Blizzard announced the Year of the Mammoth Celebrations which will give players rewards while logging in daily between March 29th and April 5th. The details of this event can be seen below. Over the course of the weekend as well as today, there were some more cards revealed. Three of them belong to the Hunter class and I am very excited about those. It seems, after Shaman and Priest, Hunter gets a big buff. The overall picture regarding the class gets clearer with a focus on the quest, and 1-mana minions respectively, as well as the continued emphasis on the Deathrattle effect. Small Raptor is a great card for the Hunter quest because it generates a 1-mana token – and what a token that is: 4/3 Raptor for ONE (!) mana – 5/5 stars (see below)! The Hunter quest drove me to theorycraft on the decks it is played in. You can find the article here. Crackling Razormaw brings
Introduction The new Hunter quest ‘The Marsh Queen’ is very intriguing. Its flavor of swarming your opponent with a raptor army is so well designed I just want to play it. The question that bothers me though is how many one-drops I have to put in the deck to make the quest consistently trigger. Edit: This article was intended to just highlight a Elemental focused deck but as there were new Hunter Beast cards revealed over the course of the weekend, a Beast Swarm deck makes even more sense. Nevertheless, I will not bury my initial idea of a control focused Elemental Swarm deck because I still have hopes it might be a thing. Building a Swarm Deck Ville “Old_GuardianHS” Kilkku posted an excellent analytical article regarding the problem of finishing the quest in the Hunter swarm decks: Journey to Un’Goro: An early look at Swarm Hunter. He also released
Today, another big junk of ten new and exciting cards from the upcoming Journey to Un’Goro set were shown off by Blizzard on their official Hearthstone Twitch channel at the beginning of day 2 of the HCT Winter in the Bahamas. Dean Ayala and Brian Kibler presented the reveal in the usual lighthearted and funny way we are used to from Kibler. The most outstanding one was . The images of all cards can be found below this paragraph. For an overview of all Un’Goro cards released so far head either to the Un’Goro Power Rankings or to the Un’Goro Spoiler Card List. Volcanosaur a double Adapt beast is interesting but hard to evaluate until played around with Adapt for some time. It is interesting enough to try though and everybody will be able to get the golden version for free as an Un’Goro login reward. Gluttonous Ooze might the weapon removal tool
Yesterday, March 21st, card reveals came late for me as an EU citizen and also those released were already covered in the E. Malone jorunal dissection #3. After yesterday’s focus on Shaman with Elementals and Murlocs. March 21st These cards are already discussed here. March 22nd Today, Peter Whalen revealed the Rogue Quest with a Shadowstep theme as well as another Rogue cards that copies a card drawn. Following are all cards made public. The Rogue Quest (The Caverns Below), is interesting, to say the least. There are a lot of cards that enable playing a minion more than once, but few are viable in the actual meta, maybe they will be soon?! The quest reward, Crystal Core, is fantastic, as are all rewards so far. Mimic Pod apparently supports the quest and is Arcane Intellect level of good. Hydrologist is at least decent but nothing to get too excited of IMHO.
Spoiler season started fast in week one. We already got 4 8 new cards released: Fire Fly is the first of the Elemental flock and seems good value. It also plays in the “if you played an Elemental last turn” mechanic. Crystalline Oracle is understatted (in a vacuum, a worse Swashburglar), but has both quest and elemental synergy. We have yet to see what value comes from the elemental tag. The impact of being an Elemental in Priest still is unclear. Shadow Visions is a combo-enabler that could also find a place in control decks for the utility it provides; need an AoE damage for turn 5, go get it! Flame Geysir could be a cheap substitute for Arcane Blast in Elemental Mage decks. Clutchmother Zavas provides even more tools for Discardlock on the “card you want to be discarded” side. The picture of where this archetype is heading is getteing clearer and
Yesterday, Ben Brode and Mike Donais participated in the second-ever developer live Q&A. The VOD is available on the official Hearthstone Youtube channel here, but it is over an hour long and oddly quiet. Here is a summary for those who missed the live stream, don’t want to watch the full VOD, and/or couldn’t hear a thing: Generally speaking, the Q&A covered the following topics: Hall of Fame, Future Expansions (and “Missions”), Standard versus Wild, the ladder format, and miscellaneous other topics. Arena was covered in a separate blog post the day after the Q&A, and will be summarized separately. HALL OF FAME The cards that were selected into the Hall of Fame were used very frequently and limited potential design space. More cards were considered (namely, Gadgetzan Auctioneer) and the Hall of Fame will be revisited as needed. Problem cards from the evergreen sets are more likely to be sent