|Set:||Ashes of Outland|
|Wiki tags:||Damage-related, Durability-related, Triggered effect|
This plate turned shield you shall wield, praying its powers fel will serve you well.
|Bulwark of Azzinoth||1600||400|
|Golden Bulwark of Azzinoth||3200||1600|
- Bulwark of Azzinoth will prevent on-damage triggers such as Lifesteal and the Freeze effect of Water Elemental, since it prevents damage.
- Bulwark of Azzinoth will not be visually "sheathed" during the opponent's turn; this is likely to remind that it's effect can be activated on either players turn.
Bulwark of Azzinoth gives you total invulnerability against incoming damage while it lasts. Since all damage is treated equally by the weapon, Bulwark is far more useful against huge damage sources than small ones. It's particularly good against Jade Druid or Malygos decks, which want to deal huge amounts of damage all at once. However, it's very poor against traditional aggro, particularly Hunter and Demon Hunter that can waste charges with their hero powers and small minions.
Bulwark is more of a defensive weapon while you stall out to find removal or gain Armor than it is about attacking, although you can still swing with it if you choose. Be careful attacking minions though, as it not only takes off 1 durability from attacking, but also 1 extra when it prevents the damage.
Bulwark of Azzinoth can be sustained longer using cards like Upgrade!, Corsair Cache, and Captain Greenskin, giving you more durability and more protection. It can also be reequipped by Hoard Pillager or recovered by Rummaging Kobold for even more value.
Be careful against cards that deal separate instance damage like Arcane Missiles or Priestess of Fury, as they can quickly remove the charges at no cost. Bulwark of Azzinoth is also cripplingly weak to weapon removal like Acidic Swamp Ooze.
- Patch 220.127.116.11222 (2020-03-26): Added.