Embrace the Shadow

Embrace the Shadow Card

Embrace the Shadow is a 2 Mana Cost Epic Priest Spell card from the Whispers of the Old Gods set!

Card Text

This turn, your healing effects deal damage instead.

Flavor Text

For when your Auchenai Soulpriests call in sick.

30 Comments

  1. Mundus
    April 20, 2016 at 11:35 am

    This card sucks, HARD. Soulpriest is a lot better, hell even freaking shadowform is and that sucks.

  2. Ethelolz
    April 20, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Hi guys, this is my deck based on Embrace the Shadow. Check this out!

    http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/decks/otk-embrace-the-shadow-priest/

  3. shiang
    April 19, 2016 at 1:30 am

    good card, just think of this + circle of healing + hero power. Sure auchenai is better if you have the mana but you might want to use the mana for something else.

  4. lagaristis
    April 13, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Good card I can see it in my priest control using the circle .in turn 2 rather than going with alchenai magician in turn 4

  5. FFyuan
    April 12, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    baron rivendare(4) + zombie(1)*2 + flash heal(1)*2 + circle(0) + this card(2)
    deals 5*2*2 + 5*2=30 damage, cost 10

    • Safari
      April 12, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Despite you depend of many cards, that’s really amazing!! (wild format only)

  6. thascout1
    April 12, 2016 at 11:39 am

    ET turn 6 with Velen, 2 Flash Heals, this card, and 1 Mind Blast is an OTK on turn 7

    • Lennon255
      April 12, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      That’s 8 mana bro. Good luck with that.

      • Frey
        April 13, 2016 at 9:32 am

        Nope. 6 mana Velen, Flash heal 0 mana, mind blast 1 mana.

        • Beaumains1
          April 13, 2016 at 6:19 pm

          And this card one mana

  7. Foodbeard
    April 12, 2016 at 11:02 am

    It’s easy to make an unfavorable comparison to Auchenai Soulpriest, but you have to take a few critical things into account:

    1. Auchenai Soulpriest rarely survives your opponent’s turn. In my experience it usually eats a removal or gets traded into. (And if you Circle’d, it only has 1 HP–easy pickings.) If you’re lucky, you MIGHT get two turns out of it, or once in a blue moon more than that. So a lot of the time, Soulpriest might as well be a spell.

    2. Embrace the Shadow costs (2) less than Soulpriest. If you’re running a OTK deck, that is an enormous advantage. I run a Burst Priest deck sometimes and I cannot tell you how many times I’m just short of lethal because Soulpriest is kind of expensive.

    3. You could run this AND Soulpriest in the same deck. I could see running 2x Embrace and 1x Soulpriest to help with consistency, or vice versa.

    All in all, I see this as a solid alternative to or addition to Soulpriest. OTK decks would probably favor Emrace, and other decks would probably lean toward the Soulpriest.

    • Foodbeard
      April 12, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Another thought is that this kind of comes down to tempo vs. value–Soulpriest is better value because you also get a body out of it that the opponent will scramble to remove, and Embrace is better tempo because it costs less and makes it more likely you can do other things on the turn you cast it.

    • Nightfall
      April 12, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      embrace of shadows is also much better because I saw a tournament fight once and the guy lost because he couldn’t heal because of the ouchenai soulpriest. this card gives you control over when you can heal and when not so you are able to control the effect.

      • Foodbeard
        April 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm

        Also true! Sometimes your Soulpriest hangs around in a really inconvenient way.

  8. Financial Healer
    April 12, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I guess you can use it with circle and save auchenai for later…
    Also you could even slam down an 7-8 mana legendary after clearing with this and circle!

    Yes i do like it. Yes i will try it out in a heal heavy deck. No i don’t think it looks very powerful.

    • Xander Raidon
      April 12, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Hmm.. I guess a Tempo Priest deck where you out-tempo your opponent with this card + Circle of Death + Big Minion combo might be a thing, but if he has an answear to your big minion, you’re screwed xD

      Also, it costs 2 mana so you can’t combo it with Confessor + hero power, unless you Thaurissan first.

      I am waiting for the Trolden video where a Druid or Shaman gets this out of “Nexus-Champion Saraad” or “Spellslinger”.

  9. Xander Raidon
    April 12, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I can only see this card played in an OTK Heal deck alongside “Prophet Vellen”, “Flash Heal” and “Mind Blast”.

    Other than that, Auchenai is strictly better because it does a lot more into a Fatigue/Control match up than this card. (and I don’t see any reason to play this against Aggro)

    • Xander Raidon
      April 12, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Ohh, and this card would’ve been pretty good if it cost 8 mana and was Permanent. Then you could combo it with “Justicar Trueheart” for some Insane Control/Fatigue Hero Power.

    • Ismiel
      April 13, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Priests play Auchenai mostly for the effect, not for the body. With this card they get the effect 2 mana cheaper, which means Embrace the Shadow – Circle of Healing is 2 mana cheaper than Auchenai – Circle of Healing. This is huge, especially against aggro, and every self-respecting Control priest will play it, not just Burst priests.

  10. Ernest
    April 12, 2016 at 9:59 am

    BM master useing this and Reno 🙂

  11. Inst4ntKarma
    April 12, 2016 at 9:58 am

    So this is what we combo with Corrupted Healbot!

  12. For better hs
    April 12, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Why all cards are epic?! Its so expansive, and new players will use only c’thun deck because c’thun is free and cultist are common or rare

    • Bling
      April 13, 2016 at 8:01 am

      I think they just want to show off the new sexy cards

  13. Ghoster
    April 12, 2016 at 9:54 am

    A lot questions, is effect permanent? does it affect whole deck?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 12, 2016 at 9:56 am

      It’s not permanent, it says “this turn”.

  14. M
    April 12, 2016 at 9:52 am

    It doesn’t seem too bad.

  15. LordLukste
    April 12, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Funny, it says healing effects. Not Spells and hero power… I hope this isn’t a bad sign.

    • jordon carmen
      April 12, 2016 at 9:57 am

      It means anything with the effect of healing

  16. Turboisa
    April 12, 2016 at 9:46 am

    maybe a one of for lethal combos, but otherwise auchenai is just better

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