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Trump explains why Descent of Dragons will be Hearthstone’s most OP set

Published: 8/Nov/2019 0:23 Updated: 8/Nov/2019 1:31

by Isaac McIntyre

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The Hearthstone community is already in major hype-mode as cards from the upcoming expansion Descent of Dragons continue to leak, and streaming star Jeffrey ‘Trump’ Shih may have just kicked it into overdrive by dubbing the set the game’s “strongest yet.”

Shockingly, as the name may suggest, the next Hearthstone release will be based around powerful dragon cards, and will feature ‘the progenitor of dragonkind’ Galakrond as one of the poster boys for the set.

Alongside one of the strongest World of Warcraft characters in the lore, it seems like Blizzard has dialed the power-level of the new releases up to eleven, and Trump was more than excited to speculate exactly how the scaly-additions are going to shape the meta.

“Based off these cards, I’m fairly sure this is the strongest expansion to ever hit Hearthstone,” Trump said as he wrapped up his assessment of the 45 leaked cards that had already dropped from the set expected to drop on December 10.


“There have been some insane cards revealed, some of which would have easily made the top ten list in previous expansions. Now I’m wondering if the rest of the spoilers that we get will continue to be this powerful.”

Blizzard-ActivisionDragons are pouring back into Hearthstone with the game’s latest expansion.

There were a few cards that Trump was particularly excited for, including Druid cards like Emerald Explorer, Ysera, Unleashed, and “perhaps the most insane card of the set” Breath of Dreams, which draws a card, and adds a mana crystal if you have a dragon.

“It’s Wild Growth, before Wild Growth got nerfed, and if that wasn’t good enough, you tack on ‘draw a card’ to it as well,” he said, and speculated that just off the power of this one two-mana spell, Dragon-Druid would be an earlier frontrunner for the strongest strategy.


“This is absolutely insane, ridiculous,” he said. “I’m pretty certain that, looking at this card’s power, and the dragons I’ve seen so far, Dragon-Druid appears to be a good deck, and I don’t even need to see the rest of the spoilers to say that either, I think.”

Trump also rated Hunter’s new cards, which included secret-finding Phase Stalker, and one-mana Dwarven Sharpshooter, which allows players to target enemy minions with your Steady Shot hero power, the latter of which Trump dubbed “very stupid” in a good way.

The Hearthstone streamer also added that Mage was “really insane” with their new class cards, as long as they have strong dragons — almost a silly question in the new set.


Neutral cards like Twin Tyrant and Sathrovarr caught Trump’s eye, with the latter minion’s Battlecry of dealing damage to two enemies “certainly a great addition.” He also flagged Evasive Drakonid as another strong end-game beater but said it may be better in draft-based modes.

While the newest Hearthstone set may have been slightly overshadowed by the ongoing controversy surrounding Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai and Blizzard’s stance regarding publicizing the Hong Kong protests, it’s clear that fans are still super keen for its release.

Descent of Dragons will be available from Tuesday, December 10. All players who log into the game during the set’s first 90 days will also receive all five Galakrond Hero cards — one each for Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warrior, and Warlock — for free.

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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.”