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Eye for an Eye
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Spell school:Holy
Cost:1 Mana icon.png
Artist:James Ryman
Secret: When your hero takes damage, deal that much damage to the enemy hero.
Flavor text

Justice sometimes takes the form of a closed fist into a soft cheek.

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Deal damage, Secret
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Damage-related, Hero-related, Triggered effect
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Eye for an Eye is a common paladin spell card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Classic set.

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Card packs
Classic Pack
Wild Pack
Golden Classic Pack
Regular, Golden1~2
Crafting40 dustdustRegular1
Crafting400 dustdustGolden1


  • Eye for an Eye triggers when your hero takes damage from any source (including spells, triggered effects, Hero Powers, Battlecries and combat damage). It will not trigger if the hero does not take damage, for example if the damage is prevented by LegacyIce Block, The Grand TournamentBolf Ramshield or Immune effects.
  • Eye for an Eye, like all other Secrets that directly deal damage, is affected by Spell Damage and LegacyProphet Velen, allowing it to deal more damage than the attack which triggered it.


This is an excellent card to play when your opponent is about to unleash a powerful attack or spell against you. However, keep in mind that multi-hit attacks, such as Arcane Missiles, will only trigger this ability once, causing only one damage to be shot at the enemy hero.

It can be used as a soft tech card against LegacyIce Block. If you can leave the Mage at 1 Health before Ice Block is activated, they will be unable to deal any damage your hero until they can recover some of their Health back.

When playing against this card, test for it by dealing a small amount of damage before committing to a larger attack. For example, playing Whispers of the Old GodsC'Thun (as well as all other "missiles" effect) can almost negate an opponent's Eye for an Eye, since only the first point damage that C'Thun will deal to the enemy hero will trigger Eye for an Eye and will be dealt back to you, while any subsequent damage that C'Thun will deal to the enemy hero will not be affected by Eye for an Eye.

Eye for an Eye is quite capable of causing the destruction of both heroes in a single turn, resulting in a draw for both players.


In World of Warcraft, Eye for an Eye is a talent available to paladins who specialize in Retribution. Similar to the spell in Hearthstone, this talent causes enemy magic attacks against the paladin to have a chance of dealing damage back.


  • Prior to the changes to LegacyAlexstrasza in Patch and to secrets in Patch, it was possible for the paladin to use the two cards in combination to directly deal 15 damage to the opponent, by directing Alexstrasza's Battlecry at themselves while Eye for an Eye was active. While this still dealt 15 damage to the paladin, the resulting burst damage was formidable, and extremely effective in closing games.
  • The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Blood of Gladiators" series, for the card Thoros the Savior.


Eye for an Eye, full art

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