Reborn

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Reborn
Resurrects with 1 Health the first time it dies.
A  Bone Wraith with Reborn next to a post-rebirth  Grandmummy

Reborn is an ability that causes a minion to be resummoned with 1 Health the first time it's destroyed. It was introduced in the Saviors of Uldum expansion and became an evergreen keyword in March of the Lich King.

Reborn is represented by a cracked blue glow around the minion.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The best way to think about Reborn is that it functions similarly to Divine Shield.[1] It is both an ability of a minion and an effect on the minion.[2]
    • When the minion is first destroyed, it loses the visual effect but retains the keyword. The keyword is then functionally meaningless.
    • If a minion that has been Reborn is returned to the hand and played again, it will regain its Reborn effect.
    • If a Reborn minion is Silenced, it loses its Reborn effect.
    • Similar to Divine Shield, the Reborn effect does not stack.
  • Reborn minions keep the max health of the original minion.
  • A minion that is resummoned by Reborn will not keep any enchantments it had.
  • Each Reborn minion is considered its own unique copy of that minion. Any copy resurrected will return with full Health and the Reborn effect active.[3]
  • The Reborn effect is considered summoning and will interact with on-summon triggers like  Khadgar and  Knife Juggler.
  • Deathrattles are resolved before Reborn, regardless of the order in which the cards were played. Normally for Deathrattle cards, their effect goes off in the order in which the cards were played.
  • Reborn is especially associated with Undead minions.

Cards with Reborn

For Wild format listings, see Reborn/Wild format.

Collectible



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CORE ULD 723.png
DEEP 015.png
JAM 007.png
RLK 223.png
TTN 459.png

Uncollectible



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ONY 005tb5t.png
UPCOMING 111484.png
TTN 719t6.png
TOY 814t8.png
WW 345t8.png
WW 810t8.png
TTN 737t2.png
WW 001t13.png
TTN 480t7.png
ETC t8t.png

Sources of Reborn

For Wild format listings, see Reborn/Wild format.

Reborn-generating cards

This section lists cards which generate Reborn minions.



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TTN 737t1.png
TTN 860.png
UPCOMING 105855.png
TTN 719.png
TOY 814.png
ETC 085t8.png
WW 810.png
UPCOMING 111954.png
UPCOMING 100285.png
TTN 480.png
TTN 737.png

Reborn-granting cards

This section lists cards which grant the Reborn ability to other minions or to itself.



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TTN 719t6.png
UPCOMING 107920.png
ETC 533.png
TOY 350.png
DEEP 035.png
DEEP 015.png
TOY 823.png
TOY 821.png
WW 810.png
DEEP 033.png
WW 001t26.png
ETC 409.png

History[edit | edit source]

Reborn was added during the first few weeks of development for Saviors of Uldum and immediately saw a lot of design space. Some of the early work came in the form of figuring out how exactly to value minions with the keyword.[4] "Reborn" was originally intended to only be a temporary name used during testing. However, as the developers pitched other names for the ability, they ultimately found that Reborn was the one that was easiest to understand[5] and that people could instantly guess what it did when shown the keyword for the first time,[6] leading to Reborn being the name that they shipped with.[5] Other names that were considered during development included:

  • Mummy or Mummified - Felt more like a minion type than a keyword, didn't quite lead players to understand what it did at first glance, and would've pigeon-holed the developers into making all minions with the ability into mummies.
  • Embalmed - While this name had a great thematic vibe, it was harder to predict what the ability did on first read.
  • Ankh - Felt more like an item than a keyword and also didn't indicate that the ability was a one-time effect.[6]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Reborn is the first expansion-specific keyword to be reintroduced and made into an evergreen keyword at a later date.
    • As such, Reborn is the fourth non-launch keyword to continue appearing in cards outside of the set it was made in, the first three being Discover, Lifesteal, and Rush.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

CategoryNameDescriptionRewards
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsThe Reborn IdentityPlay 10 minions with Reborn.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsThe Reborn IdentityPlay 30 minions with Reborn.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsThe Reborn IdentityPlay 100 minions with Reborn.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsThe Reborn IdentityPlay 300 minions with Reborn.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsThe Reborn IdentityPlay 1000 minions with Reborn.20 Achievement Point.png

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

 
  1. Peter Whalen on Twitter (X). (2019-07-13). 
  2. Chadd Nervig on Twitter (X). (2019-07-01). 
  3. Peter Whalen on Twitter (X). (2019-07-03). 
  4. Alec Dawson on reddit. (2019-07-09). Retrieved on 2019-07-16.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Puffin on reddit. (2019-07-10). Retrieved on 2019-07-16.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Puffin on reddit. (2019-07-10). Retrieved on 2019-07-16.