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Peter Whalen: No New Hero Cards in Rise of Shadows

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After the announcement of Rise of Shadows, Peter Whalen answered several questions on Twitter.

A new piece of information is that there will be no Hero cards in the upcoming expansion. Rise of Shadows will follow the trend set from previous expansions, with 2 Legendary cards per class and 5 neutral Legendaries.

One of the new mechanics of Rise of Shadows are Scheme cards that upgrade each turn they are in your hand. Apparently, they can upgrade forever! They also work with end-of-turn effects like Drakkari Enchanter (source). If you play Krag'wa, the Frog after you play Hagatha's Scheme, you will get a copy of the base form of the card (source).

As far as Lackeys are concerned, these new token minions are all 1-mana 1/1 and they can only be generated from other cards.

After clarifying that the smart deck builder doesn't support Wild for now, Peter Whalen launched into an extensive series of tweets about Hearthstone's Wild mode. The team is trying to keep Wild mode a place where everything is allowed, but at the same time they want to regulate stuff like Aviana, Naga Sea Witch, Yogg-Saron, Hope's End and Raza the Chained to maintain some sanity. No surprise there: Barnes has also been under the radar for a while. You can find the Twitter thread here.

Lastly, there are no plans for now to give Wild cards as rewards, but this may change.

 

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I'm actually hoping they're going to explore those special rewards further in the future. Maybe not in the same way as Murk-Eye, but with more trivial rewards (and possibly more in an achievement-style).

For example: Win 100 matches total in ranked or arena with 1 hp remaining. And your reward is a special cardback of a big band-aid.

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So I was half-wrong, Rafaam did return as a new card, but not as a playable hero card. As the original King Togwaggle will rotate out of Standard, I suppose we will have a new (still neutral?) Legendary minion card for him in Rise of Shadows as well? Not sure about Hagatha and Dr. Boom, they are still in Standard but they are hero cards, not minion cards.

On a different topic, this is the second time we see EVIL spelled with all uppercase letters, like it is an acronym of some sort. Does anyone have a clue what it's supposed to mean?

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6 hours ago, Smorod said:

So I was half-wrong, Rafaam did return as a new card, but not as a playable hero card. As the original King Togwaggle will rotate out of Standard, I suppose we will have a new (still neutral?) Legendary minion card for him in Rise of Shadows as well? Not sure about Hagatha and Dr. Boom, they are still in Standard but they are hero cards, not minion cards.

On a different topic, this is the second time we see EVIL spelled with all uppercase letters, like it is an acronym of some sort. Does anyone have a clue what it's supposed to mean?

Togwaggle will be a Rogue legendary, Madame Lazul for Priest, Hagatha for Shaman and Dr. Boom for Warrior (with the card's name probably being Boom Master Boom). There will be no hero cards in Rise of Shadows, so they will just be normal Legendary minions.

Yeah, they spell it League of E.V.I.L. and when asked in a recent interview, a Hearthstone dev wasn't willing to reveal what it stands for saying it's something for the players to find out.

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