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Spellbender(309) Gold.png
Set: Classic
Type: Spell
Class: Mage
Rarity: Epic
Cost: 3
Abilities: Secret, Summon
Tags: Spell-related, Triggered effect
Artist: Gonzalo Ordonez

Secret: When an enemy casts a spell on a minion, summon a 1/3 as the new target.

While it's fun to intercept enemy lightning bolts, a spellbender much prefers to intercept opposing Marks of the Wild. It just feels meaner. And blood elves... well, they're a little mean.

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For the minion, see Spellbender (minion)

Spellbender is an epic mage spell card, from the Classic set. When activated, this secret summons a Spellbender minion.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Spellbender can be obtained through Classic card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward. Regular Spellbender 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
Spellbender 400 100
Golden Spellbender 1600 400

Summoned minions[edit | edit source]


Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Spellbender takes effect when the enemy uses any targeted spell on any minion, whether allied or not. Only player-targeted spells will trigger the secret, not randomly targeted ones.
  • Regardless of what type of spell triggers it, a Spellbender minion will be summoned under the control of the player who played the Secret. That minion is then made the new target for the triggering spell, be it a damaging attack, a useful buff or even Mind Control.
  • Spells which require their targets to meet certain criteria, such as Shadow Word: Death and Execute, will still take full effect when re-targeted to the Spellbender, even if the Spellbender does not itself meet the criteria.
  • If a spell with a return to hand effect is intercepted by Spellbender, such as Shadowstep or Time Rewinder, the Spellbender minion will be returned to the hand of the player who played the Secret, not that of the player who cast the triggering spell.[1][2]
  • Spellbender activates after the spell has completed its casting phase, but before it takes effect. As a result:
    • If a Counterspell counters a spell, Spellbender will not activate from that spell.[3][4][5] This is because the Counterspell ends the spell casting sequence immediately, preventing Spellbender from triggering.
    • Spellbender takes effect after other "Whenever you cast a spell" triggered effects, such as Mana Wyrm or Archmage Antonidas, regardless of order of play.[6]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

This card has a similar but more niche ability than Counterspell, letting you intercept enemy spells instead of just cancelling them. In many situations, this card is usually worse: while it can neatly block a Fireball or Shadow Word: Death just like Counterspell can, it doesn't block spells with secondary effects, such as the card draw of Wrath or the side targets of Explosive Shot. The scenario where it's better than Counterspell is in intercepting positive minion Enchantments, such as Blessing of Kings or Mark of the Wild.

Lore[edit | edit source]

While there is no specific character or spell with this name, the Spellbender minion displays a blood elf reflecting a spell. Blood elves are known to have become adept at absorbing, manipulating, and redirecting all forms of arcane, holy, and demonic magics. The Spellbender likely comes from a similar tradition to the Spellbreakers.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • Spellbender will not activate if the opponent plays Dark Wispers on one of his own minions if the opponent has a full board.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Spellbender, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • One Night in Karazhan logo full2.png Patch (2016-08-09): Spellbender (minion) now costs 1, up from 0.
  • Patch (2013-06-22): Text changed from "Secret: When a minion is hit by an enemy spell, summon a 1/1 and hit it instead" to "Secret: When an enemy casts a spell on a minion, summon a 1/3 as the new target"

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cammage (2014-12-09). Spell Bender + Time Rewinder/Shadowstep. Retrieved on 2015-06-20.
  2. https://youtu.be/HZCuW-6_YBo Tested in Patch (WotOG patch)
  3. Bug on secrets priority (forums). (2014-09-04). 
  4. Bug on secrets priority (forums). (2014-09-04). 
  5. Tested by User:Taohinton 2015-02-03. Played Spellbender, Counterspell and Burly Rockjaw Trogg. Opponent played Arcane Missiles, Counterspell activated, then Trogg activated; Spellbender did not activate.
  6. Tested by User:Taohinton, 2015-02-03. Played Spellbender, then Burly Rockjaw Trogg. Opponent played Fireball; Trogg activated, then Spellbender activated.