Undertaker

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Undertaker is a common neutral minion card, from the Curse of Naxxramas set.

How to get

TypeSourceQualityCount
AdventureDefeat  Patchwerk in Curse of Naxxramas 4th wing - The Construct QuarterRegular2
CraftingCraft a Regular copy for 40 Dust.pngRegular1
CraftingCraft a Golden copy for 400 Dust.pngGolden1

Sounds

Play
  • ▶️ VO_FP1_028_EnterPlay_01.wav Bring out your dead.
Attack
Death

History

Undertaker was added with Curse of Naxxramas along with  Baron Rivendare, specifically in order to create a strong Deathrattle synergy for the new set.[1] While Baron Rivendare saw reasonable use, Undertaker quickly became one of the most popular and commonly seen cards of the new set. Favoured by aggressive and board control decks like Zoolock and hunter, as well as less likely mid-game decks such as Deathrattle Priest, the Undertaker's original card text Whenever you summon a minion with Deathrattle, gain +1/+1. was found to make it extremely effective and efficient as a cheap yet potentially game-dominating minion.

As a staple of the aggressive decks that were often considered to dominate the ladder at that time, the Undertaker quickly became an extremely unpopular card for many. While many hoped that the release of Goblins vs Gnomes would see the card toppled from its position, the expansion seemingly did little to reduce its desirability, with the period's dominant aggro and mid-game hunter decks using it as a cornerstone of their early game assault. It was later revealed that Undertaker Hunter account for "around 25%" of the entire meta, an extremely high proportion.[2]

After several months of developer statements that the card would be changed if and when it was necessary, in January 2015 it was announced that the developers would be nerfing the card, removing its Health increasing effect:

Undertaker was frustrating to play against. It often gained both Attack and Health stats significantly above those of other inexpensive minions very early in the game. With this change, we expect Undertaker will still be better than other 1-Mana minions when played in a deck with a Deathrattle theme, but more likely to die in combat against other minions.[3]
Undertaker has since been reverted to its original state after the start of the Year of the Gryphon, but no longer sees the dominance it once had due to the rising power level of decks in Hearthstone.

Trivia

  • The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Heroes of Azeroth" series, for the card Valthak Spiritdrinker.
  • His summoning quote, "Bring out your dead", is a reference to the calls made by those whose task it was to collect dead bodies during the Medieval Black Death. Relatives of the deceased would often keep the dead body in their home in the hopes that the dead person would revive, and would have to "bring out their dead" so that the corpse collectors could take them away. The phrase was specifically chosen as a tribute to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in which the line is used.[4]

Gallery

Patch changes

  • MoLK Logo.pngPatch 25.0.0.158725 (2022-11-29):
    • Minion type is now Undead (previously: no minion type).
  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngPatch 20.0.0.77662 (2021-03-25):
    • Now reads: Whenever you summon a minion with Deathrattle, gain +1/+1.
  • The League of Explorers logo.png Patch 4.2.0.12051 (2016-03-14):
    • Golden card unlock requirement is now: "Crafting unlocked in The Construct Quarter, in the Naxxramas adventure." (previously: "Can be crafted after defeating Patchwerk in the Construct Quarter.").
  • The League of Explorers logo.png Patch 4.1.0.10956 (2015-12-04):
    • Unlock requirement is now: "Unlocked in The Construct Quarter, in the Naxxramas adventure." (previously: "Unlocked by defeating Patchwerk in the Construct Quarter.").
  • Goblins vs Gnomes logo.png Patch 2.1.0.7628 (2015-01-29):
    • Now reads: "Whenever you summon a minion with Deathrattle, gain +1 Attack." (previously: "Whenever you summon a minion with Deathrattle, gain +1/+1.")
      • Dev comment: Undertaker was frustrating to play against. It often gained both attack and health stats significantly above those of other inexpensive minions very early in the game. With this change, we expect Undertaker will still be better than other 1-mana minions when played in a deck with a Deathrattle theme, but more likely to die from combat with other minions.
  • Curse of Naxxramas logo.png Patch 1.1.0.6024 (2014-07-22):
    • Added.

External links

References[edit | edit source]

 
  1. Mike Donais, on stream http://www.twitch.tv/esl_hearthstone ESL Hearthstone Legendary Series 2015-02-21
  2. Dean Ayala on reddit. (2016-09-25). 
  3. Upcoming Balance Change to Undertaker. (2015-01-27). 
  4. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-11-19).