As an avid Hearthstone player, who for some reason left the game around autumn (mainly due to getting locked out of my own account, but hey the less we talk about that the better), I dove headfirst into the latest expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes.
For those who don’t play, Hearthstone is a card game available for PC, iOS and, most recently, Android Devices. The game itself plays very much like exciting TCG’s where you accumulate Mana (up to 10 Maximum) and play your cards based on this Mana cost. The aim of the game is to eliminate your opponents HP, which is 30.
On December 8th the very first expansion pack came out, entitled Goblins Vs Gnomes. This expansion pack added 143 cards to the vast collection and introduced a new minion type, the Mech. Each hero class received 8 new collectable cards as well.
Now its been a month since the expansion pack hit, and now I’m going to give you a run down of how it has affected the hearthstone landscape. Mech’s are running rampant right now. Based on my current plays, I currently usually play a Mech heavy deck 1 in 3 games. The Mechs work so well due to the crazy effects some of them have, a personal favorite being the Explosive sheep, which causes 2 damage to all minions upon its death, playing this against a murloc deck at the right time is lethal.
Unstable portal, available for the mage class is crazy powerful if you have the right luck. Neptulon and Siltfin spiritwalker further enhance the power of Murloc Rogue decks. Mal’Ganis for the warlock deck would be near unstoppable if you had the luck to draw him late game in an arena run. All previous Mechanical minions have also been changed to Mechs in this expansion. The mechs work well together too, and although you can add them independently to your current deck, from what I’ve seen you have to run pretty mech heavy to get the best use out of them.
Like the Naxxramus Single player adventure before this, all the added cards add a lot of playability to the game in its still early days and it will be interesting to see what decks people begin creating with this expansion.