When Blizzard revealed Goblins Vs. Gnomes, the first expansion to their popular online trading card game Hearthstone, fans were overjoyed. New cards, new class of creatures (Mechs) and of course new strategies. Before the wave of new cards comes crashing down on us let’s examine some of the new elements we already know of.
A Mechanical Revolution
Although only a fraction of the set has been shown, we already have a good guess as to what the expansion has in stores for Hearthstone. In keeping with the theme of Goblins and Gnomes, Mechs will have a strong presence. Cards such as the Mechwarper reducing the cost of friendly Mechs by 1 will encourage the use of multiple Mechs in a deck. Similarly to Murlocs, Mechs are relatively cheap cards capable of flooding the board and rushing the opponent to win quickly before they can respond. This strategy greatly benefits Warlocks, as they can continuously use their hero power to draw cards and keep their hand full.
Feeling Lucky ?
Another large factor among Goblins Vs. Gnomes is the randomness. Of the 35 cards revealed thus far 15 have effects out of the players control. Elements such as random split damage or random minion summoning might as well be a disease to high level players, they stay as far away from it as possible. Reasons being anything that cannot be predicted or calculated not only affects the success of the play, but ultimately the outcome of the match. For the mass majority of people playing Hearthstone the wacky discord is sure to provide a fun dose of chaos to the board.
A Social Experience
Trading card games are all about the battle of wits between 2 people, this makes them great fun to watch. Ever since Hearthstone’s birth fans have wished for a spectator mode. To be able to watch a friend’s match would make Hearthstone feel more like a physical card game. Luckily Blizzard has heard our cries and answered our prayers ! Senior Producer of Hearthstone Yong Woo revealed during a panel at Blizzcon 2014 spectator mode will launch alongside Goblins Vs. Gnomes.
The new feature will enable players to spectate anyone on their friend’s list. While watching a friend’s game the spectator will be able to see what the active player is doing, which cards they are hovering over, what targets cards they are targeting with spells or attacks and also hover over cards in their friends hands to read text and stats. In case you’re feeling particularly private, players will be notified when someone on their friend’s list is spectating them and have to option to kick them from the game.
In addition, games can also be set to invite only to avoid wandering eyes. Not only will spectator mode be a great step forward in making Hearthstone a more social experience but will also be a huge asset for competitive play. Tournament casters will be able to see what the players are working with and consider with more ease while watching both sides simultaneously.
Goblins Vs. Gnomes is set to release December 2014 and we’ve only be given a sneak peek at what the expansion has to offer. In less than a month Hearthstone will be flipped on it’s metaphorical head and become a new beast. Cards we know to be strong may become underwhelming in the shadow of the new cards, while cards previously thought to be weak may emerge stronger than before. Until then, let the speculation begin !