Dr. Boom, Mad Genius

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Dr. Boom, Mad Genius is a legendary warrior hero card, from the The Boomsday Project set.

How to get

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

The Boomsday Project
Regular1 (random)
Card packsThe Golden version can be opened from any of these packs:

The Boomsday Project
Golden Wild
Golden1 (random)
CraftingCraft a Regular copy for 1600 Dust.pngRegular1
CraftingCraft a Golden copy for 3200 Dust.pngGolden1

Ban lists

Dr. Boom, Mad Genius is in these ban lists:

  • Hero cards - Hero cards cannot be drafted in Arena.

Related cards

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Tied Hero Power
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To edit these notes, go to Template:Dr. Boom, Mad Genius notes.

  •  Big Red Button is not available in gameplay; it is only used to represent the Hero Power when selected in the Collection or hovered over in your hand.
  • Dr. Boom, Mad Genius will not change into the same Hero Power twice in a row, but it is otherwise chosen at random.[1]
  • The Hero Power does not switch until the end of turn. Therefore, refreshing Dr. Boom's hero power with a card such as  Blackwald Pixie will not rotate it to a new one.
    • Note that though the hero powers read "Swaps each turn", the hero powers do not swap during the opponent's turn. (As opposed to cards like  Gruul which do activate on both players' turns)


Play stinger▶️<music stinger>
Play▶️I'm suitin' up!
Attack▶️<attack sound>
Death▶️<death sound>
▶️Here comes the BOOM!
Emote: Well Played▶️You. You're good.
Emote: Oops▶️Huh. Failure IS an option.
Emote: Threaten▶️Don't make me push buttons!
Emote: Thanks▶️Thanks, I'll destroy you last.
Concede▶️I give up. SELF DESTRUCT!
Running out of time▶️Oh, I love that fuse thing.
Thinking▶️Okay then…
Thinking▶️This would be a good time for a master plan…
Almost out of cards▶️I'm almost outta cards!
Out of cards▶️That's it! I'm outta cards!
Emote: Wow▶️NICE!


For the lore of this card, see Dr. Boom (Lore).


  • Dr. Boom is an example of a character who, despite his humble roots as a minor side character in World of Warcraft, received a far more significant role in Hearthstone due to his popularity with fans. The widespread usage of the original  Dr. Boom in competitive play after the release of Goblins vs Gnomes led to many players becoming attached to the character, which in turn inspired Blizzard to bring him back in a major way as the central character of The Boomsday Project.[2] Senior Game Designer Peter Whalen summarizes:
    "Dr. Boom is cool in that he's one of those characters that the Hearthstone community really created. More than Hearthstone as a game or World of Warcraft, the Hearthstone community got so invested in Dr. Boom that it's fun bringing him back!"[3]
  • Dr. Boom, Mad Genius went through numerous iterations during the development of The Bomsday Project. Some earlier versions had him simply summon his signature Boom Bots, and in some iterations Dr. Boom became cheaper based on how many Mechs the player controlled, with one version being called "The Infamous Dr. Boom" with the card text: "Costs (1) less for each Mana you spent on Mechs this game". There was also another version where playing Mechs increased the amount of Armor that the hero card granted the player. The team decided that this new Dr. Boom would be cooler than the Goblins vs Gnomes version, so he would instead summon Kaboom Bots, and upgraded version of the classic Boom Bots (and which later ended up being implemented as a standalone neutral card in the set). While these early versions of the hero card were cool, they weren't really fun enough, nor did they capture the fantasy of Dr. Boom. The team eventually decided that Boom had to be "the leader of the mech army in his giant mech suit" and resolved to have him buff all of the player's Mechs by giving them Rush and have a Hero Power that changed every turn. Both of these ideas came about simultaneously and ended up working together fairly well. The exact Hero Powers were slightly changed throughout development, but the card didn't change too much after that point.[4]
  • Dr. Boom, Mad Genius is the first hero card to feature an Armor value different from 5. His original 7-mana Cost and 7 Armor are references to the original Dr. Boom, a 7-mana 7/7 minion.
  • The idea behind Dr. Boom, Mad Genius' ever-changing Hero Power is that the doctor is seated in a giant mech suit he's recently invented, but he doesn't quite understand how it works and didn't hook up the controls all that well, and so simply mashes the suit's single big red button every turn, creating a different effect every time.[4][1]
  • Dr. Boom, Mad Genius' flavor text is a reference to a line by Russ Cargill in the 2007 film The Simpsons Movie, in response to being asked if he's gone mad with power: "Of course I have, you ever try going mad without power? It's boring, no one listens to you."
  • Dr. Boom, Mad Genius was the first Hero card to have been nerfed, going from 7 to 9 mana. It is also the first Hero card to have his nerf reversed.


Patch changes

External links

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Card Reveal Livestream - The Boomsday Project (51:00). (2018-07-23). YouTube. Retrieved on 2018-07-23.
  2. Mike Minotti (2018-07-20). Hearthstone’s The Boomsday Project continues Dr. Boom’s climb to stardom. VentureBeat. Retrieved on 2018-07-23.
  3. Card Reveal Livestream - The Boomsday Project (54:28). (2018-07-23). YouTube. Retrieved on 2018-07-23.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cam Shea (2018-09-27). Hearthstone: Team 5 on Designing The Boomsday Project's Legendaries. IGN. Retrieved on 2018-10-02.