Drain Life

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Drain Life
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Set: Legacy
Type: Spell
Spell school: Shadow
Class: Warlock
Rarity: Free
Cost: 3 Mana icon.png
Abilities: Deal damage, Restore Health
Tags: Targeted
Artist: Alex Horley

Deal 2 damage. Restore 2 Health to your hero.

"I've just sucked one year of your life away."

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Drain Life is a warlock spell card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Basic set.

Other versions[edit | edit source]

How to get[edit | edit source]

Two copies of regular and golden Drain Life are automatically given after the player completes the Ranked's New player experience system, unlocking Wild and Classic format.

They are uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Previous availability[edit | edit source]

Prior Year of the Gryphon's rotation on March 30, 2021:

  • Two copies of Drain Life were automatically included in all players' collections upon unlocking the warlock class.
  • Two Golden copies of Drain Life were a reward for raising a warlock to levels 45 and 46.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This spell has two steps:
    • First, it damages its target, queuing and resolving triggers;
    • Then, it heals your hero, queuing and resolving triggers.
  • As usual, Spell Damage increases the damage dealt by this spell but it does not affect the amount of Health restored, while Prophet Velen separately increases both the damage dealt and the Health restored.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Although this card provides Warlocks a middling amount of healing - something that will always be handy for Warlocks, Drain Life is marginally worse for removal compared to alternatives like Shadow Bolt or Soulfire (or especially Darkbomb in Wild format).

Drain Soul from the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion is 1 mana cheaper than Drain Life, and unlike Drain Life its damage and healing both scale with Spell Damage. However, Drain Soul can only target minions, whereas Drain Life can also target heroes.

Presumably, the reason this card has not had its text changed to include Lifesteal is because of Spell Damage modifiers. A minion with Spell Damage +1 would change this card's text to; 'Deal *3* damage. Restore 2 Health to your hero.' which is no longer an example of Lifesteal, because only a portion of the damage dealt has been restored as health.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Drain Life is a warlock spell from World of Warcraft. A channeled ability, the spell deals a small amount of Shadow damage to the target while slowly restoring the warlock's health. It is often used on feared targets to restore the warlock's health without breaking the fear effect.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Drain Life, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]