Grounding Totem

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  • The in-game information in this article is kept purely for historical purposes.

Grounding Totem was a shaman minion card. It was removed from the game in alpha and replaced with  Unbound Elemental.[1][2]

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According to Ben Brode, the developers tried "a lot of directions" for the card before removing it.[3] The card text shown is from some time in early 2013, shortly before its removal.

At least one version of the card's text is known, and the effect and stats can be seen during gameplay in the developer video.[2] The cost can be determined from the gameplay shown: The enemy shaman is at 9 mana with 1/9 mana remaining. From the history bar, it can be seen that the shaman played  Earth Elemental and Grounding Totem during their turn. With Earth Elemental costing 5 mana and the shaman having 1 mana left over, this puts Grounding Totem at 3 mana. Its rarity is likely common, since cards are normally replaced with others of the same rarity.

One of the first examples of the Elusive ability, to date this is by far the most powerful instance of the effect, and one of the few to grant the effect to other minions. Notably the text appears to either be in error (specifying only enemy spells and Hero Powers), or represent an earlier version of the ability.

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