Silence

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Silence
Removes all card text and enchantments.
For the card of the same name, see Silence (card).

Silence is an ability which removes all current card text, enchantments, and abilities from the targeted minion. It does not remove damage or minion type. Silences are mostly associated with Priests, and to a lesser extent Demon Hunters.

Notes[edit | edit source]

The Silence visual effect, indicating that the minion has been silenced
  • Silencing a target will only remove currently active effects. New enchantments can still be applied to a silenced minion to full effect. Targets may be silenced repeatedly.
  • Note that Silence itself is not an enchantment; rather it is an effect which is applied once to the target minion. Silences cannot therefore be dispelled (e.g., by using another silence) or otherwise removed while the minion is on the battlefield. However, returning a silenced minion to its owner's hand will restore the minion to its original stats and card text, removing the silence.
  • When removing enchantments that affect Health, silencing may act to increase or reduce Health (since Health is automatically increased by the same amount as any gain in maximum Health), and may therefore restore wounded minions to full Health. See Health, buffs and taking damage for details.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

It is possible to silence your own minions, which can be useful for removing Freeze effects and negative enchantments, such as Corruption, or Power Overwhelming after having used the minion to attack. However, silencing will still remove any other magic effects, taunts, or buffs, so this may be undesirable for use with many minions. Silencing your own minion will also get rid of possible negative effects for you, like the increased minion cost on Venture Co. Mercenary, or the attack prevention on Ancient Watcher.

Cards with Silence[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Sigil of Silence Rare Spell Shadow Demon Hunter 0 At the start of your next turn, Silence all enemy minions.
Silence Common Spell Priest 0 Silence a minion.
Showstopper Common Minion General Any 2 3 2 Deathrattle: Silence all minions.
Ironbeak Owl Common Minion Beast Any 3 2 1 Battlecry: Silence a minion.
Magehunter Rare Minion General Demon Hunter 3 2 3 Rush
Whenever this attacks a minion, Silence it.
Keeper of the Grove Rare Minion General Druid 4 2 2 Choose One - Deal 2 damage; or Silence a minion.
The Nameless One Legendary Minion General Priest 4 4 4 Battlecry: Choose a minion. Become a 4/4 copy of it, then Silence it.
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The Nameless One(378844).png


Forged in the Barrens

The below cards are planned for release with Forged in the Barrens, coming March 30th, 2021.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Focused Will Rare Spell General Priest 1 Silence a minion, then give it +3 Health.
Ironbeak Owl Common Minion Beast Any 3 2 1 Battlecry: Silence a minion.
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Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Consume Magic Common Spell Demon Hunter 1 Silence an enemy minion.
Outcast: Draw a card.
Earth Shock Common Spell Nature Shaman 1 Silence a minion, then deal 1 damage to it.
Dalaran Librarian Common Minion General Any 2 2 3 Battlecry: Silence adjacent minions.
Purify Common Spell Holy Priest 2 Silence a friendly minion. Draw a card.
Shieldbreaker Rare Minion General Any 2 2 1 Battlecry: Silence an enemy minion with Taunt.
Light's Champion Rare Minion General Any 3 4 3 Battlecry: Silence a Demon.
Mass Dispel Rare Spell Holy Priest 4 Silence all enemy minions. Draw a card.
Spellbreaker Common Minion General Any 4 4 3 Battlecry: Silence a minion.
Unsleeping Soul Common Spell Priest 4 Silence a friendly minion, then summon a copy of it.
Wailing Soul Rare Minion General Any 4 3 5 Battlecry: Silence your other minions.
Kabal Songstealer Common Minion General Priest 5 5 5 Battlecry: Silence a minion.
Defias Cleaner Epic Minion General Any 6 5 7 Battlecry: Silence a minion with Deathrattle.
Plague of Death Epic Spell Priest 9 Silence and destroy all minions.
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Unsleeping Soul(90632).png
Wailing Soul(7758).png
Kabal Songstealer(49753).png
Defias Cleaner(49738).png
Plague of Death(90693).png

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In April 2016, the game's developers considered that Silence effects "may be undercosted right now", due to their ability to neutralize powerful cards. This is why only a few cards with Silence effects had been added since the game's initial release, often with very limited applications: For example, Wailing Soul and Purify can only Silence the player's own minions, generally useful only for specific combo play; while Light's Champion, Defias Cleaner, and Shieldbreaker can only Silence specific types of cards.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-04-10).