I just played paladin and had Steward of Darkshire on the field and Sword of Justice equipped. Steward of Darkshire Sword of Justice

The steward was played in an earlier turn than the sword. When I summoned a Silver Hand Recruit by using my hero power it got the +1/+1 buff but not a Divine Shield. My only explanation for this is that it first got the sword buff and since this makes it a 2/2 minion it doesn't get steward's buff any more.

Nevertheless this should not happen in my opinion because the card text of steward clearly reads "Whenever you summon..." whereas the one of the sword is "After you summon...". So what I thought would happen is that the recruit first gets a devine shield followed by +1/+1.

What is the reason for the recruit not getting a devine shield? I was not able to test with other 1-cost minions since the game was over after that turn.

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According to the wiki:

Steward of Darkshire triggers after Sword of Justice for merely summoned minions, but before Sword of Justice for played minions. She always triggers after Health auras update (such as Murloc Warleader) and after Hobgoblin triggers. It is unknown which of these interactions are bugged and which are intended

The Silver Hand Recruits are summoned by hero power. So this would explain that behavior. You can as well see it with a Murloc chain. A played 1 hp Murloc will gain both effects, while effect-summoned Murlocs only get the +1 hp buff without Divine Shield.

  • So a Silver Hand Recruits played from the hand (which was send by e.g. Sap or Vanish to there) would get both buffs? That's quite inconsistent!
    – Rob
    Commented Nov 2, 2016 at 9:06
  • @Rob yes, it's not really consistent and considered a bug in most parts of the community. The battle.net forums have quite a few topics complaining about this behavior.
    – dly
    Commented Nov 2, 2016 at 9:52

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