Resurrection effect

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Resurrect, the archetypal (and eponymous) resurrection effect

Resurrection effects are effects that summon copies of minions that have died that game.

Such effects typically phrase themselves as re-summoning or resurrecting the minion that died, but the effect is in fact achieved by summoning a separate copy of the minion.

Notes[edit | edit source]

There are two main types of resurrection effects: those that summon a specific minion when it dies (Ancestral Spirit, Redemption), and those that summon one or more minions at least partly randomly from those that have died that game (Resurrect, N'Zoth, the Corruptor). Kel'Thuzad is an exception, largely matching the second group but with its targets and summoning order based on order of death.

General[edit | edit source]

  • The copies summoned are summoned in their base state, at full Health and without any enchantments the original minions had when they died.

Random target[edit | edit source]

  • Random target resurrection effects summon random minions from a list of all friendly minion deaths that game, although they sometimes have additional conditions, such as minion type or ability. This includes the death of any minions which were 'friendly' when they died, included those taken control of by effects like Mind Control and Shadow Madness.[1][2]
    • Technically, this is achieved through the Death Event Cache, a list that is added to each time a minion dies. Rather than checking a pool of 'dead' minions, resurrection effects check a list of all minion deaths, and select randomly from all eligible instances.
  • As per the game's usual rules, only minions that die while in the battlefield are considered to have 'died'. Minions that were transformed, discarded from the hand, overdrawn, or removed from the deck or other zones are not considered to have died, and so will not be summoned.
    • Minions such as Malorne that were returned to hand or shuffled back into the deck when they died are still considered to have died, and so can be summoned by resurrection effects.[3] Each death by any minion will also be recorded on the list separately, even if that minion already died that game.
  • "Resurrecting" a minion does not remove it from the list of deaths, allowing it to be "resurrected" again later. For example, if on turn 3 you play Injured Blademaster and he then dies, on turn 4 you can play two Resurrects and get two Injured Blademasters.
    • Because of this, such effects are more likely to summon copies of a given minion if it has died multiple times that game.[4][5] For example, if 2 War Golem, 1 Magma Rager and 1 Salty Dog were the friendly minions that had died that game, Resurrect would have a 50% chance of summoning a War Golem, and a 25% chance of summoning a Magma Rager or a Salty Dog.
    • If a player summons a copy of a Kel'Thuzad who died that turn, at the end of the turn that Kel'Thuzad will summon another copy of the original Kel'Thuzad, resulting in 2 x Kel'Thuzads for the player.[6]
  • Resurrection effects like N'Zoth will attempt to summon a copy of each eligible minion that died that game. If there is not room on the board to summon a copy of each, N'Zoth will randomly choose which ones to summon.[7]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Resurrection effects are effective in decks with powerful, high-value minions, as well as those with undesirable Battlecries, such as Injured Blademaster. Random target resurrection effects are especially effective in combination with Barnes and to a lesser extent Herald Volazj, which summon 1/1 copies of other minions: once the 1/1 minion is destroyed a copy can be 'resurrected' with full stats. In combination with resurrection effects Barnes also allows players to bring full-stat copies of high-cost minions into play far earlier than normally possible.

Cards[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Redemption Common Spell Paladin 1
Secret: When a friendly minion dies, return it to life with 1 Health. I am not sure how you get demptioned the first time. It’s a mystery!
Ancestral Spirit Rare Spell Shaman 2
Give a minion "Deathrattle: Resummon this minion." It was just a flesh wound.
Wretched Reclaimer Rare Minion General Priest 3 3 3
Battlecry: Destroy a friendly minion, then restore it to life with full Health. "Ok, here's the plan. We kill you, then bring you back." "Stronger?" "No, about the same."
Rally! Rare Spell 4
Resurrect a friendly 1-Cost, 2-Cost, and 3-Cost minion. 
Vivid Spores Rare Spell Shaman 4
Give your minions "Deathrattle: Resummon this minion." Hey man, I just feel like... death is just a construct of our imaginations, ya know?
Recurring Villain Rare Minion General Any 5 3 6
Deathrattle: If this minion has 4 or more Attack, resummon it. Mwahahaha! You'll never catch him this time!
Mass Resurrection Rare Spell Priest 9
Summon 3 friendly minions that died this game. One's company, two's a crowd, and three's a "mass" resurrection, apparently.
Psychopomp Epic Minion General Priest 4 3 1
Battlecry: Summon a random friendly minion that died this game. Give it Reborn"Come with me if you want to re-live."
Jewel of N'Zoth Epic Spell Hunter 8
Summon three friendly Deathrattle minions that died this game. This coveted gem calls for you to free it… and unleash an inescapable prison.
Teron Gorefiend Legendary Minion General Any 3 3 4
Battlecry: Destroy all other friendly minions.
Deathrattle: Resummon them with +1/+1. "You’re fine, friendly minions! You're fine! Don’t tell Mom!"
Headmaster Kel'Thuzad Legendary Minion General Any 5 4 6
Spellburst: If the spell destroys any minions, summon them. "You wish to know my secrets, hmm? I carry a little bits of tuna in the sleeves of my robe, he loves that. Oh, you meant the risen dead? That was trivial, trivial."
High Inquisitor Whitemane Legendary Minion General Any 7 6 8
Battlecry: Summon all friendly minions that died this turn. No one told her that champions want to sleep in.
Catrina Muerte Legendary Minion General Priest 8 6 8
At the end of your turn, summon a friendly minion that died this game. She always manages to lift your spirits.
N'Zoth, God of the Deep Legendary Minion General Any 10 5 7
Battlecry: Resurrect a friendly minion of each minion type. It really just wants to cuddle all the creatures of Azeroth.
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Wretched Reclaimer(90793).png
Vivid Spores(210833).png
Headmaster Kel'Thuzad(329877).png
Recurring Villain(90663).png
High Inquisitor Whitemane(90686).png
Catrina Muerte(90614).png
Jewel of N'Zoth(388967).png
Mass Resurrection(90598).png
N'Zoth, God of the Deep(378803).png

Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Reincarnate Common Spell Shaman 2
Destroy a minion, then return it to life with full Health. It's like birth, except you're an adult and you were just dead a second ago.
Desperate Stand Rare Spell Paladin 2
Give a minion "Deathrattle: Return this to life with 1 Health." They're grateful for the help, but most minions would prefer not dying in the first place.
Resurrect Rare Spell Priest 2
Summon a random friendly minion that died this game. I walked into the dungeon and noticed a slain adventurer. In his final moments, he had scrawled out a message in the dust on the wall beside him. Two words: "rez plz"
Revenge of the Wild Rare Spell Hunter 2
Summon your Beasts that died this turn. My roommates only use Revenge of the Passive Aggressive.
Twilight's Call Rare Spell Priest 3
Summon 1/1 copies of 2 friendly Deathrattle minions that died this game. If you're experiencing resurrection sickness, press 1.
Witching Hour Rare Spell Druid 3
Summon a random friendly Beast that died this game. The gates to the Gilnean pet cemetary MUST remain locked at all times.
Eternal Servitude Rare Spell Priest 4
Discover a friendly minion that died this game. Summon it. What do you mean I don't get overtime pay for this?!
Corpse Raiser Rare Minion General Any 5 3 3
Battlecry: Give a friendly minion "Deathrattle: Resummon this minion." He was just minding his business, farming corpses, when you meddling adventurers came along.
Onyx Bishop Rare Minion General Priest 5 3 4
Battlecry: Summon a friendly minion that died this game. B4 is a nice place to visit, but he wouldn't want to live there.
Cruel Dinomancer Rare Minion General Warlock 6 5 5
Deathrattle: Summon a random minion you discarded this game. As that old saying goes: "you don't get into dinomancing to make friends."
Lesser Diamond Spellstone Rare Spell Priest 7
Resurrect 2 different friendly minions. (Cast 4 spells to upgrade.) A diamond, white, this stone the eighth
A precious jewel for those of faith
A whispered prayer restores the lost
But none among them know the cost.
Anyfin Can Happen Rare Spell Paladin 10
Summon 7 Murlocs that died this game. Theme song by Ellie Goldfin and Blagghghlrlrl Harris.
Abominable Bowman Epic Minion General Hunter 7 6 7
Deathrattle: Summon a random friendly Beast that died this game. Frosty the Bowman... was an angry hateful soul... with a fresh hewn bow and a missing nose...
Zerek, Master Cloner Legendary Minion General Priest 6 5 5
Deathrattle: If you've cast any spells on this minion, resummon it. His original name was Aerek. Then the first clone was Berek. They went evil around Merek.
Kangor's Endless Army Legendary Spell Paladin 7
Resurrect 3 friendly Mechs. They keep any Magnetic upgrades. "That's three, Kangor. Three isn't endless."
- Countess Ashmore
Kel'Thuzad Legendary Minion General Any 8 6 8
At the end of each turn, summon all friendly minions that died this turn. Kel'Thuzad could not resist the call of the Lich King. Even when it's just a robo-call extolling the Lich King's virtues.
Hadronox Legendary Minion Beast Druid 9 3 7
Deathrattle: Summon your Taunt minions that died this game. The viziers of Azjol-Nerub released Hadronox as a last-ditch effort to hold back the Lich King. They did so by VERY carefully scooping him up in a LARGE newspaper and releasing him.
Bloodreaver Gul'dan Legendary Hero card Warlock 10
Battlecry: Summon all friendly Demons that died this game. "Still you refuse to bend your knee? None can escape death, you old fool. And in death… all will serve me…"
N'Zoth, the Corruptor Legendary Minion General Any 10 5 7
Battlecry: Summon your Deathrattle minions that died this game. Has not been able to get "Under the Sea" out of his head for like FIVE THOUSAND YEARS.
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Revenge of the Wild(90196).png
Twilight's Call(76959).png
Witching Hour(89380).png
Eternal Servitude(61835).png
Corpse Raiser(62866).png
Onyx Bishop(42058).png
Cruel Dinomancer(55569).png
Zerek, Master Cloner(89863).png
Abominable Bowman(61829).png
Kangor's Endless Army(89818).png
Lesser Diamond Spellstone(76954).png
Anyfin Can Happen(27240).png
Bloodreaver Gul'dan(62934).png
N'Zoth, the Corruptor(33134).png
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Kanrethad Prime None Minion Demon Warlock 8 7 6
Battlecry: Summon 3 friendly Demons that died this game. 
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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
Kazakus Potion None Spell 1
Kazakus Potion None Spell 5
Kazakus Potion None Spell 10
Diamond Spellstone Rare Spell Priest 7
Resurrect 3 different friendly minions. (Cast 4 spells to upgrade.) 
Greater Diamond Spellstone Rare Spell Priest 7
Resurrect 4 different friendly minions. 
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Kazakus Potion(49803).png
Diamond Spellstone(76955).png
Greater Diamond Spellstone(76956).png
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