Holy Wrath

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Holy Wrath
Regular
Holy Wrath(355).png
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Gold
Holy Wrath(355) Gold.png
Set: EXPERT1
Type: Spell
Spell school: Holy
Class: Paladin
Rarity: Rare
Cost: 5 Mana icon.png
Abilities: Deal damage, Draw cards
Tags: Cost-related, Targeted
Artist: Justin Sweet

Draw a card and deal damage equal to its cost.

C'mon Molten Giant!!

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For the uncollectible card in Book of Heroes, see Holy Wrath (boss).

Holy Wrath is a rare paladin spell card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Classic set.

Other versions[edit | edit source]


How to get[edit | edit source]

Holy Wrath can be obtained through Classic card packs, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Holy Wrath 100 20
Golden Holy Wrath 800 100

Previous availability[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This spell has two steps:
    • First, it deals damage to its target equal to the mana cost of drawn card, queuing and resolving triggers.
    • Then, it draws a card, queuing and resolving triggers;
  • If the player's hand is full when Holy Wrath draws a card, this spell will still deal damage equivalent to the card's mana cost, despite overdrawing the card.[1]
  • This spell's damage is increased by bonuses from Spell Damage and Prophet Velen.[2][3]
  • If Holy Wrath draws a 0-Cost card it deals 0 damage, usually with no effect (for example, it will not pop Divine Shield).[4]
  • The interactions of Holy Wrath with cost-modifying effects seem to be inconsistent and should be verified again. More precisely:
    • Auras that modify mana costs (such as Molten Giant and Mechwarper) do not modify the damage dealt by Holy Wrath since both steps of this spell are inside of a Phase and Auras don't update inside of a Phase.[5]
    • Even though it should work by enchanting cards in the deck to change their mana cost, as of Patch 7.1.1, if a Renounce Darkness discounted card is drawn by Holy Wrath, the full damage is done (as though it were not discounted). (Maybe this is because adding a new Enchantment recalculates mana cost immediately, but just drawing the card does not force it to recalculate its mana cost?)[6]
    • If Shadowfiend is in play the mana cost of the drawn card is reduced after Holy Wrath will deal damage.[7]
      • In older Patches, on-draw triggers activated before Holy Wrath dealt its damage, so this spell dealt one less damage.[8]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Holy Wrath should be played in a fairly high mana deck for obvious reasons. Since the cost of this card is a bit higher and the damage is not reliable, it's for most purposes better to pick Hammer of Wrath for card generation.

This spell is particularly useful when the paladin has very high mana cost cards in their deck. Conversely, drawing a low mana cost card will render Holy Wrath extremely inefficient. As mentioned in this card's flavor text, Molten Giant is one of the highest mana cost cards in the game by a substantial margin, and drawing it with Holy Wrath can deal a whopping 20 damage to the opponent (Shirvallah, the Tiger can alternatively be used to deal 25). With Hemet, Jungle Hunter and a deck filled with low-cost cards, you can have a much better chance of drawing those expensive minions from your Holy Wrath.[9] A more guaranteed method is to empty your deck, play the minion for 3 or less Mana, shuffle it in with Baleful Banker, then draw it with Holy Wrath.

To be able to deal reliable damage using cards like Lorekeeper Polkelt while this card in your hand to always draw Shirvallah, the Tiger for 25 damage.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Holy Wrath is based on the paladin ability of the same name from World of Warcraft. The ability shoots bolts of power in all directions, causing Holy damage, and stunning demons and undead.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Holy Wrath, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

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