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Emperor Thaurissan
2262 • BRM_028
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Dimensions: Full330 x 410px
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Dimensions: Full330 x 410px
Set:Blackrock MountainBlackrock Mountain
Cost:6 Mana icon.png
Attack:5 Attack icon.png
Health:5 Health
Artist:Wayne Reynolds
At the end of your turn, reduce the Cost of cards in your hand by (1).
Flavor text

His second greatest regret is summoning an evil Firelord who enslaved his entire people.

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Increment attribute, Modify cost
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Hand-related, Triggered effect
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For the boss of the same name, see Emperor Thaurissan.
For the event version of this card, see Emperor Thaurissan (Event).

Emperor Thaurissan is a legendary neutral minion card, from the Blackrock Mountain set.

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AdventureComplete Blackrock Mountain 1st wing - Blackrock DepthsRegular1
Crafting1600 dustdustRegular1
Crafting3200 dustdustGolden1


  • This card's triggered effect creates a cost-modification enchantment attached to each card in your hand that reduces by 1 the mana cost of that card. In particular:
    • Multiple enchantments created by this card's effect stack as usual, further reducing the mana cost of cards in your hand at the end of each of your turns.[1]
    • The mana cost of a card cannot be reduced below 0. However, further cost-reductions can help in countering cost-increasing effects like Freezing Trap and Loatheb.
    • Since the cost-modification enchantments are attached to the cards, they are not removed if Emperor Thaurissan is removed from play.[2]


Thaurissan should be able to find a place in most control decks. Aggro decks will receive less benefit from his ability because they generally have fewer cards in hand. Thaurissan is quite powerful in combo decks that try to do a large amount of damage in a single turn, because he allows you to play more total mana value in a single turn than you otherwise would. For example, when you have Malygos in your hand at the time of reduction, as well as several low-cost spells that can damage your opponent, such as Eviscerate or Frostbolt, you can play the spells on the same turn as Malygos instead of hoping that he survives until your next turn. This is especially useful for Miracle Rogue and Freeze Mage decks, and makes this minion a centerpiece in any deck looking to kill their opponent in one turn.

With 6 or more other cards in your hand, Thaurissan can be expected to effectively refund its own mana cost by reducing the cost of the player's other cards. If Thaurissan is allowed to survive for multiple turns, the advantage will stack, making him even more rewarding.

Compared to other 6-drops in the game like Sylvanas Windrunner or Cairne Bloodhoof - his effect doesn't have an impact on the board. On the other hand he can give you a huge tempo lead in the following turns. His stats are below average for mana cost, but are made up for by his potentially powerful effect. In a rare combination with Aviana and Thaurissan, it will lead to your minions all being free the next turn, assuming your opponent doesn't kill Aviana the turn you execute this combo.




"Thank you for clearing out those foolish senators. Now prepare to meet your doom at the hands of Ragnaros' most powerful servant."
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Emperor Dagran Thaurissan, a descendant of Emperor Thaurissan and Modgud, ruled the Dark Iron clan with a combination of charisma, sorcery and iron will. Even as the leader of his clan, he is, like all Dark Iron dwarves, a servant of Ragnaros. The Emperor rules his people not from the city founded by (and named for) his ancestor, but rather from the depths of Blackrock Mountain near the entrance to Ragnaros's domain, the Molten Core. The Emperor's Dark Irons swarm the depths of Blackrock Mountain, and have also been seen in the Searing Gorge to the north and the Burning Steppes to the south. He has also sent his emissaries and agents to the gnomish capital of Gnomeregan, apparently in an effort to back the self-proclaimed ruler of Gnomeregan, Sicco Thermaplugg.

The Emperor kidnapped King Magni Bronzebeard's daughter, Princess Moira Bronzebeard, and treated her with the respect due her position, and even kindness and affection. Moira soon fell in love with him, marrying him. She is now pregnant with his child, who is half Bronzebeard dwarf and half Dark Iron dwarf, and the heir to both thrones of Shadowforge and Ironforge.

It is revealed in The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm that King Magni Bronzebeard sent a team to kill Emperor Thaurissan, and retrieve the previously thought to be ensorcelled Moira back to Ironforge. Yet Moira refused to come home and announced that she was pregnant, and that the death of her husband has left a terrible, fiery rage within her heart.

Dagran currently wields the legendary hammer Ironfoe, but not by legitimate means. The hammer's hereditary owner, Reginald Windsor was captured and imprisoned by the Dark Irons, his weapon claimed by Dagran.

Dungeon Journal

Emperor Dagran Thaurissan rules alongside Princess Moira of the rival Bronzebeard clan. Debate rages over whether the emperor ensorcelled his bride or she willingly joined him. Whatever the truth, Thaurissan's continued presence bodes ill for the future of his clan. So long as he lives, the Dark Irons will remain pawns of Ragnaros, and a dire threat to kingdoms throughout Azeroth.


  • His quote upon summoning is a parody of He-Man's catchphrase, the protagonist from the Masters of the Universe franchise.
  • Despite his flavor text and Nefarian's opening dialogue in Thaurissan's boss encounter, Emperor Dagran Thaurissan was not responsible for summoning Ragnaros. Ragnaros was in fact summoned many years earlier by Dagran's ancestor Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan, who perished in the process.


Emperor Thaurissan, full art

Emperor Thaurissan in World of Warcraft


Patch changes[]

  • Blackrock Mountain logo.png Patch (2015-04-14): A lightning bolt icon has been added to correctly indicate the presence of Emperor Thaurissan's triggered effect.
  • Blackrock Mountain logo.png Patch (2015-03-31): Added.


  1. Zeriyah on Twitter. (2015-03-30). 
  2. Zeriyah on Twitter. (2015-03-30).