Steward of Darkshire

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Steward of Darkshire
Steward of Darkshire(33153).png
Steward of Darkshire(33153) Gold.png
Set: Whispers of the Old Gods
Type: Minion
Class: Paladin
Rarity: Rare
Cost: 3
Attack: 3
Health: 3
Abilities: Divine Shield
Tags: Health-related, Summoning-related, Triggered effect

Whenever you summon a 1-Health minion, give it Divine Shield.

Turns out divine shields are way cheaper if you buy in bulk.

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Steward of Darkshire is a rare paladin minion card, from the Whispers of the Old Gods set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Steward of Darkshire can be obtained through Whispers of the Old Gods card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward. Golden Steward of Darkshire can also be obtained through the Highest Rank Bonus chest at the end of each Ranked season.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Steward of Darkshire 100 20
Golden Steward of Darkshire 800 100

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This minion's triggered effect activates whenever the controlling player summons a minion with 1 Health. It does not require the minion to be played from the hand.
  • The effect only activates if the minion summoned has a maximum Health value of 1. Minions which are damaged to 1 Health (such as those summoned by Redemption), will not trigger it.[1][2] In addition, minions which are buffed in hand (such as by Grimestreet Outfitter), will not trigger the effect either.
  • The effect activates before any Battlecry from the summoned minions. For example, playing Twilight Drake with other cards in hand will cause the initially 1-Health Drake to activate the Steward's effect, gaining Divine Shield, before its Battlecry then increases its Health.[3]
  • Steward of Darkshire is a Summon Resolution Step trigger, meaning she triggers after each outermost Phase resolves, after auras update. As a result, depending on whether you play or merely summon a minion, she will check her condition and trigger with the following timing:
    • Played: after auras, after On Play Phase triggers, before After Summon Triggers
    • Merely summoned: after auras, after After Summon Triggers
  • As a result, Steward of Darkshire triggers after Sword of Justice for merely summoned minions, but before Sword of Justice for played minions. She always triggers after Health auras update (such as Murloc Warleader) and after Hobgoblin triggers. It is unknown which of these interactions are bugged and which are intended. Keep them in mind when constructing Steward of Darkshire decks that contain other buffs.[4]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

This card synergizes well with Twilight Drake. It can also turn Charge minions with low Health like Wolfrider and Bluegill Warrior into effective board traders. It works well with Murlocs in general due to their overall low Health, activating for minions including Murloc Tidehunter and Bilefin Tidehunter (and the minions summoned by them), Murloc Tinyfin and Grimscale Oracle. This could enable very efficient trading in a Murloc Paladin deck.

This minion will grant shields to Silver Hand Recruits and other 'summoned' minions, giving it synergy with cards like Stand Against Darkness and Violet Teacher.

Another fun combo is Steward of Darkshire, Stand Against Darkness and Blood Knight, producing an 18/18 Blood Knight, or Rallying Blade, shaping 5 2/2 Silver Hand Recruits with Divine Shield. However, both also require The Coin, or a cost reduction effect, since the full combos cost 11 mana. Nonetheless, both cards in general have strong synergy with Steward of Darkshire, especially if the player manages to have several Divine Shields active on their minions just before playing them.

In Wild format this card synergizes well with Muster for Battle. This can be followed with Quartermaster, resulting in 3/3 Silver Hand Recruits with Divine Shield.

Minions with 1 health[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Cursed Revenant None General Any 4 5 1
Grub None Beast Any 1 1 1
Imp None Demon Any 1 1 1
Ooze None General Any 1 1 1 Taunt 
Plant None General Any 1 1 1
Primalfin None Murloc Any 1 1 1
Raptor None Beast Any 1 1 1
Silver Hand Murloc None Murloc Paladin 1 1 1
Skeleton None General Any 1 1 1
Steward None General Any 1 1 1
Whelp None Dragon Paladin 1 1 1
Bluegill Warrior Free Murloc Any 2 2 1 Charge He just wants a hug. A sloppy... slimy... hug.
Elven Archer Free General Any 1 1 1 Battlecry: Deal 1 damage. Don't bother asking her out on a date. She'll shoot you down.
Grimscale Oracle Free Murloc Any 1 1 1 Your other Murlocs have +1 Attack. These are the brainy murlocs. It turns out that doesn’t mean much.
Magma Rager Free Elemental Any 3 5 1 He likes to think he is powerful, but pretty much anyone can solo Molten Core now.
Murloc Raider Free Murloc Any 1 2 1 Mrrraggglhlhghghlgh, mrgaaag blarrghlgaahahl mrgggg glhalhah a bghhll graggmgmg Garrosh mglhlhlh mrghlhlhl!!
Murloc Tidehunter Free Murloc Any 2 2 1 Battlecry: Summon a 1/1 Murloc Scout. "Death will rise, from the tides!"
Novice Engineer Free General Any 2 1 1 Battlecry: Draw a card. "Half of this class will not graduate… since they'll have been turned to chickens." - Tinkmaster Overspark, teaching Gizmos 101.
Silver Hand Recruit Free General Paladin 1 1 1
Stonetusk Boar Free Beast Any 1 1 1 Charge This card is boaring.
Voodoo Doctor Free General Any 1 2 1 Battlecry: Restore 2 Health. Voodoo is an oft-misunderstood art. But it is art.
Wolfrider Free General Any 3 3 1 Charge Orcish raiders ride wolves because they are well adapted to harsh environments, and because they are soft and cuddly.
Abusive Sergeant Common General Any 1 1 1 Battlecry: Give a minion +2 Attack this turn. ADD ME TO YOUR DECK, MAGGOT!
Acherus Veteran Common General Any 1 2 1 Battlecry: Give a friendly minion +1 Attack. This is my Runeblade. There are many like it but this one is mine.
Arcane Anomaly Common Elemental Any 1 2 1 Whenever you cast a spell, give this minion +1 Health. He used to get work as a Spatial Anomaly, but he got tired of having his polarity reversed.
Argent Squire Common General Any 1 1 1 Divine Shield "I solemnly swear to uphold the Light, purge the world of darkness, and to eat only burritos." - The Argent Dawn Oath
Backstreet Leper Common General Any 3 3 1 Deathrattle: Deal 2 damage to the enemy hero. Quit playing games with his heart. And his fingers. And foot. It's rude.
Big-Time Racketeer Common General Any 6 1 1 Battlecry: Summon a 6/6 Ogre. "It'd be a shame if someone disenchanted those Legendaries."
Bilefin Tidehunter Common Murloc Any 2 2 1 Battlecry: Summon a 1/1 Ooze with TauntBile actually makes for surprisingly sturdy fins.
Blowgill Sniper Common Murloc Any 2 2 1 Battlecry: Deal 1 damage. Imagine how much further his darts would go if he had lungs instead of gills!
Boar Common Beast Any 1 1 1
Cursed Disciple Common General Any 4 5 1 Deathrattle: Summon a 5/1 Revenant. Politer than his brother, the cursing disciple, but far more evil.
Damaged Golem Common Mech Any 1 2 1
Deadscale Knight Common Murloc Any 1 1 1 Lifesteal His favorite spell is Chum Explosion.
Defender Common General Paladin 1 2 1
Drygulch Jailor Common General Paladin 2 1 1 Deathrattle: Add 3 Silver Hand Recruits to your hand. Hard time: 6-10 turns for candle-nappin'.
Duskboar Common Beast Any 2 4 1 Often excluded from dinner parties. To be fair, he is very boaring.
Eggnapper Common General Any 3 3 1 Deathrattle: Summon two 1/1 Raptors. Often misunderstood, it's just that he likes to use the eggs as pillows.
Emerald Reaver Common Beast Any 1 2 1 Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to each hero. Not to be confused with clubbing enthusiast Emerald Raver.
Fallen Sun Cleric Common General Any 2 2 1 Battlecry: Give a friendly minion +1/+1. It's hard to keep a Shattered Sun Cleric down.
Flame of Azzinoth Common Elemental Any 1 2 1
Glacial Shard Common Elemental Any 1 2 1 Battlecry: Freeze an enemy. Ice, ice, baby!
Grimestreet Outfitter Common General Paladin 2 1 1 Battlecry: Give all minions in your hand +1/+1. If you bargain hard, he'll throw in the hat.
Grimscale Chum Common Murloc Paladin 1 2 1 Battlecry: Give a random Murloc in your hand +1/+1. Listen, see? We'll take 'em to the docks, see? And throw 'em in the sea, see?
Ironbeak Owl Common Beast Any 3 2 1 Battlecry: Silence a minion. Their wings are silent but their screech is... whatever the opposite of silent is.
Kobold Apprentice Common General Any 3 2 1 Battlecry: Deal 3 damage randomly split among all enemies. Horrible secret: The Darkness is immune to Arcane Missiles.
Leper Gnome Common General Any 1 1 1 Deathrattle: Deal 2 damage to the enemy hero. He really just wants to be your friend, but the constant rejection is starting to really get to him.
Loot Hoarder Common General Any 2 2 1 Deathrattle: Draw a card. Always roll need.
Mechanical Dragonling Common Mech Any 1 2 1
Murloc Scout Common Murloc Any 1 1 1
Righteous Protector Common General Paladin 1 1 1 Taunt
Divine Shield
 
Scarlet Crusader Common General Any 3 3 1 Divine Shield Never wash your whites with a Scarlet Crusader.
Sewer Crawler Common General Any 3 1 1 Battlecry: Summon a 2/3 Giant Rat. His clothing is "ratty" in more ways than one.
Snowflipper Penguin Common Beast Any 0 1 1 On land, a group of penguins is called a "waddle."
Southsea Deckhand Common Pirate Any 1 2 1 Has Charge while you have a weapon equipped. Pirates are into this new fad called "Planking".
Squirrel Common Beast Any 1 1 1
Stoneskin Basilisk Common Beast Any 3 1 1 Divine Shield
Poisonous He got that way from looking into a mirror.
Tainted Zealot Common General Any 2 1 1 Divine Shield
Spell Damage +1
 The love she shares seems to go nowhere. Now she's lost her Light, tosses and turns, she can't sleep at night...
Tentacle of N'Zoth Common General Any 1 1 1 Deathrattle: Deal 1 damage to all minions. Because EVERYDAY is the Day of the Tentacle of N'zoth.
Twisted Worgen Common General Any 2 3 1 Stealth Sometimes the Old Gods' corruptions gives you power untold, sometimes you get +1 Attack. We can’t all be winners in the Eldritch lottery.
Violet Apprentice Common General Any 1 1 1
Volatile Elemental Common Elemental Any 2 1 1 Deathrattle: Deal 3 damage to a random enemy minion. Currently in an anger management class with Raging Worgen, Grommash Hellscream, and The Angry Chicken. It isn't helping.
Vryghoul Common General Any 3 3 1 Deathrattle: If it's your opponent's turn, summon a 2/2 Ghoul. It's pronounced VERY GHOUL. Don't let anyone tell you different.
Whelp Common Dragon Any 1 1 1
Wicked Skeleton Common General Any 4 1 1 Battlecry: Gain +1/+1 for each minion that died this turn. It's minions like these that give normal, law-abiding skeletons a bad rap.
Wisp Common General Any 0 1 1 If you hit an Eredar Lord with enough Wisps, it will explode. But why?
Worgen Infiltrator Common General Any 1 2 1 Stealth If you want to stop a worgen from infiltrating, just yell, "No! Bad boy!"
Wretched Tiller Common General Any 1 1 1 Whenever this minion attacks, deal 2 damage to the enemy hero. If you ever tried to plow permafrost, you’d be wretched, too.
Young Dragonhawk Common Beast Any 1 1 1 Windfury They were the inspiration for the championship Taurenball team: The Dragonhawks.
Zealous Initiate Common General Any 1 1 1 Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion +1/+1. Ok, Initiate. You need to settle down and do your job. In this case, that means die so someone else can get a minor buff.
Angry Chicken Rare Beast Any 1 1 1 Enrage: +5 Attack. There is no beast more frightening (or ridiculous) than a fully enraged chicken.
Disciple of C'Thun Rare General Any 3 2 1 Battlecry: Deal 2 damage. Give your C'Thun +2/+2 (wherever it is)C’Thun’s recruiting pitch involves cookies, which is why it’s the most popular Old God.
Feral Gibberer Rare General Any 1 1 1 After this minion attacks a hero, add a copy of it to your hand. It's certainly not civilized gibbering.
Furbolg Mossbinder Rare General Any 5 1 1 Battlecry: Transform a friendly minion into a 6/6 Elemental. Behold, the unstoppable power of MOSS!
Grimestreet Informant Rare General Hunter, Warrior, Paladin 2 1 1 Battlecry: Discover a Hunter, Paladin or Warrior card. "Naw, naw. You're talkin' about Grime BOULEVARD. I ain't know nuthin' 'bout that."
Selfless Hero Rare General Paladin 1 2 1 Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion Divine Shield"Don't worry about me… I'll just be here... under these tentacles."
Shallow Gravedigger Rare General Any 3 3 1 Deathrattle: Add a random Deathrattle minion to your hand. It's hard to put them six feet under when you're three feet tall.
Small-Time Buccaneer Rare Pirate Any 1 1 1 Has +2 Attack while you have a weapon equipped. "Oh, I'm not serious about it. I only pirate on the weekends."
Twilight Drake Rare Dragon Any 4 4 1 Battlecry: Gain +1 Health for each card in your hand. Twilight drakes feed on Mystical Energy. And Tacos.
Young Priestess Rare General Any 1 2 1 At the end of your turn, give another random friendly minion +1 Health. She can't wait to learn Power Word: Fortitude Rank 2.
Blubber Baron Epic General Any 3 1 1 Whenever you summon a Battlecry minion while this is in your hand, gain +1/+1. When oil, railroad, steel, robber, and red are all already taken, your options are limited.
Faceless Shambler Epic General Any 4 1 1 Taunt
Battlecry: Copy a friendly minion's Attack and Health. "What is that thing?!" "I'm not sure, but it seems to be sort of Y'sera shaped."
Twilight Summoner Epic General Any 4 1 1 Deathrattle: Summon a 5/5 Faceless Destroyer. If you strike him down, he shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.
Weasel Tunneler Epic 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.
Bloodmage Thalnos Legendary General Any 2 1 1 Spell Damage +1. Deathrattle: Draw a card. He's in charge of the Annual Scarlet Monastery Blood Drive!
Lynessa Sunsorrow Legendary General Paladin 7 1 1 Battlecry: Cast each spell you cast on your minions this game on this one. A diet of pure magic is great for the complexion but wreaks havoc on one's mood.
Moroes Legendary General Any 3 1 1 Stealth
At the end of your turn, summon a 1/1 Steward. Moroes runs an army of stewards, but still ends up inflating the balloons himself.
Patches the Pirate Legendary Pirate Any 1 1 1 Charge. After you play a Pirate, summon this minion from your deck. What do sailors yell when Patches steals their treasure chest full of laws and other things being transported to parliament for a vote? "The Eyes have it!"
Sergeant Sally Legendary General Any 3 1 1 Deathrattle: Deal damage equal to the minion's Attack to all enemy minions. "Who is she? Where did she come from? We don't even have a police force here in Gadgetzan!!" - Mayor Noggenfogger
Shifter Zerus Legendary General Any 1 1 1 Each turn this is in your hand, transform it into a different minion. It's like being able to play with THREE angry chickens!
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Grub(77091).png
Imp(321).png
Ooze(35308).png
Plant(52594).png
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Raptor(55518).png
Silver Hand Murloc(35275).png
Skeleton(63015).png
Steward(42205).png
Whelp(42197).png
Bluegill Warrior(289).png
Elven Archer(356).png
Grimscale Oracle(510).png
Magma Rager(362).png
Murloc Raider(55).png
Murloc Tidehunter(357).png
Novice Engineer(435).png
Silver Hand Recruit(268).png
Stonetusk Boar(76).png
Voodoo Doctor(410).png
Wolfrider(174).png
Abusive Sergeant(577).png
Acherus Veteran(62948).png
Arcane Anomaly(42043).png
Argent Squire(473).png
Backstreet Leper(49697).png
Big-Time Racketeer(49625).png
Bilefin Tidehunter(35219).png
Blowgill Sniper(49672).png
Boar(65).png
Cursed Disciple(76990).png
Damaged Golem(200).png
Deadscale Knight(62931).png
Defender(318).png
Drygulch Jailor(73329).png
Duskboar(35251).png
Eggnapper(55595).png
Emerald Reaver(55568).png
Fallen Sun Cleric(62888).png
Flame of Azzinoth(685).png
Glacial Shard(55485).png
Grimestreet Outfitter(49662).png
Grimscale Chum(49685).png
Ironbeak Owl(500).png
Kobold Apprentice(76993).png
Leper Gnome(513).png
Loot Hoarder(395).png
Mechanical Dragonling(680).png
Murloc Scout(486).png
Righteous Protector(62864).png
Scarlet Crusader(475).png
Sewer Crawler(77013).png
Snowflipper Penguin(62839).png
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Squirrel(469).png
Stoneskin Basilisk(77021).png
Tainted Zealot(62951).png
Tentacle of N'Zoth(33130).png
Twisted Worgen(35223).png
Violet Apprentice(63).png
Volatile Elemental(55550).png
Vryghoul(62941).png
Whelp(527).png
Wicked Skeleton(62944).png
Wisp(273).png
Worgen Infiltrator(112).png
Wretched Tiller(62946).png
Young Dragonhawk(629).png
Zealous Initiate(35222).png
Angry Chicken(57).png
Disciple of C'Thun(35196).png
Feral Gibberer(76864).png
Furbolg Mossbinder(76934).png
Grimestreet Informant(49627).png
Selfless Hero(35245).png
Shallow Gravedigger(58720).png
Small-Time Buccaneer(49759).png
Twilight Drake(360).png
Young Priestess(123).png
Blubber Baron(49760).png
Faceless Shambler(33133).png
Twilight Summoner(33175).png
Weasel Tunneler(49758).png
Bloodmage Thalnos(525).png
Lynessa Sunsorrow(76920).png
Moroes(42030).png
Patches the Pirate(49624).png
Sergeant Sally(49728).png
Shifter Zerus(35190).png

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
Back to your homes.
Attack
Back!

Lore[edit | edit source]

The gates of Darkshire in World of Warcraft

After years of defending their town against the terrors of Duskwood, the grim defenders of Darkshire are no strangers to horror or madness. The Steward of Darkshire is a true good-willed defender of her home, free of corruption by the Old Gods, as can be seen by the torch and lack of tentacles, and the Holy Light shining in her eyes.

From Wowpedia:

Darkshire is a once-quaint little woodland village located in Duskwood, but it has fallen on literally dark times. The surrounding forests have been filled with an evil malaise that cloaks the land in constant darkness. The walking dead choke the graveyards, and foul creatures known as worgen have overrun many of the outlying farmsteads. Even worse, Stormwind has all but abandoned the village and the surrounding area, as most of the Stormwind army is currently off fighting on the Horde/Alliance front. This has left the stubborn people of Duskwood little choice but to defend themselves.
The small town now numbers a scant 3,500 people, a great deal of them refugees from Raven Hill. Lord Ello Ebonlocke is the elected mayor of this town. His daughter, Commander Althea Ebonlocke, runs the Night Watch, a local militia that works to keep the roads free and the creeping darkness back for as long as possible. They strike against the undead and worgen that plague the land. The people of Duskwood are a jumpy and suspicious lot, but they are desperate for any aid they can get against the evil that now surrounds their homes.

The art for this card appears to depict Watcher Sarah Ladimore, but the Hearthstone character is likely unrelated.

Artist[edit | edit source]

Phroilan Gardner

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Steward of Darkshire, full art
Darkshire in World of Warcraft

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]