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Resurrect, the archetypal (and eponymous) resurrection effect

Resurrection effects are effects that summon copies of minions that have died that game.

Such effects typically phrase themselves as re-summoning or resurrecting the minion that died, but the effect is in fact achieved by summoning a separate copy of the minion.

Notes[]

There are two main types of resurrection effects: those that summon a specific minion when it dies (Ancestral Spirit, Redemption), and those that summon one or more minions at least partly randomly from those that have died that game (Resurrect, N'Zoth, the Corruptor). Kel'Thuzad is an exception, largely matching the second group but with its targets and summoning order based on order of death.

General[]

  • The copies summoned are summoned in their base state, at full Health and without any enchantments the original minions had when they died.

Random target[]

  • Random target resurrection effects summon random minions from a list of all friendly minion deaths that game, although they sometimes have additional conditions, such as minion type or ability. This includes the death of any minions which were 'friendly' when they died, included those taken control of by effects like Mind Control and Shadow Madness.[1][2]
    • Technically, this is achieved through the Death Event Cache, a list that is added to each time a minion dies. Rather than checking a pool of 'dead' minions, resurrection effects check a list of all minion deaths, and select randomly from all eligible instances.
  • As per the game's usual rules, only minions that die while in the battlefield are considered to have 'died'. Minions that were transformed, discarded from the hand, overdrawn, or removed from the deck or other zones are not considered to have died, and so will not be summoned.
    • Minions such as Malorne that were returned to hand or shuffled back into the deck when they died are still considered to have died, and so can be summoned by resurrection effects.[3] Each death by any minion will also be recorded on the list separately, even if that minion already died that game.
  • "Resurrecting" a minion does not remove it from the list of deaths, allowing it to be "resurrected" again later. For example, if on turn 3 you play Injured Blademaster and he then dies, on turn 4 you can play two Resurrects and get two Injured Blademasters.
    • Because of this, such effects are more likely to summon copies of a given minion if it has died multiple times that game.[4][5] For example, if 2 War Golem, 1 Magma Rager and 1 Salty Dog were the friendly minions that had died that game, Resurrect would have a 50% chance of summoning a War Golem, and a 25% chance of summoning a Magma Rager or a Salty Dog.
    • If a player summons a copy of a Kel'Thuzad who died that turn, at the end of the turn that Kel'Thuzad will summon another copy of the original Kel'Thuzad, resulting in 2 x Kel'Thuzads for the player.[6]
  • Resurrection effects like N'Zoth will attempt to summon a copy of each eligible minion that died that game. If there is not room on the board to summon a copy of each, N'Zoth will randomly choose which ones to summon.[7]

Strategy[]

Resurrection effects are effective in decks with powerful, high-value minions, as well as those with undesirable Battlecries, such as Injured Blademaster. Random target resurrection effects are especially effective in combination with Barnes and to a lesser extent Herald Volazj, which summon 1/1 copies of other minions: once the 1/1 minion is destroyed a copy can be 'resurrected' with full stats. In combination with resurrection effects Barnes also allows players to bring full-stat copies of high-cost minions into play far earlier than normally possible.

Cards[]

Collectible


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Twilight's Call Rare Spell General PRIEST 3 Summon 1/1 copies of 2 friendly Deathrattle minions
that died this game.
Lesser Diamond Spellstone Rare Spell General PRIEST 7 Resurrect 2 different friendly minions. (Cast 4 spells to upgrade.)
Showing all 2 cards
Twilight's Call(76959).png
Lesser Diamond Spellstone(76954).png
Uncollectible
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Teron Gorefiend Legendary Minion General Any 3 3 4 Battlecry: Destroy all other friendly minions.
Deathrattle: Resummon them with +1/+1.
Rally! Rare Spell Holy 4 Resurrect a friendly 1-Cost, 2-Cost, and 3-Cost minion.
Vivid Spores Rare Spell Nature Shaman 4 Give your minions "Deathrattle: Resummon this minion."
Headmaster Kel'Thuzad Legendary Minion General Any 5 4 6 Spellburst: If the spell destroys any minions, summon them.
High Inquisitor Whitemane Legendary Minion General Any 6 5 7 Battlecry: Summon all friendly minions that died this turn.
Overlord Saurfang Legendary Minion General Warrior 7 5 4 Battlecry: Resurrect 2 friendly Frenzy minions. Deal 1 damage to all other minions.
Jewel of N'Zoth Epic Spell General Hunter 8 Summon three friendly Deathrattle minions that died this game.
Kanrethad Prime Minion Demon Warlock 8 7 6 Battlecry: Summon 3 friendly Demons that died this game.
N'Zoth, God of the Deep Legendary Minion General Any 9 5 7 Battlecry: Resurrect a friendly minion of each minion type.
Showing all 9 cards
Teron Gorefiend(210667).png
Rally!(442053).png
Vivid Spores(210833).png
Headmaster Kel'Thuzad(329877).png
High Inquisitor Whitemane(474994).png
Overlord Saurfang(487694).png
Jewel of N'Zoth(388967).png
Kanrethad Prime(211111).png
N'Zoth, God of the Deep(378803).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Kazakus Potion Spell General 1
Redemption Common Spell Holy Paladin 1 Secret: When a friendly minion dies, return it to life with 1 Health.
Ancestral Spirit Rare Spell General Shaman 2 Give a minion "Deathrattle: Resummon this minion."
Desperate Stand Rare Spell Holy Paladin 2 Give a minion "Deathrattle: Return this to life with 1 Health."
Reincarnate Common Spell Nature Shaman 2 Destroy a minion, then return it to life with full Health.
Resurrect Rare Spell Holy Priest 2 Summon a random friendly minion that died this game.
Revenge of the Wild Rare Spell General Hunter 2 Summon your Beasts that died this turn.
Witching Hour Rare Spell General Druid 3 Summon a random friendly Beast that died this game.
Wretched Reclaimer Rare Minion General Priest 3 3 3 Battlecry: Destroy a friendly minion, then restore it to life with full Health.
Eternal Servitude Rare Spell Shadow Priest 4 Discover a friendly minion that died this game. Summon it.
Psychopomp Epic Minion General Priest 4 3 1 Battlecry: Summon a random friendly minion that died this game. Give it Reborn.
Corpse Raiser Rare Minion General Any 5 3 3 Battlecry: Give a friendly minion "Deathrattle: Resummon this minion."
Kazakus Potion Spell General 5
Onyx Bishop Rare Minion General Priest 5 3 4 Battlecry: Summon a friendly minion that died this game.
Recurring Villain Rare Minion General Any 5 3 6 Deathrattle: If this minion has 4 or more Attack, resummon it.
Cruel Dinomancer Rare Minion General Warlock 6 5 5 Deathrattle: Summon a random minion you discarded this game.
High Inquisitor Whitemane Legendary Minion General Any 6 5 7 Battlecry: Summon all friendly minions that died this turn.
Zerek, Master Cloner Legendary Minion General Priest 6 5 5 Deathrattle: If you've cast any spells on this minion, resummon it.
Abominable Bowman Epic Minion General Hunter 7 6 7 Deathrattle: Summon a random friendly Beast that died this game.
Diamond Spellstone Rare Spell General PRIEST 7 Resurrect 3 different friendly minions.
Greater Diamond Spellstone Rare Spell General PRIEST 7 Resurrect 4 different friendly minions.
Kangor's Endless Army Legendary Spell General Paladin 7 Resurrect 3 friendly Mechs. They keep any Magnetic upgrades.
Catrina Muerte Legendary Minion General Priest 8 6 8 At the end of your turn, summon a friendly minion that died this game.
Kel'Thuzad Legendary Minion General Any 8 6 8 At the end of each turn, summon all friendly minions that died this turn.
Hadronox Legendary Minion Beast Druid 9 3 7 Deathrattle: Summon your Taunt minions that died this game.
Mass Resurrection Rare Spell Holy Priest 9 Summon 3 friendly minions that died this game.
Anyfin Can Happen Rare Spell General Paladin 10 Summon 7 Murlocs that died this game.
Bloodreaver Gul'dan Legendary INVALID Warlock 10 Battlecry: Summon all friendly Demons that died this game.
Kazakus Potion Spell General 10
N'Zoth, the Corruptor Legendary Minion General Any 10 5 7 Battlecry: Summon your Deathrattle minions that died this game.
Showing all 30 cards
Kazakus Potion(49798).png
Redemption(657).png
Ancestral Spirit(526).png
Desperate Stand(62880).png
Reincarnate(7731).png
Resurrect(14461).png
Revenge of the Wild(90196).png
Witching Hour(89380).png
Wretched Reclaimer(90793).png
Eternal Servitude(61835).png
Psychopomp(90710).png
Corpse Raiser(62866).png
Kazakus Potion(49803).png
Onyx Bishop(42058).png
Recurring Villain(90663).png
Cruel Dinomancer(55569).png
High Inquisitor Whitemane(90686).png
Zerek, Master Cloner(89863).png
Abominable Bowman(61829).png
Diamond Spellstone(76955).png
Greater Diamond Spellstone(76956).png
Kangor's Endless Army(89818).png
Catrina Muerte(90614).png
Kel'Thuzad(7742).png
Hadronox(61828).png
Mass Resurrection(90598).png
Anyfin Can Happen(27240).png
Bloodreaver Gul'dan(62934).png
Kazakus Potion(49804).png
N'Zoth, the Corruptor(33134).png

References[]

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