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hearthstone Two New Blackrock Mountain Cards Revealed

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Two new neutral cards were unveiled this morning by Blizzard from the upcoming Blackrock Mountain adventure.

 

Update: The official news is now posted.

 

The news post isn't available yet on the Hearthstone blog, but it is online in the News section of the Battle.net launcher. It reads as follows:

 

Blackrock Spire was hewn in to the rock of Blackrock Mountain by the Dark Iron clan of dwarves centuries ago. While Ragnaros holds sway over the magma tunnels that honeycomb the depths of Blackrock, the black dragon Nefarian rules the upper reaches of the mountain with an iron claw.

 

As the ebon stone halls of Blackrock Spire are patrolled by warmongering Blackrock orcs, ogres, and Nefarian's dragonkin servants, the stage is set for one of Warcraft's most memorable moments.

 

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In Blackrock Mountain: A Hearthstone Adventure you can climb Blackrock Spire to recruit some of Nefarian's most useful minions for your own collection. Ranging from orcs to black dragonkin, you can be sure that having a dragon on your side can make all the difference in the world.

 

Let Me Show You Around The Place

 

The corridors and chambers within Blackrock Mountain serve many purposes, ranging from laboratories, to barracks, to smithies. Among them is the Black Dragonflight's rookery, where spiky eggs can be found from wall to wall. The funny thing about these dragon eggs is that they're pressure sensitive. Brush up against one and they *pop* open like the world's deadliest popcorn, spewing forth a bitey li'l dragon whelp. Enter one group of hapless adventurers with an impatient ally, and the legend of Leeroy Jenkins is born. Do you want whelps? Because dragon eggs are how you get whelps.

 

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"Dragonkin" refers to all the draconic races who aren't full dragons, including the drakonids, or dragon hybrids. No one is quite sure how they came to be, but since dragons usually don't mind meddling with mortals, it's a safe bet that muddled mortal is a primary ingredient. These powerful and devoted spawn of the Black Dragonflight are Nefarian's lieutenant within Blackrock Spire. Some of them thrive on magical forces, and if you're not averse to sharing a little magical juice, you'll be richly rewarded.

 

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The Blackrock Clan of orcs is led by the fearsome Rend Blackhand. You might be asking yourself, "What kind of name is Rend?" to which we'd answer, "His brother's name is Maim, so..." Yeah, they're that kind of family. True to form, Rend is a jerk, and wants to overthrow Thrall and take control of the Horde so he can spread his version of family values across the face of Azeroth. With Nefarian's help, Rend and the Blackrock orcs gained the upper hand over the Dark Iron dwarves that once occupied the spire. Now, Rend's warriors serve as troops and guards while everyone else hangs out and hatches evil schemes (and sometimes dragon eggs). Tired of powerful heroes and minions cluttering up your opponent's board? Rend can help.

 

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If you're not afraid to brave the heights, then rich rewards await you in Blackrock Spire when Blackrock Mountain: A Hearthstone Adventure arrives!

 

Both of the new cards look interesting! What kinds of decks would you use them in?

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Rend Blackhand seems very reminiscent of Big Game Hunter. Both are effective niche answers to Dr. Boom and a lot of other typical high-end finishers. Rend loses the ability to kill Giants and buffed normal minions, but is able to kill other finishers like Ysera and Tirion that BGH can't. I'll be interested to see if Rend is played instead of or alongside BGH in control decks. The Dragon-holding prerequisite is a bit restrictive given that the only dragons I can think of that are currently seeing a lot of play are Azure Drake and Alexstrasza, but Blackrock Mountain will probably give us a few more dragons to play with.

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