I used Redemption ("Secret: When one of your minions dies, return it to life with 1 Health.") and then attacked an enemy minion, killing my minion. However, this minion was not resurrected.

Redemption then worked in the opposing player's turn.

Is this a bug or a faulty card description? Would it have worked in my next turn?

  • I believe secrets only work on your opponent's turn, and are triggered when you are attacked by them ... pending an answer from an actual Hearthstone player :) – Sadly Not May 9 '14 at 6:32
  • Yeah, that would make sense, gameplay-wise. And I guess it'd bloat the descriptions if the (few) applicable secrets had this information. So maybe it's listed in a rules document somewhere. Or maybe, if it isn't, it could be added in the mouse-over text. – Christofer Ohlsson May 9 '14 at 6:38

Secrets don't work at all in your own turn, as indicated by the secret indicator greying out when it is your own turn. This was changed in a patch to prevent secrets being used like spells and intentionally triggered by the player that played the secret.

From the official release notes:

Secrets can now only activate on your opponent’s turn.

Activating your own secrets feels a little strange, but mostly, the ability to do this was preventing us from creating new and powerful secrets that trigger off of events you can easily control (like a minion dying). They end up functioning just like spells, instead of trying to bait your opponent into a bad play. This change keeps secrets working like traps you lay for your opponent, instead of spells that you cast and use on your own turn.

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  • Ooooh, I didn't think about the colour indicator. Thanks for the information. Like I mentioned in a comment to the question, I see the point gameplay-wise in not letting the caster trigger their secrets. But it seemed a bit ill-communicated to me. But perhaps I should just pay more attention to visual cues. – Christofer Ohlsson May 9 '14 at 6:40
  • @ChristoferOlsson I think it's mentioned in the game's tutorial. However it was a feature that was recently changed, so some users may have missed the patch notes. – Michael Capobianco May 9 '14 at 14:30
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    @Michael: No. The tutorial is limited to basic gameplay, using only Free and tutorial-specific cards. None of the secrets fall in either category. – 3Doubloons May 9 '14 at 20:15
  • I understand why it was changed, because some secrets were just too powerful to trigger intentionally. I do kind of miss the "Misdirection unto Misdirection" combo though, that was always good fun. – Flater Jun 20 '14 at 10:29

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