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Discard effects are effects which cause the player to discard cards from their hand. Discarded cards are removed from the game, without activating Deathrattles. Discard effects are most commonly found on warlock cards.

Discard effects are distinguished from overdraw, Tracking, and other remove from deck effects, all of which remove cards directly from the deck without being in the hand; which in fact removes cards directly from a special display zone without entering the hand. While similar to discard effects, neither is considered a discard for game purposes, and will not activate related effects.

Notes[]

  • Discarded cards are revealed to the opponent.
  • Discarded minions are not considered to have died, and therefore cannot be summoned by resurrection effects.[1]
  • Effects that trigger from discards trigger only when discarded from the hand, not when removed from deck.[2]
  • Cost-related discard effects consider enchantments that modify costs of the card.
  • If there are more than 2 cards that met the cost requirements, Cost-related discard effects will discard randomly one of them.

Strategy[]

The negative repercussions of a discard effect can be removed entirely by not playing that card until your hand is otherwise empty. If this is not possible, they can be minimised by making sure your hand contains only cards you are willing to lose, such as by making sure to first play your most valuable cards.

Discard effects are mostly found on warlock cards, serving as an additional cost to playing a card at an otherwise unusually low price. This may allow the warlock to put out powerful minions at an early stage of the game, or deal strong damage on demand. While the card loss is undesirable, warlocks are able to easily compensate for this using Life Tap, especially in later rounds when mana is more plentiful. While the total cost of playing such a card is therefore in fact unusually high, the ability to delay paying that price until a later round can offer a strategic advantage.

The order in which discard effects are activated is of great importance. A warlock whose hand comprises two Doomguards and a Soulfire has two ways of playing their hand. Playing a Doomguard first will guarantee both other cards will be discarded, while playing the Soulfire first will guarantee that one Doomguard is retained. In most cases the player's hand will contain a variety of cards, making it impossible to entirely predict the outcome. However, the player can still control events to some degree by choosing which cards to play before the discard effect, ensuring that those cards will not be discarded.

When it is not possible to empty the hand of all important cards before playing a discard effect, warlocks can also choose to use Life Tap to add more cards to the hand, reducing the likelihood of a specific card from being discarded. For example, a warlock with a Soulfire and a Loatheb in their hand may use Life Tap to draw an Abusive Sergeant, in the hopes that playing the Soulfire will discard the latter card instead of the Loatheb. However, if an even more valuable card is instead drawn, the warlock may regret having used Life Tap before playing Soul Fire.

Starting with The Grand Tournament, warlock cards with discard synergy effects have been added, which aid in mitigating or removing the disadvantages of discarding cards. Fist of Jaraxxus and Silverware Golem are played when discarded and have more value if doing so, while Malchezaar's Imp and Clutchmother Zavas make the warlock's hand more powerful as cards are discarded. Discard effects are the focus of the Warlock quest, Lakkari Sacrifice.

Cards[]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Wicked Whispers Rare Spell Shadow Warlock 1 Discard your lowest Cost card. Give your minions +1/+1.
Evocation Legendary Spell Arcane Mage 2 Fill your hand with random Mage spells. At the end of your turn, discard them.
Fungal Fortunes Rare Spell Nature Druid 3 Draw 3 cards. Discard any minions drawn.
Lakkari Felhound Common Minion Demon Warlock 4 3 8 Taunt
Battlecry: Discard your two lowest-Cost cards.
Nightshade Matron Common Minion Demon Warlock 4 5 5 Rush
Battlecry: Discard your highest Cost card.
Felsoul Jailer Epic Minion Demon Warlock 5 4 6 Battlecry: Your opponent discards a minion.
Deathrattle: Return it.
Deathwing the Destroyer Legendary Minion Dragon Any 10 12 12 Battlecry: Destroy all other minions. Discard a card for each destroyed.
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Evocation(210741).png
Fungal Fortunes(210659).png
Lakkari Felhound(475012).png
Nightshade Matron(210812).png
Felsoul Jailer(463938).png
Deathwing the Destroyer(463941).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Shriek Rare Spell Shadow Warlock 1 Discard your lowest Cost card. Deal 2 damage to all minions.
Soulfire Free Spell Fire Warlock 1 Deal 4 damage. Discard a random card.
The Soularium Legendary Spell General WARLOCK 1 Draw 3 cards.
At the end of your turn, discard them.
Book of Specters Epic Spell Shadow Mage 2 Draw 3 cards. Discard any spells drawn.
Darkshire Librarian Rare Minion General Warlock 2 3 2 Battlecry: Discard a random card. Deathrattle: Draw a card.
Expired Merchant Rare Minion General Warlock 2 2 1 Battlecry: Discard your highest Cost card.
Deathrattle: Add 2 copies of it to your hand.
Felstalker Free Minion Demon Warlock 2 4 3 Battlecry: Discard a random card.
Chaos Gazer Epic Minion Demon Warlock 3 4 3 Battlecry: Curse a playable card in your opponent's hand. They have 1 turn to play it!
Howlfiend Common Minion Demon Warlock 3 3 6 Whenever this minion takes damage, discard a random card.
Reckless Diretroll Common Minion General Warlock 3 2 6 Taunt
Battlecry: Discard your lowest Cost card.
Astral Communion Epic Spell Arcane Druid 4 Gain 10 Mana Crystals. Discard your hand.
Cataclysm Epic Spell General WARLOCK 4 Destroy all minions. Discard your hand.
Lakkari Felhound Common Minion Demon Warlock 4 3 8 Taunt
Battlecry: Discard your two lowest-Cost cards.
Doomguard Rare Minion Demon Warlock 5 5 7 Charge. Battlecry: Discard two random cards.
Dark Bargain Epic Spell Shadow Warlock 6 Destroy 2 random enemy minions. Discard 2 random cards.
Furnacefire Colossus Epic Minion General Any 6 6 6 Battlecry: Discard all weapons from your hand and gain their stats.
Deathwing Legendary Minion Dragon Any 10 12 12 Battlecry: Destroy all other minions and discard your hand.
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The Soularium(75962).png
Book of Specters(89416).png
Darkshire Librarian(35221).png
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Felstalker(208).png
Chaos Gazer(176349).png
Howlfiend(62894).png
Reckless Diretroll(90180).png
Astral Communion(22334).png
Cataclysm(76918).png
Lakkari Felhound(55449).png
Doomguard(507).png
Dark Bargain(22388).png
Furnacefire Colossus(62924).png
Deathwing(474).png

Related cards[]

All current discard-related effects activate only when discarding from the hand, and not removed from the deck or other zones.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Boneweb Egg Rare Minion General Warlock 2 0 2 Deathrattle: Summon two 2/1 Spiders. If you discard this, trigger its Deathrattle.
Tiny Knight of Evil Rare Minion Demon Warlock 2 3 2 Whenever you discard a card, gain +1/+1.
Hand of Gul'dan Common Spell Shadow Warlock 6 When you play or discard this, draw 3 cards.
Showing all 3 cards
Boneweb Egg(329883).png
Tiny Knight of Evil(475025).png
Hand of Gul'dan(210809).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Lakkari Sacrifice Legendary Spell General Warlock 1 Quest: Discard 6 cards.
Reward: Nether Portal.
Malchezaar's Imp Common Minion Demon Warlock 1 1 3 Whenever you discard a card, draw a card.
Clutchmother Zavas Legendary Minion Beast Warlock 2 2 2 Whenever you discard this, give it +2/+2 and return it to your hand.
Tiny Knight of Evil Rare Minion Demon Warlock 2 3 2 Whenever you discard a card, gain +1/+1.
Silverware Golem Rare Minion General Warlock 3 3 3 If you discard this minion, summon it.
Fist of Jaraxxus Rare Spell Fel Warlock 4 When you play or discard this, deal 4 damage to a random enemy.
High Priestess Jeklik Legendary Minion General Warlock 4 3 4 Taunt, Lifesteal
When you discard this, add 2 copies of it to your hand.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel Legendary Minion General Warlock 5 1 6 Lifesteal
Has +1 Attack for each card you've discarded this game.
Cruel Dinomancer Rare Minion General Warlock 6 5 5 Deathrattle: Summon a random minion you discarded this game.
Soulwarden Epic Minion General Warlock 6 6 6 Battlecry: Add 3 random cards you discarded this game to your hand.
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Lakkari Sacrifice(55447).png
Malchezaar's Imp(42027).png
Clutchmother Zavas(55464).png
Tiny Knight of Evil(22386).png
Silverware Golem(42037).png
Fist of Jaraxxus(22332).png
High Priestess Jeklik(90182).png
Blood-Queen Lana'thel(61814).png
Cruel Dinomancer(55569).png
Soulwarden(90181).png

References[]

  1. Tested on 9-8-2015 by jerodast: Played Succubus obtained via Thoughtsteal, discarding Acidic Swamp Ooze, without ever having a friendly minion die. Then played Resurrect, which summoned no minion. Played a second Succubus, discarding Novice Engineer, then a second Resurrect, again resulting in no minion summoned.
  2. Whirthun on Twitter. (2015-08-07).