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Murlocs are a type of minion, best known for their swarming gameplay and board-wide synergy. Relatively weak in isolation, their low mana cost allows them to quickly flood the board, with their synergistic effects causing them to grow in strength as each new Murloc arrives.

Murlocs are available to all classes, but have a special connection with the paladin and shaman classes.

For a list of card art featuring murlocs, see Murloc art.

Background[]

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The murlocs are a bipedal, amphibious humanoid race residing along coastlines, lakeshores, and riverbeds. Murlocs possess bulbous bodies, large mouths lined with rows of sharp fangs, and slime-coated skin. Individuals range in coloration from turquoise to darkish grey, while their heights vary from 3-1/2 feet to 6 feet. Depending on the variety, murlocs may lean towards a closer resemblance to frogs or to fish; the iconic green murloc, for example, has coloration similar to the Cuban tree frog.
Murlocs tend to dwell in amply-populated coastal settlements, and it is unusual to find individuals wandering too far from their compatriots. Players looking to engage murlocs should be wary of their surroundings; the creatures often lurk out of sight beneath the surface of the water. This tendency, coupled with their large social aggro radius, can often lead to larger pulls.

Strategy[]

Due to their reasonably low mana cost, building a deck around Murloc cards can give you a very early board advantage by overwhelming your opponent with minions. Early game dominance and setting up your Murloc army will be your main objective. Most Murloc cards benefit from having other Murlocs on the field with them. For example, you could play Murloc Tidecaller and then Murloc Tidehunter in order to turn your Murloc Tidecaller into a 3/2 minion instead of a 1/2. Many other combinations exist as well.

Many classes can lend their unique strengths to the Murloc deck:

Minions and spells that buff or are more useful with more minions on the field synergize well with Murloc decks such as Raid Leader, Reliquary Seeker, and Frostwolf Warlord.

Counters[]

Spells that target all enemies, such as Arcane Explosion, Fan of Knives or other field-wide damage cards, are strong against Murloc decks due to their low health and swarm nature. Taunt cards are useful against Murloc decks because they force the Murlocs to attack them before the hero can be targeted, possibly dying in the process.

It is recommended to remove any Murloc on the field as soon as possible, especially high-priority targets such as Murloc Warleader or Murloc Tidecaller, because of the increasing difficulty in killing Murlocs as more and more are put on the field. Be sure not to exhaust your options too early; using a Blizzard or Consecration on only a few Murlocs may leave you defenseless when they summon even more. Gauge the situation and see if waiting a turn is the better option.

Priests can effectively counter Murlocs by having Northshire Clerics out early and buffing them with Power Word: Shield. After that they can clear weak Murlocs using Clerics and heal Clerics to keep their hand full while suffocating the Murloc player.

Also, Hungry Crab is a direct early-game counter to Murlocs. If played early enough, its ability to destroy a Murloc when summoned plus the subsequent attack and health buff could be used to halt a Murloc deck from snowballing past its initial phases. If you know you will be going up against a Murloc deck, adding two Hungry Crabs should make it much easier to deal with.

Murloc cards[]

Collectible[]

For Wild format listings, see Murloc/Wild format
Name / Desc Rarity Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Metamorfin Common MURLOC DEMONHUNTER 1 1 2 Taunt
Battlecry: If you've cast a Fel spell this turn, gain +2/+2.
Felfin Navigator Common Murloc Any 4 4 4 Battlecry: Give your other Murlocs +1/+1.
Showing all 2 cards
Metamorfin(64629).png
Felfin Navigator(210837).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Murloc Raider Free Murloc Any 1 2 1
Murloc Tidecaller Rare Murloc Any 1 1 2 Whenever you summon a Murloc, gain +1 Attack.
Toxfin Common Murloc Any 1 1 2 Battlecry: Give a friendly Murloc Poisonous.
Murloc Tidehunter Free Murloc Any 2 2 1 Battlecry: Summon a 1/1 Murloc Scout.
Rockpool Hunter Common Murloc Any 2 2 3 Battlecry: Give a friendly Murloc +1/+1.
Coldlight Seer Rare Murloc Any 3 2 3 Battlecry: Give your other Murlocs +2 Health.
Murloc Warleader Epic Murloc Any 3 3 3 Your other Murlocs have +2 Attack.
Old Murk-Eye Legendary Murloc Any 4 2 4 Charge. Has +1 Attack for each other Murloc on the battlefield.
Showing all 8 cards
Murloc Raider(55).png
Murloc Tidecaller(420).png
Toxfin(90652).png
Murloc Tidehunter(357).png
Rockpool Hunter(55574).png
Coldlight Seer(424).png
Murloc Warleader(222).png
Old Murk-Eye(217).png

Uncollectible[]

Name / Desc Rarity Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Murloc Tinyfin Common Murloc Any 0 1 1
Diremuck Tinyfin Murloc Shaman 1 1 1
Imprisoned Sungill Rare Murloc Paladin 1 2 1 Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, summon two 1/1 Murlocs.
Murloc Scout Common Murloc Any 1 1 1
Murloc Tidecaller Rare Murloc Any 1 1 2 Whenever you summon a Murloc, gain +1 Attack.
Spawnpool Forager Common Murloc Shaman 1 1 2 Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Tinyfin.
Sungill Streamrunner Murloc Paladin 1 1 1
Crabrider Common Murloc Any 2 1 4 Rush
Battlecry: Gain Windfury this turn only.
Firemancer Flurgl Legendary Murloc Shaman 2 2 3 After you play a Murloc, deal 1 damage to all enemies.
Furious Felfin Rare Murloc Demon Hunter 2 3 2 Battlecry: If your hero attacked this turn, gain +1 Attack and Rush.
Lushwater Murcenary Common Murloc Any 2 3 2 Battlecry: If you control a Murloc, gain +1/+1.
Lushwater Scout Common Murloc Any 2 1 3 After you summon a Murloc, give it +1 Attack and Rush.
Murgur Murgurgle Legendary Murloc Paladin 2 2 1 Divine Shield
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Murgurgle Prime' into your deck.
Murloc Tidehunter Common Murloc Any 2 2 1 Battlecry: Summon a 1/1 Murloc Scout.
Prize Vendor Common Murloc Any 2 2 3 Battlecry: Both players draw a card.
Redgill Razorjaw Common Murloc Any 2 3 1 Rush
Redscale Dragontamer Common Murloc Paladin 2 2 3 Deathrattle: Draw a Dragon.
South Coast Chieftain Common Murloc Shaman 2 3 2 Battlecry: If you control another Murloc, deal 2 damage.
Coldlight Seer Rare Murloc Any 3 2 3 Battlecry: Give your other Murlocs +2 Health.
Magicfin Epic Murloc Shaman 3 3 4 After a friendly Murloc dies, add a random Legendary minion to your hand.
Fishy Flyer Common Murloc Any 4 4 3 Rush. Deathrattle: Add a 4/3 Ghost with Rush to your hand.
Spectral Flyer Murloc Any 4 4 3 Rush
Mutanus the Devourer Legendary Murloc Any 7 4 4 Battlecry: Eat a minion in your opponent's hand. Gain its stats.
Murgurgle Prime Murloc Paladin 8 6 3 Divine Shield
Battlecry: Summon 4 random Murlocs. Give them Divine Shield.
Showing all 24 cards
Murloc Tinyfin(475160).png
Diremuck Tinyfin(464176).png
Imprisoned Sungill(210778).png
Murloc Scout(486).png
Murloc Tidecaller(475044).png
Spawnpool Forager(464175).png
Sungill Streamrunner(211050).png
Crabrider(442064).png
Firemancer Flurgl(487662).png
Furious Felfin(210664).png
Lushwater Murcenary(464067).png
Lushwater Scout(464069).png
Murgur Murgurgle(210779).png
Murloc Tidehunter(475188).png
Prize Vendor(389049).png
Redgill Razorjaw(475171).png
Redscale Dragontamer(389051).png
South Coast Chieftain(464057).png
Coldlight Seer(475034).png
Magicfin(388979).png
Fishy Flyer(330005).png
Spectral Flyer(330117).png
Mutanus the Devourer(63398).png
Murgurgle Prime(211054).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Murloc Murloc Any 0 1 1
Murloc Tinyfin Common Murloc Any 0 1 1
Deadscale Knight Common Murloc Any 1 1 1 Lifesteal
Grimscale Chum Common Murloc Paladin 1 2 1 Battlecry: Give a random Murloc in your hand +1/+1.
Grimscale Oracle Free Murloc Any 1 1 1 Your other Murlocs have +1 Attack.
Hench-Clan Squire Murloc Any 1 1 1
Murloc Razorgill Murloc Shaman 1 1 1
Murmy Common Murloc Any 1 1 1 Reborn
Primalfin Murloc Any 1 1 1
Silver Hand Murloc Murloc Paladin 1 1 1
Sir Finley Mrrgglton Legendary Murloc Any 1 1 3 Battlecry: Discover a new basic Hero Power.
Sludge Slurper Rare Murloc Shaman 1 2 1 Battlecry: Add a Lackey to your hand. Overload: (1)
Vilefin Inquisitor Epic Murloc Paladin 1 1 3 Battlecry: Your Hero Power becomes 'Summon a 1/1 Murloc.'
Bilefin Tidehunter Common Murloc Any 2 2 1 Battlecry: Summon a 1/1 Ooze with Taunt.
Blowgill Sniper Common Murloc Any 2 2 1 Battlecry: Deal 1 damage.
Bluegill Warrior Free Murloc Any 2 2 1 Charge
Brrrloc Common Murloc Shaman 2 2 2 Battlecry: Freeze an enemy.
Fishflinger Common Murloc Any 2 3 2 Battlecry: Add a random Murloc to each player's hand.
Ghost Light Angler Common Murloc Shaman 2 2 2 Echo
Hydrologist Common Murloc Paladin 2 2 2 Battlecry: Discover a Secret.
Primalfin Champion Epic Murloc Paladin 2 1 2 Deathrattle: Return any spells you cast on this minion to your hand.
Puddlestomper Common Murloc Any 2 3 2
Sir Finley of the Sands Legendary Murloc Paladin 2 2 3 Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, Discover an upgraded Hero Power.
Tasty Flyfish Common Murloc Any 2 2 2 Deathrattle: Give a Dragon in your hand +2/+2.
Underbelly Angler Rare Murloc Shaman 2 2 3 After you play a Murloc, add a random Murloc to your hand.
Coldlight Oracle Rare Murloc Any 3 2 2 Battlecry: Each player draws 2 cards.
Primalfin Lookout Common Murloc Any 3 3 2 Battlecry: If you control another Murloc, Discover a Murloc.
Murloc Knight Common Murloc Paladin 4 3 4 Inspire: Summon a random Murloc.
Murloc Tastyfin Rare Murloc Any 4 3 2 Deathrattle: Draw 2 Murlocs from your deck.
Scargil Legendary Murloc Shaman 4 4 4 Your Murlocs cost (1).
Seadevil Stinger Rare Murloc Warlock 4 4 2 Battlecry: The next Murloc you play this turn costs Health instead of Mana.
Siltfin Spiritwalker Epic Murloc Shaman 4 2 5 Whenever another friendly Murloc dies, draw a card. Overload: (1)
Finja, the Flying Star Legendary Murloc Any 5 2 4 Stealth. Whenever this attacks and kills a minion, summon 2 Murlocs from your deck.
Megafin Murloc Shaman 5 8 8 Battlecry: Fill your hand with random Murlocs.
Skyfin Epic Murloc Any 5 3 3 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, summon 2 random Murlocs.
Corrupted Seer Rare Murloc Any 6 2 3 Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all non-Murloc minions.
Showing all 36 cards
Murloc(715).png
Murloc Tinyfin(27225).png
Deadscale Knight(62931).png
Grimscale Chum(49685).png
Grimscale Oracle(510).png
Hench-Clan Squire(91033).png
Murloc Razorgill(49771).png
Murmy(90726).png
Primalfin(55602).png
Silver Hand Murloc(35275).png
Sir Finley Mrrgglton(27215).png
Sludge Slurper(90599).png
Vilefin Inquisitor(33158).png
Bilefin Tidehunter(35219).png
Blowgill Sniper(49672).png
Bluegill Warrior(289).png
Brrrloc(62874).png
Fishflinger(90740).png
Ghost Light Angler(89436).png
Hydrologist(55479).png
Primalfin Champion(55565).png
Puddlestomper(12274).png
Sir Finley of the Sands(90722).png
Tasty Flyfish(151390).png
Underbelly Angler(90648).png
Coldlight Oracle(88).png
Primalfin Lookout(55471).png
Murloc Knight(22362).png
Murloc Tastyfin(90210).png
Scargil(90646).png
Seadevil Stinger(49695).png
Siltfin Spiritwalker(12277).png
Finja, the Flying Star(49632).png
Megafin(55472).png
Skyfin(151388).png
Corrupted Seer(35228).png

Cards that generate Murlocs[]

These cards bring new Murlocs into play through their card text.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Imprisoned Sungill Rare Minion Murloc Paladin 1 2 1 Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, summon two 1/1 Murlocs.
Spawnpool Forager Common Minion Murloc Shaman 1 1 2 Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Tinyfin.
Murgur Murgurgle Legendary Minion Murloc Paladin 2 2 1 Divine Shield
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Murgurgle Prime' into your deck.
Murloc Tidehunter Common Minion Murloc Any 2 2 1 Battlecry: Summon a 1/1 Murloc Scout.
Underlight Angling Rod Epic Weapon Paladin 3 3 2 After your Hero attacks, add a random Murloc to your hand.
Fishy Flyer Common Minion Murloc Any 4 4 3 Rush. Deathrattle: Add a 4/3 Ghost with Rush to your hand.
Envoy Rustwix Legendary Minion Demon Warlock 5 5 4 Deathrattle: Shuffle 3 random Prime Legendary minions into your deck.
Murgurgle Prime Minion Murloc Paladin 8 6 3 Divine Shield
Battlecry: Summon 4 random Murlocs. Give them Divine Shield.
Showing all 8 cards
Imprisoned Sungill(210778).png
Spawnpool Forager(464175).png
Murgur Murgurgle(210779).png
Murloc Tidehunter(475188).png
Underlight Angling Rod(210711).png
Fishy Flyer(330005).png
Envoy Rustwix(442035).png
Murgurgle Prime(211054).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Unite the Murlocs Legendary Spell General Shaman 1 Quest: Summon 10 Murlocs.
Reward: Megafin.
Fishflinger Common Minion Murloc Any 2 3 2 Battlecry: Add a random Murloc to each player's hand.
Hench-Clan Hogsteed Common Minion Beast Any 2 2 1 Rush
Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Murloc.
Murloc Tidehunter Free Minion Murloc Any 2 2 1 Battlecry: Summon a 1/1 Murloc Scout.
Primalfin Totem Rare Minion Totem Shaman 2 0 3 At the end of your turn, summon a 1/1 Murloc.
Soul of the Murloc Common Spell General Shaman 2 Give your minions "Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Murloc."
The Tidal Hand Hero Power Paladin 2 Hero Power
Summon a 1/1 Silver Hand Murloc.
Underbelly Angler Rare Minion Murloc Shaman 2 2 3 After you play a Murloc, add a random Murloc to your hand.
Plague of Murlocs Epic Spell General Shaman 3 Transform all minions into random Murlocs.
Primalfin Lookout Common Minion Murloc Any 3 3 2 Battlecry: If you control another Murloc, Discover a Murloc.
Call in the Finishers Common Spell General Shaman 4 Summon four 1/1 Murlocs.
I Am Murloc Spell General Any 4 Summon three, four, or five 1/1 Murlocs.
Murloc Knight Common Minion Murloc Paladin 4 3 4 Inspire: Summon a random Murloc.
Megafin Minion Murloc Shaman 5 8 8 Battlecry: Fill your hand with random Murlocs.
Skyfin Epic Minion Murloc Any 5 3 3 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, summon 2 random Murlocs.
Neptulon Legendary Minion Elemental Shaman 7 7 7 Battlecry: Add 4 random Murlocs to your hand. Overload: (3)
Sated Threshadon Common Minion Beast Any 7 5 7 Deathrattle: Summon three 1/1 Murlocs.
Anyfin Can Happen Rare Spell General Paladin 10 Summon 7 Murlocs that died this game.
Showing all 18 cards
Unite the Murlocs(55470).png
Fishflinger(90740).png
Hench-Clan Hogsteed(90594).png
Murloc Tidehunter(357).png
Primalfin Totem(55596).png
Soul of the Murloc(90647).png
The Tidal Hand(35276).png
Underbelly Angler(90648).png
Plague of Murlocs(90716).png
Primalfin Lookout(55471).png
Call in the Finishers(49716).png
I Am Murloc(714).png
Murloc Knight(22362).png
Megafin(55472).png
Skyfin(151388).png
Neptulon(12292).png
Sated Threshadon(55534).png
Anyfin Can Happen(27240).png

Related cards[]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Murloc Tidecaller Rare Minion Murloc Any 1 1 2 Whenever you summon a Murloc, gain +1 Attack.
Firemancer Flurgl Legendary Minion Murloc Shaman 2 2 3 After you play a Murloc, deal 1 damage to all enemies.
Lushwater Murcenary Common Minion Murloc Any 2 3 2 Battlecry: If you control a Murloc, gain +1/+1.
Lushwater Scout Common Minion Murloc Any 2 1 3 After you summon a Murloc, give it +1 Attack and Rush.
South Coast Chieftain Common Minion Murloc Shaman 2 3 2 Battlecry: If you control another Murloc, deal 2 damage.
Tinyfin's Caravan Rare Minion General Shaman 2 1 3 At the start of your turn, draw a Murloc.
Coldlight Seer Rare Minion Murloc Any 3 2 3 Battlecry: Give your other Murlocs +2 Health.
Magicfin Epic Minion Murloc Shaman 3 3 4 After a friendly Murloc dies, add a random Legendary minion to your hand.
Nofin Can Stop Us Rare Spell General Shaman 3 Give your minions +1/+1. Give your Murlocs an extra +1/+1.
Felfin Navigator Common Minion Murloc Any 4 4 4 Battlecry: Give your other Murlocs +1/+1.
Showing all 10 cards
Murloc Tidecaller(475044).png
Firemancer Flurgl(487662).png
Lushwater Murcenary(464067).png
Lushwater Scout(464069).png
South Coast Chieftain(464057).png
Tinyfin's Caravan(464060).png
Coldlight Seer(475034).png
Magicfin(388979).png
Nofin Can Stop Us(487651).png
Felfin Navigator(210837).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Grimscale Chum Common Minion Murloc Paladin 1 2 1 Battlecry: Give a random Murloc in your hand +1/+1.
Grimscale Oracle Free Minion Murloc Any 1 1 1 Your other Murlocs have +1 Attack.
Hungry Crab Epic Minion Beast Any 1 1 2 Battlecry: Destroy a Murloc and gain +2/+2.
Murloc Tidecaller Rare Minion Murloc Any 1 1 2 Whenever you summon a Murloc, gain +1 Attack.
Toxfin Common Minion Murloc Any 1 1 2 Battlecry: Give a friendly Murloc Poisonous.
Unite the Murlocs Legendary Spell General Shaman 1 Quest: Summon 10 Murlocs.
Reward: Megafin.
Ice Fishing Common Spell Frost Shaman 2 Draw 2 Murlocs from your deck.
Rockpool Hunter Common Minion Murloc Any 2 2 3 Battlecry: Give a friendly Murloc +1/+1.
Underbelly Angler Rare Minion Murloc Shaman 2 2 3 After you play a Murloc, add a random Murloc to your hand.
Coldlight Seer Rare Minion Murloc Any 3 2 3 Battlecry: Give your other Murlocs +2 Health.
Murloc Warleader Epic Minion Murloc Any 3 3 3 Your other Murlocs have +2 Attack.
Primalfin Lookout Common Minion Murloc Any 3 3 2 Battlecry: If you control another Murloc, Discover a Murloc.
Zoobot Common Minion Mech Any 3 3 3 Battlecry: Give a random friendly Beast, Dragon and Murloc +1/+1.
Gentle Megasaur Epic Minion Beast Any 4 5 4 Battlecry: Adapt your Murlocs.
Murloc Tastyfin Rare Minion Murloc Any 4 3 2 Deathrattle: Draw 2 Murlocs from your deck.
Old Murk-Eye Legendary Minion Murloc Any 4 2 4 Charge. Has +1 Attack for each other Murloc on the battlefield.
Scargil Legendary Minion Murloc Shaman 4 4 4 Your Murlocs cost (1).
Seadevil Stinger Rare Minion Murloc Warlock 4 4 2 Battlecry: The next Murloc you play this turn costs Health instead of Mana.
Siltfin Spiritwalker Epic Minion Murloc Shaman 4 2 5 Whenever another friendly Murloc dies, draw a card. Overload: (1)
Finja, the Flying Star Legendary Minion Murloc Any 5 2 4 Stealth. Whenever this attacks and kills a minion, summon 2 Murlocs from your deck.
Menagerie Magician Common Minion General Any 5 4 4 Battlecry: Give a random Beast, Dragon and Murloc +2/+2.
Scalelord Rare Minion Dragon Paladin 5 5 6 Battlecry: Give your Murlocs Divine Shield.
Corrupted Seer Rare Minion Murloc Any 6 2 3 Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all non-Murloc minions.
Everyfin is Awesome Rare Spell General Shaman 7 Give your minions +2/+2.

Costs (1) less for each Murloc you control.

The Curator Legendary Minion Mech Any 7 4 6 Taunt
Battlecry: Draw a Beast, Dragon, and Murloc from your deck.
Tip the Scales Epic Spell General Paladin 8 Summon 7 Murlocs from your deck.
Showing all 26 cards
Grimscale Chum(49685).png
Grimscale Oracle(510).png
Hungry Crab(660).png
Murloc Tidecaller(420).png
Toxfin(90652).png
Unite the Murlocs(55470).png
Ice Fishing(62884).png
Rockpool Hunter(55574).png
Underbelly Angler(90648).png
Coldlight Seer(424).png
Murloc Warleader(222).png
Primalfin Lookout(55471).png
Zoobot(42035).png
Gentle Megasaur(52595).png
Murloc Tastyfin(90210).png
Old Murk-Eye(217).png
Scargil(90646).png
Seadevil Stinger(49695).png
Siltfin Spiritwalker(12277).png
Finja, the Flying Star(49632).png
Menagerie Magician(42055).png
Scalelord(184989).png
Corrupted Seer(35228).png
Everyfin is Awesome(27224).png
The Curator(42022).png
Tip the Scales(90739).png

Achievements[]

There are 112 achievements related to Murlocs.

CategoryNameDescriptionRewards
AchievementPin Collection.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgCollection - Classic - Mrglglglgl!Collect all 4 Rare and Epic Classic Murlocs.20 Achievement Point.png, Old Murk-Eye
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Minion TypesUp To My GillsSummon 10 Murlocs.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Minion TypesUp To My GillsSummon 30 Murlocs.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Minion TypesUp To My GillsSummon 100 Murlocs.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Minion TypesUp To My GillsSummon 300 Murlocs.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Minion TypesUp To My GillsSummon 1000 Murlocs.20 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngForged in the Barrens - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Barrens - ShamanMurlockdownDestroy 50 enemies with Murlocs as Shaman.20 Achievement Point.png

History[]

Murlocs originally featured a number of minion type synergy effects that activated from or benefited "ALL" Murlocs, including the opponent's. This included cards like Murloc Warleader, Coldlight Seer and Grimscale Oracle granting bonuses to not only friendly but also enemy Murlocs, Murloc Tidecaller activating from either player summoning a Murloc, and Old Murk-Eye drawing power from even the opponent's Murlocs. However, these disadvantages only existed in the presence of a Murloc mirror match, in which case both opponents stood to gain from the common type-orientation. According to Ben Brode, this synergy was added to the Murloc type "mostly to make it feel really different from other minion types".[1]

With Patch 6.2.0.15181 (2016-10-20) this behaviour was removed from all of the above cards except for Old Murk-Eye, with the effects now strictly confined to friendly Murlocs. The patch notes state that the changes were made in order to "improve the Murloc mirror-match"; Ben Brode later clarified that such matches tended to be determined mostly by "whoever played the first murloc".[2] It should be noted that Murloc mirror matches were very rarely seen at this period (as well as for some time beforehand),[3] but the changes may also have been made with future releases in mind, opening up design space for the type. Hungry Crab and Corrupted Seer's negative effects were unchanged, as was Old Murk-Eye, which the developers discussed but "decided against" changing.[4]

An earlier change came with Whispers of the Old Gods. Prior to this the Murloc legendary Old Murk-Eye was not craftable but had to be earned through collecting each Basic and Classic Murloc. The quest "Mrglglglgl!" awarded 1 regular copy to the player upon collecting regular copies of all Classic Murlocs, while "Golden Mrglglglgl!" awarded 1 golden copy to the player upon collecting golden versions of all Basic and Classic Murlocs. The accompanying patch removed the quests, and made Old Murk-Eye craftable instead. The change accompanied the similar removal of the quest to earn the Captain's Parrot reward for collecting Pirates.

Trivia[]

Journey to Un'Goro sketches of various primal murlocs, a showcase of "the murloc test".

  • Murlocs have a special relationship with Hearthstone, which has arguably provided a greater platform for the race than World of Warcraft: while in the latter game murlocs are a relatively minor annoyance, swarming mobs encountered during questing, especially in lower level areas, in Hearthstone they are a substantial and fearsome threat, with whole decks built around the race. Hearthstone has also seen the first murloc capable of speaking Common - the indubitable Sir Finley Mrrgglton - as well as the first true murloc 'hero', Morgl the Oracle, both of which are original to Hearthstone. Other Hearthstone murloc firsts include the first murloc ninja (and murloc martial art "Finjitsu"), the first true murloc paladins, and the first murloc with a moustache.[5] The fact that the first three original Hearthstone characters to feature in World of Warcraft were all murlocs - Sir Finley, Morgl the Oracle and Giantfin - appears to confirm the former game's position as champion of the race.
  • Concept Artist Jomaro Kindred comments, "On the Hearthstone team we ... have this murloc test. We kinda throw a murloc in everything - just to see how it feels."[5] Concept Artist Jerry Mascho confirms, "With each new expansion, we do what we call a 'Murloc Test'", resulting in concepts for murlocs designed to fit the expansion's themes.[6]
  • According to an official infographic, players summoned a total of 5,829,905,234 Murlocs in 2016 (equal to nearly 80% of the human population of the earth at the end of 2016).[7][8][9]

Patch changes[]

References[]

 
  1. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-01-10). 
  2. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-10-20). 
  3. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-10-20). 
  4. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-10-24). 
  5. 5.0 5.1 BlizzCon 2016 Hearthstone What's Next panel (2016-11-05)
  6. Blizzard Entertainment (2017-03-29). Hearthside Chat: The Art of Journey to Un'Goro. Retrieved on 2017-03-29.
  7. 5.8 Billion Murlocs? Terrible. Let's Improve That With More Murlocs!. (2016-12-24). 
  8. Geohive.com. Retrieved on 2017-01-05.
  9. Worldometers.info. Retrieved on 2017-01-05.
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