New expansion was just announced on the Blizzcon stage. We knew very well that that it’s going to revolve around Gadgetzan for a while already, as we were bombarded with a lot of hints. The new expansion will revolve around the Gadgetzan “underground” – 3 gangs that compete with each other.
What we didn’t expect, though, is that this expansion might make things REALLY interesting. Because ladies and gentlemen, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan will introduce… MULTI CLASS CARDS! Yes, that’s right. So far we don’t know a lot of them, but it’s already exciting, because that means a lot of deck building opportunities and very interesting, possibly even crazy scenarios.
But let’s start from the beginning, with general info about expansion.
Release date: Early December, exact date not known yet
Type of expansion: Card pack expansion
Pre-purchase bundle: Available, 50 packs for $49.99
New mechanic: Tri-class cards.
Official website: Here
The 3 gangs I was talking about in the beginning are not only lore thing, it will also have a direct impact on the game. Each of the gangs will have their own cards in the game. And each of the classes will belong to one of those 3 gangs. Some of the cards introduced will be shared across all 3 classes belonging to the same gang. Here are the gangs and classes that belong into them:
- Grimy Goons: Hunter, Paladin, Warrior
- Jade Lotus: Druid, Rogue, Shaman
- Kabal: Mage, Priest, Warlock
What it means is that let’s say Hunter might play the same “class” card as a Paladin, but Mage or Rogue won’t have access to it. It will make for the interesting deck building decisions down the road and some cross-class synergies. E.g. from what we already know, Mage playing the Kabal Courier might discover a Priest card and vice versa.
One more thing is that discovering a card from 3 classes will ALWAYS let you pick one card from each class. So if you have a Grimy Goon discovering a card, you will always get 1 Hunter, 1 Paladin and 1 Warrior card offered.
Cards Revealed So Far
I will do a more in-depth review as new card show up, it’s just a teaser with my first thoughts about each of the cards showcased so far!
Hunter weapon. The Piranhas are 1/1 Beasts with no card text. The card is not that good. It’s more in the “annoying” category. Even though the effect is good, it’s just too slow. 5 mana for a 2 Attack weapon is too high and the fact that it takes 4 turns to get a full value out of it makes it a not so great Hunter weapon. It’s in a position similar to Shaman’s Charged Hammer
This one is a very interesting card. It’s like a Stranglethorn Tiger
I’m really, really hyped for this one. Finally an AMAZING Priest card. It’s very similar to the Dark Cultist
The first tri-class card showcased. It’s a Kabal card, so it can go into Mage, Priest or Warlock decks. So if you play it in Mage, you might for example discover the Entomb
This is another Reno-like card that promotes “no duplicates” kind of deck building. And while I’m not sure if it would make the archetype good alone, it’s going to be AMAZING in already existing Reno decks. Both RenoLock and RenoMage are a thing, Reno Priest is also possible to make – and this is a card from those 3 classes. This card is great, because it’s very flexible. And I mean it – VERY FLEXIBLE. A custom spell is really a custom potion you brew yourself. You get 3 discover screens back to back. First you pick one of the three mana cost (1, 5 or 10), then you pick the first effect and you end with a second effect. So you can drop him on t4, pick a great spell you might need on t5. Or maybe you already have a t5 play, but you might fit a 1 mana spell somewhere – why not, you can brew something like that too.
They are pushing Taunt Warrior thing again. But Discover cards are always good – for example, Rogue’s Journey Below
Those are the card revealed in the opening ceremony. I’ll bring more card reviews to you soon!
Edit: New cards from the HS Panel are here!
7/7 for 6 mana. At the base, it’s a pretty balanced “vanilla” minion. You would never play it any serious deck if not for the fact that there are some cool synergies you might want to try out. E.g. Shadowstep
Anti-Aggro card. Basically, it’s only good when enemy has 3 or more minions on the board. At the base it’s a 4/5 Taunt for 5 mana, which is pretty meh. But when you actually get to play it for 3 mana, it’s amazing. I guess it might be a tech card in some metas, for example it’s really good against Zoo. But when you think that Shaman has Thing From Below
Auto-include into any Pirate deck. That said, only viable semi-Pirate deck right now is Aggro Warrior. So this deck just got buffed, because not only you get to thin your deck, you also have a free 1/1 Charge Pirate every game. Unless you don’t draw it in your opening hand, of course. Then it’s a weaker Southsea Deckhand
The main question is – does the minion get returned to your hand AFTER it dies or INSTEAD of dying? If it’s the first, Deathrattles will proc and I think this card is really cool. But if it’s the second, I’m not so sure about how viable it is. I mean, you can use it to get an important minion back to your hand. For example, you can
It seems like a great draw mechanic in the Aggro Paladin decks. When you run a lot of 1-drops, it’s always drawing 3 for 3 mana, which is good value. The problem is that the value of the cards themselves is pretty meh. I mean, if you cast it somewhere in the early-mid game, it’s still strong. But later in the game, three 1-drops aren’t that insane. It probably takes the same slot as Divine Favor
This guy is pretty interesting. We don’t have a lot of low mana Legendaries, most of them are big late game guys. So I’m always curious what they will come up with. This card is definitely not broken, but it’s pretty strong against Aggro. Divine Shield + Taunt is a great combination, even on a small minion. We’ve already seen that thanks to another Paladin card – Coghammer
The card kinda reminds me of the Jeweled Scarab
It’s a weaker version of Shadow Madness
I’m really super excited for the new expansion. Most of the cards so far seem not only fun, but also pretty balanced. I don’t remember my hype for the expansion being so high in a while.
I really can’t wait to play with those cards. But first, I can’t wait to see all the new cards released. You’ll probably hear from me time and time again, when new cards are announced, and later with my new Brews right after the expansion!
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