Ancient Harbinger

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Ancient Harbinger
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Set: Whispers of the Old Gods
Type: Minion
Rarity: Epic
Cost: 6 Mana icon.png
Attack: 4 Attack icon.png
Health: 6 Health
Abilities: Put into hand
Tags: Cost-related, Random, Triggered effect
Artist: Zoltan Boros

At the start of your turn, put a 10-Cost minion from your deck into your hand.

"honey, can u run down to the store and pick up some 10 cost minions? thx"

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Ancient Harbinger is an epic neutral minion card, from the Whispers of the Old Gods set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Ancient Harbinger can be obtained through Whispers of the Old Gods card packs, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Ancient Harbinger 400 100
Golden Ancient Harbinger 1600 400

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This card's triggered effect randomly selects a minion card with a base mana cost of 10 from his controller's deck and puts it into the player's hand. In particular:
    • This card's effect only checks the base mana cost of cards in the player's deck, regardless of cost-modifying effects that are attached to the card (such as through Renounce Darkness) or that will affect the card once in the player's hand (such as Molten Giant or Mana Wraith).[1]
    • Like all put into hand effects, this card's effect is random[2] and the selected card is not revealed to the opponent.[3]
    • If the player's unused deck contains no 10-Cost minions, this card's effect triggers but does nothing.
    • Since hero cards are not minions, this card does not pull them into your hand.
  • Differently from most put into hand effects, with Patch 7.1 Ancient Harbinger continues not to interact with on-draw triggers such as Chromaggus.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

This card has a very limited range of eligible cards, and a clear synergy with the Old Gods. It works especially well with C'Thun due to its key role in related decks, ensuring it doesn't remain at the bottom of the deck for the entire game. It also has synergy with Doomcaller, shuffling C'thun into your deck and allowing this to be useful even when drawn later in the game.. However, opponents may take advantage from knowing that a key minion like C'Thun is in your hand, giving them time to prepare a counter.

This card has low stats compared to basic minions like Boulderfist Ogre, and only has effect if it survives until your next turn while your deck contains a 10-cost minion. An idea is playing this in combination with, for instance, Conceal or Ancestral Spirit, to increase its chance of survival by making it harder to remove.

Fixed bugs[edit | edit source]

  • Ancient Harbinger could fetch 10 mana cost spells, not just minions.[4] This was hotfixed during Patch (WotOG patch).[5]

Possible minions[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Ancient Harbinger/Wild format

The following table lists all collectible 10-Cost minions available in Standard format, representing the range of viable targets for this card's triggered effect.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
C'Thun, the Shattered Legendary Minion General Any 10 6 6 Start of Game: Break into pieces. Battlecry: Deal 30 damage randomly split among all enemies.
Darkmoon Rabbit Epic Minion Beast Any 10 1 1 Rush, Poisonous
Also damages the minions next to whomever this attacks.
Deathwing the Destroyer Legendary Minion Dragon Any 10 12 12 Battlecry: Destroy all other minions. Discard a card for each destroyed.
Mordresh Fire Eye Legendary Minion General Mage 10 10 10 Battlecry: If you've dealt 10 damage with your Hero Power this game, deal 10 damage to all enemies.
Scrapyard Colossus Rare Minion Elemental Any 10 7 7 Taunt
Deathrattle: Summon a 7/7 Felcracked Colossus with Taunt.
Y'Shaarj, the Defiler Legendary Minion General Any 10 10 10 Battlecry: Add a copy of each Corrupted card you've played this game to your hand. They cost (0) this turn.
Yogg-Saron, Master of Fate Legendary Minion General Any 10 7 5 Battlecry: If you've cast 10 spells this game, spin the Wheel of Yogg-Saron.
Showing all 7 cards

Quotes[edit | edit source]


Lore[edit | edit source]

Given her capacity for summoning Old Gods from the depths of the player's deck, this harbinger may be in the service of the ancient horrors.

Old Gods, like Y’Shaarj, enjoy arriving in terrifying style, and no one portends their ominous appearance quite like the Ancient Harbinger. This super cultist specializes in beckoning only the mightiest of Tavern denizens. Mere mortals must wait in line to join the party, but the Ancient Harbinger ensures that the Old Gods receive the VIP** treatment they deserve.[6]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Ancient Harbinger, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]