Wild Pyromancer

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Wild Pyromancer
Wild Pyromancer(25).png
Wild Pyromancer(25) Gold.png
Set: Classic
Type: Minion
Rarity: Rare
Cost: 2
Attack: 3
Health: 2
Abilities: Deal damage
Tags: Area of effect, Spell-related, Triggered effect

After you cast a spell, deal 1 damage to ALL minions.

BOOM BABY BOOM! BAD IS GOOD! DOWN WITH GOVERNMENT!

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Wild Pyromancer is a rare neutral minion card, from the Classic set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Wild Pyromancer can be obtained through Classic card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward. Golden Wild Pyromancer can also be obtained through the Highest Rank Bonus chest at the end of each Ranked season.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Wild Pyromancer 100 20
Golden Wild Pyromancer 800 100

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Wild Pyromancer's triggered effect is activated by the resolution of a spell effect, not the spell being cast, meaning it only activates after all other consequences of the spell have completed. For example, casting Slam on a Wild Pyromancer will cause it to die before its effect can trigger. Likewise, a friendly area of effect spell such as Hellfire which destroys the Pyromancer will do so without triggering the Pyromancer's effect, since the Pyromancer is removed before the spell resolves.
  • This also means that it activates after any related deaths and Deathrattles have resolved. For example if a priest with a Wild Pyromancer on the board uses Shadow Word: Death to destroy a Sylvanas Windrunner, and her Deathrattle takes control of the Wild Pyromancer, he will not trigger from the casting of the spell. This is because the Pyromancer only checks for activation after the spell and all its consequences have resolved; by which time he belongs to the other player.
  • Wild Pyromancer's triggered effect counts as dealing damage for game purposes. This makes it impossible to grant the Pyromancer Stealth through Conceal, for example, because the Pyromancer will immediately follow the spell by dealing 1 AoE damage, thus removing its own Stealth.[1]

Fixed bugs[edit | edit source]

  • For a while during Patch 5.0.0.12574, Wild Pyromancer and Flamewaker maintained Stealth if Stealthed by a spell, such as Conceal or Finicky Cloakfield. (The Stealth will be lost the NEXT time they deal damage.)[2] This bug was hotfixed.
  • For a while during Patch 5.0.0.12574, there was no death processing between the spell resolving and Wild Pyromancer/Flamewaker triggering. For example, Haunted Creeper if mortally wounded by the spell would not die and release its Spectral Spiders before the triggers, but conversely if the Wild Pyromancer was mortally wounded by the spell he would activate his effect before dying.[3] This was hotfixed.[4]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Wild Pyromancer is a great asset if you want to clear the board, or get rid of stealthed nuisances such as Worgen Infiltrator and Patient Assassin. However, due to its double-edged nature, there are a few things to keep in mind when playing this card.

The ability's damage is dealt to ALL minions, meaning your own minions will suffer as well. Healing spells like Circle of Healing or Holy Nova only partly help healing your minions back up, since the ability of Wild Pyromancer occurs AFTER casting a spell, applying 1 fresh point of damage to all minions. This effectively turns Equality into a cheaper Twisting Nether.

Since the Wild Pyromancer only has 2 health, you can use his ability only twice before he is destroyed, unless you raise his health or heal him. For this reason Power Word: Shield is a popular trigger choice for priests, being both protective and card efficient. Priests can generally expect to get the most longevity from Wild Pyromancer, due both to Power Word: Shield and their variety of healing options.

An interesting strategy is to combo Wild Pyromancer with damage-triggered cards, found especially in warrior decks. Pyromancer can trigger several such minions simultaneously, and also opens up chances for a well-timed Execute. Examples include anything with Enrage, Battle Rage, Gurubashi Berserker, Frothing Berserker and Armorsmith. Playing a Commanding Shout keeps the Pyromancer going until your hand is empty of spells and the opponent's minions are burned to a crisp.

For priests, Wild Pyromancer is often combined with Northshire Cleric and either Holy Nova or even Circle of Healing to provide potentially massive card draw. First the Wild Pyromancer is triggered, often using a Power Word: Shield, causing a single point of damage to all targets. The priest then uses the AoE healing spell in combination with Northshire Cleric to draw a card for each healed minion. In many cases the card draw makes this play worthwhile even when it substantially heals the enemy minions, with priests usually aiming to maximise the number of minions on the field before executing this manoeuvre.

Wild Pyromancer is also used as a simple board clear. This is especially effective against weak minions, and in decks which lack other AoE removal options. Bear in mind that the Pyromancer's effect can be triggered repeatedly in order to remove more substantial enemies, or used to add an additional point of damage to a board clearing spell such as Flamestrike or Swipe, effectively acting as Spell Damage. Likewise, the Pyromancer's damage can be used to finish off targets previously weakened by minion attack.

For two mana, this card has good stats, even when not taking the ability into account. With an attack of 3, it can be effectively used as an early game drop just for the stats if you have no other options. The low Health also comes in handy when you want to get rid of the Wild Pyromancer: if the circumstances change in a way that this card would do more harm than benefit to you, its 2 Health ensures it will die in most minion trades. Such circumstances arise fairly often, especially in the early game where the Pyromancer is often capable of removing your own minions, effectively preventing you from playing necessary spells. For this reason it is often worth taking a moment to anticipate future actions before playing the Pyromancer.

A popular strategy is to play Equality with a Pyromancer on the board. This effectively destroys all minions without Divine Shield.

Finally, this card combines well with Grim Patron (best followed with a Commanding Shout and/or Inner Rage) to generate multiple copies of Grim Patrons.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
Do you like to play with fire?!
Attack
Burn!

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Artist[edit | edit source]

Alex Horley Orlandelli

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Wild Pyromancer, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Knights of the Frozen Throne logo.png Patch 9.2.0.21517 (2017-10-17): No longer triggers when being summoned by effects like Mindgames.
  • Patch 1.0.0.3388 (2013-06-22): Had a wording change from "whenever you cast a spell" to "after you cast a spell". Now does 1 damage to all minions, rather than a random enemy.[5]

References[edit | edit source]