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8-year-old’s custom Hearthstone card design is terrifying

Published: 20/Dec/2019 20:12

by Bill Cooney


An 8-year old Hearthstone fan has created a card concept that is completely ridiculous and overpowered, but players don’t think it would be too far removed from the current meta.

Hearthstone’s ‘Descent of Dragons’ expansion went live on December 10, but after the new cards were revealed, complaints about “power creep” started to pop up.

“Power creep” is the gradual unbalancing of a game due to successive releases of new content – like new heroes in Overwatch, or new cards in Hearthstone, for example.

“I let my 8-year-old nephew design a card!” Reddit user BurtSnurpton said when they shared the design. “It’s adorable what he thinks is balanced.”

The card, called “Cool Minion by Jason age 8” is a nine mana minion whose Battlecry comes with a ridiculous five phases of action.

BurtSnurptonHow many Battlecry abilities does this card need? All of them.

To start things off, the card would summon two 8/8, one 5/4 and three 2/1 minions, all with Rush – meaning they’re able to attack immediately in the same turn they’re summoned.

Next, it would summon an Arcanite Reaper, which is a hero weapon that can deal five damage twice for a total of 10 damage.

If you thought that was crazy, well we’re not even halfway through the card’s battlecry, and after giving players the Reaper, it also adds a random Dragon, spell, and two lackey cards to your hand.

On top of all of that, you also draw a card before dealing three damage to your opponent and healing your hero for the same amount.

Hearthstone players, some of who have been complaining about the apparent “power creep” in the new expansion have sarcastically welcomed Jason’s card with open arms.

“Cool card, but sadly won’t see play,” user xryyyy replied. “Most shamans win by turn 2 from opponent conceding anyway, no need for a turn 9 play.”

The card may have been created by a child, but it actually does a good job of reflecting just how powerful a lot of Hearthstone players feel some cards are in the current meta.


Hearthstone finally adding dual-class cards in Scholomance Academy

Published: 15/Jul/2020 5:07 Updated: 15/Jul/2020 7:06

by Isaac McIntyre


Blizzard has confirmed Hearthstone will finally be adding dual-class cards in its upcoming expansion, Scholomance Academy, which is set to be released in early August according to the collectible card game developers.

Hearthstone has just unveiled its next major expansion, a wizarding school-themed set that evokes the world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise. The August expansion will be the second to be added in the Year of the Phoenix, following ‘Ashes of Outland.’

There are a few new features Blizzard are planning on bringing to their long-standing online trading-card game in the next expansion, they confirmed on July 14. Chief among them are “dual-class cards,” a first for Hearthstone.

Scholomance Academy feature image for Hearthstone expansion.
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Blizzard just unveiled its next Hearthstone expansion, Scholomance Academy, set to be released in August.

It’s not the first time the base classes have shared limited cards; the title’s fourth expansion ‘Mean Streets of Gadgetzan’ added “tri-class cards” to the pool all the way back in December 2016. There were only nine classes back then, however.

Dual-class “Double Major” cards

With the addition of Demon Hunter at the start of Year of the Phoenix, Blizzard can now split cards into five groups, each with two related classes. There will be ten dual combos all up in the August expansion release:

  • Druid/Hunter
  • Hunter/Demon Hunter
  • Demon Hunter/Warlock
  • Warlock/Priest
  • Priest/Paladin
  • Paladin/Warrior
  • Warrior/Rogue
  • Rogue/Mage
  • Mage/Shaman
  • Shaman/Druid

Each class pairing will be given four of the 40 dual-class cards on the menu in Scholomance Academy, Blizzard revealed. The devs also confirmed each of the ten pairings would also get a Legendary ‘professor’ minion as well.

New mechanic: ‘Spellburst’

The “Double Major” cards won’t be the only new addition for Hearthstone in the upcoming August expansion either. As per usual, the devs will also be slapping a new mechanic on the table; this time, it’s called “Spellburst.”

Basically, it’s a delayed spell power for minions and players alike. The new effect warns that it will “trigger a one-time additional effect when a spell is played.” It’s almost like a trap card from rival series Yu-Gi-Oh!, but built into minions.

Hearthstone mage casts a Spellburst spell at a dummy in Scholomance Academy.
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Hearthstone fans will be able to pull off tricky spell traps with the new “Spellburst” cards.

New spells: ‘Studies’

The final new Hearthstone change for players to wrap their heads around for Scholomance Academy is a new spell type, “Studies.” These cards have Discover-only effects, but allow you to tutor up a specific type of card, like Demon or Mech.

Once you’ve collected your card, it will reduce the mana cost of the next card you play of that type. It certainly seems like a must-pick card for themed decks. The first that springs to mind is Paladin Murloc, which has run rampant in the Year of the Phoenix so far.

Murlocs charge forward in Hearthstone.
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The super-aggro Hearthstone deck “Murloc Paladin” will love to get its hand on the new Studies cards.

So there you have it; everything we know about Blizzard’s upcoming Hearthstone expansion Scholomance Academy. Keep your eyes peeled on Dexerto for more details on all 135 new cards set to be released in the August set.

The next Year of the Phoenix release is expected to drop in mid-August. Ahead of the official expansion release, fans can get an “Academy Bundle” for $49.99 USD, or book themselves a whopping 80 packs with the $79.99 “Mega Bundle.”