Power Overwhelming, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

Commentary: Power Overwhelming allows for extremely mana-efficient minion trades or high spikes of damage for only one mana. Keeping this card exclusive to Wild will prevent some crazy combinations and spike damage. Warlock decks also tend to use lots of Classic cards, so the decks changes less when new expansions release. This change will help increase the variety of cards in Warlock decks over time.

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