Combo

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Combo
A bonus if you already played a card this turn.

Combo is an ability where the stated effect occurs if the card is not the first one played from the hand during the turn. Cards with this ability are limited to the rogue class.

The term "combo" is also often used to refer to a sequence of cards or actions which are unleashed in quick succession, with or without Combo effects.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If the player has already played a card that turn, any cards in the player's hand with Combo effects will be highlighted orange, to indicate that playing those cards will also trigger their Combo effects.
  • While similar to Battlecries, Combo effects function separately, and are not affected by related effects such as Nerub'ar Weblord.
  • As of Patch 9.0.0.20457, using Plague Lord (Malfurion the Pestilent's Hero Power) counts as an activator for combo effects. This is probably a bug.[1]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

If you use a deck with a lot of cards with Combo effects, cheap cards work really great since they can allow you to use a Combo effect easily. Backstab, for example, can be used to kill a weak minion, while you don't lose any mana playing it, which allows you to use a Combo effect for your whole mana pool. If you have too many Combo cards, you might have to waste a Combo effect to then be able to use other Combo effects.

The Coin can be used as a card to build up for a potential use of a card with a Combo effect. A classic tactic is to use The Coin on your first round, and then play Defias Ringleader. This will most likely give you a strong board advantage on your first turn since its Combo effect summons a Defias Bandit, a 2/1 minion. To improve this play, you can then use Shadowstep on your Defias Ringleader, and play it again, which gives you another Defias Bandit, therefore giving you two 2/1 minions and one 2/2 minion on your first turn. This play is one reason why playing second as the rogue is often considered an advantage. Similar plays utilizing combo effects can be enabled with cards that generate Coins or cheap spells, like Xaril, Poisoned Mind's Toxins or Razorpetal Lasher's Petals.

Headcrack is the only card that can be used to combo continuously. Because it returns to your hand and you draw a card each turn, you will always have at least two cards in hand.

Youthful Brewmaster has a great amount of synergy in Combo decks. It can return a Defias Ringleader or a SI:7 Agent before or after it has attacked, allowing you to re-summon it immediately for another Combo. Even returning a Defias Bandit can be useful to start a Combo on a further turn.

Cards with Combo[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Bladed Cultist Common Minion General Rogue 1 1 2 Combo: Gain +1/+1.
Brain Freeze Rare Spell Frost 1 Freeze a minion.
Combo: Also deal 3 damage to it.
Prize Plunderer Rare Minion Pirate Rogue 1 2 1 Combo: Deal 1 damage to a minion for each other card you've played this turn.
Wand Thief Common Minion General 1 1 2 Combo: Discover a Mage spell.
Cold Blood Common Spell Rogue 2 Give a minion +2 Attack. Combo: +4 Attack instead.
Cold Blood Common Spell General Rogue 2 Give a minion +2 Attack. Combo: +4 Attack instead.
Defias Ringleader Common Minion General Rogue 2 2 2 Combo: Summon a 2/1 Defias Bandit.
Eviscerate Common Spell Rogue 2 Deal 2 damage. Combo: Deal 4 damage instead.
Swindle Common Spell Rogue 2 Draw a spell.
Combo: And a minion.
Vanessa VanCleef Legendary Minion General Rogue 2 2 3 Combo: Add a copy of the last card your opponent played to your hand.
Coerce Rare Spell 3 Destroy a damaged minion. Combo: Destroy any minion.
Headcrack Rare Spell Rogue 3 Deal 2 damage to the enemy hero. Combo: Return this to your hand next turn.
Perdition's Blade Rare Weapon Rogue 3 2 2 Battlecry: Deal 1 damage. Combo: Deal 2 instead.
Plague Scientist Common Minion General Rogue 3 2 3 Combo: Give a friendly minion Poisonous.
SI:7 Agent Rare Minion General Rogue 3 3 3 Combo: Deal 2 damage.
SI:7 Agent Rare Minion General Rogue 3 3 3 Combo: Deal 2 damage.
Edwin VanCleef Legendary Minion General Rogue 4 2 2 Combo: Gain +2/+2 for each other card you've played this turn.
Scabbs Cutterbutter Legendary Minion General Rogue 4 3 3 Combo: The next two cards you play this turn cost (3) less.
Kidnapper Epic Minion General Rogue 6 5 3 Combo: Return a minion to its owner's hand.
Showing all 19 cards
Bladed Cultist(475114).png
Brain Freeze(329940).png
Prize Plunderer(378829).png
Wand Thief(329872).png
Cold Blood(92).png
Cold Blood(475106).png
Defias Ringleader(417).png
Eviscerate(382).png
Swindle(388993).png
Vanessa VanCleef(463930).png
Coerce(329966).png
Headcrack(135).png
Perdition's Blade(82).png
Plague Scientist(475101).png
SI-7 Agent(475099).png
SI-7 Agent(286).png
Edwin VanCleef(3).png
Scabbs Cutterbutter(487696).png
Kidnapper(562).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Bladed Cultist Common Minion General Rogue 1 1 2 Combo: Gain +1/+1.
Biteweed Epic Minion General Rogue 2 1 1 Combo: Gain +1/+1 for each other card you've played this turn.
Gadgetzan Ferryman Rare Minion General Rogue 2 2 3 Combo: Return a friendly minion to your hand.
Jade Shuriken Common Spell Rogue 2 Deal 2 damage. Combo: Summon a Jade Golem.
Undercity Valiant Common Minion General Rogue 2 3 2 Combo: Deal 1 damage.
Cutthroat Buccaneer Common Minion Pirate Rogue 3 2 4 Combo: Give your weapon +1 Attack.
EVIL Miscreant Common Minion General Rogue 3 1 4 Combo: Add two random Lackeys to your hand.
Hooked Scimitar Common Weapon Rogue 3 2 2 Combo: Gain +2 Attack.
Plague Scientist Common Minion General Rogue 3 2 3 Combo: Give a friendly minion Poisonous.
Raiding Party Rare Spell Rogue 3 Draw two Pirates from your deck. Combo: And a weapon.
Elven Minstrel Rare Minion General Rogue 4 3 2 Combo: Draw 2 minions from your deck.
Necrium Apothecary Epic Minion General Rogue 4 2 5 Combo: Draw a Deathrattle minion from your deck and gain its Deathrattle.
Sabotage Epic Spell Rogue 4 Destroy a random enemy minion. Combo: And your opponent's weapon.
Tinker's Sharpsword Oil Common Spell Rogue 4 Give your weapon +3 Attack. Combo: Give a random friendly minion +3 Attack.
Crazed Chemist Common Minion General Rogue 5 4 4 Combo: Give a friendly minion +4 Attack.
Shado-Pan Rider Common Minion General Rogue 5 3 7 Combo: Gain +3 Attack.
Shadow Sculptor Epic Minion General Rogue 5 3 2 Combo: Draw a card for each card you've played this turn.
Vilespine Slayer Epic Minion General Rogue 5 3 4 Combo: Destroy a minion.
Spectral Pillager Epic Minion General Rogue 6 5 5 Combo: Deal damage equal to the number of other cards you've played this turn.
Showing all 19 cards
Bladed Cultist(35198).png
Biteweed(55576).png
Gadgetzan Ferryman(49722).png
Jade Shuriken(49711).png
Undercity Valiant(22371).png
Cutthroat Buccaneer(89460).png
EVIL Miscreant(90549).png
Hooked Scimitar(90746).png
Plague Scientist(61812).png
Raiding Party(90185).png
Elven Minstrel(76946).png
Necrium Apothecary(151330).png
Sabotage(12236).png
Tinker's Sharpsword Oil(12276).png
Crazed Chemist(89943).png
Shado-Pan Rider(22305).png
Shadow Sculptor(184966).png
Vilespine Slayer(55490).png
Spectral Pillager(62945).png

Sources of Combo[edit | edit source]

Combo-generating cards[edit | edit source]

This section lists cards which generate Combo cards.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Shifty Sophomore Rare Minion General Rogue 4 4 4 Stealth
Spellburst: Add a Combo card to your hand.
Showing the only card
Shifty Sophomore(330000).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Whirlkick Master Epic Minion General Rogue 2 1 2 Whenever you play a Combo card, add a random Combo card to your hand.
Showing the only card
Whirlkick Master(90745).png

Related cards[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Foxy Fraud Common Minion General Rogue 2 3 2 Battlecry: Your next Combo card this turn costs (2) less.
Field Contact Rare Minion General Rogue 3 3 2 After you play a Battlecry or Combo card, draw a card.
Showing all 2 cards
Foxy Fraud(388996).png
Field Contact(464122).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Whirlkick Master Epic Minion General Rogue 2 1 2 Whenever you play a Combo card, add a random Combo card to your hand.
Spirit of the Shark Rare Minion General Rogue 4 0 3 Stealth for 1 turn.
Your minions' Battlecries and Combos trigger twice.
Cursed Castaway Rare Minion Pirate Rogue 6 5 3 Rush
Deathrattle: Draw a Combo card from your deck.
Showing all 3 cards
Whirlkick Master(90745).png
Spirit of the Shark(90148).png
Cursed Castaway(89376).png

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Name Requirements Rewards
Extra Value Meal (1/5) Trigger 20 Combo effects. 10 Achievement Point.png
Extra Value Meal (2/5) Trigger 60 Combo effects. 10 Achievement Point.png
Extra Value Meal (3/5) Trigger 200 Combo effects. 10 Achievement Point.png
Extra Value Meal (4/5) Trigger 600 Combo effects. 10 Achievement Point.png
Extra Value Meal (5/5) Trigger 2000 Combo effects. 20 Achievement Point.png

References[edit | edit source]