Taunt minions are among the most essential cards in Hearthstone. Those are minions cards with the Taunt effect that adds a protective shield to the battlefield. That effect blocks your opponent attacking your hero or other non-Taunt minions on the board with his own minions. Thus, your opponent needs to wipe out Taunt minions before he can target your hero with his own minions.
Almost all Hearthstone players include at least a few Taunt cards in their decks so that they can protect minions they want to keep on the board for longer and direct attacks away from their heroes. Taunt cards are especially essential to control decks in which players adopt a more defensive strategy during the early game (first four turns) at least. So, there are lots of Taunt cards to choose from. These are some of the best Taunt cards in Hearthstone.
Voidwalker is one of the staple minions in Warlock-class decks. This is a minion with great stats for a one-mana card. The card has an attack of one and health value of three, which makes it the best Taunt minion you can play for one mana. Players can also beef up Voidwalker with the Warlock synergy cards for Demons as well as more general synergy cards. Note that this is also a basic card, so players don’t need to craft it.
Tar Creeper is a neutral Taunt minion from the Un’Goro card pack players can include in any deck class. This is both a 1/5 and 3/5 minion you can play for three mana. The great thing about this card is, of course, that it gets a +2 bonus during your opponent’s turn which increases its attack from one to three. As a 3/5 minion, Tar has great stats for a three-mana card. Some players never attack other minions with Tar Creeper to ensure they make the most of its +2 attack bonus during opponents’ turns. Thus, this is a great defensive card for the early game in both control and zoo decks.
Voidlord is the big daddy of Voidwalker that players can add to Warlock-class decks. This is a nine-mana Taunt minion with three and nine attack and health values. It has a very high health value, but the best thing about Voidlord is its Deathrattle effect that adds not one, but three Voidwalker minions to the board. Thus, Voidlord’s collective stats amount to total of 24 (6/18) with the three Voidwalkers stats added to the first minion, which makes it a very big obstacle to clear on the board. Voidlord is so good that some Hearthstone players have called for it to be nerfed to a 10-mana card on Blizzard forums.
Voidlord is also an especially prominent part of cubelock decks that utilize Carnivorous Cube’s multiply Deathrattle to maximum effect. The Carnivorous Cube’s Deathrattle effect can summon an additional Voidlord alongside the one it wiped off the board when played. Thus, that will leave opponents needing to clear up to eight Taunt minions.
The Lich King
The Lich King is a formidable minion to have on the board. This eight-mana legendary card adds a balanced 8/8 Taunt minion to the battlefield. With a higher attack value, this is both a great attacking and defensive minion.
The Lich King also adds random Death Knight cards to your hand at the end of each turn it’s on the board, such as Anti-Magic Shell, Army of the Dead, and Frostmourne. Those are primarily two to seven-mana spell cards that can have a big impact. For example, Army of the Dead can potentially add up to five minions from the top of your deck to the board in just one turn to provide a huge board swing. With its versatile magic tricks, Taunt effect, and strong stats, Lich King is a must have card for most decks.
This is among the best Paladin-class Taunt cards in Hearthstone. Tirion Fordring is a legendary 6/6 minion with both Taunt and Divine Shield that you can play for eight mana. If that’s not enough, Fordring also has a great Deathrattle that equips a weapon with a five attack which players can utilize across three turns to meat out up to 15 damage. So, aside from being a very solid block on the board, Mr. Fordring carries a potent attacking threat. This card is also from the Classic set, so Blizzard isn’t ever going to rotate it out of Standard.
Obsidian Statue is an epic 4/8 Taunt minion exclusively for Priest-class decks. The minion’s 4/8 stats are poor for a nine-mana card, but it also comes with a Lifesteal effect that can potentially restore about eight to 12 health (and maybe more). The best thing about the card, however, is its Deathrattle that wipes a random enemy minion off the board. That effectively amounts to an additional three-mana spell card (such as Deadly Shot), which really bumps up the value of Obsidian Statue. As this is a Priest card, players can also boost the minion’s stats with the likes of Inner Fire and Divine Priest.
Those are six great Taunt cards to add to your Hearthstone decks. Note that Blizzard has rotated some of the above cards from the Knights of Frozen and Un’Goro card sets out of Standard format. Nevertheless, players can still always play with those cards in Wild as well as single player.