An early look at Discardlock in Journey to Un’Goro

The upcoming Warlock legendary cards for Hearthstone’s Journey to Un’Goro expansion, Lakkari Sacrifice quest and Clutchmother Zavas minion, were revealed recently, and speculation on what kind of a form a discard-heavy Warlock might take has started immediately.

While there are still more cards to come, I will examine what we currently know and what seems possible in the future.

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Elise the Trailblazer will be a control deck staple

Hearthstone’s Journey to Un’Goro expansion card reveal season started yesterday with a bang as 11 new cards were revealed. Amongst them was one of the highly-anticipated legendary cards, Elise the Trailblazer, a spiritual successor to the immensely popular Elise Starseeker.

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Tinkmaster Overspark – a weapon against inevitability

Tinkmaster OversparkOnce upon a time, in the early days of Hearthstone, Tinkmaster Overspark was a superstar. The Classic set legendary minion that nowadays is a three-cost 3/3 with a battlecry to transform another random minion into a 5/5 Devilsaur or a 1/1 Squirrel (at random) used to have a 2/2 statline but the battlecry effect was targetable. As such, it was generally a superior form of silence.

Then, on 11 March 2014, Tinkmaster Overspark was nerfed to oblivion, or so we all thought. I was actually one of the many players who disenchanted their Tinkmaster Overspark, as it was no longer worth running over a simple silence effect.

However, times change, and with the nuances of the Standard format becoming more clear, Tinkmaster Overspark has already seen a slight return back to the metagame and there is every reason to believe that this gnome will see more play in the near future.

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Chillmaw: Still unappreciated, still a core card in dragon decks

Chillmaw

Chillmaw received a mixed reception during its introduction in Hearthstone’s The Grand Tournament (TGT) expansion in autumn 2015. A card designed to challenge Patron Warrior as a seven mana 6/6 dragon with a deathrattle to deal three damage to all minions if you are holding a dragon, it saw modest play in Dragon Priest and even many Dragon Priest lists chose to not run it.

Let’s face it, Chillmaw is not a fancy legendary when compared to the dragon powerhouses such as Chromaggus, Nefarian, or Ysera. However, it seems to always find a spot in all dragon decks I build, whether Priest, Druid, or Warrior. It is also the card that I get the most inquiries about replacing – people are generally unwilling to craft Chillmaw as it does not do anything fancy at first sight.

Perhaps people should be more enthusiastic about crafting Chillmaw though, especially now with the Standard format making it more powerful than ever. Let’s take a deeper look.

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Hearthstone Standard: How good is Malkorok?

Malkorok

The new Warrior class legendary introduced in the Whispers of the Old Gods expansion, Malkorok, has received a mixed reception. It has seen some play in both Tempo Warrior and Control Warrior, but many people also avoid the card.

Let’s take a closer look at this seven mana, 6/5 minion that also equips a random weapon for you.

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Hearthstone Standard is here, and Zoo is still good

Hearthstone Standard Zoo is still good

With the release of Whispers of the Old Gods expansion and the associated Standard format approaching, there were many questions about the viability of Zoo in the new meta. Zoo was going to lose a number of its best cards, such as Haunted Creeper, Nerubian Egg, and Loatheb, and with all those sticky options gone, would a board-control based strategy still be strong?

As it turns out, yes, it is still strong. In fact, it is scary strong.

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Review of Hearthstone Basic and Classic card changes for 2016

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When Blizzard announced that they would introduce rotating formats to Hearthstone, they also remarked that Basic and Classic cards would remain playable in the upcoming Standard format that otherwise rotates card sets out on annual basis. In order to achieve this, there would be changes – in practice, nerfs.

Now, we finally know all the nerfs that are coming to Basic and Classic cards for the year of the Kraken, the first Standard rotation. So, let’s dive right in and look what the changes are and what they might mean.

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