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Russell the Bard

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Kobolds & Catacombs Dungeon Run.

Russell the Bard
Russell the Bard(77335).png
Set: Kobolds and Catacombs
Type: Hero
Class: Rogue
Health: 30-40
Artist: Garrett Hanna

His tunes are catchy. Just ask your minions.

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Russell the Bard is a boss that can be encountered during the Dungeon Run.

Hero powers[edit | edit source]

Alluring Tune(77336).png

Deck[edit | edit source]

The below classes are listed purely for reference, and have no effect on the boss' use of the cards during the battle.

Class Card Quantity
Rogue Backstab 2
Counterfeit Coin 2
Swashburglar 2
Evasion 2
Eviscerate 2
Perdition's Blade 2
Elven Minstrel 2
Lesser Onyx Spellstone 2
Shado-Pan Rider 2
Thistle Tea 2
Neutral Annoy-O-Tron 2
Knife Juggler 2
Questing Adventurer 2
Barnes 1
Antique Healbot 1
Stampeding Kodo 2

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Encounter[edit | edit source]

Before match

King Togwaggle
This guy's songs make the whole world go face!


Russell the Bard
Stay a while, and listen!

Emote response

Russell the Bard
Oh, a heckler, eh?

Hero Power

Russell the Bard
Get over here!
Come here!
It's time to party!

Hero Power on Doomsayer

Russell the Bard
Worst. Roadie. Ever!

Hero Power on Elven Minstrel

Russell the Bard
Time for a duet!

Play Dr. Boom's Boombox

Russell the Bard
Oh hey! Turn that thing down!


Russell the Bard
*guitar smashing* Goodnight Azeroth!


Russell the Bard
Thanks for your minions, friend!

Lore[edit | edit source]

Russell is a regular patron of the inn. He was the one who told the story of Marin the Fox. He is also a bard.

From Wowpedia:

The Bard was revealed as the second World of Warcraft hero class on April 1, 2008 — it was a Blizzard April Fools' Day hoax, and was never implemented as a real playable class.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Russell the Bard's opening remark quote is a reference to the Diablo character Deckard Cain, the scholar and lorekeeper from the Diablo series.
  • After the player becomes idle, Russell the Bard will sing the Kobolds and Catacombs song from the Expansion trailer.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

His Hero Power makes it difficult to establish a board early on, and will be especially difficult if you don't have any big late-game minions in your deck. He also has a good set of early-game single-target removal to make this harder as well.

The best way to deal with him is to either last long enough to play your big minions or flood the board. His strongest minion is a Shado-Pan Rider, so he will have a difficult time taking out big minions, unless he has an Onyx Spellstone. Flooding the board works well because he lacks AoE removal and even if you let him steal a minion, he can only steal one at a time.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Russell the Bard, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]