Whispers of the Old Gods Card Origins in Warcraft
Whispers of the Old Gods
is Hearthstone’s latest expansion, going live today, April 26th. As the expansion is a playful interpretation of Old Gods lore from Warcraft, we thought it would be fun to highlight how the cards are related to WoW.
C'Thun, Yogg-Saron, Y'shaarj, and N'Zoth are new legendary cards and they are accompanied by WoW bosses from
, members of the
, and members of the Twilight Hammer like
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World of Warcraft Chronicle: Old Gods and the Black Empire
C’Thun and Ahn’Qiraj
C’Thun is the first Old God players encountered in game.
is the final boss of Ahn'Qiraj, featuring many tentacles, an acidic stomach, and eye beams of death. Learn more about
C'Thun's lore and WoW references in our Black Empire article
is one of the bosses in
was notable because she required every player to farm up a significant amount of Nature Resistance gear, which involved farming Green Dragons and crafting expensive items. However, wearing so much resistance gear reduced the amount of DPS players could put out, so defeating this boss was a challenge.
is a reference to
, an optional boss in
. Worm-themed drops included
likely refers to
, the weapon dropped by
references the first boss in AQ,
. In this encounter, he will split into multiple illusions and mind control players. He also drops the
The shield used by has C’Thun’s distinctive purple and gold eyeball. We’ve also noticed it looks quite similar to the Darkmoon Faire logo.
, who became the High Priestess of C’Thun in
refers to the ubiquitous bugs found all around Silithus.
and refer to the challenging AQ encounter in which both bosses needed to be tanked at each end of the room lest they heal, they teleported frequently and dropped aggro, and required a ranged DPS tank.
Yogg-Saron and Ulduar
Yogg-Saron is one of the most memorable boss encounters in Warcraft, featuring
as a reward from Yogg 0 and dramatic visions in Yogg’s brain of key lore moments for Wrath of the Lich King.
: Yogg was the most challenging Old God for the Titan-Forged to subdue; Ulduar became his prison. Over time, Yogg found a way to bestow the Curse of Flesh on the inhabitants of Azeroth and trap his Titan-forged guardians. Related card: . Learn more about
Yogg's lore and WoW references in our Black Empire article
is a reference to the achievement names for killing Yogg on his various hard modes, ranging from
. Each light in WoW refers to the presence of a freed Titan keeper, who adds a powerful buff to the encounter.
is the final encounter in
; he periodically mind-controls players. In this instance, players can hear the whispers of Yogg-Saron.
: This card refers to
, an NPC in Icecrown required for
. He pretended to be a victim of the Lich King, mind-controlling the player into freeing him from the saronite prison.
: The Nerubian were a group of aqir that settled in Northrend, mutating into the Nerubians under the influence of Yogg-Saron. You can find them in
Y’shaarj and Pandaria
Y’shaarj was the only Old God to be killed and his legacy lives on in Mists of Pandaria. He drives Garrosh to corruption in Siege of Orgrimmar and his heart destroys the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
: This card marks the first time we have actually seen Y’Shaarj. Previously we only had hints of this Old God in mural depictions in Klaxxi’Vess and Heart of Fear. Learn more about
Y'shaarj's lore and WoW references in our Black Empire article
: Similar to some abilities in Siege of Orgrimmar like
was Garrosh Hellscream’s personal guard and a
boss in Siege of Orgrimmar
. He lived in Blackrock Mountain and previously served
, Malkorok demanded the goblin excavation team hand over the Heart of Y’Shaarj, which later corrupted the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
are a faction of Mantid that worshipped Y’shaarj. While you can earn reputation with them, in the quest
, you learn that their loyalties lie with the Old Gods. You can get unique amber-dipped weapons like
with reputation. At the end of Mists of Pandaria, you end up fighting your former friends in Siege of Orgrimmar. Two Old God cards pay tribute to the Klaxxi: and . The Klaxxi encased their heroes in amber, Paragons, to be awoken in a time of need.
is one of the Paragons who enjoys alchemy and potions and gives you the daily quest
which is tied to
. He also
later appears as a boss in Siege of Orgrimmar
, using toxins as his main form of attack. In Hearthstone, the Xaril card can add random toxin cards to your hand.
has naming similarities to some loot drops from Siege of Orgrimmar:
N’Zoth and Cataclysm
N’Zoth is notable as we haven’t seen him face-to-face in Warcraft. He was first revealed in Hearthstone instead, and was later confirmed to be involved in the Emerald Nightmare, Highborne transformation, and corruption of Deathwing.
: N’Zoth’s card art is the first glimpse of this Old God. He’s trapped in an underwater prison and does not look too happy about that. Speculation during Cataclysm pointed to N’Zoth being imprisoned somewhere in the Abyssal Depths (
). Learn more about
N'Zoth's lore and WoW references in our Black Empire article
N’Zoth has a lighter side with and .
: There are trinkets for other Old God tentacles,
. There’s also the generic .
: This is a quest mob in the Abyssal Depths required for
sounds like a creature which would be found in the Emerald Nightmare, the first raid coming in Legion.
: This phrase is referenced in several quests related to the Old Gods in Cataclysm:
The Faceless ones were first seen in Ulduar, making a reappearance in the Abyssal Depths, Throne of the Tides, Dragon Soul, Grim Batol, and Hour of Twilight: , , , .
The Twilight Hammer is devoted to serving the Old Gods. Originating from Cho’gall’s nihilistic Orc Clan, the Twilight Hammer later aligned themselves with the Old Gods and grew even more powerful in Cataclysm with the return of Deathwing.
The Twilight Hammer can be seen in several areas:
, players who complete the Master’s Glaive questline (
) defeat the Avatar of and learn about the Twilight Hammer’s plans to revive him.
, players find the Hammer in
which houses a temple to the Old Gods and the loyal servant
. More information in
in early WoW had an elaborate system of reputation quests and summonable mini-bosses. You could dress up like a Twilight Cultist with
The Twilight Hammer, drawn to Yogg-Saron, also shows up in
, led by
The Twilight Hammer is all over Cataclysm leveling zones, with their headquarters in
. Other leveling zones include
, one of the first Cataclysm raids, is described as: “The Bastion of Twilight stands as a dark symbol of the Old Gods' burgeoning power on Azeroth. Various branches of the Twilight's Hammer dwell deep beneath the towering form--considered the cult's foremost command center--along with their twisted leader, Cho'gall. There, he and his servants conspire to bring the Old Gods' apocalyptic visions to fruition by bleeding Azeroth of all sanity, hope, and life.
The ravings of some of the cult's more vocal members have been easy to dismiss as mere fancy in the past - but not once one has seen the Bastion of Twilight, the embodiment of the Hammer's fascination with new forms and transcending earthly bodies. The entrance to the bastion sits at the peak of the Twilight Citadel, atop a twisted elementium spire that points at the sky. Here, a portal waits to take the greatest Twilight aspirants...where? No one can say for certain.
What is clear is that the Leader of the Twilight's Hammer, Cho'gall, directs his forces from this dread place. And, whatever the location, it is certain to be near to the Old Gods who dwell beneath Azeroth, and give fruit to the darkest dreams of the living.”
The final boss of
is who wields the , which is an actual drop -
Ragnaros may have seen the Light in Hearthstone, but in
has not. never truly recovered from the loss of his son from the War of the Shifting Sands. Mad with rage and corrupted by the Twilight Hammer, he became a servant of Ragnaros and founded the Druids of the Flame. The questing in the
and encounters in Firelands cover the final chapter of his life.
The Twilight Hammer makes a final organized last stand in
, and includes references to midnight (
In Legion, they infiltrate Tyr’s tomb in Tirisfal Glades in the hopes of resurrecting Yogg-Saron’s general Zakajz using the
Shadow Priest Artifact Xal’atath
As expected, many members of the Twilight Hammer appear as cards: , , , , , , , , .
Some Hearthstone cards are corrupted versions of their regular versions, like from . Here are the cards with a twist on their usual WoW lore:
: This gnome rolled /need on one too many things!
: The murlocs have found the light! They’ve teamed up with the Silver Hand to summon as your Hero Power.
had a bad day fishing. You can find Nat all around Azeroth as a
: Hogger is even more terrifying, as the flavor text suggests: “When C'thun went to sleep, he checked under his bed for Hogger.”
is a revamp of the
from Elwynn Forest. Another familiar face from Elwynn, the Kobold, is now updated to . His rallying cry is “You no take tentacle!”
now has some rotten bananas. In WoW,
is a gigantic ape who throws barrels. Nearby on Jaguero Isle, you can find
when it rains!
are apparently “normal wisps” and “‘Of the Old Gods’ bit is just marketing.” Wisps are spirits of nature that are friends to the Night Elves. Their bond was clearly seen when the wisps helped the Night Elves defeat
in Hyjal Summit.
“took to heart the feedback he was receiving that he needed to be ‘more of a team player.’ To this end, Deathwing puts all Dragons from your hand into the battlefield. In WoW, Deathwing used to be the noble dragon Neltharion until he was corrupted by N’Zoth and turned on the rest of the Dragonflights. Deathwing’s destruction can be found throughout Cataclysm and players can fight him in
has undergone the biggest change of heart. Ragnaros is a feared Elemental Lord, seen at both the end of Molten Core and Firelands. What do you get when you further corrupt an evil lord? A light-filled Paladin! He even says “Live, Insect!”
Some Hearthstone cards aren’t elaborate references, they’re just interpretations of class abilities:
: reminiscent of
: similar to
, part of the
family of spells, part of the
family of spells.
Pirates make a return with from the Blackwaters in Booty Bay, from the
, and from the Southsea Pirates in Tanaris and Northern Barrens.
and are similar to some of the corrupted wildlife in
, as well as the battle pet
battle pet from Eastern Plaguelands questing. “The grubs of the Plaguelands are a side effect of necromantic corruption and the massive number of corpses there. Mr. Grubbs is from a particularly acrobatic breed.”
Several cards tell a story about Darkshire: , , , , .
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