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Dave Kosak Reveals Three New Cards, Arthas Skin, Mission Information.

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Blizzard's Lead Mission Designer, Dave Kosak, has released a video discussing how Missions will work in Knights of the Frozen Throne.

Missions are the replacement for Adventures, which everyone will be able to attempt when the new set is released. The idea behind them is to be able to explain the lore behind the cards, without forcing people to do the content who are not interested in it.

There is a lot of interesting information in the video, but the key takeaway is that there will be an alternate Paladin Hero, Arthas, awarded to anyone who can defeat the Lich King with all nine classes.

At the end of the video, three more cards are revealed from the upcoming expansion:

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Bolvar is an interesting card in that it will be a 3/7 after it loses its own Divine Shield. This means that it will need to get very little value from its ability in order to be very large indeed. It does feel like a build-around card however, and it might be that Divine Shield Paladin is just not as powerful as current archetypes. There are already plenty of ways to build that style of deck, and none are seeing regular play. I am not sure that Bolvar, Fireblood improves the Divine Shield archetype enough to force it to the forefront.

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Light's Sorrow has some of the same issues that Bolvar has, although it needs to get very few activations over the course of its lifetime to be a playable weapon. I expect this to be tested heavily in the first few days of the new meta.

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Corpsetaker seems like a fun card. It should be easy enough to gain most of the keywords, which will make it a very difficult card to deal with. It should be noted that the keywords are only gained if those words are on the cards remaining in the deck. Depending on how easy it turns out to be to get every keyword onto the card, this could be a reasonable card in slower decks where the Taunt and Lifesteal are relevant.

For a full list of previously revealed cards, as well as all of the information about the new expansion, check out our Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion hub.

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Defeating Arthas with one class seems impossible, let alone all the classes.

 

Unless you're given a deck that stands a decent chance against him, since many people won't have the cards required to beat him with his special rules.

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Bolvar seems a little gimicky, you idealy need to trigger a divine shield the turn you play him or probably trigger 2 over the course of his life time (aside from his own that is) in order to really make him worth it.  A 5/7 for 5 I don't think is worth it.  A 3/7 for 5 with divine shield that goes to a 5/7 is probably worth it, and a 7/7 for 5 is also obviously worth it.  Probably too inconsistent to see play with those restrictions though.  Ditto for the weapon but worse.

 

The corpsetaker seems a bit hard to evaluate.  If it gets 2 triggers it is easily worth it, at only 1 it questionable, more then 2 and completely broken, so the question is, what deck would it actually fit into?  I doubt it is strong enough to see play on its own, and there really aren't a lot of divine shield minions outside of paladin, which is by far the best effect, so a 3/3 for 4 with taunt and divine shield seems pretty easy to reliably get.  So it might see play in a midrangy paladin deck.  Or possibly a midrange shaman deck that runs alakir.  Interesting, and can be certainly powerful, just might be hard to actually find a deck that it fits into well.

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13 hours ago, SithLordOfSnark said:

Defeating Arthas with one class seems impossible, let alone all the classes.

 

Unless you're given a deck that stands a decent chance against him, since many people won't have the cards required to beat him with his special rules.

Nahh, you don't know what his abilities are exactly.

The other Hearthstone-Missions before had very hard heroic-modes, too (excluding Karazhan maybe), that were absolutly managable with a small amount of non-basic-cards. You got unlimited tries and...yeah...it wouldn't be fun if the Lichking would be a total pushover.

Btw Iam getting pretty excited for the new Missions. It had been a long time since Karazhan (which was a bit to easy in many cases). And on top there is a new hero to get and not only a cardback!

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6 hours ago, Taan said:

Nahh, you don't know what his abilities are exactly.

The other Hearthstone-Missions before had very hard heroic-modes, too (excluding Karazhan maybe), that were absolutly managable with a small amount of non-basic-cards. You got unlimited tries and...yeah...it wouldn't be fun if the Lichking would be a total pushover.

Btw Iam getting pretty excited for the new Missions. It had been a long time since Karazhan (which was a bit to easy in many cases). And on top there is a new hero to get and not only a cardback!

Yeah, especially the Naxxramas quests were actually really hard, and thus people ran really cheesy strategies with things like Deathlord + KT (was bugged at the time and AI didnt attack the Deathlord) and had to actually fight for some of the quests, even tho in the end most of them were winnable even with rather cheap decks if you just abused the battle mechanics. Would love if Blizzard would spend similar effort into the AI missions of Frozen Throne as they spent into Naxx quests and we would get some real quality pastime trying to solve the puzzle the AI missions are.

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On 28/07/2017 at 9:13 AM, Taan said:

Nahh, you don't know what his abilities are exactly.

The other Hearthstone-Missions before had very hard heroic-modes, too (excluding Karazhan maybe), that were absolutly managable with a small amount of non-basic-cards. You got unlimited tries and...yeah...it wouldn't be fun if the Lichking would be a total pushover.

Btw Iam getting pretty excited for the new Missions. It had been a long time since Karazhan (which was a bit to easy in many cases). And on top there is a new hero to get and not only a cardback!

Yeah, Karazhan's PvE was a bit of a let down just because of what came before it. Naxx/BrM were so incredibly fun on normal and heroic, then you were hit with Kara HC and it just wasn't what you expected at all.

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      Hearthstone's latest expansion is now live and so are our guides! Check out our tier list to see which decks are best!
      Don't forget to also read our Arena Guides and best decks for Classic. Here's Blizzard's official preview of the new Hearthstone expansion.
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      It’s time to brave the Barrens! Forged in the Barrens is now live worldwide with 135 new collectible cards, the new Frenzy keyword, Ranked Spells, Legendary Mercenary Minions, and so much more!
      What’s Included: Frenzy 
      Minions with the new Frenzy keyword will trigger a powerful effect the first time they survive damage!
      What’s Included: Ranked Spells
      All 10 classes will have access to an all-new Ranked Spell that will grow in power as your reach 5 and 10 Mana Crystals, regardless of whether it’s in your hand or deck!
      What’s Included: Legendary Mercenaries
      Forged in the Barrens introduces 10 Legendary Mercenary minions, each representing a different class, whose stories will play out throughout the Year of the Gryphon!
      Forged in the Barrens Twitch Drops
      Watch any Hearthstone channel on Twitch between April 2 at 9:00 a.m. PT and April 4 at 8:00 p.m. PT for 2 hours to earn 1 Forged in the Barrens card pack! Watch for 2 more hours and you’ll receive another one! Twitch has updated how drops work on their end, and this is Hearthstone’s first time utilizing Twitch Drops since these changes were put into place. Here is what you need to know:
      You’ll now be able to see your watch time progress towards any given drop. You will no longer receive drop rewards automatically. You must instead claim the drop on the channel you’re watching or in the Drops Inventory menu on Twitch within the first 24 hours of earning it.  You will need to claim your first Twitch Drop reward BEFORE you can earn progress towards a second. Twitch users can now earn rewards before linking their Battle.net account to Twitch. Rewards will expire 7 days after they’ve been claimed if a Battle.net account has not been linked. After you’ve claimed a reward on Twitch, please make sure you’re logging into the region you’d like to receive the drop(s) on, as the first region you log into will be where we deliver your packs. It can take up to ~30 minutes to receive your reward(s) in game after claiming. You must link your Twitch and Battle.net accounts before you can receive a drop.
      Link Your Battle.net & Twitch Accounts
      You'll need to link your Twitch.tv and Battle.net accounts to receive Twitch Drops. Here's how:
      Log in or create an account on Twitch.tv. Navigate to the Settings menu by clicking your account name in the top-right corner of the home screen. Navigate to the Connections tab of the Settings menu. Find the Battle.net section, then follow the instructions after selecting a region and clicking Connect. When connecting accounts, be sure that you're currently logged into the Battle.net account on which you'd like to receive your rewards. More Just Around the Corner
      We’ve got expansions, seasonal events, Battlegrounds updates, a new game mode, and so much more planned. On the roadmap below, you can see the massive amount of content we have coming this year! Click to open in a new window. 
      The Core Set and Classic format are also live! Read the 20.0 patch notes to learn more.
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