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How to get
|Card packs||Regular, Golden||1~2|
- Regular Wild Pyromancer could also be obtained as a first-time reward for first time reaching Silver 10 and Gold 10 in Ranked mode from April 1, 2020 to March 25, 2021 (or as a reward of Climbing the Ranks (2/10) and (4/10) achievements).
- Wild Pyromancer's triggered effect is activated by the resolution of a spell effect, not the spell being cast, meaning it only activates after all other consequences of the spell have completed. For example, casting on a Wild Pyromancer will cause it to die before its effect can trigger. Likewise, a friendly area of effect spell such as which destroys the Pyromancer will do so without triggering the Pyromancer's effect, since the Pyromancer is removed before the spell resolves.
- This also means that it activates after any related deaths and Deathrattles have resolved. For example if a priest with a Wild Pyromancer on the board uses to destroy a , and her Deathrattle takes control of the Wild Pyromancer, he will not trigger from the casting of the spell. This is because the Pyromancer only checks for activation after the spell and all its consequences have resolved; by which time he belongs to the other player.
- Wild Pyromancer's triggered effect counts as dealing damage for game purposes. This makes it impossible to grant the Pyromancer Stealth through , for example, because the Pyromancer will immediately follow the spell by dealing 1 AoE damage, thus removing its own Stealth.
- For a while during Patch 184.108.40.20674, Wild Pyromancer and maintained Stealth if Stealthed by a spell, such as or . (The Stealth will be lost the NEXT time they deal damage.) This bug was hotfixed.
- For a while during Patch 220.127.116.1174, there was no death processing between the spell resolving and Wild Pyromancer/ triggering. For example, if mortally wounded by the spell would not die and release its Spectral Spiders before the triggers, but conversely if the Wild Pyromancer was mortally wounded by the spell he would activate his effect before dying. This was hotfixed.
Wild Pyromancer is a great asset if you want to clear the board, or get rid of stealthed nuisances such as and . However, due to its double-edged nature, there are a few things to keep in mind when playing this card.
The ability's damage is dealt to ALL minions, meaning your own minions will suffer as well. Healing spells like or only partly help healing your minions back up, since the ability of Wild Pyromancer occurs AFTER casting a spell, applying 1 fresh point of damage to all minions. This effectively turns into a cheaper .
Since the Wild Pyromancer only has 2 health, you can use his ability only twice before he is destroyed, unless you raise his health or heal him. For this reason is a popular trigger choice for priests, being both protective and card efficient. Priests can generally expect to get the most longevity from Wild Pyromancer, due both to Power Word: Shield and their variety of healing options.
An interesting strategy is to combo Wild Pyromancer with damage-triggered cards, found especially in warrior decks. Pyromancer can trigger several such minions simultaneously, and also opens up chances for a well-timed . Examples include anything with Enrage, , , and . Playing a keeps the Pyromancer going until your hand is empty of spells and the opponent's minions are burned to a crisp.
For priests, Wild Pyromancer is often combined with and either or even to provide potentially massive card draw. First the Wild Pyromancer is triggered, often using a , causing a single point of damage to all targets. The priest then uses the AoE healing spell in combination with Northshire Cleric to draw a card for each healed minion. In many cases the card draw makes this play worthwhile even when it substantially heals the enemy minions, with priests usually aiming to maximise the number of minions on the field before executing this manoeuvre.
Wild Pyromancer is also used as a simple board clear. This is especially effective against weak minions, and in decks which lack other AoE removal options. Bear in mind that the Pyromancer's effect can be triggered repeatedly in order to remove more substantial enemies, or used to add an additional point of damage to a board clearing spell such as or , effectively acting as Spell Damage. Likewise, the Pyromancer's damage can be used to finish off targets previously weakened by minion attack.
For two mana, this card has good stats, even when not taking the ability into account. With an attack of 3, it can be effectively used as an early game drop just for the stats if you have no other options. The low Health also comes in handy when you want to get rid of the Wild Pyromancer: if the circumstances change in a way that this card would do more harm than benefit to you, its 2 Health ensures it will die in most minion trades. Such circumstances arise fairly often, especially in the early game where the Pyromancer is often capable of removing your own minions, effectively preventing you from playing necessary spells. For this reason it is often worth taking a moment to anticipate future actions before playing the Pyromancer.
A popular strategy is to play with a Pyromancer on the board. This effectively destroys all minions without Divine Shield.
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- The flavor text references a quote by The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight, a character in The Tick comic book series.
- The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "The Hunt for Illidan" series, for the card Phosphus the Everburning.
- Year of the Gryphon rotation (2021-03-30): Moved from Classic to Legacy set.
- Patch 18.104.22.16817 (2017-10-17): No longer triggers when being summoned by effects like .
- Patch 22.214.171.12488 (2013-06-22): Had a wording change from "whenever you cast a spell" to "after you cast a spell". Now does 1 damage to all minions, rather than a random enemy.