|Set:||Whispers of the Old Gods|
|Wiki tags:||Divine Shield-granting, Health-related, Summoning-related, Triggered effect|
Turns out divine shields are way cheaper if you buy in bulk.
How to get
|Steward of Darkshire||100||20|
|Golden Steward of Darkshire||800||100|
- This minion's triggered effect activates whenever the controlling player summons a minion with 1 Health. It does not require the minion to be played from the hand.
- The effect only activates if the minion summoned has a maximum Health value of 1. Minions which are damaged to 1 Health (such as those summoned by Redemption), will not trigger it. In addition, minions which are buffed in hand (such as by Grimestreet Outfitter), will not trigger the effect either.
- The effect activates before any Battlecry from the summoned minions. For example, playing Twilight Drake with other cards in hand will cause the initially 1-Health Drake to activate the Steward's effect, gaining Divine Shield, before its Battlecry then increases its Health.
- Steward of Darkshire is a Summon Resolution Step trigger, meaning she triggers after each outermost Phase resolves, after auras update. As a result, depending on whether you play or merely summon a minion, she will check her condition and trigger with the following timing:
- Played: after auras, after On Play Phase triggers, before After Summon Triggers
- Merely summoned: after auras, after After Summon Triggers
- As a result, Steward of Darkshire triggers after Sword of Justice for merely summoned minions, but before Sword of Justice for played minions. She always triggers after Health auras update (such as Southsea Captain) and after Hobgoblin triggers. It is unknown which of these interactions are bugged and which are intended. Keep them in mind when constructing Steward of Darkshire decks that contain other buffs.
This card synergizes well with Twilight Drake. It can also turn Charge minions with low Health like Wolfrider and Bluegill Warrior into effective board traders. It works well with Murlocs in general due to their overall low Health, activating for minions including Murloc Tidehunter and Bilefin Tidehunter (and the minions summoned by them), Murloc Tinyfin and Grimscale Oracle. This could enable very efficient trading in a Murloc Paladin deck.
Another fun combo is Steward of Darkshire, Stand Against Darkness and Blood Knight, producing an 18/18 Blood Knight, or Rallying Blade, shaping 5 2/2 Silver Hand Recruits with Divine Shield. However, both also require The Coin, or a cost reduction effect, since the full combos cost 11 mana. Nonetheless, both cards in general have strong synergy with Steward of Darkshire, especially if the player manages to have several Divine Shields active on their minions just before playing them.
Minions with 1 health
- Back to your homes.
After years of defending their town against the terrors of Duskwood, the grim defenders of Darkshire are no strangers to horror or madness. The Steward of Darkshire is a true good-willed defender of her home, free of corruption by the Old Gods, as can be seen by the torch and lack of tentacles, and the Holy Light shining in her eyes.
- Darkshire is a once-quaint little woodland village located in Duskwood, but it has fallen on literally dark times. The surrounding forests have been filled with an evil malaise that cloaks the land in constant darkness. The walking dead choke the graveyards, and foul creatures known as worgen have overrun many of the outlying farmsteads. Even worse, Stormwind has all but abandoned the village and the surrounding area, as most of the Stormwind army is currently off fighting on the Horde/Alliance front. This has left the stubborn people of Duskwood little choice but to defend themselves.
- The small town now numbers a scant 3,500 people, a great deal of them refugees from Raven Hill. Lord Ello Ebonlocke is the elected mayor of this town. His daughter, Commander Althea Ebonlocke, runs the Night Watch, a local militia that works to keep the roads free and the creeping darkness back for as long as possible. They strike against the undead and worgen that plague the land. The people of Duskwood are a jumpy and suspicious lot, but they are desperate for any aid they can get against the evil that now surrounds their homes.
The art for this card appears to depict Watcher Sarah Ladimore, but the Hearthstone character is likely unrelated.
- Patch 220.127.116.1174 (2016-04-24): Added.