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Feign Death
1991 • GVG_026
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Set:Goblins vs GnomesGoblins vs Gnomes
Cost:2 Mana icon.png
Artist:Luca Zontini
Trigger all Deathrattles on your minions.
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The hardest part about doing a "Feign Death" convincingly is learning how to make the right smell. It takes a lot of commitment.

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Trigger Deathrattle
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Area of effect, Deathrattle-related
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Feign Death is an epic hunter spell card, from the Goblins vs Gnomes set.

How to get[]

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Card packs
Goblins vs Gnomes Pack
Wild Pack
Regular, Golden1~2
Crafting400 dustdustRegular1
Crafting1600 dustdustGolden1


  • Minions affected by this spell will have their Deathrattles activated, but the Deathrattles are not removed or consumed in the process.[1] Minions which have been affected by Feign Death will still trigger their Deathrattles normally upon dying.[2] This means that minions can also be affected by Feign Death more than once, again without Deathrattles being removed or consumed in the process.
  • Minions that summon other minions via their Deathrattle will place the newly summoned minion on the far right of the board.[3]
  • Minions who have had Deathrattles removed through Silences will not have them triggered by this spell.
  • As with the order of activation for minion death and triggered effects, this spell will trigger minions' Deathrattles in the order in which they were summoned, with the first summoned triggered first.[5]

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Feign Death is useful in decks focused on Deathrattle effects. It allows Hunters to activate Deathrattles on command without having to destroy the minion first. Targets like LegacyLoot Hoarder and Knights of the Frozen ThroneExploding Bloatbat are good for utility, while cards like One Night in KarazhanKindly Grandmother, Journey to Un'GoroDevilsaur Egg, LegacyCairne Bloodhoof or LegacySylvanas Windrunner give immediate board advantage. Note that Deathrattles that can only activate on the opponent's turn like Knights of the Frozen ThroneSkelemancer will do nothing.

One of the challenges posing for this card is the difficulty in maximizing its effect. Having enough strong Deathrattle minions on board while also having the mana to use this card is not always feasible, especially if your opponent anticipates it. In some cases, it might be optimal to use it even on a single Deathrattle minion.

Knights of the Frozen ThronePlay Dead is a cheaper, single-target version of Feign Death. While it only affects one minion, its lower cost makes it more flexible to use. Journey to Un'GoroTerrorscale Stalker and Whispers of the Old GodsPrincess Huhuran do the same, but come with a body. One case where Feign Death can be more useful compared to other single-target Deathrattle activators is in The Boomsday ProjectGoblin Bomb decks, since various cards summon multiple of them and they tend to stick on the board.


Feign Death is a hunter ability from World of Warcraft that causes the hunter to fall to the ground as though they had died. Computer-controlled enemies will have their aggro against the hunter reset and immediately cease to attack them, while players will automatically de-target the hunter. The hunter's display will also appear to show that the hunter has died.

Feign Death is mostly used for reseting aggro against mobs, allowing the hunter to avoid reprisals from an overly aggravated boss or simply to abort a bad pull. If the mob has any other target on their threat table at the time, they will immediately switch to the next highest priority. This allows the hunter to build excessive aggro before then using Feign Death to return control to the tank. Feign Death is also useful in PvP to interrupt casts and throw-off enemy pets and minions, but can be recognised by other players by the survival of the hunter's pet; if the hunter is truly dead, the pet will despawn, while if they are simply feigning death, the pet will remain active.



Feign Death, full art

Patch changes[]

Goblins vs Gnomes logo.png Patch (2014-12-04): Added.