|Tags:||Health-related, Targeted, Taunt-granting|
Restore a minion to full Health and give it Taunt.
I personally prefer some non-ancestral right-the-heck-now healing, but maybe that is just me.
Other versions[edit | edit source]
How to get[edit | edit source]
They are uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.
Previous availability[edit | edit source]
Prior Year of the Gryphon's rotation on March 30, 2021:
- Two copies of Ancestral Healing were automatically included in all players' collections upon unlocking the shaman class.
- Two Golden copies of Ancestral Healing were a reward for raising a shaman to levels 15 and 20.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- This spell's healing effect works by attempting to heal the target for an amount equal to its maximum Health.
- When used in combination with Auchenai Soulpriest or Embrace the Shadow, this spell will deal damage to the target minion equal to its maximum Health, usually killing the minion.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Ancestral Healing is a useful card to take advantage of early trading. Using this card on sturdier early-game minions, like Zombie Chow or Spider Tank, after a successful trade allows them to be restored to full health and give them the powerful Taunt ability. As a bonus, since Ancestral Healing costs no mana, you can create a tempo advantage by trading early, restoring the damaged minion to full health, and then also playing another minion to keep the pressure on your opponent.
Late game minions can also take advantage of a full heal from this card. High health minions like, Boulderfist Ogre, can take damage, be healed, and their new Taunt ability will force your opponent into using more damage or removal on a card that has already gotten value.
A rare strategy, Ancestral Healing can also be used to allow the player to attack an enemy minion that is shielded by Taunt minions. For example, if the opponent has an Ogre Brute and a Target Dummy, the player can use Ancestral Healing on the Ogre Brute, granting it Taunt and thus allowing the player to attack it. However, due to Ancestral Healing's healing effect, this is less desirable if the target is not already at full Health, or if the player is not able to defeat them in a single attack.
Lore[edit | edit source]
Ancestral Healing was a shaman talent in World of Warcraft that improved the shaman's healing abilities. It was removed with Mists of Pandaria. Communication with the ancestors is a central aspect of shamanism, also reflected in Ancestral Spirit.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Ancestral Healing was removed for selection in Arena on September 15, 2016 but was reinstated on December 9, 2018.
- The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Onyxia Treasure" series, for the card Natural Alignment.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Patch changes[edit | edit source]
- Year of the Gryphon rotation (2021-03-30): Moved from Basic to Legacy set.
- Patch 184.108.40.206662 (2021-03-25): Now has Nature spell school (previously: no spell school).
- Patch 220.127.116.1140 (April or May 2013): Now reads: Restore a minion to full Health and give it Taunt. (previously: Restore a minion to full Health.).
References[edit | edit source]
- Hearthstone Mythbusters Ep.6. (2014-01-30).
- Dean Ayala (2016-09-08). Hearthside Chat: Upcoming Arena Changes with Dean Ayala. Retrieved on 2019-03-26.
- Blizzard Entertainment (2018-12-19). Arena Updates – December 19 2018. Retrieved on 2019-03-26.