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Cruel Taskmaster
Cruel Taskmaster
Golden Cruel Taskmaster
Cost:2 Mana icon.png
Attack:2 Attack icon.png
Health:2 Health
Abilities:Battlecry, Deal damage, Increment attribute
Wiki tags:Targeted
Artist:Phroilan Gardner
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to a minion and give it +2 Attack.
Flavor text

"I'm going to need you to come in on Sunday." - Cruel Taskmaster

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Cruel Taskmaster is a common warrior minion card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Classic set.

Other versions[]

How to get[]

Cruel Taskmaster can be obtained through Classic card packs, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Cruel Taskmaster 40 5
Golden Cruel Taskmaster 400 50

Core set[]

Two copies of regular Cruel Taskmaster (Core) are obtained for raising warrior to level 1.

Two copies of golden Cruel Taskmaster (Core) are obtained for winning 50 games as warrior.

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


  • This minion's Battlecry has two steps:
    • First, it deals damage to the targeted minion, queuing and resolving triggers;
    • Then, it grants that minion +2 Attack (even if the damage was prevented or absorbed by Divine Shield).


This minion's Battlecry is excellent at empowering a friendly minion, essentially trading 1 Health for 2 Attack. It is especially useful to activate minions with enrage, or other effects that trigger on being damaged. A short list includes:

This minion's battlecry can also be used to target enemy minions. This is ideally used to destroy low health minions, since the Attack bonus will also be granted to the enemy target, making it generally unwise to leave the minion alive to return the favour the next round. While this wastes the Taskmaster's potential for increasing damage output, it can be a very useful removal option, adding to this minion's versatility.





Cruel Taskmaster, full art

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