Hello and welcome to yet another Flavor Text and Lore article. Stay a while… And read about the story and lore behind the Rogue Hero’s most notable cards.
The Rogue is a very technical class both in hearthstone and World of Warcraft, and is also, usually, a lone wolf – so the class doesn’t have a very big emphasis on minions. Instead, they rely on cunning and diverse combat techniques, some of which are quite famous.
The Way of the Assassin
A Rogue’s role in World of Warcraft is mostly killing people. Sometimes, it’s killing lots of people as fast as possible. Other times, it’s killing a single person very well. The assassination rogue focuses on the later.
While most of World of Warcraft’s rogue assassination abilities don’t see much play in Hearthstone, some of the abilities available to all rogues have a flavor that’s distinctly in line with historical assassination techniques. Cards such as Deadly Poison
And of course, a great assassin needs a great weapon (well, rare, in this case) and such is the case with Perdition's Blade
The Rogue’s Combat Abilities
Rogues are also fierce combatants, able to stand their own against waves of opponents. In fact, in present-day World of Warcraft, a rogue’s area-of-effect abilities are some of their most prized assets.
Their Fan of Knives
Recently, the more combat-oriented rogue specialization lost the use of this spell but was rewarded with an improved version of their exclusive Blade Flurry
Some Subtility Required
As noted in the previous Flavor Text and Lore, the origins of the rogue see it as a class based in stealth, avoidance and opportunism, and although more focused in combat, the World of Warcraft rogue still maintains a whole set of abilities that are in tune with this heritage. And quite a bit of those made a cut into the hearthstone Hero’s repertoire, arguably contributing for much of its unique play style.
Of course, in World of Warcraft, it gets much more convenient when you can simply use Shadowstep
And there are few things more satisfying than using Sap
Stealth also needs to play a part into any exploration of the Rogue class, and in both hearthstone and World of Warcraft, Vanish
My Name Is Agent. SI:7 Agent.
Not to be outdone by the British government and their MI:6 secret services, king Varian Wrynn
SI:7 is quite possibly the most active organization in World of Warcraft’s Alliance story-line, often providing the start for questlines and plot exposition, as well as the odd, quirky gadget for one-time use. SI:7 liaisons are present at every major Alliance base in enemy territory and often in the field. Indeed, they are so prolific that it’s odd that SI:7 Agent
In fact, it can be easily speculated that SI:7 could be the theme for a future hearthstone Adventure in the vein of The League of Explorers. Who wouldn’t like a globe-trotting (assuming Azeroth is round) spy-themed adventure?
The Defias Brotherhood
The Defias Brotherhood was, for many early World of Warcraft players, the first truly coherent opposing force to be found in their adventures. They featured prominently in the plot line followed by human characters past their initial starting zone in Elwynn Forest and into the drier plains of Westfall. In those days, Defias Ringleader
A band of cutthroats and thieves that roamed the farmlands, stealing from the poor farmers that were already beleaguered by the elements and wild beasts, their criminal actions were mostly covering their plotting against the royal line of Stormwind.
For most of the Brotherhood had at one point been stonemasons, tasked with rebuilding the great human city after the retreat of the conquering Horde following the Second War, portrayed in Warcraft II.
That endeavor had been sponsored by the former Stormwind nobility – but in the shadows, the Black Dragonflight matriarch Onyxia
Eventually, the Defias Brotherhood had a hand in kidnapping king Varian Wrynn
What players did have was a nearly epic conclusion to the early Westfall plot line, where they stormed the famous dungeon Deadmines, an underground area that had debuted way back in the first Warcraft’s main campaign, and was now settled by the Brotherhood as their main base of operations.
It was a huge, pirate-themed (and drawing some inspiration from Disney’s infamous Pirates of the Caribbean ride) dungeon that culminated in a fight atop a moored pirate ship, against the master of the Brotherhood himself, Edwin VanCleef
The legacy of the Deadmines lived on for many years, having been remade by the time the Cataclysm expansion was launched, this time featuring VanCleef’s daughter Vanessa as the main antagonist. So don’t be surprised to see Vanessa VanCleef as a future Rogue Legendary.
This concludes our brief trip into the origins and lore of the Rogue Hero’s most notable cards. If you feel I left something out, please let me know in the comments!
Or comment just to let me know if you’ve ever played a Rogue outside of Hearthstone, as I think they are pretty awesome.