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Dean Ayala on The Witchwood And Other Topics

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PC Gamer sat down with the Senior Game Designer and talked about The Witchwood and some general Hearthstone topics. 

Starting with the recently announced The Witchwood, Dean "Iksar" Ayala confirmed that there are no more odd and even cards than the six that have already been revealed. The team is also going "pretty light" on Start of the Game effects, like the ones represented by Genn Greymane and Baku the Mooneater.

The Witchwood will have no Charge minions, given that the new "Rush" keyword is being added to the game with this expansion. However, the team hasn't ruled out Charge completely for the future, although they will have to be extra careful with balancing Charge cards. They are also planning on printing more one-off hero cards like Hagatha, the upcoming Shaman hero. Lastly, we have a little hint about one of the four classes in the Monster Hunt: it's going to have Hunter traps, but will also use cards from another class (probably the alternative Rogue hero, the Tracker).

Dean also talked about more general Hearthstone stuff. For example, Team 5 isn't considering card trading as an option at the moment. They also think that stat tracking isn't necessary for the majority of the player base; the game has minimal stat tracking at the moment and more of it will only burden the user interface with too much information. Finally, there was mention of the tournament mode: it's not going to have an Arena mode in the beginning, although Dean thinks it's an excellent idea. It will start with a ban feature and Iksar interestingly revealed that the team considered (not so seriously) the idea of adding bans to Ladder too.

You can read the entire interview on PC Gamer; other topics are also discussed, like Corridor Creeper, the cost of the game and more!

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Which eight?  There are 6 odd-even cards, no?

I really wanted the Monster Hunt heroes to be rewards as alternative portraits to corresponding classes. I guess that won't happen.

Arena draft for tournament mode is a bad idea. We know how those drafts end up being unbalanced for players. Same will happen in tournaments too. I hope there will be a wild tournament mode too.

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3 hours ago, FanOfValeera said:

Arena draft for tournament mode is a bad idea. We know how those drafts end up being unbalanced for players. Same will happen in tournaments too. I hope there will be a wild tournament mode too.

I agree.

It can work if there are just a few occasions and it would be quite interesting for spectators (which choices do the good players make? How do they handle random decks? How do they handle situations they have absolutly no idea which cards the opponend may have?)

But those are more fun related tournaments. Because luck will be an incredible important part, even more then it already is.

 

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4 hours ago, FanOfValeera said:

Which eight?  There are 6 odd-even cards, no?

I am just really bad at maths :P

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36 minutes ago, Zadina said:

Yeah but I think I am a tad more terrible than you if I mess up 4+2 :P

 

No, I am sure you echoed 2 of them :)

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