Defile

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You might be looking for one of these cards: Defile (Core), Defile (Hero Power).

Defile is a rare warlock spell card, from the Knights of the Frozen Throne set.

How to get

TypeSourceQualityCount
Card packsThe Regular version can be opened from any of these packs:

Knights of the Frozen Throne
Wild
Regular1~2 (random)
Card packsThe Golden version can be opened from any of these packs:

Knights of the Frozen Throne
Wild
Golden Wild
Golden1~2 (random)
CraftingCraft a Regular copy for 100 Dust.pngRegular1
CraftingCraft a Golden copy for 800 Dust.pngGolden1

Notes

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  • If Defile kills a minion with Deathrattle, the Deathrattle will resolve before the next recast of Defile. That means if the Deathrattle summons more minions, they too will ultimately be damaged.
  • If Defile 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  Gadgetzan Auctioneer nor add to the spell count of  Yogg-Saron, Hope's End.[1] Neither will it trigger  Archmage Antonidas, which can be obtained, for example, through  Kabal Courier.
  • Spell Damage effects on Defile will be recalculated for each subsequent recast, meaning that if a minion with Spell Damage dies from Defile, their effect will not carry over on the subsequent recasts.
  • Due to the potential for an infinite loop when combining Defile and  Grim Patron, Defile can re-cast itself 13 times, after the 14th cast, it will stop.[2][3]
  • Similarly, having an Immune  Necrotic Geist and an Immune source of Spell Damage will also result in 14 recasts. With an Immune  Knife Juggler, this can be used for an OTK combo [4]


Achievements

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CategoryNameDescriptionRewards
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngYear of the Wolf - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Core (Wolf) - ClassesDIE, DIE, DIE!Destroy 150 minions with Defile.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngYear of the Wolf - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Core (Wolf) - ClassesDIE, DIE, DIE!Destroy 300 minions with Defile.20 Achievement Point.png

Lore

In World of Warcraft, "Defile" is an iconic ability used by  The Lich King during his boss encounter in the Icecrown Citadel raid. The spell defiles the area under a random target. Anyone who enters the area takes Shadow damage and causes the defiled zone to grow.

In the World of Warcraft: Legion expansion, Defile was added as a level 100 talent for Unholy death knights. It works similarly to the Lich King version and replaces the similar death knight ability Death and Decay.

Trivia

  • With the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne,  Dreadsteed's Deathrattle was changed to summon the new Dreadsteed at the end of the turn instead of right after the Deathrattle triggered; the original behavior would've caused Defile to recast infinitely. This marked the first time a card in Wild format was changed due to interactions with newly released cards.
    • Despite Dreadsteed being changed specifically to prevent infinite loops, Defile stops recasting after 13 recasts as noted above.

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External links

References[edit | edit source]

 
  1. Matt Place on Twitter (X). (2017-07-28). 
  2. Puffin on reddit. (2017-07-29). Retrieved on 2017-07-30.
  3. Peter Whalen on Twitter (X). (2017-07-30). 
  4. [1] Defile OTK Combo - YouTube