PAX East 2015 Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain First impressions

Blizzard Entertainment invited Blizzplanet to a press party held in the evening after PAX East 2015. There we were able to play a demo that only gave us access to play the Coren Direbrew adventure. This demo didn’t allow us to check out the collection tab, so that is pretty much kept secret at the moment.

I played in both Normal and Heroic mode. Probably about 8-10 matches and tested the Coren Direbrew adventure with a Mage, Rogue and Warrior Deck.

It was awesome to have Young Woo approach me while playing the Rogue deck. I asked him if the decks are random and he says every single time you play you use the same deck. I also asked if there are plans for more deck slots. There are no foreseeable plans, but this is something they have discussed at the table often. So don’t hold your breath, but don’t lose hope either.

I told him playing as Warrior against Coren Direbrew felt harder than with the mage, and he said Rogue is actually at a disadvantage. After he left and a few turns later, however, I beat Coren Direbrew (Heroic) with the Rogue Deck in my first attempt. I immediately let Yong Woo know, and we both laughed. It was awesome.

I’m not a great Hearthstone player. The max I have ranked is level 13; but that’s probably in part due to playing through Warlords of Draenor beta, Heroes of the Storm Alpha and Beta, and back to Warlords (Live).

PAX East 2015 Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain First impressions

Observations

Coren Direbrew’s hero power is called “Pile On!”: Put two minions from your deck and one from your opponent’s into the battlefield.

He plays a warrior deck with a few Blackrock Mountain cards which put me in trouble. I don’t have it clear if it is actually one of the Warrior specific card rewards or if it is only unique to Coren Direbrew — but it certainly turned him into a Hunter-like menace with a twist. The spell Coren used is named “Get ’em!” — it costs 3 mana and summons four 1/1 dwarves with taunt.

The Dark Iron Bouncer costs 6 mana, has 4 damage, 8 health and the special ability reads: “Always wins brawls.” That gotta certainly hurt. (Wankyu informed me this is a boss-specific card)

During my Coren Direbrew matches I played as mage. Some of the cards I saw in the mage deck were: Foe Reaper 4000, Sylvanas, Big Game Hunter, Core hound, Polymorph, Force-Tank Max, Frostbolt, ancient brewmaster, Ysera.

Coren Direbrew gets ancient brewmaster, Dark iron dwarf, baron geddon, spiteful smith, execute, whirlwind, brawl, Grim Patron, Force-Tank Max, mogor the ogre, venture co mercenary, succubus, Dark Iron Bouncer, Elite Tauren Chieftain, and war golem.

The Warrior deck got execute, Grim Patron, Big Game Hunter, Force-Tank Max, gruul, Sylvanas, stalagg, illidan, sunwalker, ragnaros, deathwing, mekgineer thermaplugg, death’s bite, Blackwing Technician, feugen, sen’jin shieldamasta, nozdormu, mogor the ogre, Foe Reaper 4000, and hogger.

The Rogue deck got sap, feugen, Ysera, Dark Iron Skulker, Grim Patron, mekgineer thermaplugg, Force-Tank Max, leper gnome, Blackwing Technician, illidan, Big Game Hunter, and deathwing.

By all means, these aren’t all the cards in each deck. Just those I managed to write down and see. Overall, it was a very fun adventure, and the power hero combined with Dark Iron Bouncer, Brawl, and Get ’em kept me on the edge of my seat. I’m looking forward to play the Blackrock Mountain adventure.

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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