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Spell school:Arcane
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Artist:Jason Chan
Secret: When your opponent casts a spell, Counter it.
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What's the difference between a mage playing with Counterspell and a mage who isn't? The mage who isn't is getting Pyroblasted in the face.

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Counter, Secret
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Spell-related, Triggered effect
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Counterspell is a rare mage spell card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Classic set.

Other versions[]

How to get[]

Auto-detected sources
Card packs
Classic Pack
Wild Pack
Golden Classic Pack
Regular, Golden1~2
Crafting100 dustdustRegular1
Crafting800 dustdustGolden1

Core set[]

Two copies of regular CoreCounterspell are obtained for raising mage to level 6.

Two copies of golden Counterspell (Core) are obtained for winning 100 games as mage.

Counterspell (Core) is uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Previous availability[]


  • Counterspell may be used preemptively to prevent the next spell cast by an opponent. When the opponent plays a spell card, Counterspell will activate; the spell will then fail to take effect. Counterspell also prevents the spell from completing its 'casting' phase, preventing post-spell casting triggers from activating. The results of this are:
    • The spell card will still be consumed and its mana cost expended. However, any Overload will not be applied, since Overload is part of the card's text, not its cost.[1]
    • Since patch 11.2.0, any effects which activate from the spell being cast or completed will not be triggered. This includes both 'whenever you cast a spell' as well as 'after you cast a spell' effects.
    • Counterspell will successfully counter LegacyFlare. The Flare will not take effect, will not destroy any other Secrets or remove Stealth from minions, and will not draw the player a card.
  • Counterspell will not trigger from activation of Secrets. However, Counterspell can prevent Secrets from being cast, since they are spell cards, and will also reveal the cast Secret.
  • Counterspell will only counter spells directly played by the enemy player. Other sources that cast spells (Ex. Whispers of the Old GodsYogg-Saron, Hope's End, Kobolds & CatacombsThe Runespear, Rastakhan's RumbleZul'jin) are not countered.
  • When Counterspell counters The Grand TournamentFist of Jaraxxus, its discard-related effect is not triggered.[2] It is unknown if this is a bug or intended.
  • If your Overload spell is stopped by Counterspell, regardless of order of play, LegacyUnbound Elemental will still trigger (since you played a card with Overload), but you will not gain any Overload, meaning your Tunnel Troggs will not trigger.[1]
  • Counterspell beats "whenever" and "after" triggers.[3]

Fixed bugs[]


The secret can be played to prevent board clears through spells such as LegacyFlamestrike. It makes sense to play Counterspell the turn before the spell can be cast. If the opponent then tries to cast a spell that gets countered, it will still use their mana which then guarantees a weak turn. Counterspell can also be set up if you want to prevent healing spells such as LegacyLay on Hands to finish the game faster.

Since Counterspell is a secret, it synergizes with minions such as NaxxramasMad Scientist or Journey to Un'GoroArcanologist, that can draw the card from your deck, or Madness at the Darkmoon FaireInconspicuous Rider, which can cast it outright. Comboing the secret with minions like LegacyKirin Tor Mage or Mean Streets of GadgetzanKabal Crystal Runner can provide you with a tempo advantage while also protecting your minions from spells.

When attempting to counter Counterspell, try casting a weak or unimportant spell first. CoreThe Coin and Spare Parts are excellent choices for this.


Counterspell is a mage spell from World of Warcraft which interrupts a target's spellcasting, locking them out of that school of magic for several seconds. Higher levels of the ability also silence the target for a few seconds. The spell also features in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.



Counterspell, full art

Patch Changes[]

  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngYear of the Gryphon rotation (2021-03-30): Moved from Classic to Legacy set.
  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngPatch (2021-03-25):
    • Now has Arcane spell school (previously: no spell school).
    • Fixed a bug where Madness at the Darkmoon FaireSparkjoy Cheat casting a secret from your hand would trigger an opponent’s Counterspell and still put the secret into play. It will now no longer trigger Counterspell.
  • Knights of the Frozen Throne logo.png Patch (2017-10-17): Spells that are canceled by Counterspell will now trigger any “Whenever you cast a spell” and “After you cast a spell” effects.