Heroes[edit | edit source]
Gul'dan is the default hero for warlocks. Players who have unlocked the Nemsy Necrofizzle or Mecha-Jaraxxus alternate heroes may choose to play as one of them instead when using any warlock deck. All heroes use the same gameplay mechanics; the difference is purely cosmetic.
Background[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Warlock
In the face of demonic power, most heroes see death. Warlocks see only opportunity. Dominance is their aim, and they have found a path to it in the dark arts. These voracious spellcasters summon demonic minions to fight beside them. At first, they command only the service of imps, but as a warlock’s knowledge grows, seductive succubi, loyal voidwalkers, and horrific felhunters join the dark sorcerer’s ranks to wreak havoc on anyone who stands in their master’s way. Warlocks can ignite distant enemies in searing flame, send them fleeing in terror and pain, or afflict them with corrupting diseases and curses that steal the victim’s vitality.
These practitioners of the profane are feared across Azeroth, and many who have felt their wrath now prefer to fight alongside a warlock than against one.
Hero Power[edit | edit source]
The warlock Hero Power is Life Tap, allowing them to sacrifice 2 Health (and 2 mana) in order to draw a card. While this may seem like an unworthy trade, the ability to gain card advantage is very strong, and Life Tap is widely considered one of the strongest Hero Powers in the game. It can be very effective for both early game and late game decks, allowing Handlocks to quickly build a large hand of cards, or an aggressive Zoolock to consistently flood the board with cheaper minions.
Replacement Hero Powers[edit | edit source]
Strategy and gameplay[edit | edit source]
Many newer players may find themselves initially turned off from the warlock as the class makes heavy use of "self-abuse" mechanics in order to gain card advantage and summon more minions. Warlock cards generally offer a lower mana cost and higher power than their neutral and other class counterparts, but will come at an alternative price.
This style of play is most evident in their Hero Power Life Tap, which deals 2 damage to the player's own hero in addition to the standard 2 mana cost. However, the ability to draw cards on demand is well worth the higher cost, ensuring the warlock always has something to play.
The warlock features a variety of Demon-class minions, many of whom offer greater power but will drain the warlock's resources in exchange. The Flame Imp and Pit Lord require a portion of the warlock's health on play, but are vastly stronger than other minions of their mana cost. The Felguard is a cheaper defensive minion but lowers mana, while the Void Terror can be a huge threat but requires the sacrifice of up to 2 of the warlock's other minions.
This reckless nature extends to warlock spells as well. Shadowflame is an effective board clear at the cost of one of your own minions, while Power Overwhelming can turn a minion into a kamikaze powerhouse. On an even more destructive level, Hellfire and Twisting Nether can wipe out both sides of the board. Cards such as Sacrificial Pact, Drain Life and Siphon Soul grant further board control while recouping smaller life loss.
Other warlock-specific cards require the hero to discard their other cards to be put into play. Soulfire, Succubus and Doomguard all feature a very low mana cost for their power. A notable strategy to get around this downside is to continually play cards until only these remain, effectively negating the discard effect. Playing around discard effects is a key mechanic of the warlock class.
Due to the warlock's "self-abuse" mechanics, a strategy involving Lord Jaraxxus can be used to heal your hero back to 15 hp when your health has dropped too low. This strategy is employed by many warlocks so your opponent may be expecting it. Although it is a powerful card that may turn the tide of a game, it is best not to play Lord Jaraxxus too early in case your opponent has been hiding large amounts of burst damage in his hand.
The warlock's Life Tap is useful for gaining card count advantages without wasting spots in your deck with draw cards. This ability is what makes warlock succesful as an aggro class, and quite possibly the only class with a competitive zoo deck. These early game rush decks often utilize low cost cards with penalties like Blood Imp as well as efficient, high-quality neutral sticky minions to counter their best counter, AoEs. Especially in conjunction with heavy Life Tap usage, aggressive warlocks are relatively easy for opponent's to finish after they've run out of resources.
Warlocks are also considered a suitable class for late game, as their life tap allows them to consistently draw the cards they need to survive, until expensive and powerful cards can be put into play. With a large amount of card draw at their disposal it is also easy for them to create combos which can create strong monsters such as Void Terror. Although many cards inflict self-harm, other warlock cards can offset this by healing the warlock such as Drain Life and Sacrificial Pact. Molten Giants were very effective in warlock decks with their self-harming nature before their nerf, and could be played for little or no mana late into the game. Still most powerful when used by warlocks, Molten Giants have been replaced by Mountain Giants and Twilight Drakes.
Common deck types[edit | edit source]
The warlock can use a wide variety of deck archetypes to great effect.
A highly popular deck is the Zoolock, named because of its focus on low mana-cost, high 'value' minions. Zoolocks aim to seize board control in the early and mid-game with effective minion trading, creating an insurmountable advantage before the opponent's larger minions can even be played. Life Tap is critical in ensuring the warlock has a continual supply of minions and can refill the board in case of removal. Infamous for its power and efficiency, the Zoolock is a common choice at all skill levels. Its low crafting cost also makes the deck perhaps the easiest competitive choice for many new players.
The introduction of Malchezaar's Imp with One Night in Karazhan has given rise to the Discardlock, a discard effect synergy-oriented version of the traditional Zoolock, negating the drawbacks of cards like Soulfire and Doomguard and even turning them to positives through cards like Silverware Golem.
Another strategy is the Handlock, intentionally putting the player at risk to use devastating minions. Once again Life Tap plays a key role in this deck, where the extra cards enable the Mountain Giant and Twilight Drake. These large minions, when combined with the Taunt-granting battlecries of Defender of Argus and Sunfury Protector, can wrench board control back into the Handlock's grasp. From there, the warlock can safely look for finisher combos such as Leeroy Jenkins and Power Overwhelming.
Counters[edit | edit source]
- A highly offensive deck can be very effective to the generally suicidal mechanics of the warlock; generally to counteract the self-harm caused by the warlock spells and hero ability the warlock will have Siphon Soul, Drain Life, different neutral cards and Taunt minions. An offensive deck can hit the warlock after every Life Tap for devastating results.
- Silence or other crowd control is going to be very useful against the powerful warlock minions.
- If you have the ability to drop the warlock below 15 HP, be careful because they may be holding Lord Jaraxxus in their hand and can easily reset any damage that sends them below 15 HP that doesn't kill them.
Spells[edit | edit source]
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Class||Cost||Description|
Choose an enemy minion. At the start of your turn, destroy it. It starts with stealing a pen from work, and before you know it, BOOM! Corrupted!
Deal 2 damage. Restore 2 Health to your hero. "I've just sucked one year of your life away."
Deal 3 damage to ALL characters. It's spells like these that make it hard for Warlocks to get decent help.
Deal 1 damage to a minion. If that kills it, draw a card. If your spells look like horrifying skulls, let's be honest, you should get to draw some cards.
Destroy a Demon. Restore 5 Health to your hero. This is the reason that Demons never really become friends with Warlocks.
Deal 4 damage to a minion. It’s a Bolt. Its made out of Shadow. What more do you need to know!
Deal 4 damage. Discard a random card. Are you lighting a soul on fire? Or burning someone with your OWN soul? This seems like an important distinction.
Destroy a friendly minion. Restore 4 Health to your hero. "Don't worry about the fine print. Just sign here."
Deal 2 damage to a minion. If it's a friendly Demon, give it +2/+2 instead. Demonfire is like regular fire except for IT NEVER STOPS BURNING HELLLPPP
Deal 2 damage to a minion. Cleans even the toughest clogs with just a flick of the wrist!
Summon four 1/1 Imps. Like a knitting circle, but less evil.
Draw 2 Demons from your deck. Generally demons are pretty obvious and you don’t need a spell to sense them.
Give a minion +3 Attack. If it's a Demon, also give it +3 Health. You know what really makes my blood boil? The skyrocketing price of Bloodfury potions!
Corrupt every minion. Destroy them at the start of your next turn. The most terrifying of Un’goro magics is both silent… AND deadly.
|Curse of Weakness||Rare||Warlock||2|
Give all enemy minions -2 Attack until your next turn. Warlocks refer to this as a "balance change."
Deal 2 damage to a friendly character. Discover a Demon. Wanted on three counts of gnomish possession.
Deal 1 damage to all minions. If any die, cast this again. This spell was originally designed to help warlocks clean up their hard drives.
Deal 3 damage to a minion. Summon three 1/1 Pterrordaxes. True, they're only 1/1s, but they eat as much as most 4/4s!
|Lesser Amethyst Spellstone||Rare||Warlock||4|
Lifesteal. Deal 3 damage to a minion. (Take damage from your cards to upgrade.) A purple stone Azari carved
For dark hearts, craving, power-starved.
The first to bow, the warlock Rin,
Embraced the darkness, slew her kin.
Destroy a friendly minion and deal its Attack damage to all enemy minions. Start with a powerful minion and stir in Shadowflame and you have a good time!
Destroy a minion. Restore 3 Health to your hero. You probably should avoid siphoning your own soul. You might create some kind of weird infinite loop.
Choose a friendly minion. Destroy it and a random enemy minion. Stand right... there. Perfect, perfect! Now don't move.
|Bane of Doom||Epic||Warlock||5|
Deal 2 damage to a character. If that kills it, summon a random Demon. My advice to you is to avoid Doom, if possible.
The next spell you cast this turn costs Health instead of Mana. Help save mana. Donate blood today!
Destroy all minions. Discard your hand. RUN FROM SKY CANDLES! THEY BURN! RUN!
Choose a friendly minion. Your opponent gains control of it. Never look a gift minion in the mouth.
Destroy all minions. The Twisting Nether is a formless place of magic and illusion and destroyed minions.
Quest: Discard 6 cards.
Reward: Nether Portal. They asked, “And what must we give in return?” Gul’dan lowered his hood and answered: “Six… cards…”
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The following spells are generated by other warlock cards or effects, and are uncollectible.
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Class||Cost||Description|
Open a permanent portal that summons 3/2 Imps.
|The Final Seal||None||Warlock||5|
Summon a 6/6 Demon . Add 'Azari, the Devourer' to your hand.
|The First Seal||None||Warlock||5|
Summon a 2/2 Demon. Add 'The Second Seal' to your hand.
|The Fourth Seal||None||Warlock||5|
Summon a 5/5 Demon. Add 'The Final Seal' to your hand.
|The Second Seal||None||Warlock||5|
Summon a 3/3 Demon. Add 'The Third Seal' to your hand.
|The Third Seal||None||Warlock||5|
Summon a 4/4 Demon. Add 'The Fourth Seal' to your hand.
Lifesteal. Deal 5 damage to a minion. (Take damage from your cards to upgrade.)
|Greater Amethyst Spellstone||Rare||Warlock||4|
Lifesteal. Deal 7 damage to a minion.
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Minions[edit | edit source]
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Type||Subtype||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to ALL other characters. "INFERNOOOOOOOOOO!" - Jaraxxus, Eredar Lord of the Burning Legion
Battlecry: Discard a random card. Warlocks have it pretty good.
Taunt No relation to "The Voidsteppers", the popular Void-based dance troupe.
Stealth. At the end of your turn, give another random friendly minion +1 Health. Imps are content to hide and viciously taunt everyone nearby.
Battlecry: If your hero took damage this turn, summon two 1/1 Bats. Happily married with two kids. It was love at first bite.
Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to your hero. Imps like being on fire. They just do.
Whenever this minion takes damage, discard a random card. The problem is that he carries those cards in his mouth.
Battlecry: Draw a card. Deal 2 damage to your hero. Kobolds sort books using a gooey decimal system.
Battlecry: Discard two random cards. Guaranteed to track tar all over your carpet.
Battlecry: Destroy a friendly minion to Adapt twice. For better results, feed your pterrordax low-fat, high-fiber minions.
Battlecry: Destroy a friendly minion and gain +2/+2. Have some! This drink is to die for!
Your minions cost (2) less, but not less than (1). NOT LESS THAN 1! Don't get any ideas!
Has +3 Attack during your opponent's turn. Hi, Tar here. Long time lurking, first time taunting…
Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to your hero. Fortunately he has an even number of fingers.
Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion +2 Health. THIS wood imp. Stop asking!
At the start of your turn, deal 1 damage to your hero. Like a sloppy joe for vampires.
Deathrattle: Summon a random minion you discarded this game. As that old saying goes: "you don't get into dinomancing to make friends."
At the end of your turn, deal 1 damage to all enemy minions. He's deathspicable.
Charge. Battlecry: Discard two random cards. Summoning a doomguard is risky. Someone is going to die.
Taunt. Battlecry: Destroy one of your Mana Crystals. Yes, he'll fight for you. BUT HE'S NOT GOING TO LIKE IT.
Battlecry: If you have 15 or less Health, gain +3/+3 and Taunt. The hook is just an accessory. He can reave just fine without it.
Deathrattle: Recruit a Demon. If you don't keep up with your payments, it'll be a repossessed lackey.
Battlecry: Destroy the minions on either side of this minion and gain their Attack and Health. If you put this into your deck, you WILL lose the trust of your other minions.
Battlecry: Discover a spell.
Deal damage to your hero equal to its Cost. Ear to the ground, he carefully interpreted the chittering noises: “You wanna cast a spell? I wanna cast a spell!”
Battlecry: If your hero took damage this turn, gain Lifesteal. The itsy bitsy spiders climbed up the village wall. Then came the witch and the spiders ate them all.
Battlecry: Remove the top card from your opponent's deck. She prefers the term "Glampire."
Battlecry: Deal 5 damage to your hero. Mannoroth, Magtheridon, and Brutallus may be dead, but it turns out there are a LOT of pit lords.
Battlecry: Destroy a friendly minion and gain its Attack and Health. He's on the hunt for Togwaggle's missing rat.
Deathrattle: Summon three 1/3 Demons with Taunt. Never let it hold your checkbook.
Has +1 Attack for each card you've discarded this game. As a young blood-princess she learned the proper way for a lady to curtsy, how to address fellow members of royalty, and how to bite them.
Whenever you discard this, give it +2/+2 and return it to your hand. A bit of a snob: still refuses to drive anything with automatic transmission.
Minions in your hand have Echo. Summon an unlimited* number of minions!** *Six **Wisps
Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all other minions. If any die, repeat this Battlecry. Betrayed the Alliance. Betrayed the Horde. All for 200 achievement points and a sweet, sweet hat.
Battlecry: Destroy your hero and replace it with Lord Jaraxxus. "TRIFLING GNOME! YOUR ARROGANCE WILL BE YOUR UNDOING!!!!"
|Rin, the First Disciple||Legendary||Minion||General||Warlock||6||3||6|
Deathrattle: Add 'The First Seal' to your hand. Signed and sealed, she delivers oblivion.
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Uncollectible[edit | edit source]
The following minions are generated by other warlock cards and effects, and are uncollectible.
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Type||Subtype||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
|Azari, the Devourer||None||Minion||Demon||Warlock||10||10||10|
Battlecry: Destroy your opponent's deck.
At the end of your turn, summon two 3/2 Imps.
You are out of demons! At least there are always imps...
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Weapons[edit | edit source]
Skull of the Man'ari is the only collectible weapon available for the Warlock class. Playing Lord Jaraxxus will grant them the weapon Blood Fury. This weapon is uncollectible, and cannot otherwise be acquired.
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
|Skull of the Man'ari||Legendary||Warlock||5||0||3|
At the start of your turn, summon a Demon from your hand. Don't trust the skull.
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Leveling rewards[edit | edit source]
Starting cards[edit | edit source]
All warlocks start with the following class cards.
Level 2-10[edit | edit source]
Up to level 10, reaching each even-numbered level will award the player two copies of a new Basic class card. These cards are not obtainable through any other means.
Level 11-60[edit | edit source]
Above level 10, reaching certain levels will award golden versions of existing Basic cards. As they are uncraftable, it is not possible to disenchant these cards, making the reward purely cosmetic. Reaching each required level will award one golden card. Levels after 10 award golden Basic class cards, whereas levels after 50 award golden Basic neutral minion cards.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In August 2016 Ben Brode stated that of all the classes he felt the team had the hardest time designing warlock spells, stating "We need to carve out more design space for them."
References[edit | edit source]
Death Knight (special class)