Power Word: Shield

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Power Word: Shield
Regular
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Gold
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Set: Basic
Type: Spell
Class: Priest
Cost: 0
Abilities: Increment attribute
Tags: Targeted
Artist: Jessica Jung

Give a minion +2 Health.

Sure the extra protection is nice, but the shield really reduces visibility.

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Power Word: Shield is a priest spell card, from the Basic set.

How to get[edit]

Two copies of Power Word: Shield are automatically included in all players' collections upon unlocking the priest class.

Two Golden copies of Power Word: Shield are a reward for raising a priest to levels 47 and 48.

Power Word: Shield is uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Strategy[edit]

One of the Priest's many Health-boosting effects, Power Word: Shield is one of the earliest available Health-buffing cards that Priests have access to. While 2 extra Health may not be much, it can mean a difference between a living and dead minion in the early game and as a 0-cost card it can be played without sacrificing tempo. However, this card's low overall impact makes it difficult to include in a deck. On the other hand, combined with Gadgetzan Auctioneer it becomes an efficient way to draw cards from your deck, giving it utility in combo decks that need fast draw.

Lore[edit]

In World of Warcraft, Power Word: Shield (abbreviated PW:S) is a defensive Discipline Power Word available at level 5. It creates a protective shield around a friendly target which absorbs a set amount of damage. The spell additionally grants the Borrowed Time buff, increasing Haste gains from all sources for a few seconds. To prevent overuse, Power Word: Shield also gives the target the 15-second Weakened Soul debuff, which must elapse before another shield can be applied.

While Power Word: Shield is a valuable spell for any priest, Discipline priests have the opportunity to improve it far beyond its base effect, empowering it with their mastery and reducing its downtime. Power Word: Shield is undoubtedly one of the signature spells of the Discipline priest, protecting the target with a powerful shield that can seem unbreakable.

Trivia[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Power Word: Shield, full art

Patch changes[edit]

  • Ashes of Outland logo.pngPatch 17.0.0.44222 (2020-03-26): Cost decreased to 0, no longer draws a card.
  • Patch 1.0.0.3890 (2013-10-02): Give a minion +2 Health. Draw a card. [1 mana, Common]
  • Previously: Give a minion +3 Health. [1 mana, Common]