Varian Wrynn

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Varian Wrynn
Varian Wrynn(22342).png
Varian Wrynn(22342) Gold.png
Set: The Grand Tournament
Type: Minion
Class: Warrior
Rarity: Legendary
Cost: 10
Attack: 7
Health: 7
Abilities: Battlecry, Draw cards, Put into battlefield
Artist: Wei Wang
Voice actor: Chris Metzen

Battlecry: Draw 3 cards. Put any minions you drew directly into the battlefield.

Leader of the Alliance! Father of Anduin! Also he likes to play Arena, and he averages 12 wins.

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Varian Wrynn is a legendary warrior minion card, from the Grand Tournament set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Varian Wrynn can be obtained through The Grand Tournament card packs purchased online from the Battle.net shop, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Varian Wrynn 1600 400
Golden Varian Wrynn 3200 1600

Additionally, an uncraftable and undisenchantable Event version of this card was temporarily given to all players as part of the Doom in the Tomb event.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Varian Wrynn's Battlecry functions as follows:

This leads to the following interactions:

  • If Varian Wrynn draws a minion, any on-draw effects and draw-triggered effects will not be activated, including Sea Reaver [1], Flame Leviathan[2] and Chromaggus.[3]
    • However, if Varian Wrynn draws a minion and the controlling player's side of the board is full, it will go into their hand instead.[4] This will allow triggers such as Chromaggus and Sea Reaver to activate normally.[5]
  • If Varian Wrynn draws a non-minion, any on-draw effects and draw-triggered effects will be activated, including Cast When Drawn effects [6] and Chromaggus.[7]
    • If Varian Wrynn draws a card with an on-draw effect, which in turn draws a minion, the minion will not be put into the battlefield, since it was not drawn directly by Varian.
  • If Varian Wrynn puts into play minions with triggered effects, such as Chromaggus or Knife Juggler, they will be able to trigger from the results of any of Varian's subsequent draws.[8]

Fixed bugs[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

This card serves as a way to gain card advantage and tempo swing (or somewhere in between) for a midrange or control deck. Depending on the deck you use this in, drawing minions can be either a good or a bad thing, depending on how reliant you are on Battlecry effects. High-cost minions with Taunt, Charge, Rush, or end-of-turn effects like Ragnaros the Firelord and Armagedillo work best with Varian Wrynn. It's also preferable to have a higher ratio of minions than spells and weapons in your deck to maximize his Battlecry's value, since although the card draw is good, the tempo loss is significant on an understatted 10-mana minion if he doesn't draw any minions.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
Behold the armies of Stormwind.
Alternative summon (when the enemy hero is Anduin)
Your skills are growing, Anduin.
Attack
For the glory of Stormwind!

Lore[edit | edit source]

"The Horde has committed heinous crimes, Vol'jin. But some among you fought against Garrosh's tyranny. For that, I'm willing to end this bloodshed. But know this: if your Horde fails to uphold honor as Garrosh did, we will end you."

Varian Wrynn was leader of the Alliance, and father of Anduin Wrynn.

From Wowpedia:

Varian Wrynn, also known as Lo'Gosh the "Ghost Wolf", was the former King of Stormwind and High King of the Grand Alliance.
Varian’s life has been defined by tragedy and conflict. The murder of his father, King Llane, by the assassin Garona Halforcen weighs heavily on him, along with the accidental death of his wife, Tiffin, during a riot. The king has recently returned to the throne following his abduction by the Defias Brotherhood and the black dragon Onyxia, who disguised herself as Lady Katrana Prestor. Robbed of his memories and enslaved by a Horde gladiatorial trainer in Kalimdor, Varian fought his way to freedom, earning the nickname “Lo’Gosh,” or “ghost wolf,” while in battle. With the help of his comrades, he was able to recover his true identity and finally defeat Onyxia. Under his daring leadership, the humans of Stormwind led the Alliance to victory against the Lich King in Northrend, and now seek to bolster their strategic holdings against their perennial enemy, the Horde. Known for his tenacity and fierce will, King Varian Wrynn is committed to protecting the Alliance's interests and raising his son, Anduin, to follow in his place. With the world plunged into chaos by the great Cataclysm, he has taken up military leadership of the Alliance, and vowed to forge a new destiny for Azeroth.
Leading the Alliance armies against the Burning Legion at the Broken Shore, Varian fell in battle at the gates of the Tomb of Sargeras, sacrificing himself to allow the Alliance forces to escape. Before staying behind to fight, Varian entrusted Genn Greymane with a letter to his son Anduin, advising him that one must be willing to fight in order to preserve peace. In the aftermath of the battle, he was succeeded by Anduin as King of Stormwind and High King of the Alliance.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Voice[edit | edit source]

[note 1]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Varian Wrynn, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Chris Metzen has voiced Varian Wrynn since at least Wrath of the Lich King, and is therefore believed to be the voice actor for this card.

References[edit | edit source]