Hearthstone has already become an incredibly complex card game. The meta game has evolved gradually with the addition of each new series of cards and each delicate adjustment. Now Blizzard is ready to blow the whole thing sky high with the upcoming Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion announced during BlizzCon. Shacknews had a chance to try out a handful of the 120 new cards during the event and can confirm that the game is about to change in a big way.
There were two sample decks available to try out: the Mage with a Goblin deck and the Priest with a Gnome deck, each offering a mixture of new and old cards. The first thing I noticed was the addition of the new 'Mech' class of cards. Similar to Murloc and Beast decks, a Mech deck can be insanely powerful when built with the right cards, especially since many of them are designed to play alongside one another.
These are some of the new cards I encountered during my time with Goblins vs. Gnomes:
There are also some old favorites that will thrive in a Mech deck. Harvest Golem, for example, has been reclassified as a Mech and will benefit greatly from some of these new minions and spells.
Other staples, aside from the ones listed earlier, likewise stand to benefit greatly from these new cards. With many of the cards I saw carrying Deathrattle effects, this expansion should be a feast for Undertaker. Meanwhile, minions with Silence effects, like Spellbreaker, are going to become an absolute necessity to fend off some of these brutal Deathrattle cards. Exactly which minions and spells stand to benefit the most from this new expansion, however, is a conversation for a future date.
My takeaway from this expansion so far is that it very much threatens to throw Hearthstone's balance for a major loop. Some of these cards are outrageously powerful on their own, but when combined with some of the cards already out there, they may just outright break the game. Keep in mind, this is just a small sample of what's coming. Blizzard has a total of 120 cards they're tossing out there, any of which has the potential to shatter the game's delicate balance in their own way.
Hearthstone fans will be approaching Goblins vs Gnomes with cautious optimism when it releases in December.