Genzo, the Shark

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Genzo, the Shark is a legendary neutral minion card, from the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan set.

How to get

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

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
Regular1 (random)
Card packsThe Golden version can be opened from any of these packs:

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
Golden Wild
Golden1 (random)
CraftingCraft a Regular copy for 1600 Dust.pngRegular1
CraftingCraft a Golden copy for 3200 Dust.pngGolden1


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  • This card's triggered effect appears to behave the same as  Jeeves's. For notes, see  Jeeves.
  • Genzo's effect triggers on the "proposed attack" step in the attack sequence, the same step as Forgetful effects, a number of Secrets, and a few others. Therefore all such effects occur in order of play, before combat damage is dealt.[1]
    • For example, a Genzo played before  Freezing Trap would trigger upon attacking, and then be sent back to the hand by the trap.
  • Genzo will not draw cards if it is neutralized as an attacker before its ability can activate.
    • For example, a Genzo played after Freezing Trap would be returned to the hand upon attacking, before it could trigger.
  • When this card attacks and is influenced by redirecting effects such as  Mogor the Ogre or  Mayor Noggenfogger it will trigger its ability twice, or more if stacked. This is likely due to the redirect effects 'restarting' the minion's attack process, and the resulting trigger may be a bug.

Sounds[edit | edit source]

  • ▶️ VO_CFM_808_Male_Undead_Play_01.wav Pick a card. Any card.
  • ▶️ Undercity_Play_Stinger_1.wav <music stinger>
  • ▶️ VO_CFM_808_Male_Undead_Attack_01.wav Go fish.
  • ▶️ VO_CFM_808_Male_Undead_Death_01.wav <death sound>

Lore[edit | edit source]

Genzo is unique to Hearthstone. According to the card's flavor text and art, the Forsaken Genzo may be the first character in the game who is known to actually play Hearthstone - with the exception of a few bosses such as Arch-Thief Rafaam, in their tongue-in-cheek adventure appearances. His nickname "the Shark" is likely a reference to the term "cardshark", itself a variation of "cardsharp", meaning "One who is skilled at card games, especially at cheating in them." If the latter element is accurate, Genzo's skill at the game may not be as great as he would have you believe.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Genzo's card artwork depicts him holding what appears to be the Ragnaros, Ninjas! and Highmaul card backs. In his golden version, Tauren Thunderbluff, Staff of Origination and Fireside card backs also appear, while his summon animation features a flurry of several copies of the Fireside and Legend card backs.
  • Genzo's name may be intended as a portmanteau of the two Overwatch characters Genji and Hanzo.
  • Genzo may be a reference to the anime One Piece, specifically the characters Genzo and Arlong, the shark.
  • Genzo's reputation as a Hearthstone player is a prime example of the many lore ambiguities in the game. Is Genzo a "real" person, with his minion card created in tribute following his tournament success? Or is he a fictional character created by the Azerothian designers of the game, self-referentially depicting a card player within the very card game he is known to play?

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Genzo, the Shark, full art

Patch changes

References[edit | edit source]