Shuffle into deck

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Shuffle into deck effects place cards into a player's deck, with its placement randomly determined. While not stated in card text, the randomness of the card's placement is achieved through subsequently shuffling the entire deck.[1]

Shuffle into deck effects may act upon existing cards, or be combined with generate effects to shuffle entirely new cards into the deck. Existing cards are usually shuffled into the currently controlling player's deck, but some shuffle into deck effects like Entomb act as mind control effects, by transferring ownership of a card to the other player. Return effects perform a similar function to shuffle into deck effects, but place a minion into the player's hand instead of their deck.

In addition to those explicitly stated on cards, all Joust effects include shuffle into deck effects; once a Joust is concluded, the Jousting minions are shuffled back into their respective decks.[2][3] These are assumed to function identically to explicit shuffle into deck effects.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • When a card is shuffled into the deck, the entire deck is shuffled.[4][5][6] This is to mimic real life shuffling of a card into a deck. This means that cards which were previously added to a specific place in the deck by effects like Sightless Watcher, Timeway Wanderer, Sphere of Sapience, or Lorekeeper Polkelt will be relocated randomly once a shuffle occurs.
    • The shuffle animation only shows a card being inserted without any shuffling animation. The developers did not want to implement a shuffle animation because they did not want to bog things down for the player.[7]
  • If a card says "shuffle", it shuffles; otherwise, it does not shuffle.[8] In almost all cases, this is true; however, there are a few exceptions.
    • For example, Dr. Morrigan and Madam Goya[verification requested] strictly swap cards and do not shuffle the deck.
    • For example, Sightless Watcher does not shuffle the two cards not chosen by the player. The two cards are kept in their original positions in the deck.
    • For example, Secret Passage shuffles the deck at the end of the turn when cards are put back into the deck, despite its card text not containing the word "shuffle".
  • All decks have a predefined order on the server.[9]
  • It is not possible to predict where a shuffled card will be placed in the deck. The visual display of the card going into the deck does not indicate order or placement in any way.[10]
  • Shuffling a minion on the battlefield into the deck does not destroy it. This means Deathrattles are not triggered.[11][12]
  • While most shuffle into deck effects place the stated card into the player's deck, some such as Recycle actually generate a copy of the card and shuffle that into the deck.[verification requested]
  • It is possible for shuffle into deck effects to target cards currently in players' decks, at least by accident, as with Weasel Tunneler + Baron Rivendare.[13]

Cards that shuffle into deck[edit | edit source]

Listed below are all cards with explicit shuffle into deck effects. For a list of cards with Joust effects, see Joust.

Collectible[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Spirit Jailer Common Minion Demon 1 1 3
Battlecry: Shuffle 2 Soul Fragments into your deck. "Sure, they're in your deck, but the mind is like, the REAL prison."
School Spirits Common Spell Warlock 3
Deal 2 damage to all minions. Shuffle 2 Soul Fragments into your deck. "B-E A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E!"
Marrowslicer Common Weapon Demon Hunter 4 4 2
Battlecry: Shuffle 2 Soul Fragments into your deck. Perfect for killing the first boss in Icecrown Citadel.
Togwaggle's Scheme Rare Spell Rogue 1
Choose a minion.
Shuffle 1 copy of it into your deck.
(Upgrades each turn!) "Many minions equals many treasures for king. Kobold arithmetic!"
Plot Twist Rare Spell Warlock 2
Shuffle your hand into your deck. Draw that many cards. It's coming from inside the deck!
Soul Shear Rare Spell 2
Deal 3 damage to a minion. Shuffle 2 Soul Fragments into your deck. "Just a little off the sides please."
Clockwork Goblin Rare Minion Mech Warrior 3 3 3
Battlecry: Shuffle a Bomb into your opponent's deck. When draw, it explodes for 5 damage. They always end up bombing.
Bad Luck Albatross Rare Minion Beast Any 4 4 3
Deathrattle: Shuffle two 1/1 Albatross into your opponent's deck. Legend holds that it's bad luck to harm it. So maybe just pat it on the head, okay?
Conjured Mirage Rare Minion General Any 4 3 10
Taunt
At the start of your turn, shuffle this minion into your deck. What you see is Isiset.
Glide Rare Spell Demon Hunter 4
Shuffle your hand into your deck. Draw 4 cards.
Outcast: Your opponent does the same. "Come with me, and you'll see, a whole new hand of possibly the same cards."
Impbalming Rare Spell Warlock 4
Destroy a minion. Shuffle 3 Worthless Imps into your deck. With your complexion, Imp Balm is a great demonizer.
Portal Keeper Rare Minion Demon Any 4 5 2
Battlecry: Shuffle 3 Portals into your deck. When drawn, summon a 2/2 Demon with RushNo longer allowed to be "it" when playing demon tag.
Secret Passage Epic Spell Rogue 1
Replace your hand with 4 cards from your deck. Swap back next turn. I use this to sneak out at night and do some villainous baking in the kitchen.
Educated Elekk Epic Minion Beast Any 3 3 4
Whenever a spell is played, this minion remembers it.
Deathrattle: Shuffle the spells into your deck. "This reminds me of a saying. 'An elekk never…' something. I can't remember."
Body Wrapper Epic Minion General Any 4 4 4
Battlecry: Discover a friendly minion that died this game. Shuffle it into your deck. She uses pickle slices for the eyes. Keeps them well-preserved.
Shadow of Death Epic Spell Rogue 4
Choose a minion. Shuffle 3 'Shadows' into your deck that summon a copy when drawn. Making new friends takes skill.
Wrenchcalibur Epic Weapon Warrior 4 3 2
After your hero attacks, shuffle a Bomb into your opponent's deck. Whoso pulleth out this wrench from the toolbox is rightwise king of the lab.
Portal Overfiend Epic Minion Demon Any 6 5 6
Battlecry: Shuffle 3 Portals into your deck. When drawn, summon a 2/2 Demon with RushIt's like an interdimensional game of demon tag.
Reliquary of Souls Legendary Minion General Priest 1 1 3
Lifesteal
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Reliquary Prime' into your deck. These three represent Anger, Desire, and Suffering. Much like raid night guild chat.
Astromancer Solarian Legendary Minion General Mage 2 3 2
Spell Damage +1
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Solarian Prime' into your deck. Loyal to Kael'thas Sunstrider, this blood elf mage sought arcane power in the Void. Did she find it... or did IT find her?
Kanrethad Ebonlocke Legendary Minion General Warlock 2 3 2
Your Demons cost (1) less.
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Kanrethad Prime' into your deck. After Illidan's downfall, Kanrethad formed the Council of the Black Harvest to study Illidan's fel magic. Some say he was... green with envy.
Murgur Murgurgle Legendary Minion Murloc Paladin 2 2 1
Divine Shield
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Murgurgle Prime' into your deck. Murlocs are not native to Outland. When the Sungills arrived, one among them rose to the challenge of this dark world. They call him... Murgurgle. Murgur Murgurgle.
Akama Legendary Minion General Rogue 3 3 4
Stealth
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Akama Prime' into your deck. "To many of my people, I am known as a traitor... as Illidan's lapdog. I will remain in the shadows, for now... Actually, maybe I'll just remain in the shadows forever."
Archspore Msshi'fn Legendary Minion General Druid 3 3 4
Taunt
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Msshi'fn Prime' into your deck. Brave leader of the Sporeggar. Guided by the philosophy that one should not mssh with matters that are not one's msshiness.
Lady Vashj Legendary Minion General Shaman 3 4 3
Spell Damage +1
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Vashj Prime' into your deck. Personal handmaiden to Queen Azshara turned lieutenant to Illidan Stormrage. Also quite the hair sssstylist.
Zixor, Apex Predator Legendary Minion Beast Hunter 3 2 4
Rush
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Zixor Prime' into your deck. A living terror. Teleports at will. Feasts on tainted helboar meat. No head scritches unless you're Leoroxx.
Kargath Bladefist Legendary Minion General Warrior 4 4 4
Rush
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Kargath Prime' into your deck. He rules the Shattered Hand orc clan with an iron... bladefist.
Star Student Stelina Legendary Minion General Demon Hunter 4 4 3
Outcast: Look at 3 cards in your opponent's hand. Shuffle one of them into their deck. Cheating is just using your resources wisely.
Waxadred Legendary Minion Dragon Rogue 5 7 5
Deathrattle: Shuffle a Candle into your deck that resummons Waxadred when drawn. Waxadred the dragon fought for his king, frolicking through the fields melting everything!
Sathrovarr Legendary Minion Demon Any 9 5 5
Choose a friendly minion. Add a copy of it to your hand, deck and battlefield. Just wait until you also find a copy in your pocket. And your desk! And your FRIDGE!!
Ysera, Unleashed Legendary Minion Dragon Druid 9 4 12
Battlecry: Shuffle 7 Dream Portals into your deck. When drawn, summon a random Dragon. Releash the Dragon!
Showing all 31 cards
Reliquary of Souls(210805).png
Secret Passage(329903).png
Spirit Jailer(329923).png
Togwaggle's Scheme(90553).png
Astromancer Solarian(210717).png
Kanrethad Ebonlocke(210811).png
Murgur Murgurgle(210779).png
Plot Twist(90587).png
Soul Shear(329929).png
Akama(210728).png
Archspore Msshi'fn(210677).png
Clockwork Goblin(90573).png
Educated Elekk(329938).png
Lady Vashj(210683).png
School Spirits(329930).png
Zixor, Apex Predator(210730).png
Bad Luck Albatross(151358).png
Body Wrapper(90843).png
Conjured Mirage(90787).png
Glide(329895).png
Impbalming(90704).png
Kargath Bladefist(210686).png
Marrowslicer(329924).png
Portal Keeper(90665).png
Shadow of Death(90785).png
Star Student Stelina(329901).png
Wrenchcalibur(90572).png
Waxadred(127292).png
Portal Overfiend(90664).png
Sathrovarr(127287).png
Ysera, Unleashed(127264).png


Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Gang Up Common Spell Rogue 2
Choose a minion. Shuffle 3 copies of it into your deck. If you are thinking about visiting Moonbrook, you better roll deep.
Lab Recruiter Common Minion General Rogue 2 3 2
Battlecry: Shuffle 3 copies of a friendly minion into your deck. Join the chemistry lab! We've got all the solutions.
Forgotten Torch Common Spell Mage 3
Deal 3 damage. Shuffle a (6 damage for 3 mana card) into your deck. Why does a forgotten torch turn into a roaring torch with no provocation? It's one of life's many mysteries.
Dire Frenzy Common Spell Hunter 4
Give a Beast +3/+3. Shuffle 3 copies into your deck with +3/+3. It's always Huffer. And Huffer. And Huffer. And Huffer.
Entomb Common Spell Priest 6
Choose an enemy minion. Shuffle it into your deck. It's perfectly safe as long as you remember to put in air holes.
Jade Idol Rare Spell Druid 1
Choose One - Summon a Jade Golem; or Shuffle 3 copies of this card into your deck. Shuffle or no guts.
Raptor Hatchling Rare Minion Beast Hunter 1 2 1
Deathrattle: Shuffle a 4/3 Raptor into your deck. They’re just baby teeth. Lots and lots of baby teeth.
Spirit of the Dead Rare Minion General Priest 1 0 3
Stealth for 1 turn.
After a friendly minion dies, shuffle a 1-Cost copy of it into your deck. Just because you’re dead doesn’t mean you’re off the team.
Ancient Shade Rare Minion General Any 4 7 4
Battlecry: Shuffle an 'Ancient Curse' into your deck that deals 7 damage to you when drawn. Warning: Do not expose to direct sunlight.
Direhorn Hatchling Rare Minion Beast Warrior 5 3 6
Taunt
Deathrattle: Shuffle a 6/9 Direhorn with Taunt into your deck. His mom could beat up your mom.
Excavated Evil Rare Spell Priest 5
Deal 3 damage to all minions. Shuffle this card into your opponent's deck. MOM! DAD! DON'T TOUCH IT! IT'S EVIL!!!!!!
Recycle Rare Spell Druid 6
Shuffle an enemy minion into your opponent's deck. Druidic recycling involves putting plastics in one bin and enemy minions in another bin.
Doomcaller Rare Minion General Any 8 7 9
Battlecry: Give your C'Thun +2/+2 (wherever it is). If it's dead, shuffle it into your deck. "Hello, is Doom there? No? Can I leave a message?"
Weasel Tunneler Epic Minion Beast Any 1 1 1
Deathrattle: Shuffle this minion into your opponent's deck. He's the reason the First Bank of Gadgetzan has steel floors.
Baleful Banker Epic Minion General Any 2 2 2
Battlecry: Choose a friendly minion. Shuffle a copy of it into your deck. He's gotten big into crypt-o-currency.
Dead Man's Hand Epic Spell Warrior 2
Shuffle a copy of your hand into your deck. I got two pair, Rags and Armorsmiths. What you got?
Immortal Prelate Epic Minion General Paladin 2 1 3
Deathrattle: Shuffle this into your deck. It keeps any enchantments. She protec.
She attac.
But most importantly,
she come bac.
Augmented Elekk Epic Minion Beast Any 3 3 4
Whenever you shuffle a card into a deck, shuffle in an extra copy. Her friends call her "Shuffleupugus".
Beneath the Grounds Epic Spell Rogue 3
Shuffle 3 Ambushes into your opponent's deck. When drawn, you summon a 4/4 Nerubian. Can you hold these eggs for just a second? I promise they're not full of giant enraged undead spider things.
Manic Soulcaster Epic Minion General Mage 3 3 4
Battlecry: Choose a friendly minion. Shuffle a copy into your deck. When casting a tournament, you really have to put your soul into it!
Academic Espionage Epic Spell Rogue 4
Shuffle 10 cards from your opponent's class into your deck. They cost (1). The tenth Pyroblast really felt like overkill.
Astral Tiger Epic Minion General Druid 4 3 5
Deathrattle: Shuffle a copy of this minion into your deck. Astral kitty litter is surprisingly hard to find.
Fal'dorei Strider Epic Minion General Rogue 4 4 4
Battlecry: Shuffle 3 Ambushes into your deck. When drawn, summon a 4/4 Spider. What's worse? Seeing the spider, or NOT seeing the spider, but knowing it's somewhere in your deck?
Deck of Wonders Epic Spell Mage 5
Shuffle 5 Scrolls into your deck. When drawn, cast a random spell. "Pick a card, any card. Wait! No! Not that one!" - Last words of previous owner
Seaforium Bomber Epic Minion General Any 5 5 5
Battlecry: Shuffle a Bomb into your opponent's deck. When drawn, it explodes for 5 damage. Dress for the bomb you want, not the bomb you have.
Psychic Scream Epic Spell Priest 7
Shuffle all minions into your opponent's deck. Everybody! Hit the deck!
Kingsbane Legendary Weapon Rogue 1 1 3
Always keeps enchantments. Deathrattle: Shuffle this into your deck. But it has a soft spot for emperors.
Elise Starseeker Legendary Minion General Any 4 3 5
Battlecry: Shuffle the 'Map to the Golden Monkey' into your deck. A large part of her job entails not mixing up the Map to the Golden Monkey with the Map to Monkey Island.
The Darkness Legendary Minion General Any 4 20 20
Starts Dormant.
Battlecry: Shuffle 3 Candles into the enemy deck. When drawn, this awakens. I would rather light a single candle than curse the darkness. But I'm willing to do both.
Elise the Trailblazer Legendary Minion General Any 5 5 5
Battlecry: Shuffle a sealed Un'Goro pack into your deck. Reno taught her that blazing her own trail is a lot more fun than following someone else's map.
Prince Malchezaar Legendary Minion Demon Any 5 5 6
Start of Game: Add 5 extra Legendary minions to your deck. He was super excited to acquire Gorehowl at a garage sale! Then super disappointed to find out it was a foam reproduction.
White Eyes Legendary Minion General Shaman 5 5 5
Taunt
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'The Storm Guardian' into your deck. My life for Aya!
Dr. Morrigan Legendary Minion General Warlock 6 5 5
Deathrattle: Swap this with a minion from your deck. She will NOT STOP until she gets tenure.
Iron Juggernaut Legendary Minion Mech Warrior 6 6 5
Battlecry: Shuffle a Mine into your opponent's deck. When drawn, it explodes for 10 damage. The Iron Juggernaut guards Orgrimmar and has just earned the "Employee of the Month" award!
Madam Goya Legendary Minion General Any 6 4 3
Battlecry: Choose a friendly minion. Swap it with a minion in your deck. She has set up her Black Market here in Gadgetzan for one purpose, to make a KILLING when Beanie Babies make their inevitable comeback.
Archbishop Benedictus Legendary Minion General Priest 7 4 6
Battlecry: Shuffle a copy of your opponent's deck into your deck. Nobody expects the Archbishop's Benediction!
Malorne Legendary Minion Beast Druid 7 9 7
Deathrattle: Shuffle this minion into your deck. When Malorne isn't mauling hordes of demons, he enjoys attending parties, though he prefers to go stag.
Hakkar, the Soulflayer Legendary Minion General Any 10 9 6
Deathrattle: Shuffle a Corrupted Blood into each player's deck. ATTENTION: Do not enter any major city while infected with the Corrupted Blood!
Showing all 38 cards
Jade Idol(49714).png
Kingsbane(76967).png
Raptor Hatchling(55502).png
Spirit of the Dead(90168).png
Weasel Tunneler(49758).png
Baleful Banker(89438).png
Dead Man's Hand(62842).png
Gang Up(14462).png
Immortal Prelate(90152).png
Lab Recruiter(89823).png
Augmented Elekk(89871).png
Beneath the Grounds(22397).png
Forgotten Torch(27216).png
Manic Soulcaster(49637).png
Academic Espionage(89859).png
Ancient Shade(27245).png
Astral Tiger(76982).png
Dire Frenzy(89398).png
Elise Starseeker(27210).png
Fal'dorei Strider(76914).png
The Darkness(76986).png
Deck of Wonders(76942).png
Direhorn Hatchling(55524).png
Elise the Trailblazer(55451).png
Excavated Evil(27242).png
Prince Malchezaar(42031).png
Seaforium Bomber(89887).png
White Eyes(49726).png
Dr. Morrigan(89890).png
Entomb(27238).png
Iron Juggernaut(12295).png
Madam Goya(49684).png
Recycle(12279).png
Archbishop Benedictus(62856).png
Malorne(12293).png
Psychic Scream(76911).png
Doomcaller(35211).png
Hakkar, the Soulflayer(90190).png

Uncollectible[edit | edit source]


Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Corrupted Blood None Spell Any 1
Casts when Drawn
Take 3 damage. After you draw, shuffle two copies of this into your deck. 
Map to the Golden Monkey None Spell Any 2
Shuffle the Golden Monkey into your deck. Draw a card. 
Queen Carnassa None Minion Beast Hunter 5 8 8
Battlecry: Shuffle 15 Raptors into your deck. 
Showing all 3 cards
Corrupted Blood(90191).png
Map to the Golden Monkey(27213).png
Queen Carnassa(55498).png

Lore[edit | edit source]

Shuffle into deck effects tend to represent the card being buried, hidden or thrown out of the mortal realm. Beneath the Grounds and Iron Juggernaut explicitly cause cards to burrow beneath the ground, popping up to ambush the player as they are drawn. Entomb seals a minion away, with the possibility of them emerging again on the opposite side of the battlefield, while Recycle and Malorne seem to throw the minion back to an earlier point in the cycle of life and death, to be reborn later that game. Elise Starseeker and Forgotten Torch involve seeking something which is hidden, while Ancient Shade and Excavated Evil seem to set in motion a shadowy sequence of events. Gang Up is a thematic exception, apparently involving a call for reinforcements, as well as Weasel Tunneler which seems to "tunnel" itself into the opponent's deck. Another theme exists with Raptor Hatchling and Direhorn Hatchling, where their Deathrattle effects appearing to represent its parent coming to protect or avenge its offspring.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The phrasing of shuffle into deck effects does not explicitly mention the reshuffling of the player's deck, likely in order to keep the card text as short as possible. However, this is believed to be functionally insignificant since it is not possible for the player to see the order of cards in their deck without drawing them. Those effects which draw directly from the player's deck do so randomly and thus are not affected by the order of cards within the deck.[14][15]
  • However, with the addition of cards like Lorekeeper Polkelt, Sightless Watcher and Sphere of Sapience, players have the ability to know where certain cards are in their deck. Having a card shuffled into your deck after playing Lorekeeper Polkelt will once again cause the cards to be in a random order.

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-01-19). 
  2. Whirthun on Twitter. (2015-08-06). 
  3. Whirthun on Twitter. (2015-08-06). 
  4. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-01-18). 
  5. Chadd Nervig on Twitter. (2020-04-09). 
  6. HysteriA (October 5, 2019). Hearthstone Mythbusters 90 - Can You Survive Mechathun?! (03:05). YouTube. Retrieved on 2019-10-05.
  7. Chadd Nervig on Twitter. (2020-04-11). 
  8. Chadd Nervig on Twitter. (2020-07-24). 
  9. Chadd Nervig on Twitter. (2020-07-24). 
  10. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-12-20). 
  11. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-12-05). 
  12. PlayHearthstone on Twitter. (2015-11-09). 
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhZr5Sa7Bms&t=0m52s
  14. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-01-19). 
  15. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-02-16).