Warsong Commander

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Warsong Commander
Warsong Commander(193).png
Warsong Commander(193) Gold.png
Set: Basic
Type: Minion
Class: Warrior
Cost: 3
Attack: 2
Health: 3
Abilities: Increment attribute
Tags: Area of Effect, Charge-related, Ongoing effect

Your Charge minions have +1 Attack.

The Warsong clan is such drama. It's really not worth it to become a commander.

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Warsong Commander is a warrior minion card, from the Basic set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Two copies of Warsong Commander are automatically included in all players' collections upon unlocking the warrior class.

Two Golden copies of Warsong Commander are a reward for raising a warrior to levels 36 and 38.

Warsong Commander is uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Warsong Commander's ability is an ongoing effect, granting +1 Attack to all friendly minions that have Charge. Granting Charge to an existing minion (such as through Charge) with a friendly Warsong Commander on the board will cause the minion to immediately gain +1 Attack, while Silencing a minion with Charge will cause it to lose Charge and the +1 Attack buff.
  • If a friendly minion has multiple instances of Charge, such as by using Charge on a minion that already has Charge, Warsong Commander still only gives it +1 Attack once, not once for each instance of Charge.
  • Warsong Commander will no longer be offered for selection in Arena, since the 15th of September 2016.[1] However, it is still obtainable in Arena matches through random effects, such as Unstable Portal.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Warsong Commander fits in a Charge-themed deck. Her small +1 Attack buff works best with multiple minions, which usually means aiming for several smaller, cheaper minions rather than a single expensive one. Good minions for this include Bluegill Warrior, Kor'kron Elite and Southsea Deckhand.

As of its most recent change in October 2015, Warsong Commander is widely considered to be a poor card.[2] This is due in part to the availability of Raid Leader, which provides an identical buff to all friendly minions, the only drawback being 1 less Health. However, Warsong Commander is intended to provide a useful "build-around" for warrior decks, giving new players a starting theme of Charge around which to start building decks.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Warsong Commander was first publicly changed during the closed beta with Patch 1.0.0.4458. The minion's previous ability had been Your other minions have Charge. This allowed warriors to use Warsong Commander to send even large minions such as Boulderfist Ogre immediately into battle, presenting something close to a win condition if the player was able to keep the Commander on the board, especially once higher levels of mana were reached. A more extreme combination involved using Youthful Brewmaster at low Health to repeatedly play Molten Giant, dealing huge amounts of damage in one turn.[2] The card was therefore changed to read Whenever you summon a minion with 3 or less Attack, give it Charge.

This version of the card saw minimal use in the meta, although it remained effective in certain combo decks, such as those revolving around Frothing Berserker and Raging Worgen one turn kills. Later in 2014 bugs caused the card to no longer grant Charge to cards whose Attack was increased through Battlecries, most notably impacting Bloodsail Raider; the card also often failed to grant Charge to minions summoned by other minions, such as Harvest Golem's Damaged Golem. Both of these bugs further reduced the card's popularity.

With the release of Blackrock Mountain in April 2015, Warsong Commander saw new potential with the introduction of Grim Patron. The previous bug preventing the card from granting Charge to minions not played from the hand was fixed in time for the release of the adventure, allowing Warsong Commander to grant Charge to an almost endless series of Grim Patrons in a single turn. The presence of any enemy minion with less than 3 Attack could be attacked into by the Patron to create another Grim Patron with Charge, which could in turn attack a weak enemy minion, again creating another Grim Patron which also had Charge, and so on. The result was an extremely powerful deck capable of delivering devastating one turn kills, and performing extremely well against other decks in the meta. Decks were quickly built around this combination, along with Frothing Berserker and activators such as Whirlwind, and soon rose to be considered by many one of the most powerful decks in the game.

However, the non-interactive nature of this deck, along with its high popularity (and notoriety) among players led in late 2015 to Warsong Commander being nerfed, with its text changed to Your Charge minions have +1 Attack. The deck had long drawn comparisons to Miracle Rogue both for its non-interactive play, as well as its challenging complexity to play properly. The developers stated that they "felt this change was necessary to help expand both future design space and to stand by our overarching game philosophy that battles between minions and fighting for board control is what makes Hearthstone fun and compelling."[3] Most importantly, the developers realised that the ability to grant Charge was simply too powerful, and that without removing this entirely, the card would remain "so dangerous it would definitely be a problem again in the future."[4] Ben Brode stated that the card's design had also long inhibited the design space for low-Attack cards, including the neutral prototype of Dreadsteed, which was originally planned as part of Curse of Naxxramas, but had to be cancelled due to its synergy with Warsong Commander allowing players to "slowly machine-gun down every minion on your opponent's board".[2] However, Brode admitted that the new card "isn't good", and that it would "take [warriors] down a peg" in the Arena.[2]

The new text was chosen based on several factors: the developers wanted to stay true to Warsong Commander's Charge theme; they wanted the card to continue its role as a build-around for warrior decks; and if possible they wanted to keep its stats as similar as possible.[2][5] After trying "30 or 40 different designs", the final text was chosen, due to best fulfilling these requirements.[2] The developers accepted that the card would likely disappear from the meta, in exchange particularly for it continuing its role as a useful build-around for warriors.[2] The change also simplified what the developers considered an inappropriately complex design for a basic card, which intentionally feature relatively simple mechanics.[2]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
Charge forward!
Attack
For the Warsong!

Lore[edit | edit source]

From Wowpedia:

The Warsong clan is an orcish clan, formerly led by Grom Hellscream and now led by his headstrong son Garrosh Hellscream. The clan's Warsong Outriders form the Horde faction in the Warsong Gulch battleground — where they are attempting to defend their logging operations in Ashenvale from the Silverwing Sentinels, a group of night elves unwilling to have their forest continue to be cut down. Additionally, the Warsong Offensive spearheads the Horde's assault against the Scourge in Northrend.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Artist[edit | edit source]

Wei Wang

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Warsong Commander, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • The Grand Tournament logo.png Patch 3.2.0.10604 (2015-10-20): Has been reworked again and now reads: Your Charge minions have +1 Attack.
  • Blackrock Mountain logo.png Patch 2.4.0.8311 (2015-03-31): Bug fix: "Will now [correctly] give charge to minions summoned by other minions—charge forward!"
  • Patch 1.0.0.4458 (2014-1-16): Has been reworked and now reads: Whenever you summon a minion with 3 or less Attack, give it Charge.
  • Patch 1.0.0.3140 (April or May 2013): Health increased from 2 to 3.
  • Previously: Your other minions have Charge. [3 mana, 2 Attack, 2 Health][6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hearthside Chat: Upcoming Arena Changes with Dean Ayala. (2016-09-08). 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Designer Insights with Ben Brode: Warsong Commander. (2015-10-14). 
  3. Zeriyah (2015-10-13). Upcoming Balance Change to Warsong Commander
  4. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-10-14). 
  5. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-10-14). 
  6. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft - Building the Fire (UK). (2013-03-19).  (Warsong Commander is briefly visible for a few frames before Gorehowl blocks the screen.)