Shirvallah, the Tiger
|Abilities:||Divine Shield, Increment attribute, Lifesteal, Modify cost, Rush|
|Tags:||Cost-related, In-hand effect, Ongoing effect, Spell-related|
Divine Shield, Rush, Lifesteal
Costs (1) less for each Mana you've spent on spells.
On bended knee Thekal placed his weapon upon Shirvallah’s altar, whereupon she slowly knocked it off with her paw.
How to get[edit | edit source]
|Shirvallah, the Tiger||1600||400|
|Golden Shirvallah, the Tiger||3200||1600|
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Shirvallah's discount effect is based on the total amount of mana the player has spent on spells that game, rather than the spells' base Cost.
- Even if a spell is Counterspelled, that spell's mana cost is still reduced from the cost of Shirvallah.
- Spells that are paid for with Health will not reduce the mana cost of Shirvallah.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Shirvallah starts out as a very costly minion, which decreases over time as spells are played. Due to the amount of Mana it would require to reduce her cost to playable levels, Shirvallah works best in a control deck that run a good amount of spells. High cost spells like A New Challenger... helps lower her cost efficiently. Shirvallah's combination of keywords makes her an effective form of removal and healing with a decent body, moreso once she costs 0. Notice that a normal Standard Control Paladin deck with 2 copies of Equality, Consecration and Spikeridged Steed has enough spell to effectively reduce her cost to 0.
Alternative ways to summon Shirvallah include Oondasta's Overkill effect and Prismatic Lens, although this method renders the other card unplayable. The cost is readjusted AFTER the drawing phase, so, when drawing Shirvallah and other card, the reverted cost will still be 25.
Shirvallah creates a powerful combo with Holy Wrath, being able to do 25 damage at once. You can combine it with Baleful Banker with an empty deck to guarantee this combo. With Augmented Elekk and two Baleful Bankers, you can play two Holy Wraths for 50 damage on the next turn, while still having enough mana for Time Out!.
A powerful combo with shirvalla is to pair her with Youthful Brewmaster to play her twice in one turn, enabling you to deal a lot of damage to two minions and restoring up to 14 life to your hero.
Shirvallah can become insanely strong with Arch-Thief Rafaam's Lantern of Power. Not only because it will reduce its cost by 10, but it can be saved for her summoning, transforming her into a 17/15 0 cost minion that can destroy almost everything.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
- It's time to test your mettle!
- Too slow!
Lore[edit | edit source]
- Shirvallah is a loa of tigers revered notably by Zandalari, Gurubashi and Darkspear trolls. Their last champion was High Priest Thekal, and at some point, their high priest was a Zandalari, who wielded The Warmace of Shirvallah, a brutal mace with an ornate frame which claimed many lives in an unbidden attempt to honor Shirvallah. Long ago, it was lost to the sea with the high priest who wielded it.
- Shirvallah was held in Zul'Gurub against their will when the Hakkari were attempting to summon Hakkar the Soulflayer. By the time of the war against the Iron Horde, troll druids created a way for all druids to take on a half-tiger form like those of Shirvallah's champions, called the Claws of Shirvallah.
While Shirvallah is a long-established character in Warcraft lore, she has never previously been directly pictured nor described in much detail, making her Hearthstone appearance the first time she has been officially depicted. In Hearthstone lore, Shirvallah serves as the patron loa of Shirvallah's Tigers, the paladin team in Rastakhan's Rumble, and is described as a proud and noble loa, much like the paladins who worship her. Much like her physical appearance, Shirvallah's association with the paladin class is unique to Hearthstone, as Zandalari paladins in World of Warcraft instead tend to be associated with the devilsaur loa Rezan.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Shirvallah was designed "super early on" in the development of Rastakhan's Rumble. She was originally a 30-mana 9/7 minion but was downscaled to 25 mana partially due to a one-turn-kill combo that used Shirvallah in combination with Holy Wrath to instantly deal 30 damage to the opponent's hero. Peter Whalen comments that "we used to have a whiteboard with the number of people [Dean Ayala]'s killed with Holy Wrath today". However, Ayala himself stresses that while there was the risk of instantly bursting down opponents with the Holy Wrath combo, Shirvallah being changed to 25 mana also means that the designers don't have to go out of their way to create high-Cost paladin spells every set just in order for the card to work.
- Shirvallah's appearance is extremely similar to the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth depiction of Eraka no Kimbul, another tiger loa, albeit with added armor and a slightly broken left fang.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Patch changes[edit | edit source]
- Patch 220.127.116.11060 (2019-12-05): Shirvallah is now discounted by spells that get countered, but will no longer be discounted by spells that are paid for with health.
- Patch 18.104.22.168845 (2018-11-29): Added.
References[edit | edit source]
- Peter Whalen on Twitter. (2018-11-07).
- Blizzard Entertainment (2018-11-02). BlizzCon 2018 Opening Ceremony. YouTube. Retrieved on 2018-11-04.
- Cam Shea (2019-02-04). Hearthstone: Peter Whalen and Dean Ayala on Designing Key Rastakhan Cards. IGN. Retrieved on 2019-02-05.
- Skiffington (2018-11-07). Interview With Hearthstone Game Designers Liv Breeden & Peter Whalen At BlizzCon: Discussing Rastakhan's Rumble!. Hearthstone Top Decks. Retrieved on 2018-11-12.