|Set:||The Grand Tournament|
Deathrattle: At the end of the turn, summon a Dreadsteed.
Crescendo himself summoned this steed, riding it to victory in the Grand Tournament. Wherever he rides, an army of riders ride behind him, supporting the legendary champion.
How to get
- If Spiritsinger Umbra is on the battlefieldd and Dreadsteed is destroyed on that turn (its Deathrattle was activated), at the end of turn, Umbra will activate its Deathrattle when the Dreadsteed is resummoned, but a second Dreadsteed won't be summoned until the end of the following turn.
Probably the most practical combo is with Knife Juggler. Using Baron Rivendare, Kel'Thuzad, Faceless Manipulator or N'Zoth, the Corruptor to get multiple Dreadsteeds on the board, every time one dies and is resummoned, Knife Juggler will activate, and deal 1 damage to an enemy. With two Knife Jugglers, and several Dreadsteeds trading, this can quickly clear the board, particularly when paired with friendly minion destruction, such as with Mortal Coil or Sacrificial Pact. Furthermore, if a Dreadsteed is summoned while Spiritsinger Umbra is in play, the player immediately fills their side of the battlefield with Dreadsteeds. This can then be followed up with Mayor Noggenfogger to greatly misdirect enemy minions and spells. Dreadsteed also makes a great combo with Mal'Ganis, since the the Dreadsteeds are demons.
Using Power Overwhelming, then Shadowflame or Void Terror on this minion is very effective, as its Deathrattle negates the usual cost of sacrificing a minion. Another powerful combo is with Anima Golem, due to the fact that Dreadsteed never dies unless silenced, making Anima Golem a regular 9/9 for just 6 mana. One other powerful combo is with Undertaker: since Dreadsteed continues to be resummoned by its Deathrattle, it can boost the attack of the Undertaker without using many cards. Plus, since Dreadsteed is a weak minion, many Warlock spells can be used to kill it and resummon it, along with providing additional effects from the spells, such as Mortal Coil, Imp-losion, or Bane of Doom.
Dreadsteed provides infinite value despite being a 4 mana 1/1, as it will respawn over and over until your board prevents Dreadsteed from spawning.
Because the copies respawn at the end of each turn, make sure you have room for Dreadsteed to respawn. In cases where you have a lot of Dreadsteeds in your field but your opponent is out-tempoing you and you have no good play left, play your other minions to prevent Dreadsteed from spawning once they have died.
- "The subjugation of a Xorothian Dreadsteed is a true measure of power."
- —Mor'zul Bloodbringer
- The dreadsteed of Xoroth is the level 40 epic warlock ground mount. Xoroth is the home planet of these fiery, horse-like demons, who serve as the mounts of the Dreadlords. The finest belong to the Nathrezim Dreadlord, Lord Hel'nurath the Stable Keeper.
- The flavor text references Reddit user Crescendo1909, a Hearthstone fan who had been fighting cancer for half a year prior to the release of The Grand Tournament.
- Dreadsteed was originally designed for Curse of Naxxramas, as a neutral card, with the title "Relentless Geist". However, its synergy with the design of Warsong Commander at that time (Whenever you summon a minion with 3 or less Attack, give it Charge.) allowed it to be used to "slowly machine-gun down every minion on your opponent's board", with Warsong Commander immediately granting each freshly summoned Dreadsteed Charge. The developers concluded that they simply could not make the card at that time. It was not until The Grand Tournament that Dreadsteed would return, now changed to a warlock minion in order to prevent its synergy with Warsong Commander.
- The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Scourgewar" series, for the card Dreadsteed.
- Patch 18.104.22.16857 (2017-08-08): Due to the potential for an endless loop when combined with Defile, Dreadsteed now reads: Deathrattle: At the end of the turn, summon a Dreadsteed.
- Patch 22.214.171.12486 (2015-08-18): Added.
- Hearthstone: How Does The New Dreadsteed Work?. Retrieved on 2017-08-10.
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-10-14).
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-10-30).
- Designer Insights with Ben Brode: Warsong Commander. (2015-10-14).