And Boom Goes the Goblin

I am not a good Hearthstone player. I may be average. I imagine I’m close to mediocre, disappointing, unimpressive. I don’t know what separates me from the best, or even the consistent, but I think it’s telepathy. Possibly ESP. There’s some degree of anticipation and control they possess that I do not.

And that’s why I am eagerly awaiting Goblins vs. Gnomes. Look at all that chaos the Goblins introduce. Imagine “Mad Bomber” spread over 40 cards. Summon a random minion for three less? During my Blizzcon games I summoned, or had summoned against me: Thrallmar Farseer (free!), Tirion Fordring (for a mage), Earth Elemental (basically no overload), Knife Juggler, Argent Commander, Boulderfist Ogre, and Savannah Highmane. Unstable Portal is wonderful.

So are all the piloted cards. All of them. I’ve seen Armorsmith, Flametongue Totem, Kor’kron Elite and a Pit Lord. The Spare Parts are going to be fun, especially if you run a mill deck. “Here, have some crap.” and burn that Jaraxxus you need so badly. I like the cards that counter high hand sizes directly, like the Clockwork Giant (12 cost, 1 less for each card in the opponent’s hand) and the Goblin Sapper (gains +4 attack as long as the opponent has 6+ cards in hand). The Recombobulator sounds dangerous and wild – transform a friendly minion into a random one with the same cost. Use the battlecry, transform it into a deathrattle. Bouncing Blade is brawl’s bloodier cousin. It might encourage enrage decks. Who knows?

The meta game is going to change so much. Some decks will stick around, most will I think, but so many new options are rolling in that there will be several ladder seasons will be all shook up. Excited? You better be. I’m terrible at this game and I can barely contain myself.

Until December, watch the trailer on repeat.

Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film.

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I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com)

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