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Dissecting E. Malone’s Journal #2

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Introduction E. Malone is getting insights of his second week of his adventures in Un’Goro Crater. Again, we, hsdecktech and I, OtakuMZ will try to unravel the secrets hidden in his journal. If you missed the first part of this series, you can find it here. The video we saw right before this journal got released is tied to these pages. Our analysis to the “Wonders of Un’Goro” #1 and the vid itself can be found here. Maybe there is more crazy stuff like Beast in Paladin buried in these journal pages below? But first, here read for yourself: Day 8? Another mention of these storms with green and blue lightning that we already saw in the Doyle video. The huge flash at the end seemed to teleport part of the expedition to another place. This could a) lead to another Shaman associated AoE but this would result in the fourth one (two

Blizzard just released their first video teaser on their YouTube channel. This is the second (professional) short video related to the new Journey to Un’Goro expansion with the first being the live stream announcement. This time, it is not our beloved and rapping game director who is the main character but the famous Professor Georg Herbert Doyle the Fourth. He is on the hunt of “the last Kaleidosaur” named Galvadon (see below in the screenshot section). From the video we learn (spoiler warning!) that Galvadon is the reward for the Paladin Legendary Quest. It is a 5-mana Legendary Paladin Beast – wait, what?! Beasts in Paladin? There are a few more things mentioned like  “dangerous lightning storms” and two plants named Fire Thistle and Lily Feather, which might be cards too.  The video can be watched below after some screenshots.

 

Dissecting E. Malone’s Journal #1

by OtakuMZ on

E. Malone, the young assistant of Professor Elise Starseeker who was hired to film the Un’Goro expedition showed us the first part of his journal. There are a lot of informations hidden to speculate upon which we, Nicholas a.k.a. hsdecktech and Martin a.k.a. OtakuMZ, will dive into in this article. Before we start, here are the two pages he revealed to us: Day 1- City of Stormwind E. Malone is the assistant of Elise Starseeker, will he be a neutral low cost Legendary. He is “filming” the trip, so maybe he captures enemy cards and duplicates them in a smaller version similar to Barnes? Prof. George Herbert Doyle the IV might be a card or just a filler to start the story with. He might be a Legendary though, the one who pulls all the strings from the base in Stromwind. No clue what effect he could have, but more likely he is

It is no secret (and to some of us, no surprise) that the Heroic Tavern Brawl experiment last year was a massive success. While certainly not for everyone, the format scratched the competitive itch for well-known streamers and every-day players alike. For the former, it helped boost viewership; for the latter, it allowed a chance to live out our delusions of grandeur. It gave all of us the tournament mode that we’ve been asking for for ages (kind of). Just a few weeks ago, as part of the massive Year of the Mammoth reveal, Blizzard promised us a Wild-Format Heroic Tavern Brawl after Journey to Un’Goro launched. (link) Today, however, Blizzard announced that we would be getting a Standard-Format Heroic Tavern Brawl much sooner than that–next week, to be precise. (link) For anybody who did not participate last time, or wants a reminder, here is what you need to know:

As with every announcement, afterward a lot of questions are left open and we have a huge room for speculations. I will ask a lot of them and I hope I can also provide at least some answers. If there are no answers yet, I will dive deep into speculation and tell you what I think would be best or most fun. So let’s talk about Journey to Un’Goro (JtUG)… Update March 3rd, 2017: I added some Elementals I forgot and another question in the Quest category. Q: What are Quests? A: Quests are 1-mana spells that once included in your deck will always be in your opening hand. They are Legendary Spells that once cast will need a high requirement to being accomplished. If you manage to finish the quest, you will get an awesome reward. Q: Will every class get a Quest? A: Mike Donais already answered this

 

Ben Brode’s Rap Song

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Ben Brode: Hearthstone game director, flannel mogul, and rap star? This morning, after some pressure from Reddit, Ben Brode uploaded a rap song to his Youtube account. Brode wrote, recorded, and mixed the song late at night, in the hallway of what appears to be a swanky Craftsman-style new-build home, most likely his own. Brode is a documented hip-hop fan, having previously written and rapped a song about his friends getting married (or something, I don’t remember exactly and couldn’t find the link because Google is now flooded with this newer rap). This morning’s song explores the recently-announced upcoming Hearthstone expansion, Journey to Un’Goro. In it, Brode highlights elementals, dangerous plants, and his frank self-doubt, all to a catchy tune. The video has since taken the Hearthstone and Reddit communities by storm (already becoming the new number one Reddit post of all time and spawning remixes, covers, and at least one rap-battle

Introduction The “Year of the Kraken” is nearing its end with the release of the first expansion of the “Year of the Mammoth” expected in April. With this new cycle, one expansion (TGT) and two adventures (BRM and LoE) rotate out of Standard. Additionally, six cards from the classic set move to the new “Hall of Fame” set, which will be merged with the “Reward” set (consisting of Captain’s Parrot and Old Murk-Eye at the moment). This post will dig into the expected impact of the rotation and the new releases on the card pools in Standard and Wild play modes. Wild The Wild card pool is steadily increasing with each new release of cards because so far no cards have been banned from this format. At the end of the Year of the Kraken, we had 1,052 cards available in Wild. With every set of the Year of the Mammoth containing 130+

With the Year of the Kraken almost ending Blizzard devoted the last card back of the Hearthstone year to the main theme of it: THE KRAKEN. Colors are very fitting with toned down watery blue and pastel brown dominating this back. The Kraken is rather stylized than obvious and IMHO some moving tentacle would have been even better. Overall a beautiful card back nevertheless.

New patch 7.1.0 is live. Here is a quick overview over the most important changes: Small-Time Buccaneer  is nerfed to 1 health and Spirit Claws’ cost rose to 2 mana Arena will now be played in Standard format and golden cards of your collection show up in this mode Floors at ranks 15, 10 and 5 are introduced which will prevent falling in ranks once these milestones are reached. Finally, Journey to Un’Goro pre-purchase is available. Be sure to save some money on the pre-purchase by using amazon coins. The full blue post can be found here or down below.

Hearthstone’s 5th major expansion is expected to hit early April (date to still be determined) and has 135 collective cards. As cards get revealed we will add them to the spoiler list until we have a full collection. We’ve arranged them by rarity and then by casting cost and alphabetical order. Class cards are sorted after neutral. Each class will receive 2 legendary cards in this set (1 normal legendary and 1 quest). So there will only be 5 neutral legendary cards. Based on that the math adds up to what we’ve seen with past sets with 22 neutral common, 9 neutral rare, 9 neutral epic, etc. For an evolving evaluation of the cards feel free to visit the Un’Goro Power Rankings by OtakuMZ. Revealed 44/135 Last Updated March 24, 2017 Neutral Common (4/22) Neutral Rare (3/9) Neutral Epic (2/9) Neutral Legendary (2/5) Druid (2/10) Hunter (3/10) Mage (4/10) Paladin (4/10) Priest (6/10)