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Hearthstone Science Video Proves Battlecries Resolve After Minion Enters Play

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Hearthstone Science debunks the myth that Battlecry resolves before the minion enters play.

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Many of you will have heard that Battlecry triggers before a minion enters play. Nearly all top players and streamers believed this to be true. However, YouTuber Hearthstone Science has shown this belief to be false in his latest video.


The belief that Battlecries trigger before the minion actually enters play mainly came about because of the interaction between SI:7 Agent, Mad Scientist, and Mirror Entity. If the SI:7 Agent kills the Mad Scientist, the Scientist will fetch Mirror Entity, and the Mirror Entity will copy the SI:7 Agent. Similarly, If you have one minion on board and play Dr. Boom when your opponent has Sacred Trial in play, the Dr. Boom will die to the Sacred Trial. These effects are seemingly only explainable if the Battlecry is happening while the minion is in some kind of limbo state.

Hearthstone Science starts the video by showing a basic interaction that many players know, where Leeroy Jenkins can be killed because the two Whelps that are summoned by his Battlecry trigger an opposing Knife Juggler. He points out this is inconsistent with the belief that Battlecry triggers before the minion is in play. He then uses other examples to show the real order of events, and how they work.
 


While the examples given are rarely going to occur in actual gameplay, it is important for players to learn how the game processes the order of play. As more cards get released, learning each exact interaction will become more and more difficult. This means that learning to work out for ourselves what is going to happen, rather than remembering specific situations, will become increasingly important. If you're interested in learning more about how the game works things out in complex situations, Hearthstone Science maintains an advanced rulebook here.

If you have any questions related to this, feel free to leave them in the comments section, and I will do my best to answer them for you.
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