|Set:||Knights of the Frozen Throne|
|Abilities:||Battlecry, Destroy, Gain Armor, Replace Hero Power|
|Tags:||Area of effect, Attack-related, Hero Power-related|
Battlecry: Destroy all minions with 5 or more Attack.
"I will tell you what Velen never taught me. Whosoever stands before the Light… inevitably casts a shadow."
How to get[edit | edit source]
|Golden Shadowreaper Anduin||3200||1600|
Generated Hero Power[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Shadowreaper Anduin has a powerful Battlecry, capable of clearing the field of multiple powerful minions. If you expect your opponent is going to summon big minions, it's often best to delay playing the card until the time is right.
Once played, Shadowreaper Anduin provides you with a decent helping of armor, which can help you rebound if you're at low health.
The real strength of Shadowreaper Anduin, though, comes with his Hero Power, Voidform. As it refreshes each time a card is played, it's best to keep some low cost cards in hand so that you can use the Hero Power multiple times in one turn. 
A notable combo to use with Shadowreaper Anduin is Raza the Chained. With a hand full of cheap cards, you can bombard your opponent with your Hero Power while not having to pay 2 Mana each time you activate it.
Playing Prophet Velen after Shadowreaper Anduin doubles the damage output of both your Hero Power and your spells, which adds a significant amount of burst capability, especially if you have successfully played Raza earlier in the game. A particularly nasty combo involves Mind Blast, as with Raza's ability in effect, this results in being able to burst your opponent for 20 damage, which can be increased even more if you have additional cheap spells in your hand.
Another card that works well with Shadowreaper Anduin is Lyra the Sunshard. As she generates spells each time a spell is activated, you can get into a solid loop of activating and generating cheap spells to continuously use Voidform. This is assisted by the presence of Radiant Elemental, who can reduce the cost of spells to ensure more are activated.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
- The Light has betrayed me!
Emotes[edit | edit source]
|Greetings||Total darkness will be my revenge.|
|Well Played||Well played.|
|Oops||To err is human.|
|Threaten||Darkness will consume you!|
|Attack||Shadows consume you!|
|Thinking ||Darkness speaks to me...|
|Thinking [3}||Shadowy thoughts...|
|Almost Out of Time||The Shadows grow short!|
|Concede||No, your victory proves nothing!|
Lore[edit | edit source]
In the web comic Freedom, a Pompous Thespian tells a tale of how Valeera Sanguinar searched for her friends, King Varian Wrynn and his son Anduin, who had disappeared in the countryside after the Scourge had once more risen up to sully the land. Valeera soon encountered Garrosh Hellscream, who had become a death knight in service to the Lich King. Garrosh claimed that he knew who had taken the two Wrynns and gave the rogue a pair of enchanted blades. Valeera asked about the one who had taken the two men, and Garrosh explained that the process of becoming a knight of the Frozen Throne could be "unpleasant", and that some handled it better than others. The Lich King had recently raised an extremely unwilling soul, who had been "broken" by the process and was so deranged he could not be controlled. He escaped into the wilds and began using his abilities to raise his own army of the dead, threatening not only the Frozen Throne, but the world at large. Garrosh concluded by stating that the fates of the rogue's human friends hung in the balance, and that only Garrosh and Valeera stood between the shadow and his goal of absolute chaos. Suddenly, Garrosh and Valeera found themselves facing the Shadowreaper and its army of undead. Valeera leapt into the fray with the blades Garrosh had given her, but each attack turned her more and more into a death knight. Garrosh and Valeera fought their way to the insane shadow at the undead army's heart, but in response, the creature sent forth its ascendant to transform one of the undead soldiers into a hulking monstrosity. Valeera fully embraced her darkness and gleefully slew the ascendant. However, as she prepared to attack the shadow, it told her "I know you will not harm me. You love me." The Pompous Thespian's tale is interrupted by the audience, who point out the anachronistic nature of the story and that Anduin couldn't have been more than ten or twelve years old when this supposedly happened. The thespian counters that he never said that the villain was Anduin, but the listeners are not convinced, saying that it couldn't be anyone but Anduin. When the audience again complains about the timeline, the thespian dismisses them by describing the story as "dramatic license" and continues his tale with Valeera turning on Garrosh as she realized that he had tried to make her kill the only person left in the world she cared about. While Valeera and Garrosh were arguing, Anduin began casting a spell, shouting that they were doomed and that only he could save them. Ultimately, Valeera turned to Anduin and stabbed him in the chest. As she stood over him, she raised her dagger, conflicted by emotions. Ultimately, the Pompous Thespian refuses to reveal the ending of the tale and that the point of the story was to think about Valeera' choice, and if "freedom" is all it's cracked up to be if one takes it to its logical conclusion.
For more information, see Knights of the Frozen Throne.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Shadowreaper Anduin underwent multiple redesigns during the development of Knights of the Frozen Throne. One early design saw the card as "Anduin, the Defiler", at 9-mana with the effect "Battlecry: Summon the highest cost enemy minion that died this game.". 
Artist[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Patch changes[edit | edit source]
- Patch 184.108.40.20657 (2017-08-08): Added.