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Mike Donais Hints that Next Expansion Might Be Related to League of Explorers

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Mike Donais appeared at his daughter's stream yesterday and he answered a few questions about new cards, balance and the upcoming expansion.

In case anyone is wondering, Mike's daugher is Melody Serafina, she is 22 years old and she is a Twitch streamer. Yesterday (which was Father's Day), she played the Dalaran Heist adventure with her father.

u/imicekczech watched the stream and he was kind enough to provide bullet points with everything that Mike said. Below, I've categorised said bulletpoints under topics discussed:

Balance & Cards

  • New classic cards are going to be announced in few weeks.
  • Big Priest is "still" being watched closely but nothing new.
  • In the future we will see more cards that work like Reno Jackson and even maybe for other classes (not just Mage, Warlock, Priest).
  • Mike was responsible for the Rockbiter Weapon nerf.
  • We will see more buffs in the future, but they want to try something different than buffs and nerfs in the future too.  (We don't know what or when.)
  • In the upcoming sets we will see a card that could make your Pogo-Hopper a 45/45 easily.
  • We might see one hero card this year, just maybe.
  • Sometimes they release a 4 mana 7/7 just for the memes.
  • They already did a few cards like Shadowform and we might see some more of them in the next expansion. (Dinomancy, Lord Jaraxxus, Hero Cards, etc.)
  • It´s quite possible that we will see Classic Cards buffs in the future. (It isn't that high on their list.)

Next expansion

  • RoS was about the bad guys, new expansions should be about other things?
  • Mike thinks that the trailer and the theme for the next expansion is awesome and probably everyone will love it. Mike's favourite expansions are League of Explorers and Journey to Un'Goro. So, judging from what he said in the previous point and the other point about Reno cards making a return, a new LoE expansion looks quite possible (check out this clip as well)
  • The story of Rafaam will continue with new expansions this year but it's not only about him.

Dalaran Heist & Adventures

  • Haro Setting-Sun is going to be nerfed next week. 
  • It would be cool to allow golden cards in the adventure and Mike agreed.
  • With the next expansion, we will see also a new adventure but its playstyle might be different.
  • We will probably see the most popular Dalaran Heist playable characters as class skins. (At least one would be great, Mike said.)
  • They have 2 lines fixed between bosses from Dalaran Heist (power level-wise) and if any is above or below the lines, they are establishing them accordingly.
  • They tried to do an "infinity" mode for adventures, but it ended up being boring. (12+ bosses will probably never happen.)

Future plans and ideas

  • We will see more in-game shop skins for real money in the future.
  • They are working on cosmetics.
  • We will see a better deck copying feature and maybe even better deck sharing with your in-game friends.
  • Mike said that special legendary card back with its expansion logo for every expansion would be a nice idea.
  • Splitting expansions into 2 smaller expansions has been discussed, it would be good as things would change quickly.
  • Random hero option is a good idea as random card back option already exists and it wouldn't be hard to implement that into the game.
  • A lot of HS devs are playing MtG and they are maybe getting some ideas from it.

Artwork & Animations

  • Angry Chicken and Chicken arts aren't going to be updated ever because it would be distracting for the players.
  • There are plans about changing animations for some classic cards in the future. From past statements, likely candidates could be Tirion Fordring and Edwin VanCleef.
  • Giant Wasp doesn't look like really stealth minion with her pink "tentacles", that's because they had her art first and then they decided to give her a poisonous and stealth because she was the only meaningful card in the set that could have poisonous.

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35 minutes ago, Zadina said:
  • In the future we wil see more cards which are working like Reno Jackson and even maybe for other classes than Mage, Warlock, Priest.

 

I don't like those cards. They have conscrictions in the deck and it often end in: If you draw the card (on curve) you win, if not you loose.
We see more and more cards that have HUGE impacts on the game. (Deathknights...)
IMO the last thing Hearthstone needs is more of those.

35 minutes ago, Zadina said:

 

  • In the upcoming sets we will see a card that could make your Pogo-Hopper a 45/45 easily.

 

Oh yeah, that sounds like it would be awesome. Not.

 

35 minutes ago, Zadina said:

Sometimes they release a 4 mana 7/7 just for the memes.

Let me guess, we won't be able to craft this card or buy it with gold, only for real money like 10 bucks?

35 minutes ago, Zadina said:
  • RoS was about the bad guys, new expansions should be about other things?

Personally I do not care. I couldn't even say if there was a "theme" in the last expansion. Shouldn't a theme have something like "story, characters" or stuff like that?

35 minutes ago, Zadina said:
  • Splitting expansions into 2 smaller expansions has been discussed, it would be good as things would change quickly.

I am sure they will try make more money by splitting it. Maybe by introducing even more cards (especially legendarys and epics).

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3 hours ago, WedgeAntilles said:

Let me guess, we won't be able to craft this card or buy it with gold, only for real money like 10 bucks?

I am not sure about the context or what he was asked exactly, but I think he was talking about the original 4 mana 7/7 and not a future one.

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4 hours ago, Zadina said:

 

  • In the future we will see more cards that work like Reno Jackson and even maybe for other classes than Mage, Warlock, Priest.

That about sums it up.

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