Ragnaros, Lightlord

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Ragnaros, Lightlord
Ragnaros, Lightlord(33147).png
Ragnaros, Lightlord(33147) Gold.png
Set: Whispers of the Old Gods
Type: Minion
Subtype: Elemental
Class: Paladin
Rarity: Legendary
Cost: 8
Attack: 8
Health: 8
Abilities: Restore Health
Tags: Damaged-related, Random, Triggered effect

At the end of your turn, restore 8 health to a damaged friendly character.

What happens when you try and corrupt a corrupted firelord? DOUBLE NEGATIVE, INSECT!

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Ragnaros, Lightlord is a legendary paladin minion card, from the Whispers of the Old Gods set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Ragnaros, Lightlord can be obtained through Whispers of the Old Gods card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Ragnaros, Lightlord 1600 400
Golden Ragnaros, Lightlord 3200 1600

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This minion's triggered effect can target any damaged friendly character (including himself and the controlling hero).
    • Although the card text does not state so, the damaged character that will be healed is chosen at random.
    • This minion's triggered effect can target mortally wounded (0 or less Health) minions, possibly saving them from dying.[1]
    • This minion's triggered effect can target pending destroy (hit by a destroy effect) minions too, even though they will die anyway.[2]
  • Notice that, unlike its lore ancestor Ragnaros the Firelord, this minion can attack.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Similar to Lightwell, this minion's effect makes it useful in conjunction with higher Health minions, or simply to restore your hero's Health. Since its effect activates at the end of the turn, it can be played with a single damaged character to get a guaranteed heal on that target for 8 or, if he is already in play and there are no other damaged friendly characters, he can attack other minions with certainty that its triggered effect will then heal it for any (non-lethal) damage suffered. The large doses of healing are best suited to healing the hero, or large minions like giants or legendary Dragons.

If the opponent is unable to remove this minion it can become an endless source of healing. Because its effect activates at the end of the turn on which it was summoned, it can be an effective and efficient card even if immediately removed, especially if the opponent has to trade multiple cards to do so.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Event Quote Audio
Summon THE LIGHT PURGES!
Effect triggering LIVE, INSECT!
Attack DIE, INSECT!
Death STILL TOO SOON...

Lore[edit | edit source]

Ragnaros, Lightlord golden animated.gif

This is the "uncorrupted" version of Ragnaros the Firelord. Inspired by the awakening of the Old Gods, the evil Elemental Lord has transformed into a being of light and healing, with his end of turn effect restoring Health to friendly targets instead of reducing enemy minions to cinders.

According to Ben Brode:

"We knew we wanted to flip a lot of characters from good to evil in this expansion. We also knew that Ragnaros (once enslaved by the Old Gods) could be fun to see flip in the same way. The problem is, Ragnaros is already a terribly evil Elemental Lord. So we went the other way with it and explored what he might look like if he were “uncorrupted”. Paladins in general are the one bastion of hope in Whispers of the Old Gods, with many of their cards themed around standing against the oncoming darkness. Having Ragnaros lead the charge against his former masters seemed like it could be pretty awesome. Hence, Ragnaros, the Lightlord!"[3]

In the alternate reality into which Whispers of the Old Gods provides a glimpse, all four Old Gods are awake (and alive), and have been unleashed upon Azeroth.[4] While this has corrupted many of the world's inhabitants, others such as Ragnaros have been inspired by this cataclysm to forsake his evil ways, rising to stand and fight against the ancient horrors.[5][6]

Like many of the cards in the Whispers of the Old Gods set, this card is not intended to be canon.[7][8]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The revealing of Ragnaros, Lightlord provoked a critical response from some players, who felt that the card's design stretched the game's lore past breaking point.[9] Ben Brode was quick to respond, explaining that the expansion was "definitely a 'What If?' take on Warcraft lore",[10] but also stating that the card was for him "the very edge" in terms of playing with the game's lore.[11]
  • The version of Ragnaros featured in Hearthstone is the original legless version, as opposed to the two-legged version introduced in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.[12]

Voice[edit | edit source]

As voice actor for the regular Ragnaros in his many forms, Matthew Mercer is believed to also be the voice actor for this card.

Artist[edit | edit source]

James Ryman

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Ragnaros, Lightlord, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]