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Zinaar Gold.png
Set: The League of Explorers
Type: Hero
Health: 30 (Normal)
30 (Heroic)
Armor: 15 Armor.png (Heroic)
Artist: James Ryman

Help Reno find the first piece of the staff. WAIT, RENO! DON'T RUB THE LAMP!

Zinaar is a boss found in the League of Explorers adventure. He is the first boss of the adventure's first wing, Temple of Orsis.

Hero Power[edit | edit source]

Normal Heroic
Djinn’s Intuition(27308).png
Djinn’s Intuition(27309).png

Special cards[edit | edit source]

Normal[edit | edit source]

Wish for Power(27310).png
Wish for Valor(27311).png
Wish for Glory(27312).png
Wish for More Wishes(27313).png
Wish for Companionship(27314).png

Heroic[edit | edit source]

Wish for Power(27310).png
Wish for Valor(27311).png
Wish for Glory(27312).png
Wish for Companionship(27314).png

Deck[edit | edit source]

The below classes are listed purely for reference, and have no effect on the boss' use of the cards during the battle.

Normal Heroic
Class Card Quantity Class Card Quantity
Hunter Desert Camel 2 Druid Mounted Raptor 2
Mage Forgotten Torch 2 Hunter Desert Camel 2
Rogue Pit Snake 2 Mage Forgotten Torch 2
Shaman Dust Devil 2 Rogue Pit Snake 2
Lightning Bolt 1 Shaman Rockbiter Weapon 2
Lava Shock 2 Whirling Zap-o-matic 2
Whirling Zap-o-matic 2 Dunemaul Shaman 2
Unbound Elemental 2 Fireguard Destroyer 2
Windspeaker 2 Fire Elemental 2
Warrior Fierce Monkey 2 Warlock Darkbomb 2
Neutral Wisp 2 Neutral Leper Gnome 2
Young Dragonhawk 2 Huge Toad 2
Jeweled Scarab 1 Ironbeak Owl 2
Dragonhawk Rider 2 Anubisath Sentinel 2
Earthen Ring Farseer 2 Stormwind Champion 2
Anubisath Sentinel 2

Notes[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Wish for Companionship is a special Wish that has a chance to be granted to the player if they are a hunter - other classes will not receive it. It allows the hunter to choose from the three animal companions - Leokk, Huffer and Misha. Each costs 3 mana and unlike when summoned by Animal Companion must be played from the hand.

Normal[edit | edit source]

As all Wishes count as spells, mage and rogue can be very effective classes to take on Zinaar with. The 0-Cost Wishes will easily trigger a Flamewaker, Mana Wyrm and Violet Teacher's effect and spread damage on Zinaar's field, and rogue cards that make use of the Combo mechanic will likewise benefit. If a rogue receives Wishes for spells and uses them, they can benefit from additional access to Combo and removal cards they might not already have in their deck, such as Kidnapper and Betrayal.

Since Zinaar's Hero Power always triggers, forcing him to draw from his deck, a Mill strategy can be very effective. Mill rogues can make use of Sap, Vanish and other removal techniques to prevent Zinaar from gaining momentum while he wastes his deck away, in addition to the minions and spells Discovered via Wishes. Zinaar's Desert Camel also forces him to summon a 1-Cost minion from his deck, wasting it further.

Note that Zinaar's Wishes will take up space in your hand and replace themselves with a Discovered card when used. It may be prudent to Discover cards with cheap costs so they can be played to avoid clogging your hand and wasting your draws at the start of your turn.

Heroic[edit | edit source]

Most of Zinaar's minions are not particularly strong, though his increased mana gain means that he can start playing more costly and powerful minions during the early game, such as Anubisath Sentinel.

Mill rogue remains a decent choice to use, although you will need your cheap removal spells to deal with his stronger minions.

Tempo mage is also a good choice because of cards like Flamewaker, Mana Wyrm and Violet Teacher. Also his wishes are useful because you can get whole bunch of removal like Flamestrike and Blizzard.

Decklists[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Djinni of Zephyrs(27234).png
Jeweled Scarab(27211).png

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Before match

Elise Starseeker
Reno's nearly to the rod but he just *had* to rub the shiny lamp he found.


Finally free! Your reward will be a quick death!

Turn 1

Reno Jackson
Adventurer! I’m Reno Jackson, world renowned archaeologist, explorer, and treasure hunter.
Elise Starseeker
With the self-control of a magpie.

Emote Response

Phenomenal cosmic power!

Second use of Hero Power

Reno Jackson
It’s nice that he’s willing to grant wishes while trying to kill us.

Wish for More Wishes

Reno Jackson
Wow, I can't believe that worked.

Turn 4

Reno Jackson
So, did I ever tell you about the time I infiltrated the ogres of Dire Maul in disguise?
Elise Starseeker

Turn 5

Reno Jackson
How about sneaking through the Blackrock Lyceum to acquire...
Elise Starseeker

Turn 7

Reno Jackson
Imagine, explorer, the Rod of the Sun! It’s worth thousands!
Elise Starseeker
We’re not selling it.


Back into the lamp, nooooooo...
Reno Jackson
Onward! The rod lies just down that hall!

Lore[edit | edit source]

Zinaar is original to Hearthstone, a djinn that appears to have been trapped in his shiny lamp for some time. Given the history of the djinn's interactions with the tol'vir shortly after the Cataclysm, he may have been trapped there for several years before Reno inadvertently freed him. It is unknown whether he was imprisoned there by angry tol'vir, or perhaps inadvertently trapped himself while attempting to hide.

From Wowpedia:

A djinn (pronounced genie) is a type of powerful air elemental that can be found in the Skywall. Most djinn in World of Warcraft are powerful lieutenants of Al'Akir. They made their first appearance during World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.
It was the djinn that gave the tol'vir back their immortality as creatures of stone, in exchange for their allegiance to Deathwing. The only tribe of tol'vir to accept the offer were the Neferset. When the Orsis tribe refused to serve Deathwing, Al'Akir's djinn buried the city beneath a mighty sandstorm.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The emote response quote "Phenomenal cosmic power!" is a direct quote from the Genie from the 1992 Disney film Aladdin, voiced by (and visually modelled upon) Robin Williams.
  • Zinaar shares the same art as Siamat from the WoW TCG.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Zinaar, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]