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Killer Hearthstone Warlock combo forces your opponent to over-draw

Published: 11/Nov/2019 1:22 Updated: 11/Nov/2019 1:54

by Brad Norton

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Losing due to your own shortcomings is one thing in Hearthstone, but losing due to overwhelming fatigue is a surefire way to grow frustrated. A powerful new Warlock combo has shown just how many cards can be forcibly drawn in a single turn.

From absurd luck when playing Blind Fox to some perfectly predicted RNG, there’s never any shortage of ridiculous moments from Blizzard’s collectible card game.

With the upcoming expansion, Descent of Dragons shaping up to be one of the most devastating sets to date, one crafty Hearthstone player decided to make a truly filthy ‘wombo-combo’ deck before the meta drastically changes.

In a November 9 post, Reddit user ‘Predicted_123’ showcased a brand new Warlock deck that focuses on pulling off one critical combination in order to make your opponent overdraw in an extreme way.

The Deathrattle effect of the Octosari legendary card ensures that 8 cards will be drawn from your hand. While this may seem like a positive effect at first, thanks to some trickery this card can lead to the downfall of your enemy.

Blizzard - HearthstoneThis crazy legendary was introduced in the Saviors of Uldum expansion.
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Activating Power Overwhelming on the legendary minion means that the Deathrattle effect will be triggered as soon as the player begins their next turn. 

Sending the card to the opposing side of the board through Treachery however, accelerates the process and triggers the 8-card-draw effect at the beginning of the next turn. 

Unable to combat the combination in any way whatsoever, the devastating trick forces cards to be drawn and burnt no matter what.

Unfortunately for the Shaman across the field, the situation was worsened by the introduction of Baron Rivendare, a card that doubles the effects of all Deathrattles.

Instead of drawing a mere 8 cards and moving on with their next turn, the opponent was forced into pulling 16 cards from the remainder of their deck. Being so late into the match, this inevitably led to a heaping serve of fatigue damage, enough to end the game in a single turn.

Finally made the Octosari combo work!!!! from r/hearthstone

If you’re evil enough and want to inflict this kind of brutality on your opponents, you can find the full decklist here and test your luck.

You certainly need the accurate shot-calling of pro player Dima ‘Rdu’ Radu on your side if you’re going to mimic this ridiculous combo.

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Hearthstone finally adding dual-class cards in Scholomance Academy

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

by Isaac McIntyre

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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.”