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Shout Out / Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

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Just like its parent game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has a large number of references to pop culture:

Basic and Classic

Curse of Naxxramas

  • Another Holy Grail shout-out is the Undertaker's battle cry: "Bring out your dead!"
  • Deathlord's flavour text simply states "Rise from your grave", but attributes the quote to Kel'thuzad
  • The Unrelenting Warrior will have you know that he'll be back - he will be, too.

Goblins vs. Gnomes

Blackrock Mountain

The Grand Tournament

The League of Explorers

Whispers of the Old Gods

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan

  • The flavor text for Kabal Chemist is a reference to Family Guy.
  • In the Gadgetzan game board, one of buildings - implied to be one of Jade Lotus' dens - has a katana stuck in its wall. When rapidly clicked, it'll spawn a green magical dragon, similar to one that appears whenever Genji draws his Dragonblade.
  • White Eyes: "My life for Aya!"
  • Aya Blackpaw's entry quote is "Golems are a girl's best friend!"

Journey to Un'Goro

Knights of the Frozen Throne

Kobolds & Catacombs

The Witchwood

The Boomsday Project

Rastakhan's Rumble

Rise of Shadows

Saviors of Uldum

Descent of Dragons and Galakrond's Awakening

Ashes of Outland

  • The art for Skull of Gul'dan depicts a hand holding said skull aloft, and Illidan says "Alas, poor warlock" when playing it.

Madness at the Darkmoon Faire

Nie obchodzi mnie kim jesteś."

United in Stormwind

  • Elwynn Boar is a unique case in that it's technically both a Shout-Out and a Mythology Gag, since it's a reference to the iconic South Park episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft", which Blizzard helped create. The minion itself is what the boys continually killed to grind for XP, and having 7 copies of Elwynn Boar die, thereby successfully activating its Deathrattle, rewards you with the one and only Sword of a Thousand Truths. The requirement is, mercifully, significantly lower than Cartman's grinding estimates, as the card's flavor text notes:
    Be thankful we lowered the requirement from 65,340,285.


  • Many of Maestro of the Masquerade's tasks are named after lyrics from Persona 5's "Beneath the Mask".



  • The first Tavern Brawl of 2017 pitted the player against an AI-controlled Dark Wanderer, who started with three Secrets in play. Triggering all of them summoned a portal that, on the next turn, transformed him into the Cow King, heralded by "You have made it to the Secret Level!"
  • One of the weapons in the Rumbledome Tavern Brawl is a Board With a Nail in It.