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Artist:Gonzalo Ordonez
Secret: When an enemy casts a spell on a minion, summon a 1/3 as the new target.
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While it's fun to intercept enemy lightning bolts, a spellbender much prefers to intercept opposing Marks of the Wild. It just feels meaner. And blood elves... well, they're a little mean.

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Secret, Summon
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Spell-related, Triggered effect
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For the minion, see LegacySpellbender

Spellbender is an epic mage spell card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Classic set.

Other versions[]

How to get[]

Auto-detected sources
Card packs
Classic Pack
Wild Pack
Golden Classic Pack
Regular, Golden1~2
Crafting400 dustdustRegular1
Crafting1600 dustdustGolden1

Previous availability[]

Summoned minions[]



  • Spellbender takes effect when the enemy uses any targeted spell on any minion, whether allied or not. Only player-targeted spells will trigger the secret, not randomly targeted ones.
  • Regardless of what type of spell triggers it, a Spellbender minion will be summoned under the control of the player who played the Secret. That minion is then made the new target for the triggering spell, be it a damaging attack, a useful buff or even LegacyMind Control.
  • Spells which require their targets to meet certain criteria, such as LegacyShadow Word: Death and LegacyExecute, will still take full effect when re-targeted to the Spellbender, even if the Spellbender does not itself meet the criteria.
  • If a spell with a return to hand effect is intercepted by Spellbender, such as LegacyShadowstep or Goblins vs GnomesTime Rewinder, the Spellbender minion will be returned to the hand of the player who played the Secret, not that of the player who cast the triggering spell.[1][2]
  • Spellbender activates after the spell has completed its casting phase, but before it takes effect. As a result:
    • If a LegacyCounterspell counters a spell, Spellbender will not activate from that spell.[3][4][5] This is because the Counterspell ends the spell casting sequence immediately, preventing Spellbender from triggering.
    • Spellbender takes effect after other "Whenever you cast a spell" triggered effects, such as LegacyMana Wyrm or LegacyArchmage Antonidas, regardless of order of play.[6]


This card has a similar but more niche ability than LegacyCounterspell, letting you intercept enemy spells instead of just cancelling them. In many situations, this card is usually worse: while it can neatly block a LegacyFireball or LegacyShadow Word: Death just like Counterspell can, it doesn't block spells with secondary effects, such as the card draw of LegacyWrath or the side targets of LegacyExplosive Shot. The scenario where it's better than Counterspell is in intercepting positive minion Enchantments, such as LegacyBlessing of Kings or LegacyMark of the Wild.


While there is no specific character or spell with this name, the Spellbender minion displays a blood elf reflecting a spell. Blood elves are known to have become adept at absorbing, manipulating, and redirecting all forms of arcane, holy, and demonic magics. The Spellbender likely comes from a similar tradition to the Spellbreakers.


  • Spellbender will not activate if the opponent plays Goblins vs GnomesDark Wispers on one of his own minions if the opponent has a full board.



Spellbender, full art

Patch changes[]


  1. Cammage (2014-12-09). Spell Bender + Time Rewinder/Shadowstep. Retrieved on 2015-06-20.
  2. https://youtu.be/HZCuW-6_YBo Tested in Patch (WotOG patch)
  3. Bug on secrets priority (forums). (2014-09-04). 
  4. Bug on secrets priority (forums). (2014-09-04). 
  5. Tested by User:Taohinton 2015-02-03. Played Spellbender, LegacyCounterspell and Goblins vs GnomesBurly Rockjaw Trogg. Opponent played LegacyArcane Missiles, Counterspell activated, then Trogg activated; Spellbender did not activate.
  6. Tested by User:Taohinton, 2015-02-03. Played Spellbender, then Goblins vs GnomesBurly Rockjaw Trogg. Opponent played LegacyFireball; Trogg activated, then Spellbender activated.