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The card with the Secret ability is played face-down, with its effect triggering when a certain condition is fulfilled. Players can keep track of how many secrets they have in play, as they appear above the hero as "?". Secrets are considered spells and can be countered through the use of abilities like Counterspell or copied via Loremaster Cho. Secrets are limited to Mage, Hunter, and Paladin. During alpha, Rogue also had secrets to round out the classes with stealth/camouflage/invisibility, but the class had too many themes, while Paladin didn't have enough, so secrets were given to Paladin instead.

Eater of Secrets can destroy all enemy secrets. Flare can also destroy all enemy secrets except Counterspell and will be copied by Mana Bind. Mysterious Challenger and Glacial Mysteries put one of each of the remaining secrets in the deck in play. Arcanologist draws a secret from the deck. Hydrologist discovers a paladin secret. Professor Putricide puts a random hunter secret in play when a secret is played. Kabal Crystal Runner costs less for each secret played. Kabal Lackey and Kirin Tor Mage make the next secret played cost no mana. Cloaked Huntress makes secrets cost no mana. Secretkeeper, Ethereal Arcanist, and Medivh's Valet work best with secrets in play.

  • Since they are considered spells, they are affected by Spell Damage.
  • Duplicate secrets cannot be in play by the same player.
  • Multiple secrets may trigger at once, but trigger in the order in which they were played.
  • A player may only have five secrets in play at a time.
  • If a minion has a battlecry at the time it is played, the battlecry will trigger, then the secret.

Below is a list of all cards with the secret mechanic.

Note: For the purposes of this list, only collectible cards are listed.

Core set Edit

Hunter icon Hunter

Mage icon Mage

Paladin icon Paladin

Curse of Naxxramas Edit

CurseofNaxxramasLogo

Mage icon Mage

Paladin icon Paladin

The Grand Tournament Edit

GrandTournamentLogo

Hunter icon Hunter

Mage icon Mage

Paladin icon Paladin

Journey to Un'Goro Edit

Journey to Un Goro Logo

Mage icon Mage

Knights of the Frozen Throne Edit

Knights of the Frozen Throne Logo

Hunter icon Hunter

Mage icon Mage

The League of Explorers Edit

LoELogo

Hunter icon Hunter

Paladin icon Paladin

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Edit

Gadgetzan

Hunter icon Hunter

Mage icon Mage

Paladin icon Paladin

One Night in Karazhan Edit

Karazhan Logo

Hunter icon Hunter

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