Sapphiron guards Kel’Thuzad’s lair eternally, bound by undeath.
Hero Power[edit | edit source]
|Normal and Heroic|
Special cards[edit | edit source]
Frozen Champion is put on the battlefield for the player when the match begins.
Decks[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.
|Boss||Skeletal Smith||2||Boss||Skeletal Smith||2|
|Pure Cold||2||Pure Cold||2|
|Cone of Cold||2||Neutral||Faerie Dragon||3|
|Neutral||Loot Hoarder||2||Dancing Swords||2|
|Unstable Ghoul||2||Shade of Naxxramas||3|
|Dancing Swords||2||Azure Drake||2|
|Shade of Naxxramas||2||Spectral Knight||3|
Prohibited cards[edit | edit source]
If summoned during the Heroic mode encounter, Kel'Thuzad will destroy Alexstrasza, refund no mana, and taunt you for your cheap tactics. This applies whether her Battlecry is applied to Sapphiron or the player.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Including cards that freeze friendly minions can make this encounter easier. Cards include Frozen Crusher (8/8 and it freezes itself after attacking, thus making itself invulnerable to the Hero Power). Hyldnir Frostrider applies a board-wide protection on our side, while Cryostasis will freeze the target minion and give it +3/+3.
Heroic[edit | edit source]
For Heroic Sapphiron a mage deck can be used. For early/mid game try to keep the board clear and avoid damage until the boss can't have the card advantage needed to apply pressure. For this purpose use cards like Bluegill Warrior, Frostbolt, Mirror Entity, Ice Barrier, Vaporize (against Spectral Knight) and Frost Nova. Also make smart use of Fireball (e.g. on Necroknight when the timing is right), and field nukes like Blizzard and Flamestrike. During late game you can strike back with Pyroblast and any spare damaging spells. For more damage try the legendary cards Feugen and Stalagg. At 10 mana summon both of them to get 2 Thaddius. Keep a Wailing Soul in hand to counter Sapphiron's Blizzard and do 22 damage next turn. If needed, Duplicate from some previous turn can generate more Feugen or Stalagg copies.
Druid[edit | edit source]
Using a Milling Druid deck works great against Sapphiron.
In the early turns, Sapphiron's most common opener consists on coining for a Faerie Dragon and playing an additional one next turn, which can be counteracted by playing Explosive Sheep. Use removal spells to clear the board (such as Swipe, Force of Nature, etc) and keep Naturalize for Necroknight or the Bite + Savage Roar combo to deal with Spectral Knight. As a last resort, play Poison Seeds + either Explosive Sheep or Starfall to clear Sapphiron's side of the board.
You will have to maintain relatively high health during the duel, so Healing Touch and Antique Healbot are nice for that purpose, as well as Tree of Life (which will also heal Sapphiron, but that won't matter if you play it before fatigue starts consuming him). Meanwhile, force Sapphiron to draw cards by playing Naturalize and Coldlight Oracle.
Using this strategy, Sapphiron will run out of minions and, eventually, will start taking fatigue damage before you do the same. Employ your remaining spells to further weaken Sapphiron and victory will be yours.
Decklists[edit | edit source]
- Hearthpwn.com - The Frostwyrm Lair Heroic Boss Deck Guides
- Hearthhead.com - Decks to Defeat Heroic Sapphiron
Videos[edit | edit source]
Rewards[edit | edit source]
Dialogue[edit | edit source]
- My massive frost wyrm awaits. Dress warm.
- *rrrr Rrahhh!*
- Look at that little gnome. He used to be an interloper LIKE YOURSELF.
Sapphiron's turn 5
- Stop hiding behind that block of ice!
- Sapphiron, execute plan: "FREEZE THE BLOOD IN YOUR VEINS"
Play Alexstrasza in Heroic mode
- This is heroic Naxxramas! I won't stand for such cheap tactics here!
- My dragon! I DO NOT LIKE YOU.
Lore[edit | edit source]
Curse of Naxxramas[edit | edit source]
Once one of Malygos’ blue dragonflight, Sapphiron was slain by Arthas Menethil and raised from the dead to guard Kel'Thuzad for all of eternity. Like many of the blue dragonflight, Sapphiron had immense magical power, which was only magnified by the fact that the Lich King personally resurrected him to serve the Scourge. The chill of frost is at his command, and he uses his magic to defend Kel'Thuzad at all costs. 
While described in the above official profile as being resurrected by the Lich King, Sapphiron was in fact resurrected by Arthas Menethil, the human death knight (and former paladin) who would later go on to merge with the Lich King.
In World of Warcraft[edit | edit source]
- "Once a noble blue dragon within the mountains of Northrend, Sapphiron was slain by Arthas during his campaign through the frozen north. Resurrected to serve him, Sapphiron guards Kel'Thuzad's lair eternally, awaiting those who would dare trespass upon his master."
- —Commander Eligor Dawnbringer
History[edit | edit source]
Sapphiron was intended to be a collectible reward from the Curse of Naxxramas adventure. He was originally designed as a 9 Mana 8/8 minion with the ability "Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to a minion and the minions next to it, then Freeze them."
Artist[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Patch changes[edit | edit source]
- Patch 188.8.131.5224 (2014-07-22): Added.
References[edit | edit source]
- Naxxramas, the Floating Necropolis (official blog). (2014-07-03).
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-06-05).
- Ben Thompson on Twitter. (2015-10-05).