I know that hero and minion direct attacks must target an enemy with taunt, if one exists, but what about other actions:

  • Spells that target someone for damage?
  • Battlecry attacks?
  • Hero powers that target someone?
  • Just curious - any color on the downvote? No argument, and feel free to stay anonymous - just genuinely interested in doing better next time I have a dumb hearthstone question. :p – Jaydles May 16 '14 at 13:31

The answer to all of these is NO. Unless the battlecry is one that only targets minions with taunt (Black Knight) none of these must target a taunt creature.

From the wiki: "...Taunt only affects melee combat - spells and ranged attacks are not affected by Taunt." Keep in mind that the Hunter bow cards: Eaglehorn Bow and Gladiator's Longbow do not count as ranged attacks in any way.

  • There are no ranged attacks at all, are there? Ranged might be an upcoming keyword ability that ignores Taunt... – scenia May 22 '14 at 20:27
  • Correct. I don't know why the wiki chose to use that word. I probably should've edited the wiki myself to remove it. – BlackVegetable May 22 '14 at 21:06
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    I know it's a grey area whether or not the answer already contains this, but an attacker under the influence of a Misdirection does not listen to Taunt rules, even though it's technically performing a melee attack. – Flater Jun 20 '14 at 10:20

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