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Four more cards have been revealed since our previous update. This brings the total revealed so far to twenty.

With under a month to reveal 135 cards, spoiler season is well underway, so let's take a look at the most recently spoiled cards.

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The first thing that springs to mind when seeing this card is that it is designed to be played with Awaken the Makers, the new Priest Quest card that requires you to summon seven Deathrattle minions. Cards from your opponent's deck will not have good synergy with your deck, but they will tend to be good cards (other than situational cards like weapon buffs, or Quests that have been mulliganed away). Babbling Book was not expected to be a very playable card, but found a home in many decks by being just good enough. I think Crystalline Oracle is also destined to be played, but I am not sure how much.

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Sunkeeper Tarim seems to have many potential uses, and as such will likely find a home somewhere. As its ability can turn your army of 1/1s into a huge army at a moment's notice, just the threat of it being in your deck will put pressure on the opponent to keep that army under control. At first, Tarim also seems to be an okay solution to opposing Jade cards, as it would take three enemy 3/3s to get through the 3/7 taunt. The main problem with that, is that if your deck is far enough behind that it needs to turn Jades into 3/3, the Jade player will probably make even bigger minions on the following turn. The best use seems to be the combination of the two,which is to force through final damage in an aggressive deck.

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This is a very interesting card. If the meta is fast, then Shadow Visions will be unplayable, but if it is slow, then the card can be used as a way to generate slots in your deck. Having only one of some cards will help to reduce the clutter that sometimes occurs in control decks, and so this card will have to be tested quite heavily. There is also the more amusing combo with the new Elise card, which would enable you to find your pack faster.

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As with Crystalline Oracle, Clutchmother Zavas seems like it was created to fit in with the Warlock Quest. One of the big problems with Lakkari Sacrifice is that even in a control shell, discarding six cards over the course of a game is a very expensive ask. Your hand empties, and then you have to not only refill it, but be prepared to discard some of it. Zavas appears to solve those problems, and has a big upside as well. I would expect this card to not only fit into a Control Warlock Quest deck with ease, but to enable the archetype to exist.

Previous News:

Live reveal stream, 11 cards: here.

Un'Goro announcement video: here.

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Shadow Vision will be a combo card. Priests tend to have weak combos, but I am afraid it will be used in an OTK deck, like Divine Spirit + Inner Fire one, or maybe a new type of OTK deck will emerge, and there is nothing I hate more in hearthstone than OTK decks.

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Hmmm... Stand Against Darkness may become a playable card. Opponent is forced to AOE recruits away or risk facing bunch of 3\3s next turn. 

The 1\1s is not looking a good card for priests who lack ping effect like mages and rogues. While it looks nice with the quest... problem is that you don't really need 1 drops when your first turn is activating a quest. 

What I find interesting that Crystalline oracle  is an elemental. Shifting Shade and Lightspawn are almost certainly elementals, too. Mana Geode may be one to. I am really curious to see what elementals synergy we will see.

 

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1) I think crystalline will be under rated. Stealing certain cards can be game changing. We've seen this with Rouge a lot more, and that's usually taking them from the full pool, not just the "viable" cards. At 1 mana, it's always value.

2) Sunkeeper could be REALLY strong. The analysis of anti-jade isn't totally true. He does nullify it really well except for Druid, which can snowball unending. Shaman and Rouge are limited in their summons. Also can be scary in aggro. Quite quick for the value of 3/7 too.

3) Shadow visions will be interesting... It can be nice in highlander (reno is gone...) decks that really want a second of a couple spells but can't because of not drawing them. Other than that though, it's 2 mana for 1 card, which is some bad value.

4) Clutchmother is SUPER interesting. Clearly a control mechanic while still having discard in the deck. Have to see if there are other cards to complete the synergy of this and the quest.

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1 hour ago, Strongpoint said:

 

Hmmm... Stand Against Darkness may become a playable card. Opponent is forced to AOE recruits away or risk facing bunch of 3\3s next turn. 

 

Maelstrom Portal, Wild Pyromancer, Ravaging Ghoul, Fan of Knives, Swipe, so many obvious counters to Stand Against Darkness exist that are playable cards by themselves exist and thus i consider it to not suddenly become viable. The legendary will surely find a place in a standard aggro or aggressive midrange deck as you dont need that polarizable board position (THAT many small plebs on your board and THAT many big plebs on opponets board) to make it swing really hard. It will come down to the quality of paladin cards that will be introduced in the game, as the remaining good ones are leaving with year of the Mammoth (Keeper of Uldaman and Anyfin most noticeable ones)

2 hours ago, positiv2 said:

 

Shadow Vision will be a combo card. Priests tend to have weak combos, but I am afraid it will be used in an OTK deck, like Divine Spirit + Inner Fire one, or maybe a new type of OTK deck will emerge, and there is nothing I hate more in hearthstone than OTK decks.

 

The combo deck you are meaning is already very slow and Shadow Vision would make it even slower, and considering how dominating aggro and midrange decks have been so far i have literally zero concerns about the things it will enable, especially with Emperor Thaurissan leaving. Id consider the card as an opportunity rather than as a potential concern. Deathrattle priest, the most obviously forced archtype of priest to this new set will have enough value to barely even need to run it and if meta will be fast i doubt we will ever see that card as the meta will settle.

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2 hours ago, BrightwingMain said:

The combo deck you are meaning is already very slow and Shadow Vision would make it even slower, and considering how dominating aggro and midrange decks have been so far i have literally zero concerns about the things it will enable, especially with Emperor Thaurissan leaving. Id consider the card as an opportunity rather than as a potential concern.

Well, the issue with Inner Fire OTK decks is that there are no charge minions that can do the OTK without having to have way too many combo cards in your hand, with the exception of Djinni of Zephyrs OTK. After Shadow Visions are released, there will be many more ways to OTK with Inner Fire combo, which I believe is not healthy for the game.

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2 hours ago, positiv2 said:

Well, the issue with Inner Fire OTK decks is that there are no charge minions that can do the OTK without having to have way too many combo cards in your hand, with the exception of Djinni of Zephyrs OTK. After Shadow Visions are released, there will be many more ways to OTK with Inner Fire combo, which I believe is not healthy for the game.

It doesn't matter if you have more Divine Spirits when you don't have the mana to cast them in 1 turn. Closest thing is Stormwind Knight  +3x Divine Spirit + Inner Fire at 11 mana so you'd need to go 2nd and keep the coin... pretty sure that's a bad win condition.

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Shadow visions is fantastic if you can mulligan your hand well and read your opponent properly. If you can identify a control deck early, copy mid control. If it's still an aggro meta, copy greater healing potion. A very versatile and strong card that I am excited to play in a value N'zoth priest deck. 

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5 hours ago, MistAssassin said:

It doesn't matter if you have more Divine Spirits when you don't have the mana to cast them in 1 turn. Closest thing is Stormwind Knight  +3x Divine Spirit + Inner Fire at 11 mana so you'd need to go 2nd and keep the coin... pretty sure that's a bad win condition.

Stonetusk Boar + 2x Power Word: Shield  +3x divine spirit + inner fire fits in 10 mana but I am happy playing against decks that will try doing this.

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5 hours ago, MistAssassin said:

It doesn't matter if you have more Divine Spirits when you don't have the mana to cast them in 1 turn. Closest thing is Stormwind Knight  +3x Divine Spirit + Inner Fire at 11 mana so you'd need to go 2nd and keep the coin... pretty sure that's a bad win condition.

Pint-Size Potion + Potion of Madness is another option. That is the closest thing. So, instead of Djinni of Zephyrs, priests will be using Shadow Visions.

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16 hours ago, Strongpoint said:

What I find interesting that Crystalline oracle  is an elemental. Shifting Shade and Lightspawn are almost certainly elementals, too. Mana Geode may be one to. I am really curious to see what elementals synergy we will see.

 

There is another new card revealed, that shows how the Elemental-Synergy will work (a shaman 7 Mana 4/4 that spawns two 2/3 taunts, if you played an elemental LAST turn). So it seems, that cheap elementals will be quite usefull to trigger the effect of their brethren (and the Mage-Legendary got WAY more interesting). Oh and Crystalline Oracle is just great...I love me some RNG :D.

 

16 hours ago, positiv2 said:

Shadow Vision will be a combo card. Priests tend to have weak combos, but I am afraid it will be used in an OTK deck, like Divine Spirit + Inner Fire one, or maybe a new type of OTK deck will emerge, and there is nothing I hate more in hearthstone than OTK decks.

Yeah...I think I dislike Shadow Visions too. First of, the card has zero direct inpact on the battlefield, which I normally try to avoid. And also I can foresee, what will happen all the time, when I play this card in a deck: it will be the last card or the last spell in my deck, when I draw it...

(also I already hate to get Shadow Visions offered in arena all the time...)

 

Oh and Sunkeeper Tarim looks to me like a new Paladin-Staple. Flexibility is king!

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3 hours ago, Taan said:

Yeah...I think I dislike Shadow Visions too. First of, the card has zero direct inpact on the battlefield, which I normally try to avoid.

This is clearly it's biggest problem. Unless there is a huge meta shift you can't afford to not play a field impacting card until about turn 6 or 7. By then, you're almost better off with a standard draw mechanic than keeping this in your hand that long. Maybe we'll both be wrong and the meta will let it work, but I have my doubts.

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7 hours ago, Strongpoint said:

Stonetusk Boar + 2x Power Word: Shield  +3x divine spirit + inner fire fits in 10 mana but I am happy playing against decks that will try doing this.

A deck relying on that as its primary win condition would barely make it past rank 20 in all honesty - first it would have to rely on shadow visions returning a divine spirit. A priest playing shadow visions, an experienced player would see that as letting the cat out of the bag given the number of minion buff spells the priest has access to. More often that not, he'd be beaten by the time he ever got to 10 mana and built sufficient cards (other than Northshire Cleric, priest decks generally suck when it comes to the additional card draw he'd need to build his win condition)

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      The HCT Summer Championship took place from 13-15 October 2017. The top four players advanced to the World Championship in January.
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      Listed below are the other finishing positions, and the number of packs you will receive for picking each player as your champion in the "Choose your Champion" promotion.
      Finalists, 4 Packs: Surrender, Orange. 
      Semi-Finalists, 3 Packs: JasonZhou, Purple
      Quarter-Finalists, 2 Packs: Empanizado, OldBoy, Pavel, Tom60229
      All other players were worth 1 Pack.
      All of the decks from the event can be found on our new esports section here.
    • By Zadina

      For the first time, the Hearthstone World Champion won't be determined at BlizzCon.
      It was noticed that European venues weren't getting much love in this year's Hearthstone Championship Tour, but it turns out that the World Championship finals will take place in Amsterdam!
      HCT will finish its journey in the Beurs van Berlage Conference centre, lasting from Thursday 18th January 2018 until Sunday 21st January 2018.
      Anyone who physically attends the World Championship will get the following card back, while they will also be able to participate in on-site tournaments:

      The tournament's format will be the same as all other seasonal Hearthstone Championships. 16 players will fight for a total prize pool of $1,000,000 USD! Eight players have qualified so far from the Winter and Spring Championships: Ant, DocPwn, Fr0zen, Hoej, Kolento, Neirea, SamuelTsao and ShtanUdachi. Four more players will qualify from the Summer Championship, that is currently going on this weekend. And the last four players will be seeded from the highest HCT point earners from each region (Last Call slots).
      A question remains: without the World Championship this year, will there be any e-sports events at BlizzCon? According to its schedule, the answer is yes! There will be a Hearthstone Inn-vitational, where four teams of three Hearthstone personalities each will compete against each other in various formats; there is also the NA Tavern versus Tavern tournament.