Random effects are effects which include some degree of randomness or 'RNG' (random number generation).
Random effects introduce an element of chance into Hearthstone. They can be interesting, fun, frustrating or rewarding, but their outcome is always uncertain. For a discussion of the role of randomness in games, see RNG.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Effects which draw randomly from a pool of cards are influenced by game format, with only cards valid in the current format being eligible for selection. All other random effects are unaffected by game format or game mode.
- Random effects without specific influencing factors are "truly random" and offer balanced chances of all possible outcomes, regardless of circumstantial details such as which minions are currently on the board or which cards are currently in the player's hand. Random outcomes are also not affected by game mode, such as Tavern Brawls (unless specifically stated). However, some effects are limited by clearly relevant factors, such as Totemic Call, which will only summon a totem that is not already present, or card draw, which can only draw cards that are remaining in the player's deck.
- Random effects do not always feature the word 'random' in their description. Game Designer Ben Brode explains that the general strategy is to explicitly state 'random' for effects that take place in "visible zones" such as the battlefield or the player's hand; and not to explicitly state 'random' for effects that take in "hidden zones" such as the opposing player's hand, or either player's deck. However, Brode acknowledged that not all cards follow this convention, stating that "the word 'random' just feels better on [some] cards", while in other cases adding the word 'random' would simply complexify card text too much. Players must therefore expect that effects which affect hidden zones will be random, even if this is not specifically stated on the card. In addition, Deathrattles and triggered effects are never targetable, and so are always random, whether or not this is stated.
- When a card has "a 50% chance to attack the wrong enemy", it is unofficially known as "forgetful". More details on this type of randomness can be found on that page.
- One of the design reasons behind random effects of all kinds is to add variety, ensuring that each match feels different. This is also one reason for the limit of 2 copies per card in a deck, and the relatively small number of card draw effects in the game, preventing the cards available to players from being too consistent across games.
Random damage[edit | edit source]
Random damage comes in a few forms. Some cards, commonly Shaman cards, deal a random amount of damage (within a certain range) to one creature or each one of multiple creatures. Other cards deal an exact amount of damage to a random target, or multiple random targets.
The most complicated case is cards such as Arcane Missiles and Mad Bomber that deal a total amount of damage distributed or "split" randomly. These effects are best thought of as a set of one-damage "hits" being randomly targeted one at a time: Each point of damage is considered a separate instance of damage dealt, meaning that cards like Gurubashi Berserker and Frothing Berserker will trigger multiple times even if the points of damage came from the same spell or effect, and Divine Shields will be removed by a single point of damage, allowing the protected minion to be damaged by further "hits" from the same effect. Furthermore, damage will never be distributed to a minion that has already been brought to 0 health by previous hits from the same effect.
This concept has some exceptions. Deathrattles and other death effects from any destroyed minions occur "simultaneously" after all the damage is dealt, which means that minions summoned by Deathrattles (e.g. Damaged Golem) cannot be hit by the same effect that destroyed their "parents" (e.g. Harvest Golem), and that damage may be "wasted" on targets that would have died anyway from the Deathrattle of another dying minion (e.g. Abomination). Also, for spells which distribute damage between multiple targets, each point of Spell Damage adds one additional randomly targeted "hit", thus increasing the total damage dealt by one, rather than increasing the damage of each hit by one.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Some RNG elements within Hearthstone can be minimised by controlling the prevailing situation. For example, Deadly Shot destroys one random enemy minion. When faced with several enemies, this can prove extremely random; however, when faced with only a single fearsome enemy its RNG element is removed, and it becomes a simple and effective removal spell.
Order of play is often important when dealing with RNG in target selection. Players may wish to first remove non-desirable targets for abilities such as Arcane Missiles and Cleave, to ensure that only the ideal targets remain available. More often though, players will generally want to use RNG abilities early in the round, in order to plan the rest of their actions around the resulting situation.
The uncertainty of RNG elements causes many players to avoid them whenever possible, preferring guaranteed effects which can be relied upon to achieve their intended goals, and RNG options are often considered to be slightly poorer than their average effect, due to the undesirability of their randomness, which also makes planning for their use much harder. However, the satisfaction of a successful roll of the dice can be very gratifying, and to some degree form a reward in itself for attempting a risky play. The seeming unfairness of being defeated by an opponent due almost entirely to luck or chance can be particularly exasperating for the loser, and particularly entertaining for the victor. Some players also choose to use cards with strong RNG elements (such as Gelbin Mekkatorque) in order to add variety, unpredictability and fun to the game.
Card draw itself is inherently a randomised process, and cards granting card draw can also be considered to provide players with random effects.
Cards[edit | edit source]
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Type||Subtype||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
|First Day of School||Common||Spell||General||Paladin||0||Add 2 random 1-Cost minions to your hand.|
|Flurry (Rank 1)||Rare||Spell||Frost||Mage||0||Freeze a random enemy minion. (Upgrades when you have 5 Mana.)|
|Flurry (Rank 2)||Rare||Spell||Frost||Mage||0||Freeze two random enemy minions. (Upgrades when you have 10 Mana.)|
|Flurry (Rank 3)||Rare||Spell||Frost||Mage||0||Freeze three random enemy minions.|
|Arcane Missiles||Free||Spell||Arcane||Mage||1||Deal 3 damage randomly split among all enemies.|
|Avenge||Common||Spell||Holy||Paladin||1||Secret: When one of your minions dies, give a random friendly minion +3/+2.|
|Babbling Book||Rare||Minion||General||Mage||1||1||1||Battlecry: Add a random Mage spell to your hand.|
|Call of the Void||Common||Spell||Shadow||Warlock||1||Add a random Demon to your hand.|
|Conviction (Rank 1)||Epic||Spell||Holy||Paladin||1||Give a random friendly minion +3 Attack. (Upgrades when you have 5 Mana.)|
|Conviction (Rank 2)||Epic||Spell||Holy||Paladin||1||Give two random friendly minions +3 Attack. (Upgrades when you have 10 Mana.)|
|Conviction (Rank 3)||Epic||Spell||Holy||Paladin||1||Give three random friendly minions +3 Attack.|
|Demon Companion||Rare||Spell||General||1||Summon a random Demon Companion.|
|Devolving Missiles||Epic||Spell||Arcane||1||Shoot three missiles at random enemy minions that transform them into ones that cost (1) less.|
|Guidance||Rare||Spell||General||1||Look at two spells. Add one to your hand or Overload: (1) to get both.|
|Helboar||Common||Minion||Beast||Hunter||1||2||1||Deathrattle: Give a random Beast in your hand +1/+1.|
|Knight of Anointment||Common||Minion||General||Paladin||1||1||1||Battlecry: Draw a Holy spell.|
|Lock and Load||Epic||Spell||General||Hunter||1||Each time you cast a spell this turn, add a random Hunter card to your hand.|
|Partner Assignment||Rare||Spell||General||Druid||1||Add a random 2-Cost and 3-Cost Beast to your hand.|
|Pilfer||Common||Spell||General||Rogue||1||Add a random card from another class to your hand.|
|Revolve||Common||Spell||General||Shaman||1||Transform all minions into random ones with the same Cost.|
|Safety Inspector||Rare||Minion||General||Any||1||1||3||Battlecry: Shuffle the lowest-Cost card from your hand into your deck. Draw a card.|
|Secret Passage||Epic||Spell||General||Rogue||1||Replace your hand with 4 cards from your deck. Swap back next turn.|
|Shadow Council||Epic||Spell||Fel||Warlock||1||Replace your hand with random Demons. Give them +2/+2.|
|Stage Dive||Rare||Spell||General||Warrior||1||Draw a Rush minion.|
Corrupt: Give it +2/+1.
|Strength Totem||Free||Minion||Totem||Shaman||1||0||2||At the end of your turn, give another friendly minion +1 Attack.|
|Swashburglar||Common||Minion||Pirate||Rogue||1||1||1||Battlecry: Add a random card from another class to your hand.|
|Tracking||Rare||Spell||General||Hunter||1||Discover a card from your deck.|
|Tuskpiercer||Rare||Weapon||Demon Hunter||1||1||2||Deathrattle: Draw a Deathrattle minion.|
|Unstable Felbolt||Common||Spell||Fel||Warlock||1||Deal 3 damage to an enemy minion and a random friendly one.|
|Webspinner||Common||Minion||Beast||Hunter||1||1||1||Deathrattle: Add a random Beast card to your hand.|
|Wicked Whispers||Rare||Spell||Shadow||Warlock||1||Discard your lowest Cost card. Give your minions +1/+1.|
|Young Priestess||Rare||Minion||General||Any||1||2||1||At the end of your turn, give another random friendly minion +1 Health.|
|Apothecary's Caravan||Rare||Minion||General||Warlock||2||1||3||At the start of your turn, summon a 1-Cost minion from your deck.|
|Arcanologist||Common||Minion||General||Mage||2||2||3||Battlecry: Draw a Secret.|
|Astral Rift||Rare||Spell||General||Mage||2||Add 2 random minions to your hand.|
|Bamboozle||Epic||Spell||General||Rogue||2||Secret: When one of your minions is attacked, transform it into a random one that costs (3) more.|
|Bulk Up||Common||Spell||General||Warrior||2||Give a random Taunt minion in your hand +1/+1 and copy it.|
|Cagematch Custodian||Common||Minion||Elemental||Shaman||2||2||2||Battlecry: Draw a weapon.|
|Chain Lightning (Rank 1)||Epic||Spell||Nature||Shaman||2||Deal 2 damage to a minion and a random adjacent one. (Upgrades when you have 5 Mana.)|
|Chain Lightning (Rank 2)||Epic||Spell||Nature||Shaman||2||Deal 3 damage to a minion and a random adjacent one. (Upgrades when you have 10 Mana.)|
|Chain Lightning (Rank 3)||Epic||Spell||Nature||Shaman||2||Deal 4 damage to a minion and a random adjacent one.|
|Cleave||Free||Spell||General||Warrior||2||Deal 2 damage to two random enemy minions.|
|Costumed Entertainer||Common||Minion||General||Any||2||1||2||Battlecry: Give a random minion in your hand +2/+2.|
|Evocation||Legendary||Spell||Arcane||Mage||2||Fill your hand with random Mage spells. At the end of your turn, discard them.|
|Imprisoned Felmaw||Common||Minion||Demon||Hunter||2||5||4||Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, attack a random enemy.|
|In Formation!||Common||Spell||General||Warrior||2||Add 2 random Taunt minions to your hand.|
Draw a minion.
Reduce its Cost by (2).
|Living Seed (Rank 1)||Rare||Spell||Nature||Druid||2||Draw a Beast. Reduce its Cost by (1). (Upgrades when you have 5 Mana.)|
|Living Seed (Rank 2)||Rare||Spell||Nature||Druid||2||Draw a Beast. Reduce its Cost by (2). (Upgrades when you have 10 Mana.)|
|Living Seed (Rank 3)||Rare||Spell||Nature||Druid||2||Draw a Beast. Reduce its Cost by (3).|
|Mad Bomber||Common||Minion||General||Any||2||3||2||Battlecry: Deal 3 damage randomly split between all other characters.|
|Menacing Nimbus||Common||Minion||Elemental||Shaman||2||2||2||Battlecry: Add a random Elemental to your hand.|
|Minefield||Common||Spell||General||Warrior||2||Deal 5 damage randomly split among all minions.|
|Open the Cages||Common||Spell||General||Hunter||2||Secret: When your turn starts, if you control two minions, summon an Animal Companion.|
|Peon||Common||Minion||General||Any||2||2||3||Frenzy: Add a random spell from your class to your hand.|
|Razorboar||Common||Minion||Beast||Demon Hunter||2||2||2||Deathrattle: Summon a Deathrattle minion that costs (3) or less from your hand.|
|Redscale Dragontamer||Common||Minion||Murloc||Paladin||2||2||3||Deathrattle: Draw a Dragon.|
|Ringmaster's Baton||Epic||Weapon||Warrior||2||1||3||After your hero attacks, give a Mech, Dragon, and Pirate in your hand +1/+1.|
|Scavenger's Ingenuity||Common||Spell||General||Hunter||2||Draw a Beast.|
Give it +2/+2.
|Sethekk Veilweaver||Epic||Minion||General||Priest||2||2||3||After you cast a spell on a minion, add a Priest spell to your hand.|
|Sightless Watcher||Rare||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||2||3||2||Battlecry: Look at 3 cards in your deck. Choose one to put on top.|
|Stage Hand||Common||Minion||Mech||Warrior||2||3||2||Battlecry: Give a random minion in your hand +1/+1.|
|Swindle||Common||Spell||General||Rogue||2||Draw a spell.|
Combo: And a minion.
|Sword of the Fallen||Weapon||Weapon||Paladin||2||1||2||After your hero attacks, cast a Secret from your deck.|
|Tinyfin's Caravan||Rare||Minion||General||Shaman||2||1||3||At the start of your turn, draw a Murloc.|
|Totemic Call||Free||Hero Power||Shaman||2||Hero Power|
Summon a random Totem.
|Transfer Student||Epic||Minion||General||Any||2||2||2||Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, deal 3 damage to two random enemy minions.|
|Trick Totem||Rare||Minion||Totem||2||0||3||At the end of your turn, cast a random spell that costs (3) or less.|
|Wandmaker||Common||Minion||General||Any||2||2||2||Battlecry: Add a 1-Cost spell from your class to your hand.|
|Augmented Porcupine||Epic||Minion||Beast||Hunter||3||2||4||Deathrattle: Deal this minion's Attack damage randomly split among all enemies.|
|Bogstrok Clacker||Rare||Minion||General||Shaman||3||3||3||Battlecry: Transform adjacent minions into random minions that cost (1) more.|
|Brightwing||Legendary||Minion||Dragon||Any||3||3||2||Battlecry: Add a random Legendary minion to your hand.|
|Deadly Shot||Common||Spell||General||Hunter||3||Destroy a random enemy minion.|
|Devouring Plague||Common||Spell||Shadow||Priest||3||Lifesteal. Deal 4 damage randomly split among all enemy minions.|
|Dragonmaw Overseer||Rare||Minion||General||Priest||3||2||2||At the end of your turn, give another friendly minion +2/+2.|
|Enchanted Cauldron||Epic||Minion||General||Any||3||1||6||Spellburst: Cast a random spell of the same Cost.|
|Feat of Strength||Rare||Spell||General||Warrior||3||Give a random Taunt minion in your hand +5/+5.|
|Firebrand||Common||Minion||General||Mage||3||3||4||Spellburst: Deal 4 damage randomly split among all enemy minions.|
|Free Admission||Rare||Spell||General||Warlock||3||Draw 2 minions. If they're both Demons, reduce their Costs by (2).|
|Guff Runetotem||Legendary||Minion||General||Druid||3||2||4||After you cast a Nature spell, give another friendly minion +2/+2.|
|Hysteria||Rare||Spell||Shadow||3||Choose an enemy minion. It attacks random minions until it dies.|
|Imprisoned Satyr||Common||Minion||Demon||Druid||3||3||3||Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, reduce the Cost of a random minion in your hand by (5).|
|Inconspicuous Rider||Common||Minion||General||Any||3||2||2||Battlecry: Cast a Secret from your deck.|
Battlecry: Add a random 4-Cost minion to your opponent's hand.
|Kabal Outfitter||Common||Minion||General||Warlock||3||3||3||Battlecry and Deathrattle: Give another random friendly minion +1/+1.|
|Lightning Storm||Rare||Spell||Nature||Shaman||3||Deal 3 damage to all enemy minions. Overload: (2)|
|Magicfin||Epic||Minion||Murloc||Shaman||3||3||4||After a friendly Murloc dies, add a random Legendary minion to your hand.|
|Nazmani Bloodweaver||Rare||Minion||General||Priest||3||2||5||After you cast a spell, reduce the cost of a random card in your hand by (1).|
|Netherwind Portal||Common||Spell||Arcane||Mage||3||Secret: After your opponent casts a spell, summon a random 4-Cost minion.|
|Northwatch Commander||Rare||Minion||General||Paladin||3||3||4||Battlecry: If you control a Secret, draw a minion.|
|Razorfen Beastmaster||Rare||Minion||Quilboar||Demon Hunter||3||3||3||Deathrattle: Summon a Deathrattle minion that costs (4) or less from your hand.|
|Saddlemaster||Rare||Minion||General||Hunter||3||3||4||After you play a Beast, add a random Beast to your hand.|
|Tavish Stormpike||Legendary||Minion||General||Hunter||3||2||5||After a friendly Beast attacks, summon a Beast from your deck that costs (1) less.|
|War Cache||Rare||Spell||General||Warrior||3||Add a random Warrior minion, spell, and weapon to your hand.|
|Whack-A-Gnoll Hammer||Rare||Weapon||Shaman||3||3||2||After your hero attacks, give a random friendly minion +1/+1.|
|Apothecary Helbrim||Legendary||Minion||General||Rogue||4||3||2||Battlecry and Deathrattle: Add a random Poison to your hand.|
|Auspicious Spirits||Rare||Spell||Shadow||Priest||4||Summon a random 4-Cost minion.|
Corrupt: Summon a 7-Cost minion instead.
Summon a random 7-Cost minion.
Spellburst: Gain control of a random enemy minion with 2 or less Attack.
|Cascading Disaster||Epic||Spell||General||Warlock||4||Destroy a random enemy minion. Corrupt: Destroy 2. Corrupt Again: Destroy 3.|
Destroy 2 random enemy minions.
Corrupt: Destroy 3.
Destroy 3 random enemy minions.
Deathrattle: Summon a 4/2 Forsaken Lilian that attacks a random enemy.
|Kazakus, Golem Shaper||Legendary||Minion||General||Any||4||3||3||Battlecry: If your deck has no 4-Cost cards, build a custom Golem.|
|Krolusk Barkstripper||Epic||Minion||Beast||Hunter||4||3||5||Spellburst: Destroy a random enemy minion.|
Battlecry: Discard your two lowest-Cost cards.
|Multi-Shot||Free||Spell||General||Hunter||4||Deal 3 damage to two random enemy minions.|
Battlecry: Discard your highest Cost card.
|Rally!||Rare||Spell||Holy||4||Resurrect a friendly 1-Cost, 2-Cost, and 3-Cost minion.|
|Replicat-o-tron||Epic||Minion||Mech||Any||4||3||3||At the end of your turn, transform a neighbor into a copy of this.|
|Scrap Shot||Rare||Spell||General||Hunter||4||Deal 3 damage. Give a random Beast in your hand +3/+3.|
Spellburst: Add a Combo card to your hand.
|SI:7 Infiltrator||Rare||Minion||General||Any||4||5||4||Battlecry: Destroy a random enemy Secret.|
|Spirit Healer||Epic||Minion||General||Any||4||3||6||After you cast a Holy spell, give a random friendly minion +2 Health.|
|Star Student Stelina||Legendary||Minion||General||Demon Hunter||4||4||3||Outcast: Look at 3 cards in your opponent's hand. Shuffle one of them into their deck.|
|Steeldancer||Epic||Minion||General||4||4||4||Battlecry: Summon a random minion with Cost equal to your weapon's Attack.|
|Vengeful Spirit||Epic||Minion||General||Demon Hunter||4||4||4||Outcast: Draw 2 Deathrattle minions.|
|Void Flayer||Rare||Minion||General||Priest||4||3||4||Battlecry: For each spell in your hand, deal 1 damage to a random enemy minion.|
|Apexis Blast||Epic||Spell||General||Mage||5||Deal 5 damage. If your deck has no minions, summon a random 5-Cost minion.|
|Barak Kodobane||Legendary||Minion||General||Hunter||5||3||5||Battlecry: Draw a 1, 2, and 3-Cost spell.|
|Boggspine Knuckles||Epic||Weapon||Shaman||5||3||2||After your hero attacks, transform your minions into random ones that cost (1) more.|
|Brawl||Epic||Spell||General||Warrior||5||Destroy all minions except one. (chosen randomly)|
|Eye of C'Thun||None||Spell||General||Any||5||Piece of C'Thun (0/4)|
Deal 7 damage randomly split among all enemies.
|Felsoul Jailer||Epic||Minion||Demon||Warlock||5||4||6||Battlecry: Your opponent discards a minion.|
Deathrattle: Return it.
Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion "Deathrattle: Summon Greybough."
|High Abbess Alura||Legendary||Minion||General||5||3||6||Spellburst: Cast a spell from your deck (targets this if possible).|
|Keywarden Ivory||Legendary||Minion||General||5||4||5||Battlecry: Discover a dual-class spell from any class. Spellburst: Get another copy.|
|Lorekeeper Polkelt||Legendary||Minion||General||Any||5||4||5||Battlecry: Reorder your deck from the highest Cost card to the lowest Cost card.|
|Optimistic Ogre||Common||Minion||General||Any||5||6||7||50% chance to attack the correct enemy.|
|Razormane Raider||Common||Minion||Quilboar||Any||5||5||6||Frenzy: Attack a random enemy.|
|Ringmaster Whatley||Legendary||Minion||General||Warrior||5||3||5||Battlecry: Draw a Mech, Dragon, and Pirate.|
|Shadow Hunter Vol'jin||Legendary||Minion||General||Any||5||3||6||Battlecry: Choose a minion. Swap it with a random one in its owner's hand.|
Deathrattle: Summon a random 3-Cost Beast.
|Vectus||Legendary||Minion||General||Any||5||4||4||Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Whelps. Each gains a Deathrattle from your minions that died this game.|
|Claw Machine||Common||Minion||Mech||Any||6||6||3||Rush. Deathrattle: Draw a minion and give it +3/+3.|
|Imprisoned Antaen||Rare||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||6||10||6||Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, deal 10 damage randomly split among all enemies.|
|Jandice Barov||Legendary||Minion||General||6||2||1||Battlecry: Summon two random 5-Cost minions. Secretly pick one that dies when it takes damage.|
|Maxima Blastenheimer||Legendary||Minion||General||Hunter||6||4||4||Battlecry: Summon a minion from your deck. It attacks the enemy hero, then dies.|
|Onyx Magescribe||Common||Minion||Dragon||Any||6||4||9||Spellburst: Add 2 random spells from your class to your hand.|
|Scavenging Shivarra||Common||Minion||Demon||Any||6||6||3||Battlecry: Deal 6 damage randomly split among all other minions.|
|Taurajo Brave||Rare||Minion||General||Any||6||4||8||Frenzy: Destroy a random enemy minion.|
|The Lurker Below||Legendary||Minion||Beast||Shaman||6||6||5||Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to an enemy minion. If it dies, repeat on one of its neighbors.|
|Barrens Stablehand||Epic||Minion||General||Any||7||5||5||Battlecry: Summon a random Beast.|
|Darkmoon Tonk||Rare||Minion||Mech||Hunter||7||8||5||Deathrattle: Fire four missiles at random enemies that deal 2 damage each.|
|Death Speaker Blackthorn||Legendary||Minion||Quilboar||Demon Hunter||7||3||6||Battlecry: Summon 3 Deathrattle minions that cost (5) or less from your deck.|
|Lady Liadrin||Legendary||Minion||General||Paladin||7||4||6||Battlecry: Add a copy of each spell you cast on friendly characters this game to your hand.|
|Mask of C'Thun||Rare||Spell||General||Mage||7||Deal 10 damage randomly split among all enemies.|
|Overlord Saurfang||Legendary||Minion||General||Warrior||7||5||4||Battlecry: Resurrect 2 friendly Frenzy minions. Deal 1 damage to all other minions.|
|Priestess of Fury||Rare||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||7||6||5||At the end of your turn, deal 6 damage randomly split among all enemies.|
At the end of your turn, add a Dragon to your hand.
|Archwitch Willow||Legendary||Minion||General||Warlock||8||5||5||Battlecry: Summon a random Demon from your hand and deck.|
|Beastmaster Leoroxx||Legendary||Minion||General||Hunter||8||5||5||Battlecry: Summon 3 Beasts from your hand.|
|Cenarion Ward||Epic||Spell||Nature||Druid||8||Gain 8 Armor. Summon a random 8-Cost minion.|
|Idol of Y'Shaarj||Epic||Spell||General||Priest||8||Summon a 10/10 copy of a minion in your deck.|
|Jewel of N'Zoth||Epic||Spell||General||Hunter||8||Summon three friendly Deathrattle minions that died this game.|
|Murgurgle Prime||None||Minion||Murloc||Paladin||8||6||3||Divine Shield|
Battlecry: Summon 4 random Murlocs. Give them Divine Shield.
|Plagued Protodrake||Common||Minion||Dragon||Any||8||8||8||Deathrattle: Summon a random 7-Cost minion.|
|Primordial Protector||Epic||Minion||Elemental||Any||8||6||6||Battlecry: Draw your highest-Cost spell. Summon a random minion with the same Cost.|
|Troublemaker||Rare||Minion||General||Warrior||8||6||8||At the end of your turn, summon two 3/3 Ruffians that attack random enemies.|
|Blood of G'huun||Epic||Minion||Elemental||Priest||9||8||8||Taunt|
At the end of your turn, summon a 5/5 copy of a minion in your deck.
|Malygos the Spellweaver||Legendary||Minion||Dragon||Any||9||4||12||Battlecry: Draw spells until your hand is full.|
|Pit Commander||Epic||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||9||7||9||Taunt|
At the end of your turn, summon a Demon from your deck.
|Runaway Blackwing||Rare||Minion||Dragon||Any||9||9||9||At the end of your turn, deal 9 damage to a random enemy minion.|
|Solarian Prime||None||Minion||Demon||Mage||9||7||7||Spell Damage +1|
Battlecry: Cast 5 random Mage spells (targets enemies if possible).
|Ysera the Dreamer||Legendary||Minion||Dragon||Any||9||4||12||Battlecry: Add one of each Dream card to your hand.|
|C'Thun, the Shattered||Legendary||Minion||General||Any||10||6||6||Start of Game: Break into pieces. Battlecry: Deal 30 damage randomly split among all enemies.|
|Deathwing the Destroyer||Legendary||Minion||Dragon||Any||10||12||12||Battlecry: Destroy all other minions. Discard a card for each destroyed.|
|N'Zoth, God of the Deep||Legendary||Minion||General||Any||10||5||7||Battlecry: Resurrect a friendly minion of each minion type.|
|Nagrand Slam||Epic||Spell||General||Hunter||10||Summon four 3/5 Clefthoofs that attack random enemies.|
|Yogg-Saron, Master of Fate||Legendary||Minion||General||Any||10||7||5||Battlecry: If you've cast 10 spells this game, spin the Wheel of Yogg-Saron.|
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History[edit | edit source]
In the build-up to Curse of Naxxramas, the adventure's class cards were revealed to players one by one, many of which featured Deathrattle effects, with text that did not specify that the effects were randomly targeted. This led to widespread confusion over the function of the effects. In a special forum post, Ben Brode explained that by omitting the word 'random', card text could be shortened. By establishing the rule that Deathrattles were never targetable, the developers would not have to explicitly state this on each card, which could eventually allow for the development of more "strategically deep" card effects, due to having more card space in which to describe them, potentially otherwise a limiting factor. Brode stated that "setting expectations now that triggers never allow choices allows us to make cards that otherwise would have too much text", explaining that the omission of explicit statements to this effect "lays the groundwork for shortening the text."
However, in the face of player confusion and preference for random effects to be explicitly described as such, the policy was altered, and the word 'random' added to several Naxxramas cards.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Gnomes are known for the unpredictability of their inventions, and many gnome cards in Hearthstone feature random effects.
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