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Backstab(471) Gold.png
Set: Legacy
Type: Spell
Class: Rogue
Rarity: Free
Cost: 0 Mana icon.png
Abilities: Deal damage
Tags: Damaged-related, Targeted
Artist: Michael Sutfin

Deal 2 damage to an undamaged minion.

It's funny how often yelling "Look over there!" gets your opponent to turn around.

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Backstab is a rogue spell card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Basic set.

Other versions[edit | edit source]

How to get[edit | edit source]

Two copies of regular and golden Backstab are automatically given after the player completes the Ranked's New player experience system, unlocking Wild and Classic format.

They are uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Core set[edit | edit source]

Two copies of regular Backstab (Core) are obtained for raising rogue to level 1.

Two copies of golden Backstab (Core) are obtained for winning 50 games as rogue.

Backstab (Core) is 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 Backstab were automatically included in all players' collections upon unlocking the rogue class.
  • Two Golden copies of Backstab were a reward for raising a rogue to levels 36 and 38.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Backstab is an excellent card, providing a means to remove a 2 or 1 Health minion at no mana cost, deal additional damage to a larger minion at full Health, or set up a Combo.

While on its own it provides no card advantage, being merely direct removal, Backstab's zero mana cost allows it to serve as an instant tempo boost, killing an opponent's minion on the same turn the rogue plays a minion of her own. Furthermore, it can be used to set up one of the rogue's many Combo cards without worrying about mana constraints.

Backstab is commonly used for early game removal, as an answer to cheap and aggressive minions played in the first few rounds.

Lore[edit | edit source]

"In the war between the Horde and the Alliance, grudges are taken to the hilt."

In World of Warcraft, Backstab is an ability available to rogues who have specialized in Subtlety. It is a hard-hitting move that can only be performed when not in front of your enemy and only works with a dagger in the main hand.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Backstab, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]