Ice Barrier

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Ice Barrier
Regular
Ice Barrier(672).png
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Gold
Ice Barrier(672) Gold.png
Set: EXPERT1
Type: Spell
Spell school: Frost
Class: Mage
Rarity: Common
Cost: 3 Mana icon.png
Abilities: Gain Armor, Secret
Tags: Combat-related, Triggered effect
Artist: Alex Garner

Secret: When your hero is attacked, gain 8 Armor.

This is Rank 1. Rank 2 is Chocolate Milk Barrier.

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Ice Barrier is a common mage spell card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Classic set.

Other versions[edit | edit source]


How to get[edit | edit source]

Ice Barrier can be obtained through Classic card packs, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Ice Barrier 40 5
Golden Ice Barrier 400 50

Core set[edit | edit source]

Two copies of regular Ice Barrier (Core) are obtained for raising mage to level 1.

Two copies of golden Ice Barrier (Core) are obtained for winning 50 games as mage.

Ice Barrier (Core) is uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Ice Barrier takes effect in the same step of the attack sequence as the Forgetful effect, as well as most other Secrets. Therefore, all such effects occur in order of play.
  • The effect will still add Armor even if the attacker is redirected or is otherwise neutralized before completing combat.[1][2]
  • This Secret is only triggered when physically attacked by another character. This includes minions and the enemy hero.
  • Damaging spells and abilities, and damaging effects from card text or Battlecries on cards such as Knife Juggler, will not trigger the Secret.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Ice Barrier is a useful card if you want to stall out the game to play strong minions later on in a control-type mage deck. It is a staple card in Freeze Mage.

Mad Scientist is a useful Wild format minion in a deck with Ice Barrier and other Secrets so that you can more reliably get Ice Barrier into play.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Ice Barrier is a mage spell which creates a protective barrier around the mage, absorbing damage and preventing pushback from damaging attacks while it holds. It was a staple defensive spell for Frost mages before being made into a class-wide talent with Mists of Pandaria. Unlike Hearthstone's version, the spell is not triggered by an attack, but can be cast on cooldown, and is generally kept active as much of the time as possible when in combat.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Ice Barrier, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngYear of the Gryphon rotation (2021-03-30): Moved from Classic to Legacy set.
  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngPatch 20.0.0.77662 (2021-03-25): Now has Frost spell school (previously: no spell school).
  • Whispers of the Old Gods logo.png Patch 5.2.0.13714 (2016-07-14) (approximate): Trigger timing changed to "proposed attack" event, causing it to activate in order of play related to other secrets like Misdirection, rather than always afterward.
  • Goblins vs Gnomes logo.png Patch 2.0.0.7234 (2014-12-04): Phrasing changed from "As soon as your hero is attacked, gain 8 Armor." to "When your hero is attacked, gain 8 Armor."

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 异邦儿 (2016-07-14). Ice Barrier vs Misdirection I
  2. 异邦儿 (2016-07-14). Ice Barrier vs Misdirection II