This is not just a favor, but a divine one, like helping someone move a couch with a fold out bed!
How to get
|Golden Divine Favor||800||100|
- Divine Favor works as follows:
- Consume the card, resolving triggers caused by the act of casting the spell.
- Calculate how many cards you need to draw until your hand has at least as many cards as your opponent's, namely max(0, opponent_hand_size − your_hand_size).
- Attempt to draw that many cards.
- Because of this:
- If the act of casting Divine Favor changes the number of cards in your or your opponent's hand, these changes are taken into account before drawing the cards. For example, if you only have Divine Favor in your hand, your opponent's hand is empty, and Lorewalker Cho is on the board, then casting Divine Favor will put a copy of Divine Favor into your opponent's hand and then draw a card.
- If your opponent has the same number of cards, or fewer, after consuming Divine Favor, it will draw 0 cards. For example, Divine Favor will not have any effect if your opponent's hand is empty (and stays empty after casting the spell).
- If you have no cards left in your deck, casting Divine Favor will cause you to suffer Fatigue damage as many times as you would have normally drawn a card.
Divine Favor works best in a high-speed deck with lots of cheap cards. Ideally, draw this card early in the game, then play out your hand while your opponent hopefully holds onto theirs. Divine Favor can then be played to draw several cards for only 3 mana, allowing the paladin to gain significant tempo and/or board presence with virtually no drawbacks.
The card becomes less effective as the opponent plays out their hand, and is therefore generally best played early in the game. In the late game it can still be exchanged for multiple cards with luck, or at the worst swapped for a new card at a cost of 3 mana.
Obviously, it's best to empty the hand as much as possible before playing this card, unless you have a specific combo in mind.
Paladins with this card can often be spotted by their rapid emptying of their hand over the first few turns. The opponent may feel confident that the paladin will soon run out of steam, only to find them using Divine Favor to cement their board lead. When a paladin takes this approach, it's usually best to play as many cards as is wise in exchange, for example playing a couple of 2 cost minions rather than a single 4 cost minion, even if it is not otherwise the better play. The key concern is not the wasting of your own cards, but the relative card advantage between the two players, and preventing the paladin from gaining this and maintaining competitive tempo and board control is generally a far better option.
Divine Favor is a Holy paladin ability that increases spell haste and crit chance for a short period, used as a healing or occasionally dps cooldown.
- The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Assault on Icecrown Citadel" series, for the card Blessed Defense.
- Year of the Gryphon rotation (2021-03-30): Moved from Hall of Fame to Legacy set.
- Patch 188.8.131.52662 (2021-03-25): Now has Holy spell school (previously: no spell school).
- Patch 184.108.40.206933 (2019-04-04): Moved from Classic to Hall of Fame set.
- Commentary: Over the past several years, we've seen a number of strong, aggressive Paladin decks. While we like Paladin's identity as a minion-summoning and minion-buffing class with a fair amount of resource generation, card draw doesn't also need to be one of the Paladin's strengths. Divine Favor is one of the most cost-effective draw spells in the game, so to better emphasize other classes' strengths and to provide better control over the power level of future aggressive Paladin decks, we are moving Divine Favor to the Hall of Fame.
- Patch 220.127.116.1190 (2013-10-02): Now costs 3 mana, up from 2. Draw cards until you have as many in hand as your opponent. [3 mana, Rare]
- Previously: Draw cards until you have as many in hand as your opponent. [2 mana, Rare]