Curse of Naxxramas was the first Hearthstone solo content expansion. I am slowly working my way through it. When it was first released, players could unlock different wings with either gold or real world currency. I chose to spend gold.
Instructor Razuvious is the first boss in the Military Quarter of Naxxramas. My first attempt to beat him ended in failure. The screenshots in this blog were taken on November 12, 2016.
Players must unlock, and complete, the Arachnid Quarter and the Plague Quarter before they can unlock the Military Quarter.
The Boss Info for Instructor Razuvious says: Someone must train the Death Knights brought to life in Naxxramas, and who better than Razuvious?
Lich Kel’Thuzad: Please ignore the Mind Control stones next to Razuvious.
I decided to use my Warlock deck to fight against Instructor Razuvious.
Instructor Razuvious: You should have stayed home!
Instructor Razuvious starts with two Understudy cards. He also starts with 40 points – while the player starts with 30 points.
Instructor Razuvious: No! No! My students! Give them back!
I used a Mind Control card to steal Instructor Razuvious’s two Understudy cards. I cannot remember how I got the Mind Control card.
Next, Instructor Razuvious used a Deathlord card. It has Taunt and Deathrattle: Your opponent puts a minion from their deck into the battlefield.
I don’t remember how the Deathlord card got damaged. At the time, I thought it was a sign that I was doing ok.
On turn three, Instructor Razuvious used a Massive Runeblade card. Deals double damage to heroes.
Instructor Razuvious used his first Massive Runeblade card to take out the Understudy cards.
Things were not going well for me by turn five. Instructor Razuvious used his Massive Runeblade on me. It does double damage, so I lost ten points. After that, he used his Hero Power, which deals 3 damage.
Unbalancing Strike cost me three points of health. I was down to seventeen health points, and I had barely done any damage to Instructor Razuvious. This point turned out to be the beginning of the end.
Instructor Razuvious used his Hero Power (a few more times) and also used another Massive Runeblade card. He has a total of four of them.
This is what the board looked like when Instructor Razuvious killed me in turn seven.
The match ended in Defeat. My intent was to come back and give his boss another try, but then… I got distracted by other video game stuff, and forgot all about it. About a year later, I was going through folders of old screenshots, and I found these.
After using up the old screenshots, I decided to go back into Hearthstone and give the Instructor Razuvious battle one more try. This time, I used my Mage deck, which has a bunch of Murloc cards in it. The screenshots below were taken on December 11, 2017.
Jaina Proudmoore vs Instructor Razuvious
Instructor Razuvious: You should have stayed home!
Instructor Razuvious said the same thing when I was playing my Warlock deck, which features Gul’dan. It is Instructor Razuvious’s standard thing to say at the start of a match. When he said this to Gul’dan, I didn’t think anything of it.
But, it feels wrong when it is said to Jaina Proudmore. Before, it just felt like a typical “taunt”. When said to a female character, it felt like the obnoxious “women belong at home and not the workplace” comments that horrible people post on social media.
Jaina Proudmoore: You asked for it!
Jaina Proudmore responded with her standard start-of-the-match “taunts”. She was undaunted and ready to fight with him. That’s better!
On my first turn, I was dealt a Mind Control Crystal from my deck. I do not own this card, and am absolutely certain that it was not actually in my deck. This card just magically appears for the player at the start of the Instructor Razuvious fight.
Put the Mind Control Crystal on the board.
The crystal on the side of the board shoots lightning at the two Understudy cards. It moves those two cards across the board, and they become my minions. Somehow, I missed how that happened when I played through the Instructor Razuvious fight the first time around.
Turn two – and Instructor Razuvious uses his first Massive Runeblade card.
Turn three – and he used a Cleave: Deal 2 damage to two random enemy minions.
Turn four – and Instructor Razuvious used his Hero Power – Unbalancing Strike. It deals 3 damage.
Turn five – and Instructor Razuvious uses his second Massive Runeblade card. He followed it with Unbalanced Strike (in the same turn).
By turn six, I had a row of minions on the board. Things were looking good, and I had hopes that I would win this time.
Instructor Razuvious used Avenging Wrath. It deals 8 damage randomly split among all enemies.
Turn seven – and Instructor Razuvious used his third Massive Runeblade.
On turn eight, Instructor Razuvious used a Deathlord card. It has Taunt and Deathrattle: Your opponent puts a minion from their deck into the battlefield.
He followed the Deathlord card with a Spectral Knight card. It can’t be targeted by spells or Hero Powers.
Turn nine, and Instructor Razuvious used a Spiteful Smith card. It has Enrage: Your weapon has +2 Attack.
In the same turn, Instructor Razuvious used a Dancing Swords card. It has Deathrattle: Your opponent draws a card.
Instructor Razuvious: Ugh…an honorable death.
Lich Kel’Thuzad: Who will train my Death Knights now?! I can’t do it myself, I’m SUPER busy.
I was using a Mage Deck, so my reward was a Frostbolt card. It deals 3 damage to a character and Freezes it. This Frostbolt card is gold, and it has animation.
All players who defeat Instructor Razuvious on Normal receive two Dancing Swords cards as a reward.