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Spreading Plague
42656 • ICC_054
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Set:Knights of the Frozen ThroneKnights of the Frozen Throne
Spell school:Nature
Cost:6 Mana icon.png
Artist:Alex Alexandrov
Summon a 1/5 Scarab with Taunt. If your opponent has more minions, cast this again.
Flavor text

In the past, plagues were spread by mice or fleas. These days they're spread by elves.

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Recurring, Summon
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Battlefield-related, Beast-generating, Taunt-generating
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Spreading Plague is a rare druid spell card, from the Knights of the Frozen Throne set.

How to get[]

Auto-detected sources
Card packs
Knights of the Frozen Throne Pack
Wild Pack
Regular, Golden1~2
Crafting100 dustdustRegular1
Crafting800 dustdustGolden1

Summoned minions[]

Scarab Beetle


  • If Spreading Plague causes itself to be cast repeatedly, these additional "recasts" will not count as having been cast by the controlling player, and will therefore not trigger effects such as those of LegacyGadgetzan Auctioneer nor add to the spell count of Whispers of the Old GodsYogg-Saron, Hope's End.[1]
  • If your opponent has a permanent, such as Journey to Un'GoroSherazin, Seed, it does not trigger a "recast".
  • The condition that determines whether to cast Spreading Plague again is re-evaluated after summoning each Scarab and resolving the resulting triggers. For example, if you only have a LegacyKnife Juggler and your opponent has three minions with 1 health, and your first summoned Scarab causes your Knife Juggler to kill an enemy minion, you will not get a second Scarab, since you and your opponent now both have two minions. Contrast the behavior of LegacyUnleash the Hounds.


Spreading Plague is best played when your enemy has many more minions than you do, since it can quickly flood your board with 1/5 taunt minions for a reasonable cost. Avoid playing it when you have equal or more minions than your opponent, as summoning a single 1/5 Taunt minion for 6 mana is extremely cost-inefficient.

Having multiple 1/5 taunts is often enough to stall a few turns. Their 1 attack isn't great, but having 5 health allows them to be durable. Although this is especially helpful against aggro decks that tend to flood the board with small minions, it should be noted that stalling with no plans of potential stabilization is often not the best play. Instead, it should be considered to hold on to Spreading Plague until a winning position can be achieved immediately after.

Spreading Plague synergizes well with Knights of the Frozen ThroneStrongshell Scavenger; even at 10 mana, a board filled with 3/7 taunt minions is a strong play.

In taunt-specific decks, this card works well with Knights of the Frozen ThroneCrypt Lord, as it will gain +1 health for each minion summoned. Summoned minions can also be revived with the effect of Knights of the Frozen ThroneHadronox; while more impressive taunt minions such as Knights of the Frozen ThroneThe Lich King are generally preferred, there are situations where it will be more beneficial to summon a large mix of weak and strong taunt minions rather than one or two powerful ones.

Each Scarab Beetle summoned with Spreading Plague is a beast, meaning they synergize well with druid cards such as One Night in KarazhanMenagerie Warden and Whispers of the Old GodsMark of Y'Shaarj.


Spreading Plague, full art

Patch changes[]


  1. Matt Place on Twitter. (2017-07-28).