Shadow Word: Ruin

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Shadow Word: Ruin
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Set: Classic
Type: Spell
Class: Priest
Rarity: Epic
Cost: 4
Abilities: Destroy
Tags: Area of effect, Attack-related
Artist: Ben Olson

Destroy all minions with 5 or more Attack.

Discovered by a worgen priest after a giant spilled a drink on her new white robes.

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Shadow Word: Ruin is an epic priest spell card, from the Classic set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Shadow Word: Ruin can be obtained through Classic card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward. Regular Shadow Word: Ruin can also be obtained through the Highest Rank Bonus chest at the end of a Ranked season, or as a first-time reward for first time reaching Platinum 10 or Diamond 10 in Ranked mode.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Shadow Word: Ruin 400 100
Golden Shadow Word: Ruin 1600 400

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Shadow Word: Ruin can be cast even if there are no eligible targets in play.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Shadow Word: Ruin is a powerful board clear, which is able to clear boards of threatening minions for only 4 mana. However, it cannot be cast efficiently in the early game in most cases. This makes it deceptively late game despite its midrange cost.

One of the major weaknesses of Shadow Word: Ruin is its relative inflexibility. The restriction of minions with 5 or more attack means there are some decks, like Face Hunter or Aggro Druid, where Shadow Word: Ruin will have either no or very few targets. However, it can be used as a larger Shadow Word: Death in a pinch, destroying a crucial Sea Giant to recover the board for example. It also benefits Priests using no minions, or mostly minions with under 5 attack.

In Wild, Shadow Word: Ruin has fierce competition as a board clear, including powerful cards like Lightbomb, Dragonfire Potion, Psychic Scream, and Plague of Death. While Shadow Word: Ruin is usually outclassed because of its rigidity, it has the advantage of being a Classic card, making it a good card in Standard in most cases.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Shadow Words are Shadow spells Priests use to weaken targets. Shadow Word: Ruin is original to Hearthstone, but like how the similarly unique Shadow Word: Horror is a mass version of Shadow Word: Pain, this appears to be a mass version of Shadow Word: Death.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Shadow Word: Ruin, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]