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Spellbender is an epic mage spell card, from the Legacy set.

Other versions

How to get

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

Regular1~2 (random)
Card packsThe Golden version can be opened from any of these packs:

Golden Classic
Golden Wild
Golden1~2 (random)
CraftingCraft a Regular copy for 400 Dust.pngRegular1
CraftingCraft a Golden copy for 1600 Dust.pngGolden1

Related cards

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To edit these notes, go to Template:Spellbender notes.

  • Spellbender takes effect when the enemy uses any targeted spell on any minion, whether allied or not. Only player-targeted spells will trigger the secret, not randomly targeted ones.
  • Regardless of what type of spell triggers it, a Spellbender minion will be summoned under the control of the player who played the Secret. That minion is then made the new target for the triggering spell, be it a damaging attack, a useful buff or even  Mind Control.
  • Spells which require their targets to meet certain criteria, such as  Shadow Word: Death and  Execute, will still take full effect when re-targeted to the Spellbender, even if the Spellbender does not itself meet the criteria.
  • If a spell with a return to hand effect is intercepted by Spellbender, such as  Shadowstep or  Time Rewinder, the Spellbender minion will be returned to the hand of the player who played the Secret, not that of the player who cast the triggering spell.[1][2]
  • Spellbender activates after the spell has completed its casting phase, but before it takes effect. As a result:
    • If a  Counterspell counters a spell, Spellbender will not activate from that spell.[3][4][5] This is because the Counterspell ends the spell casting sequence immediately, preventing Spellbender from triggering.
    • Spellbender takes effect after other "Whenever you cast a spell" triggered effects, such as  Mana Wyrm or  Archmage Antonidas, regardless of order of play.[6]


While there is no specific character or spell with this name, the Spellbender minion displays a blood elf reflecting a spell. Blood elves are known to have become adept at absorbing, manipulating, and redirecting all forms of arcane, holy, and demonic magics. The Spellbender likely comes from a similar tradition to the Spellbreakers.



Patch changes

  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngPatch (2021-03-25):
  • Hearthstone logo.png Patch (Alpha, 2013-06-22):
    • Now reads: "Secret: When an enemy casts a spell on a minion, summon a 1/3 as the new target." (previously: "Secret: When a minion is hit by an enemy spell, summon a 1/1 and hit it instead.")
  • Hearthstone logo.png Patch (Alpha, April or May 2013):
    • Added.

External links

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cammage (2014-12-09). Spell Bender + Time Rewinder/Shadowstep. Retrieved on 2015-06-20.
  2. https://youtu.be/HZCuW-6_YBo Tested in Patch (WotOG patch)
  3. Bug on secrets priority (forums). (2014-09-04). 
  4. Bug on secrets priority (forums). (2014-09-04). 
  5. Tested by User:Taohinton 2015-02-03. Played Spellbender,  Counterspell and  Burly Rockjaw Trogg. Opponent played  Arcane Missiles, Counterspell activated, then Trogg activated; Spellbender did not activate.
  6. Tested by User:Taohinton, 2015-02-03. Played Spellbender, then  Burly Rockjaw Trogg. Opponent played  Fireball; Trogg activated, then Spellbender activated.