Bane of Doom
|Abilities:||Deal damage, Summon|
|Tags:||Death-related, Demon-generating, Health-related, Random, Targeted|
Deal 2 damage to a character. If that kills it, summon a random Demon.
My advice to you is to avoid Doom, if possible.
Other versions[edit | edit source]
How to get[edit | edit source]
|Bane of Doom||400||100|
|Golden Bane of Doom||1600||400|
Previous availability[edit | edit source]
- Regular Bane of Doom could also be obtained as a first-time reward for first time reaching Platinum 10 and Diamond 10 in Ranked mode from April 1, 2020 to March 25, 2021 (or as a reward of Climbing the Ranks (6/10) and (8/10) achievements).
Notes[edit | edit source]
- This spell has two steps:
- First it deals damage, queuing and resolving all on-damage triggers;
- Then, if its condition is satisfied, it summons a random demon, queuing and resolving triggers. Notice that as of Patch 184.108.40.20674 (WotOG patch), minions that have been set pending destroy, such as by Acidmaw, are considered to be dying, and the condition will thus be satisfied.
- Unlike Sense Demons, the Demon is not drawn from your deck, and the contents of your deck will not affect this spell.
- Battlecry effects are only activated when a minion is played from the hand, and will not be activated through Bane of Doom. This is usually good since demons tend to have battlecries with negative effects, for example Flame Imp, Doomguard or Pit Lord.
- If a hero is killed by Bane of Doom, a Demon will be summoned just as when a minion is killed. This is, of course, irrelevant to the outcome of the match.
- As with all golden card effects, if either the Bane of Doom or the minion killed is golden, the demon summoned will also be golden.
- If Bane of Doom reduces its target to 0 Health, the target is also destroyed. This means that if the target is a friendly Demon and Mal'Ganis is summoned, Mal'Ganis' +2 Health aura will not save the target and it will die anyway. A hypothesis for this interaction existing is because in the game's alpha, Blood Imp gave +1 Health to friendly minions, which would cause the spell's target to 'un-die', and testers considered this a bug and hardcoded a fix specifically for Bane of Doom. This used to be why Bane of Doom instantly ended multi-hero adventures, but that bug has since been fixed.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Bane of Doom should only be played when it kills the target. The alternative, dealing only two damage without summoning a Demon, is a very weak play given the five mana cost.
The spell can be very strong or quite weak depending on the Demon it summons, as demons have a huge variance in strength. A weak demon like Blood Imp or Shadowhoof Slayer or a harmful one like Unlicensed Apothecary or Howlfiend can incur a huge tempo loss or put you at a disadvantage, or a temporary one if it summons a Dormant demon like Imprisoned Observer, while a powerful demon like Doomguard, Voidlord, Hulking Overfiend, and Priestess of Fury can give you a strong lead. Of course, if the player is about to lose the game, using Bane of Doom may be the only option, since it has the potential to summon a Demon that can disrupt the opponent's attack, such as Felguard or Wrathspike Brute.
Possible minions[edit | edit source]
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Type||Subtype||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
|Battlefiend||Common||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||1||1||2||After your hero attacks, gain +1 Attack.|
|Flame Imp||Common||Minion||Demon||Warlock||1||3||2||Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to your hero.|
|Imprisoned Gan'arg||Common||Minion||Demon||Warrior||1||2||2||Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, equip a 3/2 Axe.|
|Imprisoned Homunculus||Common||Minion||Demon||Priest||1||2||5||Dormant for 2 turns.|
|Spirit Jailer||Common||Minion||Demon||1||1||3||Battlecry: Shuffle 2 Soul Fragments into your deck.|
|Darkglare||Epic||Minion||Demon||Warlock||2||2||3||After your hero takes damage, refresh a Mana Crystal.|
|Imprisoned Felmaw||Common||Minion||Demon||Hunter||2||5||4||Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, attack a random enemy.|
|Imprisoned Scrap Imp||Rare||Minion||Demon||Warlock||2||3||3||Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, give all minions in your hand +2/+1.|
|Imprisoned Vilefiend||Common||Minion||Demon||Any||2||3||5||Dormant for 2 turns.|
|Mo'arg Artificer||Epic||Minion||Demon||Any||2||2||4||All minions take double damage from spells.|
|Sightless Watcher||Rare||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||2||3||2||Battlecry: Look at 3 cards in your deck. Choose one to put on top.|
|Tiny Knight of Evil||Rare||Minion||Demon||Warlock||2||3||2||Whenever you discard a card, gain +1/+1.|
|Gan'arg Glaivesmith||Common||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||3||3||2||Outcast: Give your hero +3 Attack this turn.|
|Imprisoned Observer||Rare||Minion||Demon||Mage||3||4||5||Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, deal 2 damage to all enemy minions.|
|Imprisoned Satyr||Common||Minion||Demon||Druid||3||3||3||Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, reduce the Cost of a random minion in your hand by (5).|
|Insatiable Felhound||Common||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||3||2||5||Taunt|
Corrupt: Gain +1/+1 and Lifesteal.
|Man'ari Mosher||Common||Minion||Demon||Warlock||3||3||4||Battlecry: Give a friendly Demon +3 Attack and Lifesteal this turn.|
|Terrorguard Escapee||Common||Minion||Demon||Any||3||3||7||Battlecry: Summon three 1/1 Huntresses for your opponent.|
|Void Terror||Rare||Minion||Demon||Warlock||3||3||4||Battlecry: Destroy the minions on either side of this minion and gain their Attack and Health.|
This has all minion types.
|Disguised Wanderer||Common||Minion||Demon||Any||4||3||3||Deathrattle: Summon a 9/1 Inquisitor.|
|Felsaber||Common||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||4||5||6||Can only attack if your hero attacked this turn.|
|Fire Breather||Rare||Minion||Demon||Warlock||4||4||3||Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all minions except Demons.|
Battlecry: Discard your two lowest-Cost cards.
|Magtheridon||Legendary||Minion||Demon||Any||4||12||12||Dormant. Battlecry: Summon three 1/3 enemy Warders. When they die, destroy all minions and awaken.|
Battlecry: Discard your highest Cost card.
|Stealer of Souls||Rare||Minion||Demon||Warlock||4||2||6||After you draw a card, change its Cost to Health instead of Mana.|
|Envoy Rustwix||Legendary||Minion||Demon||Warlock||5||5||4||Deathrattle: Shuffle 3 random Prime Legendary minions into your deck.|
|Felsoul Jailer||Epic||Minion||Demon||Warlock||5||4||6||Battlecry: Your opponent discards a minion.|
Deathrattle: Return it.
|Lothraxion the Redeemed||Legendary||Minion||Demon||Paladin||5||5||5||Battlecry: For the rest of the game, after you summon a Silver Hand Recruit, give it Divine Shield.|
|Void Drinker||Epic||Minion||Demon||Warlock||5||4||5||Taunt. Battlecry: Destroy a Soul Fragment in your deck to gain +3/+3.|
|Bladed Lady||Rare||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||6||6||6||Rush|
Costs (1) if your hero has 6 or more Attack.
|Dread Infernal||Common||Minion||Demon||Warlock||6||6||6||Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to ALL other characters.|
|Imprisoned Antaen||Rare||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||6||10||6||Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, deal 10 damage randomly split among all enemies.|
Deathrattle: Summon two 3/2 Imps.
|Scavenging Shivarra||Common||Minion||Demon||Any||6||6||3||Battlecry: Deal 6 damage randomly split among all other minions.|
|Tickatus||Legendary||Minion||Demon||Warlock||6||8||8||Battlecry: Remove the top 5 cards from your deck. Corrupt: Your opponent's deck instead.|
|Enslaved Fel Lord||Common||Minion||Demon||Warlock||7||4||10||Taunt. Also damages the minions next to whomever this attacks.|
|Priestess of Fury||Rare||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||7||6||5||At the end of your turn, deal 6 damage randomly split among all enemies.|
Deathrattle: Summon a 5/5 Dreadlord with Lifesteal.
|Illidari Inquisitor||Rare||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||8||8||8||Rush. After your hero attacks an enemy, this attacks it too.|
|Supreme Abyssal||Common||Minion||Demon||Any||8||12||12||Can't attack heroes.|
|Taintheart Tormenter||Rare||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||8||8||8||Taunt|
Your opponent's spells cost (2) more.
|Ancient Void Hound||Epic||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||9||10||10||At the end of your turn, steal 1 Attack and Health from all enemy minions.|
|Pit Commander||Epic||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||9||7||9||Taunt|
At the end of your turn, summon a Demon from your deck.
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History[edit | edit source]
This set the card apart from a number of other "random minion" cards such as Webspinner and Piloted Shredder, which (as Bane of Doom does now) pick from among all collectible cards of the stated type. This discrepancy was noted by the developers, especially in response to player requests following the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, but the card was only changed with the patch accompanying the release of Blackrock Mountain.
One reason for the original design may have been the power of Demons such as Lord Jaraxxus and Mal'Ganis, which could have resulted in Bane of Doom being too powerful. The restricted range of minions also limited the amount of RNG involved, decreasing the potential to swing matches based on which minion was summoned. It also gave developers more "design space" by allowing them to add more Demons to the game without worrying about their potentially unbalancing effect if summoned by Bane of Doom.
Following 4 months of requests from players, with Patch 220.127.116.1111 the spell was changed to be able to summon any collectible Demon. The change was highly unusual, given the developers' stance on not buffing cards, since it was considered to make the spell far more powerful, and led to a significant rise in its popularity. The developers categorised the change as a 'bug fix' rather than a card change, later explaining their motivation for the change as "when it didn't do what it said it did, you couldn't trust any other cards with the same text to do what they say. That's it."
Lore[edit | edit source]
This spell's first incarnation was as 'Doom' in Warcraft III, where it was the ultimate ability of the pit lord neutral hero. It would curse a target to take damage and when it died it would summon a doomguard. It was later reinvented in World of Warcraft as the infamous warlock spell 'Curse of Doom', later renamed 'Bane of Doom'. It applied a damage over time effect to a character, and each time it dealt damage had a chance to summon a Demon Guardian. While Cataclysm saw the spell deal damage every fifteen seconds, with a chance to summon an Ebon Imp who would automatically assist the warlock, the original spell had a duration of 60 seconds and dealt damage only once, at the completion of the effect, with a chance to summon a Doomguard. Unlike the Ebon Imp, the summoned Doomguard was not under the warlock's control, and would immediately attack the warlock upon spawning. The Doomguard was quite capable of killing the warlock and his allies, and had to be enslaved via the warlock's Enslave Demon spell in order to control him, although he could resist enslavement, or break free later on and begin attacking the warlock again. Prior to Patch 18.104.22.16811, this was somewhat ironic, since Doomguard was not one of the demons that could be summoned by the Hearthstone incarnation of Bane of Doom.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Scourgewar" series, for the card Detonate Soul.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Patch changes[edit | edit source]
- Year of the Gryphon rotation (2021-03-30): Moved from Classic to Legacy set.
- Patch 22.214.171.12411 (2015-03-31): Can now summon any collectible demons. Doom . . . DOOM! [Previously limited to Blood Imp, Voidwalker, Flame Imp, Dread Infernal, Succubus and Felguard]
References[edit | edit source]
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWPF-DezC3Y Tested in Patch 126.96.36.19957 (2015-09-29)
- Patch 188.8.131.5211
- Tested in Patch 184.108.40.20607 (2016-07-26) by cuklinko, still works this way.
- Beta Forums: Bane of Doom
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-01-29).
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-06-15).