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For cards that destroy other cards in the hand and deck, see Remove from game.

Destroying a minion, weapon, or location removes it from play. Only minions and locations currently on the battlefield and weapons that are currently equipped can be destroyed. Discarding a card removes it directly from the player's hand and from the game, but does not destroy it. The destruction of a minion is often referred to as 'killing' or 'dying'. Destroying the enemy hero will conclude the match. The exception to this is  Majordomo Executus.

Destroy effects are effects which directly destroy a minion, hero, weapon, Secret, or location removing it from play regardless of its stats and enchantments, and without dealing damage to it.

Destruction[edit | edit source]

Cards can be destroyed in several ways. Regardless of the method used, the results are the same.

  • Minions and heroes can be destroyed by reducing their Health to 0
  • Weapons can be destroyed by reducing their Durability to 0, or by equipping another weapon
  • Cards of any type can be destroyed using appropriate destroy effects
  • Attempting to return a minion to the controlling player's hand when the player already has 10 cards in their hand will destroy that minion[1]
  • Secrets can be destroyed through attempting to gain a second copy of a specific Secret.
  • Locations can be destroyed by reducing their Durability to 0, or by cards that specifically destroy locations, such as  Demolition Renovator.

Consequences[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Technically, "destroying" a card refers to removing it from play while it is in the Play Zone - the battlefield for minions, or the weapon slot for weapons. Removing a card from play while it is in the hand results in the card being removed from hand (not to be confused with discarding), while removing it from play while it is in the deck results in a remove from deck effect. Note that attempting to move to a full zone will result in the card being removed from play with consequences matching its current zone.
    • Certain effects only come into play when the minion has been destroyed or killed - that is, specifically removed from the Play Zone. For example, Deathrattles will only activate when destroyed, not when discarded or removed from other zones. Likewise, cards destroyed through overdraw are not considered to have died, and therefore will not be summoned by  Resurrect.[2]

Destroy effects[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

Cards that destroy[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Destroy/Wild format.


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TTN 932.png
CORE CS2 108.png
WW 380.png
JAM 008.png
CORE NEW1 021.png
VAC 939.png
CORE CS2 234.png
WW 413.png
CORE RLK 087.png
TTN 731.png
CORE EX1 617.png
CORE REV 023.png
ETC 534.png
TOY 520.png
TTN 754.png
CORE SW 072.png
ETC 305.png
VAC 946.png
TOY 603.png
CORE CS2 076.png
CORE EX1 005.png
UPCOMING 105142.png
DEEP 027.png
TTN 483.png
CORE EX1 197.png
CORE EX1 309.png
VAC 503.png
VAC 341.png
VAC 531.png
CORE EX1 407.png
VAC 416.png
TOY 820.png
TOY 511.png
JAM 029.png
CORE DRG 037.png
VAC 417.png
TOY 829.png
WW 349.png
ETC 099.png
VAC 700.png
CORE RLK 741.png
TTN 737.png
CORE EX1 312.png
TOY 529.png
CS3 036.png

Cards that destroy specific targets[edit | edit source]

Destroy effects can be categorized by which types of targets they destroy.

Minions



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DREAM 05.png
TTN 737t.png
CORE CS2 108.png
WW 380.png
JAM 008.png
CORE NEW1 021.png
VAC 939.png
VAC 464t2.png
CORE CS2 234.png
WW 413.png
CORE RLK 087.png
VAC 464t8.png
CORE EX1 617.png
ETC 534.png
TTN 754.png
ETC 305.png
VAC 946.png
VAC 464t28.png
TOY 603.png
CORE CS2 076.png
CORE EX1 005.png
UPCOMING 105142.png
TTN 483.png
CORE EX1 197.png
CORE EX1 309.png
VAC 503.png
VAC 341.png
VAC 531.png
CORE EX1 407.png
VAC 449t4.png
VAC 449t20.png
VAC 449t9.png
VAC 449t18.png
VAC 449t16.png
VAC 449t13.png
VAC 416.png
TOY 820.png
TOY 511.png
VAC 464t16.png
VAC 417.png
TOY 829.png
WW 349.png
ETC 099.png
VAC 464t7.png
VAC 700.png
CORE RLK 741.png
TTN 737.png

Minions that self-destroy



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HERO 11bpt.png
HERO 11bp2t.png
WW 368t.png
TTN 731.png
ETC 534.png

Weapons



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CORE SW 072.png

Secrets



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TOY 520.png

Mana Crystals



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DEEP 027.png
DEEP 027b.png
JAM 029.png

Hero



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NX2 034t.png
NX2 034t1.png
NX2 034t2.png
TOY 529.png

Locations



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CORE REV 023.png

Related cards[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Destroy/Wild format.

The below cards have synergy with minion death.



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ETC 109.png
DEEP 011.png
TOY 866.png
CORE EX1 302.png
TOY 312t.png
CORE EX1 391.png
WW 378.png
CORE BT 117.png
TOY 886.png
RLK 025.png
CORE RLK 116.png
ETC 410.png
CORE RLK 121.png
VAC 450.png
VAC 330.png
TTN 460.png
VAC 457.png
VAC 953.png
ETC 107.png
CORE RLK 012.png
YOG 520.png
VAC 952.png
ETC 316.png
TOY 377.png
VAC 425.png
ETC 400.png
TOY 312.png
ETC 108.png
WW 001t26.png
ETC 428.png
CORE RLK 035.png
TOY 355.png
TTN 855.png
TTN 855t.png
CORE TOY 103.png
NX2 034t.png
ETC 082.png
CORE RLK 086.png
WW 421.png
NX2 034t1.png
TTN 857.png
NX2 034t2.png
CORE DAL 721.png
CORE DMF 224.png
CORE LOOT 507.png
VAC 948.png
TOY 607.png
CORE RLK 741.png
ETC 208.png
CS3 036.png
VAC 464t24.png
WW 373.png

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

 
  1. Hearth Trolden (2014-07-09). Funny and Lucky Moments - Hearthstone - Ep. 53
  2. Tested by jerodast on 9-8-2015: Without ever letting a friendly minion die, allowed hand to grow to 10 cards, and then overdrew two minions. Played Resurrect; no minion was summoned.