With every Hearthstone Expansion reveal, one of the most fun aspects is the wildly differing opinions on just about every card. Looking back, everyone couldn’t be more wrong with the predictions they make, and it’s a blast every time. Here are my three favorite cards of the expansion so far.
Why Overdraft improves the Shaman class significantly.
Easily the strongest card, in my opinion, is the new Shaman card Overdraft. While Shaman is still among the weakest classes, primarily due to how weak the Overload mechanic is, cards like these make the mechanic a lot better.
The best comparison of Overdraft is the old card Lava Shock, some of you might remember. Lava Shock is a two-Mana “Unlock your Overloaded Mana Crystals” spell that deals a flat two damage. During Shaman’s prime, back in the days of Tunnel Trogg and the Burst Shaman archetype, the Lava Shock card was among the best in the entire deck.
Now, Overdraft is a one-Mana version of that. It also deals (in most cases) more damage, at half the cost, and with the Tradeable keyword, which allows you to replace the card with a random draw from your deck if Overdraft isn’t what you do need in the situation.
The only question regarding Overdraft’s actual strength is how good Shaman ends up being. If Shaman becomes strong in the Standard or Wild format in the United in Stormwind Expansion, Overdraft is a large part of its success. However, it is hard to predict whether Overdraft is enough on its own.
Call of the Grave’s strength in the United in Stormwind Expansion
Similar to Overdraft, the strength of Call of the Grave largely depends on the strength of both Deathrattles and the Priest class overall. For a long time, the Priest class remained at the top of the meta, despite many attempts at reducing the class’ strength. However, so far, that hasn’t stopped Anduin from reigning just yet.
As for Call of the Grave itself, it’s just another one-Mana spell that Priest is happy to include if enough helpful Deathrattles exist in the meta. It’s cheap, flexible, and potentially quite useful.
Why Elwynn Boar has the best backstory of any Hearthstone card
Elwynn Boar and its reward, Sword of a Thousand Truths, might not quite be the best cards in the game. However, Elwynn Boar largely finds its success through its backstory. The Elwynn Boar and the Sword of a Thousand Truths references a 2006 episode of the popular TV show South Park. In the episode, “Make Love, Not Warcraft,” Cartman and his friends take on a cheater in the game World of Warcraft.
They grind for thousands of hours on the NPC, the Elwynn Boar, the lowest level minions available in World of Warcraft, to obtain the legendary Sword of a Thousand Truths.
Coincidentally the upcoming Hearthstone expansion releases (almost ~1/2 months off) fifteen years after the first airing of the Make Love, Not Warcraft episode.
What cards are you most excited about trying out from the United in Stormwind expansion so far?
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