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Dean Ayala is here with a brand new Hearthside Chat, explaining the new odd and even mechanic introduced in The Witchwood and how it can work in actual decks. Four new Witchwood cards were also revealed.

With the announcement of The Witchwood, people were intrigued with the new Start of the Game legendaries Genn Greymane and Baku the Mooneater, which require a specific kind of deck built with only even and odd cards respectively. The first impression of the community was that these legendaries were weak, but it looks like odd & even decks are getting more support in The Witchwood.

Dean Ayala explained how the mechanic can fit into both current and older decks, like Control Quest Warrior and Aggro Hunter.

Four new cards were also revealed and they are all about the odd and even shennanigans!

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Mike Donais clarified on Reddit that there are only few even/odd support cards and not for every class. The team aimed at less expected combinations so that players could experiment with new decks. For example, Mage has some signature even cards like Frostbolt, Fireball and Meteor but Black Cat is a pretty powerful card, if the condition is met. It also makes sense that all six odd/even cards won't be offered in Arena (source).

Do you think these cards make odd and even decks more enticing to play now? The Witchwood is after all introducing more new mechanics, like the keywords Rush and and Echo, so hopefully we will have more deck diversity and deck builders can rejoice!

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I'll just quote myself from another thread:

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As always they know how to promote their stuff and at least sounding like it will be great what do you think?

Hearthside Chat with Dean Ayala: Even & Odd

They obviously like beasts, well matches the forest theme. If there will be any viable deck(s) using Baku or Genn some of these new beasts look pretty nice. I am still not convinced it will work.

If it does, we might see some really new/different decks which would be great for the game, I think.

If not, I fear all the cards they throw in to work with the even/odd mechanic, especially if there will be many of them in the set (even if they are theoretically strong) will be dead cards in our collections because they will not fit in any other decks.

"Mike Donais clarified on Reddit that there are only few even/odd support cards and not for every class."

I didn't know that when I posted my comment ;)

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i'm guessing all the "shuffle xxx into your opponent's deck" cards are going to see more play?

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I just don't see these getting too much play unless there is some extremely insane effect from one of these. Unless 80% of the cards released this expansion are odd/even cards, you're just crippling yourself way too much in most cases. Glitter moth may seem decent at first, but once you factor in that you can't have divine spirit, shadow word pain, or even radiant elemental, it really seems bad.

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No idea if you are talking about wild or standard but in standard Spiteful Priest is doing well without these cards. And same was said about Kaleseth. And we saw ppl find ways to make a good deck enabling powerful cards even at a huge sacrifice.

But I still don't these these odd/even cards working ;)

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The odd/even cards restrict your deck severly. IMO more then Highlander and more then Kazakus.
I see quite a danger here, it will be very hard to balance this correctly.
IMO chances are high that the odd/even mechanic will either see next to no play at all, because it just isn't strong enough.
Or the contrary - synergy will be that great that it will dominate the entire game.
 

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